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Go big or gourd home: pumpkin patches near London


pumpkin patches near London

Oh my gourd: before we know it spooky season will be flying in on its broom for another year of Halloween fun, so we totally need to be on the ball when it comes to booking for a pumpkin patch near London. Here are the places perfect for Jack-o-Lantern adventures and, we think, a fun day with your little pumpkins that'll be the pick of the activity crop.


Hurleys Pumpkin Forest, Wickford, Essex

pumpkin patches near London
We went to Hurleys last year and loved it. Photography: London for Kidz

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. We got our own pumpkins here last year and there's already hot debate at London for Kidz HQ about going even more carving cray cray in 2021. Pumpkin picking season is 2-31 October this year and early bird tickets are now on sale.


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


Four Winds Farm, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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Photography via Unsplash

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 from 24-31 October, 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 2021 Pumpkin Patch opens on 21st October.


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': The 2021 season kicks off on 25th September.


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!


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. Pumpkin picking kicks off on 1st October, and for the first time ever it's also running spooky night-time picking sessions too@


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


Nathan's Farm, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire

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Photography via Unsplash

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

pumpkin patches near London
Photography: Priory Farm

With a Spooky Trail, a Discovery Walk, tractor rides and a Pumpkin Palace, the fangtastic fun at Priory Farm is running from Saturday 9th October until Halloween, but pre-booking is, no surprise, a must.


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


Now, folks, time to put pumpkin picking on the calendar: autumn will be here before we know it!


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