Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book a visit?
Yes. Booking is essential so that we can ensure parking on hard-standing for everyone and adherence to social distancing rules. You should arrive at the beginning of your one hour time slot to ensure you have enough time to choose your pumpkin, get some picys and enjoy the experience. There is a small booking fee to secure your slot. This is non-refundable. The booking system will open on Saturday 19th September.
When are you open?
We plan to open on the first weekend of October until the Sunday 31st October between 10am and 4pm on weekends and during the Welsh school half term or until the pumpkins run out. Booking is essential.
Where are you located?
The postcode is LD8 2TW.
We are located on the A44 between Crossgates and Kington. We are just outside the tranquil hamlet called Llanfihangel Nant Melan.
If you are approaching from Crossgates or Builth Wells direction, you will pass the Fforest Inn pub on your right hand side, go past the Fforest Inn heading down hill. The entrance to the farm is on your left hand side immediately before you enter the 40mph zone in Llanfihangel Nant Melan. Take care turning in as it is U turn.
If you are approaching from Kington or New Radnor direction, you will drive through Llanfihangel Nant Melan and as you are leaving the 40mph zone you will see the farm entrance on the right hand side. If you reach the Fforest Inn you have gone too far.
Please note there will be a ONE WAY SYSTEM in place please follow the signs and instructions from staff.
Please drive carefully on the farm.
Where do I park?
Car parking is free. We have ample car parking on the farm yards for those who have booked. The way in will be clearly marked from the road. There is no need to park on the road side or in our fields as these may be very wet and you will get stuck.
Please follow the instructions from the car parking marshals. Please be patient while we try to get you parked. We will be operating a one way system so when leaving the car park please follow the signs and staff instructions to the exit and drive carefully and slowly as there are very excited children (and adults!!) running around.
Can we bring dogs?
We are sorry but dogs, even on leads, are not allowed in the field or farm yard, except assistance dogs. This is for health and safety and hygiene reasons as many people eat the pumpkins. If you have an assistance dog please contact us before you visit so that we can inform our staff.
Is the pumpkin patch suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters?
We are a working farm with rough terrain. The pumpkin field can be muddy (especially if it has been raining) and the ground is uneven and has an uphill slope. Most of the area has a stone track but the pumpkin patch and fields are grass.
We would recommend a baby carrier or all terrain pushchair if possible.
There is disabled parking available, please specify this on the booking form and ask the car parking staff for directions. Please contact us before you visit so that we can discuss your requirements.
What to expect.......
We are a working farm growing pumpkins and opened our gates to the public for the first time in 2020. Our pumpkin patch is small but splendid and we hope to expand if it is successful. You will drive along our stone tracks on our traditional upland farm in Mid Wales before parking on the hard-standing of the farm yards. Please drive carefully and remember that we are not responsible for any loss of or damage to vehicles whilst you are visiting. Please stay on the stone track do not go on the grass. Please have your booking reference available for our parking staff to see when you enter the farm.
Once you have parked and got your coats and wellies on, head to the wheelbarrow park. Wheel barrows are available to use but are restricted to one per family/household. They will be disinfected between groups. From here you will be directed to the pumpkin patch. There's a short walk past a selection of animals and the spooky barn before you reach the pumpkin patch where you will be directed to your allocated area of the pumpkin patch where you can choose your own pumpkin. The pumpkin patch has been divided into areas for your safety, so that you can remain 2m away from other families/households visiting the pumpkin patch. Each area is marked with its own friendly scarecrow.
The pumpkins will already be cut off their vines so you can just pick up the ones you would like and put them in your wheelbarrow. Please only pick up the pumpkins you intend to purchase. Once you have your pumpkins take the time to have some family pics at our photo opportunities, talk a run up the hill to our giant "PUMPKIN" letters and get a photo with them and then post it to your social media tagging #PowellsPumpkinPumpkins @PowellsFarmWales.
Bring your wheelbarrow and pumpkins back to the spooky barn checkouts and the staff will add up the cost of your pumpkins. You can pay for your pumpkins with cash or card (NO cheques or £50 notes please). Please remember to bring a reusable bag/s for your pumpkins as they can be muddy and heavy.
You can enjoy some time in the spooky barn where you can do "leave the mess here" pumpkin carving and get light refreshments. Additional charges apply.
Once you're ready head back to the car with your pumpkins. If you take the wheelbarrow to your car please return it to the wheelbarrow park where it will be disinfected ready for the next family. Follow the signs and exit the car park using the one way system taking care to avoid any other visitors at the farm. We really hope you will enjoy your visit to Powell Farm Wales, we look forward to meeting you.
Can I take photographs?
Yes of course you can take photographs of your family/household at PYO Pumpkins. Please be conscious of the people around you when taking photographs. We do not allow drones or professional photographers without prior approval.
Do I need to cut the pumpkins off their vines?
No, the pumpkins will already be cut off their vines. You must NOT bring any secateurs, pen knives, knives, scissors or sharp blades. You will be asked to put these in your car if found, or surrender to staff, until your departure.
Do you have a Cafe or Farm Shop?
No we do not have a cafe or Farm Shop but we will have light refreshments and Halloween themed treats available.
Do I need to bring a bag?
Yes please bring bags. Reusable supermarket bags, ikea type bags or strong recycling bags are excellent for carrying your pumpkins to the car and keeping your car clean. Pumpkins are heavy. Black bin bags are not strong enough to carry many heavy pumpkins.
Will I get muddy?
If it is dry, it is unlikely. If it has rained there is a strong possibility you will get muddy. The pumpkins are in a field and so may be muddy as well. We do not have running water in the field so advise you bring something to clean your hands with and bags to put dirty shoes/boots in aswell as the pumpkins.
What should I wear?
You will be on a farm, in a field in the middle of October. We recommend wearing clothes suitable for outside and appropriate footwear such as wellies or outside boots. You may want to wear gloves as the stalks can be prickly especially for young hands. Wrap up warm as it can be windy, wet and cold in the field at that time of year.
How much does it cost?
There is a £10 per group booking fee to book a one hour time slot to visit Powells Pumpkin Patch and Pick Your Own Pumpkins. This is non-refundable and secures your time slot to visit the pumpkin patch on the selected time and date. You do not have to leave the farm after the one hour only the pumpkin patch. After your time slot on the pumpkin patch you can meet the animals, take photos at our photo spots and visit the spooky barn where you might like to do "leave the mess here" pumpkin carving- additional charges apply for carving kit and tea light.
Pumpkins are priced according to size starting from £1 and the price guide will be available by the spooky barn. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions.
Do you have a toilet?
There will be an easy access, unisex toilet with baby change facility on site.