With Summer officially over and with 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 around the corner from creepily-carved pumpkins filling windows and doorsteps around the capital, and it’s never too early to start planning your creations. If you’re looking to make a day of it, here’s a roundup of all the best places to go pumpkin picking near London:
1. Garsons Farm, Surrey
The Farm Pass will give you free reign to pick what you’d like at Garsons Farm in Esher, but we’d advise you to make a beeline for the pumpkin patch, which is set to reach picking season. You’re well placed to strike out for Hampton Court Palace from here, should you fancy a little day trip.
You’ll find Garsons Farm at Winterdown Road, Esher, KT10 8LS.
2. Cammas Hall Farm, Hertfordshire
The Cammas Hall pumpkin patch is reportedly bigger and better than ever this year. For the second time ever, you’ll be able to enjoy a spooked out version of events at night, when all the monsters and creepy crawlies come out in the dark. Enter if you dare!
You’ll find Cammas Hall Farm at 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 23 – 30, 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…
You’ll find Secretts at 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 horror mazes, theme park-style rides and carnival games, catch a circus of horrors live show, watch live music and, of course, pick up some of your own pumpkins.
You’ll find Tulley’s Farm at 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 late September or early October weekends, or from October 17 – 31 (advance booking is essential). We’d definitely pencil in a return visit just for their gleefully mucky Mud Run, too…
You’ll find Foxes Farm at Watch House Farm, Wash Road, Basildon, SS15 4ER, and at 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 2022, and you’ll need to book them in advance – find them all here. The farm’s annual Pumpkin Festival is also well worth paying a visit to!
You’ll find Crockford Bridge Farm at New Haw Road, Weybridge, KT15 2BU.
7. Four Winds Farm, Kent
This cutely-named farm may be pretty small, but they’ve got pumpkins aplenty for the entire family. Just remember to pack your wellies, because the Autumn weather can make things really rather muddy…
You’ll find Four Winds Farm at Poundsbridge Hill, Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0RL.
8. Priory Farm, Surrey
Another great addition to this roundup of the best pumpkin picking near London here. 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 acting royalty Judi Dench amongst their loyal customers.
You’ll find Priory Farm at 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. Head down from Saturday October 15, but be sure to book in advance.
You’ll find Stanhill Farm at Birchwood Road, Wilmington, DA2 7HD.
10. Hatter’s Farm, Essex
Rounding off our list of the best places to go pumpkin picking near London is Hatter’s Farm, who recently won the London & South East England Prestige Award for Farm of the Year. Just a stone’s throw from Stansted Airport, this family-run spot has been farming here since all the way back to 1940. Their 2022 pumpkin patch includes their annual Pumpkin Nights event, as well as a hay bale maze, street food stalls and much more besides.
You’ll find Hatter’s Farm at Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6NP.
So there you have it – a roundup of some of the best places to go pumpkin picking near London. And with Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to visit one of these pumpkin patches we say! Happy picking.
Also published on Medium.