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When:

Opening late September

Where:

Rougham Sunflower and Pumpkin Field
Just north of Junction 45 of the A14,
3 miles east of Bury St Edmunds

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Pricing:

Free admission and parking
No booking needed

Rougham Pumpkins CLOSED until Autumn 2024

Just in time for Halloween, Rougham Estate has a huge, beautiful field full of hundreds of thousands of pumpkins, squashes and gourds in 20 different varieties and many different sizes, all just waiting to be picked!

Positioned just off Junction 45 on the A14, the aptly named Rougham Pumpkin Patch is a sea of orange, where visitors can grab a wheelbarrow and choose their perfect pumpkins to carve into spooky faces this Halloween.

There is plenty more to enjoy too, with room for children to run and climb, space to picnic, deckchairs, sandpits, ice cream, pedal tractors and small pumpkin games for the family, as well as lots of fabulous photo opportunities.

2024 Food vans and vendors:

  1. Wrights – posh toasties, cakes and coffee and a licensed bar
  2. What the Peck – fried Suffolk chicken
  3. Bad Boi Burritos – all kinds of fabulous Mexican food
  4. Face It Face Painting – face painting

Important information

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Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the picnic area and must be kept on a short lead at all times. Dogs are not allowed into the pumpkin area due to previously having had to clean up too much mess. Please bring and use poop-bags.

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Both are accepted around the site. Admission and parking are free. No booking needed

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Picnicking is encouraged, with plenty of blanket spots on the grassy area, or use the benches and deckchairs if you prefer

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Catering will be available (vendors to be announced), offering sandwiches, coffees, snacks, drinks and ice cream.

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Toilet facilities are available near the entrance of the field, including an accessible toilet with baby-changing facilities

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The field is accessible for wheelchairs and prams. Please be aware: this is a field; the ground is uneven in places and muddy if it has rained recently

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Face-painting will be available each day, by the talented Face It Face Painting (£5 per face).

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There are plenty of props around the field to help you get some great pictures. If you post your pictures online, tag us @roughamestate on instagram and facebook or #roughampumpkins – we love to see them! For professional photoshoots, please see below.

Picking your Pumpkins

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Take a wheelbarrow when you arrive

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If you have a dog with you, it must stay in the picnic area

Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the picnic area and must be kept on a short lead at all times. Dogs are not allowed into the pumpkin area due to previously having had to clean up too much mess. Please bring and use poop-bags.

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Wander around the patch looking for your perfect pumpkin

Wander around the patch, looking for your perfect pumpkin; all the pumpkins have been left to mature just where they grew. Check under the big leaves; pop pumpkins into your barrow as you go. Don’t forget to take some pictures and tag us!

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When you are done and ready to leave, head for the marquee

When you are done and ready to leave, head for the marquee where our helpful staff will measure and price your pumpkins according to size. The pumpkins will be measured by passing them through our measuring circles; the larger the pumpkin, the higher the cost.

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Pumpkin Prices

Pumpkins cost between £1 – £10 each, depending on size, with an extra 50p added for the white pumpkins. Small gourds are priced at 50p and the larger ones at £1.
Payment is preferably by card please, and can be made in the marquee.

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Take your pumpkins to your car

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Bring the wheelbarrow back for the next person to use

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Relax, let the children play and have a bite to eat

While you are here, take your time. Relax and let the children run, climb and play. Visit the tasty street food vans for some refreshment or enjoy your own picnic.

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Leaving the pumpkin patch - Left Turn Only

Please note that the exit road is a left-hand turn only and the signposts will guide you accordingly.

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Requests for Bulk Picking and Out-of-Hours Visits

We regularly get requests to pick a number of pumpkins for a special event, or to open the field out-of-hours for certain groups. We’re sorry, but unfortunately we are unable to fulfil these requests.

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Please Note: The pumpkins can be eaten, but the gourds are not edible.

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Things to bring

  • Wellies if it has been raining and the ground is muddy
  • Cash or Card; admission and parking are free, but you may like to buy some pumpkins, a coffee or get your child’s face painted. Card is preferred but cash is accepted
  • Gloves for carrying the pumpkins, if you need them
  • Camera for taking pictures; tag us @roughamestate and #roughampumpkins

Professional Photography and Drone Flights

The Pumpkins make for wonderful photos and there are several feature areas for you to take home some special captured memories. You are welcome to take photos for purely personal use.
We are happy to encourage professional photographers to use our wonderful pumpkin patch for photoshoots too, subject to the following conditions.

For the comfort and safety of all our visitors, and considering the fact that the pumpkin patch is part of Rougham Estate which is private land, all professional, commercial, for-profit, paid-for or “organised” photoshoots require a license and must be pre-booked and authorised by Rougham Estate.

Drone use is strictly prohibited unless pre-arranged and authorised by Rougham Estate. It should be undertaken during hours when the site is not open to the public, and will incur a fee.

Rougham Estate must be credited on all professional/commercial images sold or used for social media.
Unauthorised professional photographers or photoshoots may be asked to leave/stop as determined by Rougham Estate staff.

If you are interested in holding a photoshoot or flying a drone at the pumpkin patch, please contact Amie:
T: 01359 270238
E: events@roughamestate.com

Rougham Sunflower and Pumpkin Field, north of A14, Junction 45

Address: For your SatNav, use the postcode for the nearby industrial estate: IP30 9ND

Note - this is NOT the postcode for the pumpkin patch, but will get you near the A14, Junction 45 roundabout. See the diagram below and follow the pumpkin signs from the A14, J45 roundabout.
Parking:

On arriving at the Pumpkin Patch you will be directed by a member of staff to park; there is ample parking on grass.

