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Pumpkin Picking: Best places to pick your own pumpkins near you in the UK

Lisa O'Keeffe

15 October 2018

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Get ready for Halloween and pick your own pumpkins - straight from the pumpkin patch! This autumn tradition is already huge in America and Canada, and we’re starting to follow suit. But where can you pick your own pumpkin in the UK?

A young girl picking pumpkins from the patch

Pumpkin picking is a fantastic family day out, and the fun continues all the way home when you get to carve it too! So what are you waiting for? Here’s our guide to the 20 best places to go pumpkin picking near you:

    1. Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire

      18th - 31st October

      Pumpkin picking at Cotswold Farm Park

      Head to Halloween Land at Cotswold Farm Park for loads of autumn activities, including pumpkin picking! Head to the patch and choose your favourite, with a free pumpkin for each child included in your farm entry price. Choose to take part in carving activities at the farm (they'll be on hand to clean up all the mess too!), or choose to take it home to create your masterpiece in your very own kitchen. The pumpkins aren't the only star of the show though, there’s fearsome face painting and a maize maze, too.

      Pumpkin Patch at Cotswold Farm Park

    2. Cannon Hall Farm, South Yorkshire
      20/21, 27-31st October
      The pumpkin patch at Cannon Hall Farm is part of a bigger Pumpkin Festival & Wizardry School event, complete with fancy dress, magical challenges and spooky shows. There are thousands of pumpkins to choose from, but you’ll want to prebook tickets to make sure you don’t miss out.

    3. National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire
      26th October - 4th November
      Take a tractor and trailer ride to the Pumpkin Patch at National Forest Adventure Farm this half-term, where you can pick a FREE pumpkin! With Scare School, Broomstick Training and loads more activities too, this is a Halloween Spook-tacular you won’t want to miss.

    4. Piglets Adventure Farm, York
      Every weekend in October, plus every day from 27th October - 4th November
      With over 10,000 to choose from, Piglets Adventure Farm is a great place to go pumpkin picking. There’s a FREE pumpkin for every child, alongside a Boogie Bones Laser Disco, Mysterious Maze and loads more, all in addition to the usual farmyard fun.

    5. Hatton Adventure World, Warwickshire
      25th - 31st October
      There’s a Pumpkin Spooktacular at Hatton Adventure World this October, with picking your own pumpkin being the star of the show. Brave the Halloween Marquee and pick up some expert carving tips too.

    6. Down at the Farm, Durham
      20th - 28th October
      Whilst this isn’t pumpkin picking per se, you can still experience the feeling of heading to the pumpkin patch at Down at the Farm. With carving activities for kids, plus a haunted house, mysterious magic shows and loads more, there’s plenty of family fun here this half-term.

      Pumpkin picking events in the UK

    7. Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
      25th October - 4th November
      We crowned Willows Activity Farm the best place to pick pumpkins last year, and they’re still one of our favourite spots for 2018. As part of the festival, kids can pick their FREE pumpkin to take home, or head to the Carving Cavern to create a masterpiece. Plus, there’s fancy dress fun, arts and crafts, tricks and treats too, all in addition to the fantastic Peter Rabbit and friends fun throughout the rest of the farm. 

    8. Pink Pig Farm, Lincolnshire
      20th - 31st October
      Book your tickets now for the Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Pink Pig Farm, featuring the chance to go pumpkin picking, carving and loads more! Home to loads of indoor and outdoor play, it’s also a great spot to visit whatever the weather.

    9. Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire
      13th - 31st October (selected dates)
      Pop on your wellies and head to the pumpkin patch at Doddington Hall, where you can take your pick from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Big, small, perfectly round or an interesting shape, kids will love walking around the patch before settling on their favourite. Plus, keep an eye out for gold-bottomed pumpkins hidden in the patch - they mean prizes!

