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

Lisa O'Keeffe

17 September 2019

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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

    21st October - 3rd November 2019

    Little girl and her mum pumpkin picking at Cotswold Farm Park

    This year Cotswold Farm Park is running not one, but two fun-packed pumpkin events! Want the first pick? Come for Pumpkin Picking from 21st- 24th October and be amongst the first to explore the pumpkin patch (£1 per pumpkin). Up for a day of spooky fun? Get into the spirit of autumn at Cotswold Farm's very own Halloween Land (25th October - 3rd November).

    As part of the Halloween Land activities, you'll get to pick your own pumpkin for free (one free pumpkin per child), plus kids are welcome to get creative and make their own pumpkin decorations. The lovely people at Cotswold will take care of the clean-up afterwards, so you won’t have to worry about the mess. It’s a win-win! Oh, and the pumpkins aren't the only star of the show, there’s fearsome face painting and lots more spook-tacular fun, too! 

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  2. Cannon Hall Farm, South Yorkshire
    19th - 31st October 2019
    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
    19th, 20th, 25th - 31st October and 1st November 2019
    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 Wizard Academy, 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 26th October - 3rd November 2019
    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. Down at the Farm, Durham
    26th - 31st October 2019
    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 and you won't even need to pre-book; you can just turn up and join the fun.

  6. Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon
    26th October - 4th November 2019 
    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.

    Pumpkin picking events in the UK

  7. Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
    19th October - 3rd November 2019
    It's no surprise Willows Activity Farm is on our list of the best place to pick pumpkins - they’re still one of our favourite spots for 2019. As part of their 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. This year there will be dinosaurs too! 

  8. Pink Pig Farm, Lincolnshire
    19th October - 31st October 2019 
    Book your tickets now for the Harry Trotter at Hogfields Halloween event at Pink Pig Farm, featuring the chance to go pumpkin picking, broomstick racing, spell-casting magic 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
    12th - 13th October and 19th - 31st October 2019
    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
    Weekends and half term in October 2019
    Undley Pumpkin Patch is celebrating 20 years of pumpkin picking! Expect lots of anniversary fun, including a themed maize maze, live magic show, inflatable obstacle course and more. 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
    Dates in October 2019
    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
    Opens 19th October 2019
    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. Frandon Fields, Market Harborough
    19th & 20th October, 26th - 31st October 2019 
    Head over to Farndon Fields for their first ever Pumpkin Farm Experience, where you’ll find thousands of pumpkins of all different shapes, sizes and colours waiting for you. You’ll then be able to carve and decorate your chosen pumpkin in the pumpkin barn, where their chefs will also be cooking up some tasty treats for you, all pumpkin of course!

  14. Craigie’s, Edinburgh
    October 2019
    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.

  15. Cairnie Fruit Farm, Fife
    Opens early October 2019
    Here's another great pumpkin picking farm which is celebrating it's 20th birthday! This 120 acre farm has 45 acres dedicated to growing fruit, making Cairnie Fruit Farm one of the best for pick your own. Opening in early October, families will be able to head to the farm and choose their own pumpkin to take home - perfect for Halloween decorating!

  16. Arnprior Farm, Stirling
    October 2019
    Pick your own Scottish pumpkins straight from the patch at Arnprior Farm - there's about 7,000 of them to choose from! There you'll also find a Kale Maze, face painting, pop-up craft events and loads more too. Plus, with food and drink trucks too, you can really make a day of it.

    Pumpkin patches in the UK

  17. Brooksgrove Farm, Pembrokeshire
    October 2019
    This pumpkin patch at Brooksgrove Farm first opened in 2012 and has grown bigger each year, with thousands now available in 2019. 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 ones, trust us, it looks amazing!

  18. Cowtastic Farm Park, Bath
    12th - 31st October 2019
    Come to Cowtastic Farm Park this year for the 4th annual pumpkin picking festival at the farm! 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 Carving, Spookley Story Time, and a magnificent Pumpkin Night Glow event where your pumpkins will light up a giant tower in the sky. 

  19. Sopley Farm, Hampshire
    Early October 2019
    Sopley Farm is where we sent Kara a couple of years ago 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
    October 2019
    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 there's lots more to discover in our Family Guide to Autumn!

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Lisa O'Keeffe

17 September 2019

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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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