• Tracy Tristram

Go big or gourd home: pumpkin patches near London

Oh my gourd: Halloween is a comin' and before spooky season can officially begin, we totally need to carve a Jack-o-Lantern or two. Our advice? Head to a pumpkin patch near London with your own little pumpkins for a fun day out that'll be the pick of the crop.

Hurleys Pumpkin Forest, Wickford, Essex

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Photography: Hurley's Family Farm

With thousands and thousands of pumpkins, squashes and gourds to pick from at Hurley's Pumpkin Forest out in the Essex countryside, you're sure to find the perfect size for your squash goals. Tix need to be pre-booked, and we happen to be heading there this weekend, so keep an eye on our Instagram for lots of autumnal pics!

Hurley's Family Farm, Woodham Road Battlesbridge, Wickford SS11 7QL

Four Winds Farm, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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Head out to Kent to become a country pumpkin at Four Winds Farm and say "Hello, Gourdeous!" to the pumpkin of your dreams. Sessions are available during October weekends, but do pre-book your spot.

Four Winds Farm, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0RL

Stanhill Farm, Wilmington, Kent

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Photography: Stanhill Farm

Run by brothers Max and Toby Williams, Stanhill Farm is just 17 miles from central London making it an easy peasy pumpkin pick for a fun day out at a farm. The Pumpkin Patch is opening on Saturday 17th October through to Saturday 31st October, and pre-booking is essential, else you won't be allowed in.

Stanhill Farm, Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Kent DA2 7HD

Foxes Farm, Basildon and Colchester, Essex

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Photography: Foxes Farm

With two locations in (not so) sunny Essex, you'll have a Happy Hollow-ween when you come home with enough pumpkins to sink a ghost ship with from Foxes Farm. Book ahead, and then pitch up ready to get a pickin'.

Foxes Farm, Wash Road, Basildon SS15 4ER and Aldham, Colchester CO6 3PR

Crockford Bridge Farm, West Surrey

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Photography: Crockford Bridge Farm

Pack the car up for a squash and a squeeze kinda day by heading out to West Surrey for a whole heap of pumpkin picking, all perfect for Jack-o-lantern carving fun. Either pick from the fields and visit the Pumpkin Festival, or, if you don't fancy the whole picking part, there's also an outdoor Pumpkin Market happening, packed with pre-harvested pumpkins and squashes aplenty. It goes without saying by now, but please pre-book! The Pumpkin Festival starts on Saturday 17th October through to Saturday 31st October.

Crockford Bridge Farm, New Haw Road, Surrey KT15 2BU

Cammas Hall Farm, Needham Green, Hertfordshire

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Photography: Cammas Hall Farm

Plonked on the beautiful Essex/Hertfordshire border, Cammas Hall Farm has its biggest and best ready-picked pumpkin patch fully stocked and ready to go this October. With over 20 varieties of pumpkins and squashes, plus some spooktastic Halloween decor, this is a frightfully good day out that your mini monsters are sure to love.

Cammas Hall Farm, Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak CM22 7JT

Nathan's Farm, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

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If you're looking for things to do this October half term, then head on down to Nathan's Farm for its annual Pick Your Own Pumpkin event. As well as the pumpkin patch, you'll also find pumpkin carving, pumpkin soup, a playground and a whole host of cute farm animals to pet.

Nathan's Farm, Chalfont Road, Chalfont St Giles, Rickmansworth HP8 4BT

Priory Farm, Redhill, Surrey

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Photography: Priory Farm

With a Spooky Trail, a Discovery Walk, tractor rides and a Pumpkin Palace, the fangtastic fun at Priory Farm is running through until Sunday 1st November, but pre-booking is, no surprises, a must.

Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4EJ

Now, folks, time to go pick a pumpkin or two!

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