Where to Find Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patches
If you are looking for something to get outside this half term that’s fun for all ages then why not head to a local pumpkin patch. It turns out that these places are fairly well spread out across he country. So I’ve hunted around to pull this list together for you as well as calling on the amazing resource of my fellow bloggers. Take a look at this guide to see where to find pick your own pumpkin patches near you all across the UK.
For other ideas for what’s on over half term, have a look at my events guide for listings in the South West.
Pumpkin Patches in the South West
Lifton Farm Shop
Near the Devon and Cornwall border there is a lot going on at Lifton Farm this half term. Head along for PYO pumpkins, trailer rides, pumpkin carving and entertainment. Sat 19th – Sun 27th Oct – Launceston, PL16 0DE Link here.
Riverford Organic Pumpkin Day
Tucked away in deepest South Devon, Riverford is well known for is vegetable deliveries. Buy tickets in advance for this autumn festival at Riverford. Children’s activities, farm tours, farmers market and the lovely Riverford Field Kitchen. Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0JU Sat 26th Oct 2019. Click here for more here on the Riverford Pumpkin Day.
In Topsham near Exeter, Darts Farm (which is a fabulous farm shop) holds a 2 day pumpkin festival. Little ones can enjoy story time, pumpkin decorating, a farm walk and PYO pumkpin. Suitable for ages 4 – 12, £9.95 per child, pre-book tickets. Held on 23rd and 24th October 2019.
Halberton Farm Shop
With PYO for the first time in 2019, Halberton Court Farm Shop near Tiverton looks like a good place to try out this year. Farm Shop closed Sundays. More info here.
Next door is cyclist and dog friendly Ivan’s Cafe which sounds great (open Tuesday to Saturday). Also close by is the Grand Western Canal, ideal for a gentle walk all year round.
Pips Pick Your Own
Near Plymouth this PYO is closed for the season now except for a special pumpkin picking days from 22nd Oct 2019 – Check here for more details. Kitley farm, Nr Plymouth, PL8 2LT
West Town Farm – Ide (near Exeter)
Holds a popular Apple and Pumpkin Day – ticketed event 20th Oct 2019. Also a Pumpkin Picking day with tractor rides and pop up cafe 24th Oct – free event but registration needed
Last call for pumpkin picking – West Town Farm are opening up the pumpkin field for a couple of hours Mon 28th, Tues 29th, and 30th Oct 2019 between 2-4pm.
The pumpkins cost between £1-£3. Cash only. No other parts of the farm will be open (and no tractor rides). Follow signs to event car park. Not suitable for buggies. The walk to the field is up hill for 10 mins. It is muddy and the ground is uneven. More details on Facebook here.
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm near Newquay
Choose your own Pumpkin from the Patch plus a range of other seasonal activities to fill your day with family fun including a Pumpkin Trail around the cider farm, Guided Tours, Mini Hay Bale Maze, Press Your Own Apples, Farm Animals and Tractor Rides
The pumpkin patch is only accessible on the Pumpkin Patch Tractor Ride (charges apply). 12th – 31st October.
Dan Tanners PYO
This PYO near Christchurch in Dorset has two locations. The Cat and Fiddle Farm (which also has a cafe) and Sopley Farm – this is what their website says “We have thousands of pumpkins for you to choose from again this year and the fleet of wheelbarrows and sledges will be back again to support pickers transport their pickings”.
Sopley Farm looks great fun – here is a review from Dorset based blogger Kara – Pumpkin Picking at Sopley Farm
Also see this review from a local blogger Sarah, at Digital Motherhood who visited the Cat and Fiddle site.
Farrington’s Farm Shop
Located between Bristol and Shepton Mallet, this annual pumpkin festival looks like a real day out for the family. With plenty of pumpkins to choose from and various events.
Pick your own from the 12th – 31st October 2019. Free entry to the pumpkin fields, just pay for the pumpkins you pick.
Pumpkin Weekends – 12/13th and 19/20th and 26-31st October Pick your own Pumpkins or for the full experience buy the Pumpkin Pass (£4) and join in with Pumpkin Carving, a Tractor Trailer Ride around the Farm, Spooky Story Time, a Spooky Movie, and The School of Spooky Stuff where you can make monster costumes or yucky potions with the team from the Super Pirates.
Open week days (excluding the 17th which is a special SEN day) for Pumpkin Picking, Pumpkin Carving Crafts, and Story Time. Find out more about it here.
Schmooks Pumpkin Patch – Ilminster
NEW for 2019
3.8 acres of pick your own pumpkins which will be open for business this autumn in time for half term and Halloween fun! Sat 19th – 31st October. More details here.
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
Locatd between Bristol and Bath this extensive pumpkin patch is situated alongside the park with its own car park with wheelbarrows on hand for those absolute whoppers. The themed pumpkin area has retro fete games, music, entertainment, food and drink on hand to make it a real experience.
Also hidden in the pumpkin patch is a special ticket which you can redeem in the park for a beautiful GOLD pumpkin worth £1,000! There is just one special ticket, hidden inside one of the pumpkins while it was still growing. You will not be able to tell by looking at them! It really is luck of the draw.
The patch will cost £2 per person to enter and you get this deducted from the price of your pumpkin when you pay for it. Entrance to the park is separate.
Pumpkin Patches in England, Scotland and Wales
To find the best spots in the rest of the country I have turned to my fellow bloggers. I was amazed by the response. It’s quite a list! So here are other pumpkin patches to visit with roughly defined locations and links to the reviews.
South of England
Hampshire – Pickewell Farm review by Steph at Renovation Bay-Bee
Surrey – Crockford Bridge Farm (Addlestone) review by Mum of Five Stay Sane (note opening times for the PYO are the first two weekends in October)
Surrey – Garsons Farm (Esher) review by Elfa, Californian mum in London
Essington Farm Pumpkin Picking review by Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts
East of England
Peterborough – Hill Farm PYO review by Naomi at Me Becoming Mum
Norfolk – a round up of various places in Norfolk reviewed here by Lauren from Dilan and Me (fantastic photos – one used for the header of this post.)
Bucks, Hertfordshire, Essex. A great round up of pumpkin patches in the area and lovely photos by Jodie of Dear Little Daisy
Oxfordshire – Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon – tips on PYO pumpkins, carving and more from Kids of the Wild
A helpful North East round up by Jess from Nora & Co covering York, Maltby and Saltburn by the Sea.
Lincolnshire – Bells Gardening Outlet near Boston review by Our Bucket List Lives
Staffordshire – Bednall Pumpkin Farm nr Stafford reviewed by Caro from The Twinkle Diaries
A huge thank you to everyone who offered their posts for me to use. Thank you also to Laura from Dilan and Me for the header photo as well as Kara (Are We Nearly There Yet) and Emily (A Slummy Mummy) for their pictures. This post has taken a lot longer then usual to write as I’ve been completely distracted reading everyone else’s blogs!
Please make sure that you check the details for these pumpkin patches, opening times etc, before making a journey as I have not been able to verify all the information for this year