Pumpkin picking season has begun, so find your perfect jack-o’-lantern at these pumpkin patches near London.
With summer winding down and the leaves beginning to fall, it’s time to leave your sunflower fields and lavender farms behind and focus on something a little more seasonal. Specifically, spooky season. The start of October means we’re just a couple of away from creepily carved pumpkins filling windows and doorsteps around the capital, and it’s never too early to start planning your creations – especially as uncarved pumpkins last a surprisingly long time after being picked. If you’re looking to make a day of it, these fabulous pumpkin patches near London will fulfil all your pumpkin picking desires!
1. Garsons Farm, Surrey
The Farm Pass will give you free reign to pick what you’d like at Garsons Farm in Esher, but I’d advise you to make a beeline for the pumpkin patch, which has now reached picking season. You’re well placed to strike out for Hampton Court Palace from here, should you fancy a little day trip.
Winterdown Road, Esher, KT10 8LS.
2. Cammas Hall Farm, Hertfordshire
The Cammas Hall pumpkin patch is reportedly bigger and better than ever this year (a bright spot of 2020 for sure!). Whilst they aren’t running their popular tractor rides this year, they do have over twenty varieties of pumpkin – including eerie white ones that’ll look extra spooky – and have promised to go all out on the decoration.
Needham Green, Hatfield, Broad Oak, CM22 7JT.
3. Secretts, Surrey
Come for the pumpkin picking, stay for the farm’s English wine collection and biggest selection of craft beers in Surrey. This year, you can roam their pumpkin patch from October 24 – 31, but you’ll need to book your ticket in advance. They’ve been known to shift over 30,000 pumpkins in the space of a week, so expect it to be popular…
Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, GU8 5HU.
4. Tulley’s Farm, West Sussex
Whilst sunflower picking is popular here in the summer, Tulley’s Farm really kick things into high gear around autumn. This October, you can tackle their escape rooms, pull up at a haunted drive-in cinema, or (most importantly) stalk around the pumpkin patches after dark at their pick-your-own pumpkin nights. Because peak Halloween is selecting your perfect jack-o’-lantern under the stars, right? (Daytime sessions are also available for fraidy cats.)
Turners Hill, Crawley, RH10 4PE.
5. Foxes Farm, Essex
Foxes Farm produce so many pumpkins that they actually supply other pumpkin patches around the country. Should you want to snag one of their gorgeous gourds for yourself, pop along to their Colchester or Basildon sites on early October weekends, or from October 17 – 31 (advance booking is essential). I’d definitely pencil in a return visit in 2021 for their gleefully mucky Mud Run, too…
Find them at Watch House Farm, Wash Road, Basildon, SS15 4ER, or Aldham, Colchester, CO6 3PR.
6. Crockford Bridge Farm, Surrey
This farm is something of a pick-your-own specialist, with rhubarb, asparagus, and strawberries available to harvest in the spring and summer, and Christmas trees up for grabs in winter. They’ve got a handful of pumpkin picking dates in 2020, and you’ll need to book them in advance – find them all here. The farm’s annual Pumpkin Festival is also worth paying a visit to!
New Haw Road, Weybridge, KT15 2BU.
7. Four Winds Farm, Kent
This cutely-named farm may be small, but they’ve got pumpkins aplenty for the entire family. Just remember to pack your wellies, because the autumn weather can make things rather muddy…
Poundsbridge Hill, Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0RL.
8. Priory Farm, Surrey
At Priory Farm, you can follow the Halloween Trail to solve the mystery of the missing pumpkins, or hop aboard a tractor ride, which will ferry you to the farm’s pumpkin patches. With all that, plus a Pumpkin Palace, it’s no wonder they count no less a figure than Judi Dench amongst their loyal customers.
Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EJ.
9. Stanhill Farm, Kent
Abundantly aware of the Instagram potential of pumpkin patches, Stanhill Farm invite you to grab your camera, nab a wheelbarrow, and head off in search of the perfect pumpkin. They’ve not confirmed exact dates for their 2020 pumpkin picking season, so keep an eye on their website. Meanwhile, summertime sees their Maize Maze pose a tricky challenge for guests.
Birchwood Road, Wilmington, DA2 7HD.
For even more brilliant things to do as the leaves fall, see our roundup of things to do in London in October 2020, or check out our cute autumn dates guide!
Also published on Medium.