1. Extra Dates for Pumpkin Picking

    Due to popular demand, we will now be opening our pumpkin fields for additional days in October!

    In addition to previously advertised dates, we will now be opening from 10am-4pm on Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October for pumpkin picking and carving only.

    Spookley activities*, such as story time, movie and trailer rides, will not be running on these additional dates. However, our pumpkin fields will be open for those that just wish to pick and carve pumpkins. Carving kits cost £1.50 and pumpkins start at £2.50.

    We will be open for the full range of Spookley activities this weekend (20th-21st October) and then half-term from the 27th-31st October, followed by the Great Pumpkin Smash on the 1st and 2nd November.

    Spookley Pumpkin Festival event details are available on our website here or like the event on Facebook for regular updates.

     

    Pumpkin Picking Timetable

    Please see below our updated schedule for pumpkin picking this October. Open each day from 10am-4pm, with last entry at 3pm. New dates are shown below in italics.

    Dates
    Activities Available
    Saturday 20th October
    Picking, carving and full Spookley activities*
    Sunday 21st October
    Picking, carving and full Spookley activities*
    Monday 22nd October
    Picking and carving only
    Tuesday 23rd October
    Picking and carving only
    Wednesday 24th October
    Picking and carving only
    Thursday 25th October
    Picking and carving only
    Friday 26th October
    Picking and carving only
    Saturday 27th October
    Picking, carving and full Spookley activities*
    Sunday 28th October
    Picking, carving and full Spookley activities*
    Monday 29th October
    Picking, carving and full Spookley activities*
    Tuesday 30th October
    Picking, carving and full Spookley activities*
    Wednesday 31st October
    Picking, carving and full Spookley activities*
    Thursday 1st November
    Pumpkin Smash only
    Friday 2nd November
    Pumpkin Smash only

     

    -ENDS-

  2. Top 5 Tips for Pumpkin-Pickers

    If you’re planning on visiting us this October for the Spookley Pumpkin Festival and Great Pumpkin Smash, here’s what you need to know before travelling to pick your pumpkin…

     

    1. Bring your wellies (and a pen!)

    We are a working farm and the pumpkins grow in a field. Even if it hasn’t been raining a lot, it may still be muddy, so come prepared with sturdy footwear and sensible outdoor clothing! Also, we don’t provide marker pens, so you will need to bring one if you want to sketch your masterpiece onto you pumpkin before carving.

    2. Event parking and buggies

    Parking for pumpkin-goers is in the fields. If you are meeting people at the event, please consider car sharing to help us reduce site traffic and keep our fields in better condition. As well as parking in the field, the track to pumpkin field can be bumpy, so although it is possible to take a buggy, you may find it easier to bring your little one in a baby carrier, or leave the buggy in the car until you’ve picked your pumpkin!

    3. Thinking of bringing your dog?

    We love dogs, but for health and safety reasons, we cannot allow dogs in the pumpkin fields. Although dogs are allowed in other outdoor areas on site, only Assistant Dogs are allowed in the Café, Shop and Playbarn, so bringing your pooch will limit where you can go.

    4. Opening Hours

    We will be open for pumpkin picking on the two weekends before half-term (13-14 and 20-21 October), and for pumpkin picking during half-term from 27-31 October, followed by the pumpkin smash on the 1-2 November. We will be open from 10am-4pm each day, with LAST ENTRY at 3pm – after this you won’t have time to complete the activities!

    5. And finally, facilities on site…

    Pumpkins aside, we are primarily a Farm Shop and Café. The farm shop stocks a generous selection of artisan foods and we make a wide range of homemade goods for our deli, shop and café right here in our farm kitchens.

    On top of this, we also have soft play in the Cowtastic Playbarn, whilst our shopping village has a range of shops to explore, including our Christmas shop (Farmer Christmas) and Fish & Chip Shop, which will be open throughout the festival.

    We do have a card machine in the Farm Shop, however it does charge. We will take cards in most areas on site, however smaller street food vendors and merchandise stands may be cash only, so we would recommend bringing a small amount of cash with you.

     

    Further event information can be found on our website or follow the event page on Facebook for updates.

     

  3. Spookley Pumpkin Festival and the Great Pumpkin Smash!

    Join us this October Half-Term for pumpkin picking galore and more!

    In preparation for the autumn’s Spookley Pumpkin Festival over 40,000 pumpkin seeds have been planted across 7 acres! This year you will be able to choose from 12 varieties to pick in two fields that are expected to yield over 30,000 pumpkins.

    The pumpkin festival is our biggest event of the year;  visit us this autumn for pumpkin picking, tractor trailer rides and to hear the tale of Spookley the square pumpkin.

    This year we will be gearing up to provide more catering, better car parking facilities and even a new event for after Halloween… The Great Pumpkin Smash!

