With Halloween soon upon us, a popular October tradition in the United States and Canada is picking your own pumpkin and its getting more and more popular in the UK each year.
Here’s some of the best pumpkin patches in the UK for 2018.
Vale of Glamorgan
Hendrewennol Fruit Garden
At family run Hendrewennol which is located in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan is one of the biggest and most visited pick your own farms in South Wales. The fruit fields of Hendrewennol are transformed in Autumn for Halloween and has a great range of pumpkins in their fields for children to choose.
Their Halloween sessions start in October and run through half term with activities including making your own broomstick, pumpkin carving, web making, a spooky village and a terror trail.
Heol Y March, Near Bonvilston, Cardiff, CF5 6TS.
Brookgrove is a family run farm just outside Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and their popular Pumpkin Patch opens in October each year and is great fun for all ages. They have a huge range of pumpkins to pick all grow at the farm from big ones, little ones, orange ones and white ones – it’s quite a spectacle
Brooksgrove Lane, Haverfordwest, SA61 1XR.
Avon Valley Adventure Park
Along with lots of Halloween activities where children have the chance to meet Broomhilda in their witch and wizard school they will also have the opportunity to pick their own pumpkins.
When you have selected your pumpkin you then have the opportunity to carve your pumpkin.
Recommended age: 3-9yrs.
Opens 27th October – 4th November
Crockford Bridge Farm Shop
At Crockford Bridge Farm Shop you can choose from a huge selection of beautiful home grown pumpkins – all shapes and sizes! During the half term week there is plenty of fun at their pumpkin patch including apple bobbing, face painting, pumpkin carving, creepy tepee and more.
There is also the Circus of Oz where you wander through the woods and experience a 30 minute fantasy performance.
Opens 6th October 2018
Times: 10.00 – 5.00
New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU
Tel: 01932 853 886
Secretts Farm in Surrey is a sprawling farm growing an estimated 30,000 pumpkins in their fields which opens on the 23rd October. There are tractor and trailor rides to take you into the pumpkin fields ready for children to pick for Halloween.
As well as picking your own pumpkin during their pumpkin week there are a range of activities on offer from face painting, biscuit decorating, pumpkin themed sweet and savoury snacks and more.
Chapel Lane, Milford, GU8 5HU
Phone: 01483 520500
Garsons Esher is the largest pick your own farm in the UK offering more than 30 different crops grown over 150 acres, and in October its famous for it’s pumpkin fields,.
West End Lane, Esher, Surrey
Telephone: 01372 464389
Foxes Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maize
At Foxes Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maize they now have two pumpkin patches in Essex for 2016 in Colchester and Basildon. They offer you the chance to visit their pumpkin patches and pick your own pumpkin direct from the field.
There are a variety of games too including a maize trail, and “pump-kin” bowling to keep all the wannabe witches and wizards occupied! They have pick your own multi-coloured Halloween corn- perfect for decorating your house for Halloween!
Green Lane, Aldham (just off main road Halstead A1124) , Colchester , CO6 3PR
Wash Road, Noak Bridge , Basildon , Essex , SS15 4BP
Tel: 07720 888053
Opens 29th September
Kenyon Hall Farm
At Kenyon Hall Farm they go pumpkin crazy and this year Farmer Tod has grown more than 10,000 pumpkins and open up their fields in October for you to Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin.
You can carve your pumpkins with Winnie The Witch and her helpers and enjoy a spooky story time with Mrs Pumpkin. There is also Halloween-themed food, drinks and treats and pick up some fabulous Halloween decorations and gifts
Opens 13th October
Kenyon Hall, Winwick Lane, Croft, Warrington, WA3 7ED
Tel: 01925 763646,
Piglets Adventure Farm
At Piglets Adventure Farm there is so much on offer for Halloween during their Pumpkin Festival. Dare to enter the Creepy Cottage, get stuck in with Pumpkin Carving, take on the Mysterious Maize Maze challenge, listen to Trick or Treat Tales or take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch where you can pick your own pumpkin with over 10,000 to choose from.
NEW for 2018! Round off your day and show off your best moves, from the Monster Mash to the Witchy Wiggle, at Boogie Bones 4pm end of day Laser Disco!
Opens 6th October
Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST
Tel: 01904 499700
In October this family run farm open to the public and hold their annual pick your own pumpkin event. With an extensive range of pumpkins and squashes in many sizes and colours on offer which makes for a colourful Halloween.
