Beck Row: Farm has fields for pumpkin picking, screaming
October 25, 2006
BECK ROW — It’s less than a week until Halloween and you haven’t purchased a pumpkin yet? Don’t worry. You just might be in luck.
Only a few miles from RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall, along Undley Road in Beck Row, hundreds of pumpkins wait for a new home at the Anthony Pooley Farm.
The farm has mounds of miniature pumpkins starting at 50 pence each, all the way up to enormous “sumo” pumpkins, which can weigh about 100 pounds. One of these monsters can be all yours for 8 pounds. Midsize pumpkins range from 1 to 4 pounds.
Pooley and his family harvest the pumpkins, which are displayed on a grassy area where customers can stroll among the various sizes and snatch up their favorites.
It is the fourth year that Pooley has sold pumpkins, but it is the first year he has opened his maize maze, called “The Field of Screams,” in late October. The 10-acre maze, which opened Saturday, features a haunted house in the center. Costumed creatures lurk amid the 5-foot-high cornstalks to harass those seeking the haunted house.
The maze takes about an hour to finish, depending on the person, and is open to all ages.
Along with the haunted maze, the Pooley family is hosting other Halloween-themed events every day until Sunday, from 1 p.m. to dusk. Events include pumpkin-decorating, pumpkin bowling and bobbing for apples.
Admission to all the Halloween events cost 4.50 pounds for adults and 3.50 pounds for children. Discounts will be awarded to those who wear a costume.
“I just hope they enjoy what we put on for them,” Pooley said.
For more information on the Halloween events, or for special group bookings, call 07776 383675 or 07796 018816.