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Room at this house - but it'll be a bit of a squash

PUBLISHED: 17:11 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 18:28 25 October 2018

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Whether you’re carving jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween, or baking pies for Thanksgiving, finding the perfect pumpkin is an essential part of the autumn experience.

And now Brookhill Farm, in mid Norfolk, are offering a new twist on the pick-your-own trend, and inviting pumpkin pickers to choose from the shelves of the Thursford farm’s custom-built pumpkin house.

Victoria Cushing, 36, whose husband Henry, 44, works on the family-owned sugar beet and pig farm, came up with the idea last year.

Mrs Cushing said: “I saw a picture of a pumpkin house on the internet and asked my husband to build one.

“His friend, who’s a carpenter, helped him and it took them about two days to build it and a day to put it all together.

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Pumpkin House, Thursford. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“It’s made out of scaffolding boards so we’ll be able to put it up again next year.

“We’ve grown some of the pumpkins ourselves and the rest are from a supplier in Cambridge.”

She added: “Today was our first day, and we’ve had a slow and steady trickle of people.

“It’s a quiet time for the farm so I’d love it if we got 50 people a day.”

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“It’s free to come in and you can just have a look and take a picture.

“But the best thing is you can pick your perfect pumpkin from the shelves.”

Brookhill Farm’s pumpkin house is open from 10am - 4.30pm from Thursday, October 25, to Wednesday, October 31.

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Pumpkin House, Thursford. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Pumpkin House, Thursford. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Pumpkin House, Thursford. Owner Victoria Cushing. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Pumpkin House, Thursford. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Pumpkin House, Thursford. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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