This week I went pumpkin picking at The Balloon Tree. I’ve wanted to visit this farm for a while as The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Cafe is a popular place in York. Not just for PYO pumpkins, but it also has a cafe and other pick-your-own activities throughout the year. I see this place come up time and time again in local Facebook groups.
My parents visited and it was a lovely day. The sun was shining and it was 20 degrees (not bad for late September!). So I suggested we get lunch at The Balloon Tree and visit the “pick your own” pumpkin patch with my two-year-old.
It was a Friday afternoon so I was expecting it to be quiet. But as we drove into the car park, we saw how busy it was! We had to park at the far end of the car park.
Pumpkin Picking At The Balloon Tree
We went to the pumpkin patch first. We walked through the Pick Your Own Pumpkin entrance and got our wheelbarrow from the wheelbarrow car park then walked down to the pumpkin patch. It was a bit further away than I had expected. I’ve never visited The Balloon Tree Farm before so wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s completely manageable but may be an issue for those with disabilities or who struggle to walk far.
When we got there, we were the only ones at the patch! This was great for getting some lovely photos.
Although it was dry, the ground was quite uneven and rough around the pumpkin patch. I would recommend wellies or boots for sure. Smaller children may need help walking around the patch. My toddler, who is almost three years old, struggled as some areas were unexpectedly soft so he kept losing his footing. There are also lots of plants and weeds, so the paths between the pumpkins are not flat and easy to walk on. Boots for sure!
We had a walk around and I picked a white pumpkin for Leo. Though later on I found some smaller ones and thought they would be more suitable for him.
The Balloon Tree Cafe
After we visited the pumpkin patch, we headed over to the cafe. Now, this is when we realised why the car park was so busy. The cafe was full.
We had to wait to be seated. My parents stood in the queue and I took my toddler to the park that’s next to the cafe. There’s also a cafe garden so you can eat outside, but it was a bit windy so we didn’t fancy that. The park had a few things to play on, climbing frames with slides, a tractor with a slide and a playhouse, so that was nice to do while we waited for our seats. It didn’t seem like long until we were seated.
The menu is good – it’s more of a lunch menu so lots of things like toasties and sandwiches. They also do breakfast until 11:30 a.m. There is a separate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu. There’s also a kids menu which sells the typical children’s meals.
A lot of people in the cafe were having the sandwiches, which come with crisps and a side salad. My dad picked a sausage sandwich, my mum had a gluten-free ham sandwich, I had the plant burger (vegan) and my son had the kid’s scampi, chips and beans.
We all enjoyed our meals. The plant burger was really good! It had roasted peppers, beetroot houmous and black olives on it which was a great combination. The chips weren’t brilliant. They tasted very oily and greasy.
By the end of our meal, the cafe was getting empty after the midday rush. It may be a good idea to avoid going between 12 pm – 1 pm!
The Balloon Tree Farm Shop
After paying for our food, we visited the farm shop where we needed to pay for the two little pumpkins I picked for my son. In the end, I went for two small white ones that he could paint.
The farm shop sells a few home decor items – there were some Christmas and Halloween things out, a few bits of children’s clothes and lots of food and drinks. They have meats, dairy, a deli and a fruit and vegetable tent that sells seasonal fruits, soft fruit and vegetables.
I picked up a chorizo sausage roll for my husband and a Halloween gingerbread biscuit for my son.
Address: The Balloon Tree Farmshop and Cafe
Stamford Bridge Road
Telephone: 01759 373023
Farm shop: Monday to Sunday 9 am – 17:00 pm
Cafe: Monday to Sunday 9 am – 16.30 pm (Kitchen closes at 16:00 pm)
PYO Pumpkin Entry Fee: £1.50 per person
Non-walking babies & toddlers: free entry.
You pay at the Berry Barn after you’ve finished picking your pumpkins, this is the hut next to the Jeep Track. During the week, you pay inside the farm shop.
Visit the pumpkin patch now!
We had a fun couple of hours at The Balloon Tree Farm. They have many varieties of pumpkins to buy of all different colours, shapes and sizes.
As we get closer to the festive season, they also sell Christmas trees, have a Christmas shop and have fun festive activities. So it’s one to check back in a few weeks for some Christmas fun.