    10. Undley Pumpkin Patch, Bury St Edmunds
      October only
      2018 will see the largest collection of pumpkins ever at Undley Pumpkin Patch, with thousands of pumpkins and 20 varieties to choose from. This is a true pick your own farm, with pumpkins being picked straight from the vine. There’s even gourds and squashes too for a tasty autumn treat!

    11. Stanhill Farm, Dartford
      20th - 31st October, subject to availability
      There’s a sea of orange at Stanhill Farm this October, with the return of its pumpkin patch. Grab a wheelbarrow and head down to the patch, where you’ll have a choice of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. It’s also the perfect place to snap a photo - it’s definitely Instagram worthy!

      Where to go pumpkin picking in the UK

    12. Canalside Farm, Staffordshire
      20th - 31st October
      Family run, Canalside Farm has been growing its own summer berries, vegetables and plants for over 35 years. Having been planted in April, you can head to the patch to pick your own pumpkins and even pick up some tips for growing your own at home - plus don’t miss all the other activities too.

    13. Craigie’s, Edinburgh
      October
      Craigie’s is the place to find fields of home grown fun all year round, but for October the focus is firmly on pumpkins. Pick up your map showing you the best places to pick, grab all the ones you want then head back to the weigh station to pay for what you’ve picked.

    14. Cairnie Fruit Farm, Fife
      6th October - 1st November
      This 120 acre farm has 45 acres dedicated to growing fruit, making Cairnie Fruit Farm one of the best for pick your own. Opening on 6th October, families will be able to head to the farm and choose their own pumpkin to take home - perfect for Halloween decorating!

    15. Arnprior Farm, Stirling
      12 - 21st, then 27/28 October
      Pick your own Scottish pumpkins straight from the patch at Arnprior Farm, alongside a Kale Maze, face painting, pop-up craft events and loads more! Plus, with food and drink trucks too, you can really make a day of it.

      Pumpkin patches in the UK

    16. Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon
      27th October - 4th November
      This certainly wins for best name, with Harry Trotter and the Pumpkin Patch taking place at Cantref Adventure Farm this half term. Alongside loads of wizarding themed activities and fun for the whole family, you can also take a walk to the pumpkin patch to choose your own. With carving activities and more too, it’s a great place to visit this Halloween.

    17. Brooksgrove Farm, Pembrokeshire
      October
      This pumpkin patch at Brooksgrove Farm first opened in 2012 and has grown bigger each year, with thousands now available in 2018. There’s no need to book, so it’s perfect for a spontaneous trip, and with prices based on size, you can get the whole family involved for less. Choose from big ones, small ones, orange ones and even white oness, trust us, it looks amazing!

    18. Cowtastic Farm Park, Bath
      13/14/20/21/27th - 31st October
      Cowtastic Farm Park is expecting a field of over 30,000 pumpkins this year, giving you plenty to choose from! Visitors have access to over 6,000 acres of fields full of pumpkins, with 12 varieties available, so your hardest job is picking just one. Plus, following the event, the farm park also hosts a Pumpkin Smash event to squish and splatter all the leftover pumpkins - we hear this is a form of extreme composting, helping the patch to recover for next year!

    19. Sopley Farm, Hampshire
      October
      Sopley Farm is where we sent Kara last year to discover her top tips for pumpkin picking, and we’re pleased to report that they’re back for this year. Nestled on the edge of the New Forest, you’ll only pay for what you pick, and with a passion for choosing the best varieties, these pumpkins are great for cooking, not just carving!

    20. Secretts Farm, Surrey
      23rd - 28th October
      The annual Pumpkin Week is back at Secretts, with thousands of pumpkins ready for picking. A trailer ride will take you right to the patch, where you can choose which one to take home. With themed activities, food and drinks, don’t miss the home-made pumpkin curry – served in a mini pumpkin! Just remember it’s cash only, so be sure to raid those piggy banks before you arrive.

      Where to pick pumpkins in the UK

 We hope this guide for where to go pumpkin picking near you has inspired a great family day out this autumn, but don’t miss our other ideas for the season:

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Lisa O'Keeffe

15 October 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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