14 of the best pumpkin patches to visit in the UK

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Photo credit: Twin Peaks99 / 500px - Getty Images

Nothing says autumn and Halloween quite like the beautiful colours and shapes of pumpkins and gourds. But where are the best pumpkin patches and farms in the UK for us to gather the goods and enjoy a family day out?

Whether you want to use your pumpkin as a Halloween centrepiece or to make soups and pies, we've compiled a list of all of the best pumpkin patches in the UK to pick your own. Booking tickets is essential this year due to COVID-19 restrictions – make sure you read the safety guidelines on the farms' websites before visiting.

Picking pumpkins is a great way to get into the seasonal spirit, but what should we be looking out for at a pumpkin farm. To help you pick the perfect one, the planting experts at Primrose have revealed five secrets to spot the perfect pumpkin on your visit to the patches this autumn...

How to pick the perfect pumpkin

1. Check it's the right shade of orange
"Perfectly ripe pumpkins have consistent colouring throughout their outer shell," Primrose say. "Your pumpkin should be a rich, deep orange colour and patches of different colours may be wounds to the outer shell, causing them to rot quicker."

2. Give it a hard slap
Whether you're using it for cooking or carving, you want to make sure the pumpkin you pick is hollow inside. Not sure how to tell? Primrose explain: "Give your chosen pumpkin a hard smack while at the pumpkin patch. If it sounds hollow, it's ready to be picked and should last between 3-10 days after carving. If your pumpkin isn't ripe enough, harvesting it too early can affect their longevity."

3. Test your pumpkin's skin
A perfectly ripe pumpkin will have a fairly hard skin when it's ripe. Test your pumpkin by trying to puncture the outer shell with a fingernail. If it doesn't dent or puncture, your vegetable is ready to go."

4. Choose a bruise-free pumpkin
Pumpkins can be easily dropped and trodden on, meaning many will be sat on the ground bruised. When choosing yours, ensure the outer shell is still hard. Pumpkins that have been dropped are usually bruised and have a softer outer shell, usually signifying that the pumpkin could rot sooner.

5. Make sure it sits flat
Primrose explain: "If you're picking a pumpkin to carve, opt for one with a flat base so it can stand upright independently. They're generally easier to carve and are more traditionally shaped."

Now you know what to look for, take a look at the best pumpkin farms to visit in the UK...

1. Piglets Adventure Farm, Kent

Over in Kent, Piglets Adventure Farm has heaps for the whole family to enjoy. Right through the month of October you can carve the bright orange pumpkins, meet furry friends and finish the day with a sourdough pizza. Definitely one to add to your must-visit list this year.


2. Garsons Farm, Surrey

Garsons Farm is one of the UK's largest pick your own pumpkin farms – and visitors can also indulge in seasonal vegetables and flowers. Current crops available are pumpkins, apples, french beans, carrots, onions and cabbage. PYO farm passes are required, which must be booked online in advance. Book now

3. Undley Farm, Suffolk

Undley Farm's popular pumpkin patch and maize maze event will be running throughout October, on weekends and at half term. Set within farmland on a 75-acre site, the event offers PYO pumpkins, an especially created themed maize maze (which celebrates NHS and Key workers), refreshments and other attractions. Booking tickets online is essential.

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4. Secretts at Hurst Farm, Surrey

Located in the beautiful county of Surrey in the UK, Secretts at Hurst Farm are known as top growers of vegetables and salad crops in the county (pumpkins included), as well as serving up biggest and best craft beer collection in the area.


5. Arnprior Farm, Scotland

Arnprior Farm – also home to an eco-friendly and luxury glamping pod campsite – has over 10,000 pumpkins to choose from. You can pick your own while roaming their six-acre pumpkin patch in Stirlingshire. They will have many exciting varieties of pumpkins including huge Cinderella orange pumpkins, fabulous green warty pumpkins, beautiful white pumpkins and even funky stripy ones. Tickets must be booked in advance.


What to do with your pumpkin:

6. National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire

The National Forest Adventure Farm are throwing a Halloween Spook-tacular event this year which features all the fun of the farm plus a day packed with spooky Halloween fun – including broomstick training and a pumpkin wagon tractor ride to the pumpkin patch where children can pick their own for free.


7. Cattows Farm, Leicestershire

Cattows Farm boasts the biggest pumpkin patch in the UK with over 170,000 pumpkins, squashes and ornamental gourds for you to choose from in 2021. Their selection includes many different varieties, such as warty Goosebump pumpkins, white Snowman, Snowball and Ghost pumpkins and the ever popular mini Munchkins.


8. Avon Valley Adventure Park, Bristol

Avon Valley's Pumpkin Patch Festival has returned for weekends and half term in October 2021. Roam through their generous pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin. But if you don’t want to get muddy, visitors can choose a pumpkin from their tabletop areas inside the event site. Pumpkins are priced depending on size. Dogs welcome.


9. Mr Pumpkin, Derby

For Mr Pumpkin's 2021 pumpkin festival, they are planting around 36,000 pumpkins, and over 20 different varieties – including lots of favourites from the last three years such as the polar whites and the Crown Prince Blue squash. There are plenty of new varieties on offer too including Turks Heads and a giant orange pumpkin, which they've been told can grow up to a huge 50 kilos. They are open on weekends and throughout half term.


10. Farmer Copleys, Yorkshire

This year Farmer Copleys have planted in excess of 130,000 pumpkin plants of every shape size and colour, to ensure visitors find their perfect pumpkin. There will be a rainbow of pumpkins – red, green, white, blue, black, yellow, mixed, warty and of course orange – from over 20 different varieties. Sadly dogs are not permitted on the pumpkin patch.


11. Maxey's Farm Shop, Nottinghamshire

Maxey's Farm shop is open everyday in October where you can PYO pumpkins. They also have activities, food and spooky gifts available at their Halloween shop. Make sure not to miss out...


12. Bell's Pumpkin Patch, Lincolnshire

With around one million pumpkins harvested each year, Bell's Pumpkin Patch is the perfect place to get into the autumn spirit. From 'bounce and climb' activities for children to 'pick your own' patches, it provides fun for all the family. For more information, head over to their website.

Photo credit: Maximille Gonzales / 500px - Getty Images
Photo credit: Maximille Gonzales / 500px - Getty Images

13. Tulleys Pumpkin Farm, Crawley, West Sussex

Over in Crawley, Tulleys Pumpkin Farm has a total of 60 acres that produce around 450,000 pumpkins each autumn. Whether you want to make your own delicious pumpkin soup or carve a ghoulish gourd, there is a pumpkin here for everyone. Prices start from just £3 (under twos go free), so make sure you book in advance.


14. Pumpkin Picking Patch, Sompting, West Sussex

Planning on picking up some pumpkins for Halloween? Zip up your winter boots and head down to this bright orange pumpkin patch in Sompting, West Sussex. With no entry fee, simply enter and pick your own delicious produce to take home.


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