Opens 13th October
Beluncle Farm Cottages, Stoke Rd, Rochester, Kent ME3 9LU
Tel: 07526 734293
National Forest Adventure Farm
The National Forest Adventure Farm is one of the most popular attractions in the local area for good reason offering exciting indoor fun, outdoor adventure and farm animals
But for Halloween it gets even better as you can take the tractor and trailer ride up to our pumpkin patch and select your perfect pumpkin to take home for free!
There are lots of activities during their Halloween Spectacular including Broomstick Training, Scare School, Mummy Maze Hunt, A Haunted House and Live performances and story telling from some interesting characters.
Open: 26th – 4th November 2018 10am – 6pm
Postern House Farm, Tatenhill, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9SJ.
Tel: 01283 533933
At Stanhill Farm you can take your pick of your favourite looking pumpkin from their pumpkin patch near Dartford.
Open 20th October
Stanhill Farm, Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Kent, DA2 7HD
Tel: 01322 669 711
Undley Pumpkin Patch
At Undley they have a fantastic crop of Pumpkins, Gourds and Squashes to choose from this year from their pumpkin patch. Collect your wheel-barrow on arrival and pick your pumpkins.
There is also a Halloween themed maize maze, face painting and lots of other children’s activities.
They also have Corn Sticks, Straw Bales and the magnificent colours of the Pumpkins, Squashes and Ornamental Gourds for any home to look delightful for the Autumn season!
Open Saturday & Sunday in October, daily during October half term 9am until 5pm
Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze, Undley Road, Beck Row, Suffolk, IP28 8BU
Barleylands Farm Park
At Barleylands Farm Park expect lots of fiendish fun this Halloween.
Taking place from Saturday 20th until Friday 26th October, HalloweenFest will see youngsters enjoy lots of fiendish fun including Halloween crafts, story time with Wendy the Witch and a chance to face their fears with snakes, tarantulas and other creepy critters in the reptile house. Plus every paying child receives a FREE pumpkin to take home!
Meanwhile, after dark, there’ll be more family friendly Halloween fun at Spooky Nights on the evenings of Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October.
Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Tel: 01268 290229
Hatton Adventure World
The popular Pumpkin Week returns to Hatton Adventure World from 25 – 28 October. Children can visit the popular family attraction to pick their own FREE pumpkin, carve it in the spooky decorated Marquee and then enter the best carved pumpkin competition to win a host of prizes.
Brand new for 2018 is Terrifying Evening Treats for you… Prepare to be spooked at Hatton’s TWILIGHT TERROR (5.30-8.30pm) during our Pumpkin Spooktacular event.
Watch their Spooktastic Illusion Show with Magic and Mayhemwith lots of new tricks.
Be terrified on the Spooky Illuminated Tractor ride around the park, watch out for Scary Scarecrows along the route or seek out Medieval Ghosts fire fighting with swords……simply spinetingling!
Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA
Tel: 01926 843411
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At Tulleys their daytime Halloween festival will be the biggest and best to date. Their Pumpkin Patch isn’t a Pumpkin, he’s just a very enthusiastic pumpkin grower! He has his own patch and will tell you all about how to grow pumpkins. He’s even got a song about it!
Other attractions include the brand new Terror Trail and the Twisted Fun House in addition to classic favourites such as The Horrid Hayride and The Creepy Cottage.
Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4PE
Tel: 01342 710471
Hampshire and Sussex
Pumpkin Picking Patch
At the pumpkin picking patch you will find over 15 varieties of pumpkins and gourds on 30 acres across their 2 sites in Hampshire and Sussex.
There are wheelbarrows to push, Halloween crafts, fun activities, great food and if you are very lucky you may catch a glimpse of our friendly witch family.
Opens 13-14 & 19-28 October 9.30 to 4
Down at the farm
Bring your little horrors to our Halloween Spook-fest for some hair-raising half term fun. Visit our pumpkin patch and carve your pumpkin, make your own scarecrow, creepy critter shows, haunted house, barrel rides, mysterious magic shows, plus lots of outdoor play!
Open October Half term 20th – 28th October. 10am-4pm.
Down at the Farm, Stoneygate Lane, Houghton Le Spring DH5 8JG
Tel: 0191 584 1873
Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze
Set in the beautiful Fife countryside Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze offers a brilliant fun filled day out for the whole family especially in October for Halloween which opens 6th October 2018.
There are several different varieties of pumpkins to pick from their fields. Plus on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 31st of October there is face painting and Halloween displays and their Halloween Spooktacular Torchlight Maze which looks fantastic and scary (Recommended for 8+ years)
A family favourite for families in Edinburgh and surrounding areas is Craigies where their pick your own pumpkins is just one of a long list of Halloween activities on offer.
West Craige Farm, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9AR
0131 319 1048