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 2018 for you and your kids to visit this year.
BEST PUMPKIN PATCHES TO PICK YOUR OWN AROUND LONDON
Crockford Bridge Farm
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.
Crockford doesn’t allow visitors to pick pumpkins from the field due to safety concerns for visitors and the land but the pumpkins are great for carving, decorating and using to create delicious treats, such as pumpkin pies or cakes.
Foxes Farm Produce
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.
Foxes Farm invites visitors to pick their own pumpkins from the farm in Basildon, about 58 minutes from London.
The pumpkin patch is open weekends Sept. 28-Oct. 28. They recommend wearing Wellies due to muddy fields. The mud adds to the family fun (but, you may want to bring some clean clothes for the children).
Bring lots of big bags, as the pumpkins may be large and will definitely be dirty. If you’re in the mood for a meal and drinks during your visit, food stalls are available. Also, you will want to park your car on the hard surface near the farm.
The farm has a second location in Colchester, about 90 minutes northeast of the city.
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.
Willows Activity Farm
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.
Besides picking their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, children can also play in the under cover 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.
Pumpkin Jim’s is a cash-only pumpkin patch and has food and drink available.
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.
Looking for more Pumpkin Patches in the UK check out our recommendations for The Best Pumpkin Patches in East Anglia.
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