Autumn is upon is, which means pumpkins are coming into season. Whether it’s for your inspired Halloween display or to use in a fresh, seasonal dish, the joy of picking your own awaits at these charming pumpkin patches near London.
Prettiest Pumpkin Patches In & Near London
London’s first Urban Pumpkin Patch is coming this October, inviting visitors to pick their own in the heart of the city in celebration of spooky season. Bedecked in a farm-like theme, with haybales and white picket fencing to boot, head down on 25 October for the chance to pimp your pumpkin with help from the Graffiti Kings who will be spray painting 50 mini-pumpkins for free. Plus, if you visit between 11.30am and 2.30pm, you can tuck in to goodies from the KERB food market.
Details: Running for one week only from 25 October 2023 at 9–13 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DR. cowcrossyards.co.uk
Garson Farm Pick Your Own
Once a supplier to Borough Market, this award-winning garden centre host summer strawberry picking, but is taken over by its annual spook-tastic Pumpkin Parade come October.
Details: Throughout October at Winterdown Road, Esher KT10 8LS. garsons.co.uk
Join in on the fun at Secretts’ hallowed pumpkin week, so popular that over 30,000 pumpkins were harvested at the event in 2022. Taking place from 21–29 October 2023, the week involves pumpkin pickin’ trailer rides, plenty of fun for the kids and a delicious pumpkin themed menu including award winning Black Barn Sausages and pumpkin cakes.
Details: 21–29 October 2023 at Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey GUB 5HU. secretts.co.uk
Priory Farm is putting on the dog from 7 October, with a line up exciting enough to get even the most fed up members of family to rally. A spooky trail will have kids seeking out spooks and spiders in the deep dark wood on The Discovery Walk to claim horrid prizes, plus you can take a tractor ride out to the fields to pick your own pumpkin.
Details: Throughout October at Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4EJ. prioryfarm.co.uk
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Venture into green Kent to enjoy Hewitts, a family-run pick-your-own farm spanning 78 acres, with courgettes and apples also ripe for picking. Pumpkin picking commences on 1 October, and no tickets are required – just turn up. While you’re there, pay a visit to the farm shop to shop the best of fresh local produce, including free-range chicken and duck eggs.
Details: From 1 October 2023 at Court Road, Orpington, Kent BRG 9BX. hewittsfarm.co.uk
From 30 September, visitors can amble around one of two pumpkin patches and play games like the corn maze for free and without need to book – just pay for the pumpkins you pick.
Details: From 30 September 2023 at Green Lane, Aldham, Colchester CO6 3PR & Watch House Farm, Wash Road, Basildon SS25 4ER. foxesfarmproduce.co.uk
Crockford Bridge Farm
Crockford Bridge Farm occupies around 80 acres of green belt land in West Surrey. The farm is one of the oldest continually farmed farms in Surrey and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Each year it hosts a dedicated Pumpkin Festival, featuring pumpkin carving, seasonal art displays and activities for little ones.
Details: Until mid-October at Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU. crockfordbridgefarm.co.uk