The sunflowers are in the same field as the sunflowers and pumpkins in 2023.

Directions:

The field is just east of Bury St. Edmunds, easily accessible from the A14 and clearly sign-posted from Junction 45.

How to get there

From the Eastbound Carriageway:

  1. turn right at the roundabout at the end of the A14 slip road
  2. go up the north carriageway of Sow Lane
  3. fully around the roundabout at the top
  4. back down the south carriageway of Sow Lane
  5. turn right off Sow Lane into the grass parking.

From the Westbound Carriageway

  1. turn left at the end of the A14 slip road
  2. drive under the bridge
  3. straight over the first roundabout
  4. go up the north carriageway of Sow Lane
  5. fully around the roundabout at the top
  6. back down the south carriageway of Sow Lane
  7. turn right off Sow Lane into the grass parking.
Is there an entrance fee?

There is no entrance fee – the field is free to visit

Do I need to book to visit the pumpkin patch?

You don’t need to book to visit the pumpkins, just come along

Is there free parking?

Yes, there is plenty of free parking in the fields next to the sunflower and pumpkin field

Are there toilets at the field?

Yes, there are portaloos at the side of the field near the entrance. There is also a baby-change unit and an accessible toilet.

Can I bring my dog to the pumpkins?

Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the picnic area of the pumpkin field. Unfortunately, due to having had to clean up after too many dogs, dogs are not allowed inside the actual pumpkin patch.

What do I need to wear to the pumpkin field?

If it’s been dry recently, you don’t need any special clothing or footwear to visit the pumpkin field. If it’s been raining recently, the ground may be muddy and you may want to consider wearing wellies. You are welcome to wear fancy dress if you like.

Can I bring a buggy or pram to the field?

Yes, the field is fine for buggies and prams, but please note that it is a field and can be uneven in places. If it’s been raining the ground can get muddy.

Is the pumpkin field accessible for wheelchairs?

Yes, the pumpkin field is accessible for wheelchairs and we have an accessible portaloo available too. Please note that the terrain is a field which can be uneven and can get muddy if it’s been raining.

Can I bring a picnic to the field?

Yes, there are plenty of picnicking spots. Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy your time here.

Can I buy food and drink at the field?

Yes, we have food and drink vendors at the field. We will notify you of who has pitched up with us when we know more. Please keep an eye on this page and on our social media

Can I eat the pumpkins?

The pumpkins are all edible, but the gourds are not. We have a big board up at the field which lists the varieties and whether they are edible or not.

Do you accept cards or cash?

We prefer cards, but will accept both cards and cash

Do you have a recipe for pumpkin pie?

Yes, we have a recipe for a tasty pumpkin pie at the field, or find one online.

Do you have baby-changing facilities?

Yes, there is a baby-changing unit in one of the portaloos

Do you have wheelbarrows at the pumpkin field?

Yes, we have plenty of wheelbarrows.

Have the pumpkins been left where they have grown?

Yes, the pumpkins are scattered across the field, exactly where they have grown. You can wander amongst them to find your perfect one.

Can you open the field out-of-hours for my group?

Unfortunately we are not able to open the field out-of-hours. The field is generally quieter at the beginning of the morning or later in the afternoon and you may find that these times are suitable for your visit.

Can I put in an order for you to bulk-pick pumpkins for my event?

Unfortunately we don’t have the facilities to bulk-pick pumpkins for events. If you would like to come and pick the pumpkins yourself when we are open, you are welcome to.

Can I take photos at the field?

If your photos are purely for personal use, you are welcome to take as many pictures as you like. Do tag us if you post them – we love to see them!
If you are a professional photographer or are taking the pictures for any for-profit reason, you are required to get a license for the photoshoot here and book a time to visit. Please see the details on this page.

Can I take drone photography of the field?

Drone photography can only be undertaken at a time when the field is not open to the public. Please get in touch to book a time.

What happens to the remaining pumpkins when the field closes?

After the field closes a local flock of sheep come and graze the field, eating the pumpkins and fertilising the field for the coming year.

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This picture wonderfully captures the essence of the Estate in one picture…

Owner George Agnew caught this bumblebee gathering pollen from the foxgloves in Rougham Woods on the Estate. 

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This picture wonderfully captures the essence of the Estate in one picture…

Owner George Agnew caught this bumblebee gathering pollen from the foxgloves in Rougham Woods on the Estate.

Nature at its best, and photography at it best too!

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Treat the man in your life for Father’s Day by bringing him to Roots Café.
There’s a special offer, where any @nethergatebrew beer is £3, or go all in and splash out on the beer-braised chipotle beef tacos with mango and chilli salsa and a beer for £15. This weekend only.
You know he’s worth it! 😁👍

Roots is open daily 9am-4pm; the Garden Room shop, right next door, is open daily 10am-4pm (pop in while you are here).
You could always go for a walk too - all the info from the link in our profile:
roughamestate.com/welcome

#roughamestate #roughamroots #blackthorpebarn #fathersday #fathersdaygifts #nethergatebrewery #treatyourman #burystedmunds #burystedmundssuffolk #burystedmundsandbeyond #suffolkdaysout #suffolkcafes #suffolklife #suffolklifestyle #tacosandbeer #tacos🌮 #eastofengland #suffolkfoodie #suffolkfoodies #suffolkcountryside
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