    The Pumpkin Smash does what it says on the tin… it’s the chance to squish and splatter all the leftover pumpkins! We will be putting on target games and some ‘smashing’ activities. We may even get the tractors involved!

    Although this may sound wasteful, it will be invaluable from a farming perspective as it will help the fields to recover faster – think of it as extreme composting!

    Find out all the details, including dates and opening hours, below, or click here to view this event on Facebook.

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    ACTIVITIES AND ADMISSION

    Admission prices will be confirmed shortly. Activities included:

    – Access to over 6 acres of pumpkin fields for picking!
    – Carving kit and entry to the carving barn!
    – Tractor-trailer ride on the Pumpkin Express! (weather dependent)
    – Listen to the story of Spookley and watch the film!

    NB. Admission excludes the price of pumpkins. No advance tickets available, just pay on the day.

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    DATES

    Spookley Pumpkin Festival

    Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th October
    Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October
    Saturday 27th – Wednesday 31st October

    The Great Pumpkin Smash

    Thursday 1st – Friday 2nd November

    NB. There will be no access to the pumpkin field mid-week outside of half-term week, or on the 3rd-4th November (last weekend of half-term).

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    OPENING HOURS

    Gates will be open from 10am – 4pm daily with LAST ENTRY at 3pm. This is to allow visitors enough time to complete all available activities.

  4. Cowtastic August Activities

    Keep little ones entertained on weekdays this August with our daily activities and games!

    Throughout August visit the Cowtastic Playbarn on weekdays for…

    ARTS & CRAFTS
    TREASURE HUNT TRAIL
    FACE PAINTING

    And on select days* we will also be running…

    EGG & SPOON RACES
    SLEDGE RACING
    PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY
    STORY TIME & DVD
    SKITTLE COMPETITION

    Activities are FREE WITH PLAYBARN ENTRY, except for face painting which will cost £1 per child.
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    *Please note that games, races and competitions vary each day.

    If you would like to know what is happening on the day of your visit, please call ahead on 01761 452266 (option 3).

  5. Customer Notice: Changes to Cafe Service

    Based on your feedback from our recent Customer Survey, we’re making some changes in the Udder Room Café.

    From Monday 16th July* we will be making the moo-ve to table service, meaning you will no longer need to queue at the counter to order your food.

    Our hosts will be on hand to seat you, take orders and serve your food and drink at your table, which we hope will provide a more relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.

    This is a big change for us, as we have operated the café from the counter since we opened in 2003!

    Although we have been working hard to ensure the transition goes smoothly, we would greatly appreciate your patience should we encounter any hiccups along the way.

    Thank you in advance for your support

    *Scheduled date subject to arrival of hardware.
  6. Midsomer Norton Men’s Shed to Extend Opening Hours

    Men’s Shed are delighted to announce that, in response to Shedders’ requests, they will be introducing a Tuesday session.

    From 3rd July the Shed will be open every Tuesday from 09:30 until 14:30, in addition to the existing Friday session from 9am-1pm.

    They would love to see you there and can offer tea and coffee, companionship, a place to natter, relax and possibly (if you feel so inclined) a place to make/repair things.

    For more information click here.

     

  7. Learn about our roots at Open Farm Sunday

    You may know us best for being a Farm Shop and Café, but we are first and foremost farmers!

    Here at Home Farm we are surrounded by 400 acres of lush Somerset countryside, where we grow our organic vegetables, as well as wheat and grass to feed the animals.  We have stayed true to our roots with the belief that a real farm shop should sell the best seasonal produce and make home-made goodies from whatever we grow on the farm.

    As we open our gates for Open Farm Sunday, you will discover more about what we do on the farm with guided tractor trailer rides around the site. We will also have an events village where we will have a vintage tractor display and soil scientist to name but a few!

    Our food production team will also be taking time out from the kitchens to show you techniques and ingredients used in our delicious homemade produce.

    All-in-all this is set to be a fantastic and educational family day out, and best of all, it’s free!

     

    THIS IS A FREE EVENT.

    When: Sunday 10th June
    Time: 10am – 4pm

  8. The Sheep Show

    For one weekend only (5-6 May), we welcome The Sheep Show to Farrington’s! The woolly characters in this hugely entertaining and informative family show will capture your heart.

    Learn about the attributes of each breed, watch captivating shearing demonstrations and laugh along as the sheep perform ‘The Sheep Show Hustle’ – yes, dancing sheep! Don’t miss out on this baa-rilliant family show, which will be taking place three times daily in the shelter of our top barn.

    The Sheep Show will also be accompanied by The Dog and Duck Show. Watch highly intelligent sheepdogs at work as they are challenged to move the ducks around obstacles in the arena! This is an interactive show that allows you to really appreciate the skill and style of these dogs.

  9. Easter Opening Hours

    We will be closed on Easter Sunday (1st April) and there are some changes to opening hours across the business over the Easter weekend

    Details are listed below, so please double check before travelling or call us on 01761 452266.