Updated for 2020 - please check the websites prior to visiting due to the current situation.
It's now officially autumn, which means it's time look for the perfect pumpkin for decorating. There is no doubt that you can buy a great pumpkin from the store, but after going out for the last few years to our local pick your own farm and choosing the pumpkins for the family there is nothing like it. Around London, there are some fun places to not only find a pumpkin! But also to entertain the family check out our recommendations for the best Pumpkin Patches around London 2020 for you and your kids to visit this year.
As well as the ones highlighted below check your local PYO as many have pumpkins to pick. An email or phone call and they will be able to tell you when they are available.
Don't forget to save your pumpkin seeds as you can easily grow them and growing and picking your own from your garden is even better than heading to a pumpkin patch believe me!
PUMPKIN PATCHES TO PICK YOUR OWN AROUND LONDON
We've selected our favourite pumpkin patches that you can get to easily from London. Check them out as we've updated the list for 2020 to include some new ones.
Before heading out please visit the websites and check. Plan in advance this year as many of our recommendations require pre-booking.
Crockford Bridge Farm, Weybridge Surrey ~ Plus A Pumpkin Festival and Woodland Theatre
Located about 47 minutes southwest of London, Crockford Bridge Farm grows 20 different types of crops. But, since we’re in the pumpkin mood, the farm offers a variety of them during October. Thousands of pumpkins will be available to be picked from tables on the farm.
Keep an eye on the updates - they are planning to open and have 2 weekends scheduled.
Sat 3rd & Sun 4th October 2020 (10am-5pm)
Sat 10th & Sun 11th October 2020 (10am-5pm)
The information is that you need to book ahead for a time slot. Card payments only are accepted and you will pay on exit for your pumpkin.
Tickets will be released soon (as of 11 September 2020) so check the website link above and their social media channels to get your slot.
Foxes Farm Produce, Basildon ~ Corn Maize AND Pumpkin Picking.
Growing up on a farm before going to university, Guy wasn’t used to paying for fresh vegetables. Shocked at the prices at local farmers markets, he decided to raise his own vegetables. A classmate’s father liked the produce and started to sell it at his farm shop. After college, Guy acquired land and started raising vegetables. It eventually became Foxes Farm Produce. Growing pumpkins and Christmas trees became its focus.
Today, visitors can play in a corn maze, too. There is an extra fee for this of £3 but my kids had a lot of fun in it.
Foxes Farm invites visitors to pick their own pumpkins from the farm in Basildon, about 58 minutes from London.
Pre-booking is needed and tickets are now available so check the website and book your slot ASAP so you don't miss out.
The farm has a second location in Colchester, about 90 minutes northeast of the city.
Stanhill Farm, Dartford ~ WheelBarrow Pumpkin Picking
Located about 50 minutes southeast of London off the M25 near the Dartford Crossing, Stanhill Farm offers a pumpkin patch near its farm shop where you can pick your own.
Visitors can take a wheelbarrow and fork from the farm shop to the pumpkin patch to help harvest pumpkins. The patch is home to a variety of pumpkins, which are excellent for decorating and carving for the holiday season. Don't forget your camera as it's the perfect opportunity to take some great autumn pictures with the kids.
At present (11/9/20) pre-booking isn't needed but dates aren't yet confirmed so check back regularly. I know we will be.
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Secretts, Milford Surrey - Tractor Rides & Family Fun
Located near Milford Surry Secretts has a Pumpkin week scheduled but as yet details aren't yet released.
Keep checking as this has been fabulous in previous years and well worth a visit.
During this week you can take the tractor ride out to the field and pick your own pumpkin.
Then return enjoy some of the family activities plus taste the delicious meals prepared on-site and if you find one you like, go make them at home as they have a set of their pumpkin recipes on the website.
Four Winds Farm, Tunbridge Wells, Kent ~ Pumpkin Week with Animals
Details are yet to be announced fully but Four Winds Warm will have a Pumpkin Week in 2020.
It will be by bookings and the best place to find information is to check their Facebook Page.
Willows Activity Farm, St Albans ~ Pumpkins and Peter Rabbit
Willows Activity Farm in St. Albans provides a variety of events for children. From carousels, outdoor games, and covered play areas to tractor rides. Families can spend a full day at the children’s farm, about 50 minutes north of London.
Peter Rabbit’s Adventure Playground offers youngsters an opportunity to meet Peter and his friends. The attraction includes Mr. Toad’s Lair, with secret entrances and hidden rooms, all for kids to enjoy.
The Pumpkin Festival in October encourages children to pick their own pumpkin from a bountiful harvest. Tickets need to be booked in advance and if you are a non-member then the soft play area is not available.
More information can be found here with the Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival.
Pumpkin Jim's, Near Saffron Walden ~ Pick Your Pumpkin and try some waffles
Besides picking their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, children can also play in the undercover area for a small fee. They can also participate in mini tractor races. While at Pumpkin Jim’s, you can participate in classes about decorating pumpkins or canning.
Located in Ickleton near Cambridge, the pumpkin patch is about a 90-minute drive northeast of London.
Keep an eye on the information as they are updating with more information nearer the time.
So, as your family plans a day at a pumpkin patch around London, you will want to bring shoes, a possible change of clothes and plenty of bags to carry home your prized pumpkins.
Enjoy the day trip and have fun at the pumpkin patch this autumn.
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