It's October, Halloween is right around the corner - and what sums up the spooky season more than pumpkins?
And while pumpkin picking is typically considered an American way to celebrate the creepy holiday, there’s no doubt that the fun family tradition is slowly making its way over to UK shores too.
Pumpkin picking is when you head to a nearby farm to (literally) pick out the perfect pumpkin to fit in your home ahead of the 31st October.
There’s no doubt that the little ones will love picking out a perfectly-rounded pumpkin, or a funny-shaped one, which they can carve their very own creations on to.
But where should you and your brood go to to pick the perfect pumpkin, in an area that’s local to you? Find out below…
Where can I find pumpkin picking near me?
Pumpkin picking in Scotland
Arnprior farm, Stirling
Arnprior was the first farm in Scotland to open up a pick-your-own pumpkin section, back in 2015. Now, the pumpkin patch has over 7,000 pumpkins for you to choose from, as well as a host of other activities such as face painting, a kale maze (!), pizza, and gin cocktails for the adults! Sign us up…
Corrimony Farm, Inverness
For one day only, on the 19th October, the first ever pumpkin picking event is taking place in the Highlands of Scotland on Corrimony Farm in Inverness.
Visitors will need to book a ticket before hand, and the organisers promise food and drink and fun activities for the kids, as well as choosing the all important pumpkin. Plus, all proceeds from the pumpkin purchasing will go to important charities, including The Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow.
Pumpkin picking in the Midlands
Pumpkin Spooktacular, Hatton Adventure World, near Warwick
This might be one for the slightly older kids, as the Pumpkin Spooktacular includes a programme of activities include a scary haunted house, a zombie run (!), a Zombie’s Mystrifying Halloween Show, and Twighlight Terror – which may be understandably scary for the littlest little’uns!
But they do still have pumpkin picking, as well as a chance to carve yours on site with some help to hand, at the Halloween Marquee Given the plethora of activities, tickets will set you back £15 each, but children under two go for free.
Manor Farm Fruits, Tamworth
This farm’s Pumpkin Fest 2019 resumes on 19th October, running until 20th, and opens back up again between 26th October – 3rd November. Simply turn up and choose your pumpkin (which you’ll pay for on the day), and enjoy the many fun things they’ve got on offer – such as bouncy castles, face painting, pumpkin express tractor rides, and spooky space hoppers!
Tickets for entry cost £5 per child (between 2 and 12) and £1 for adults.
National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire
This farm in Staffordshire has taken a magical approach to Halloween, offering a whole load of wizard and witch activities after you’ve finished picking your pumpkin. There’s broomstick training, a haunted house, scare school, magic spells and potions, as well as wand making – phew!
It’s taking place on 19th, 20th, 25th – 31st October, and 1st November, and you can purchase tickets online until 10 on the day of your visit.
Pumpkin picking in the South East
Willows Activity Farm, St Albans, Hertfordshire
At Willows, kids can pick their own pumpkin and carve it at the carving station, ready for the daily competition for best carved pumpkin! There are also Halloween crafts to take part in, some prehistoric visitors for the dinosaur shows, and there’ll also be appearance from Peter Rabbit and his friends, as part of a new programme of seasonal shows. Families can also take part in all the regular activities there, such as the indoor soft play and animal feeding and petting.
The pumpkin festival runs from 19th October – 3rd November, and it’s cheaper to buy tickets online, at £19 for child online or £23 as a walk-up price.
Secretts of Milford, Godalming, Surrey
From 26th – 31st October, this farm and farm shop in Godalming offers an entire pumpkin week, meaning you can really make a day of it with a whole host of fun things to do. Attendees will pay £2 each at the gate, which will pay for their tractor ride to the pumpkin field, to pick one for the big day. After you’ve chosen yours, you can enjoy a range of snacks including pumpkin soup, curry or hot dogs, as well as a waffle stick stall, cookie decorating, and a photo booth!
Four Winds Farm, Bidborough, Tunbridge Wells
This small farm also offers a fun chance to pumpkin pick between 23 – 27th October, with face painting and even a fancy dress competition too! Hot food will also be on offer, and the farm recommends bringing your wellies too – which is probably wise considering how much rain we’re getting at the moment…
Tulley’s Farm, Crawley, West Sussex
Make a day of it at the ever-popular Tulley’s Farm, which has over 75,000 pumpkins to choose from. There will also be plenty of food and drink stalls for the adults to take advantage of, while the kids can amuse themselves at the farm’s Gem Mine, playground, or with their giant puzzles.
It’s free entry, and the pumpkin picking is open from 19th October – 31st October.
Pumpkin picking in Wales
Bellis Brothers Farm Shop, Wrexham
Halloween is a big deal at the Bellis Brothers Farm Shop, with all sorts of fun things to do to go alongside your all-important pumpkin picking, which takes place between 19th – 31st October.
Visitors can look forward to their very popular pumpkin carving workshop for children, their spooky maize maze, a fun, Halloween collage competition, as well as the farm’s very own fun fair! Tickets for the fair itself will cost £10. However, entry to the pumpkin field is free, with prices costing between just £1.50 and £5 for the pumpkins themselves.
Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon, Powys
From 26th October – 4th November, Cantref Adventure Farm are putting a unique spin on pumpkin farming, combining it with a Harry Potter theme – or should we say, Harry Trotter, as they’ve called it! Go along and you’ll take a ride on the Cantref Express, and can complete your wizard training at Wizard School with Harry Trotter himself. There will also be some Halloween inspired games, including dress the mummy, as well as one of their most popular events, pumpkin landing.
Children under 93cm go free, but for those over that height, and adults, entry will cost you £11.50 online and £12.50 at the gate.
Pumpkin picking in the South West
Avon Valley Adventure Park, Bristol
Open for pumpkin picking every weekend throughout October, Avon Valley Adventure Park also has wheelbarrows you can use if you’d like to take more than one of their pumpkins home for Halloween! Plus, when everyone is tired out from exploring the pumpkin fields, there are retro fete games, food and drink, music and entertainment to look forward to as well.
Trevaskis Farm, Connor Downs, Hayle, West Cornwall
Trevaskis Farm offers pick your own days throughout the year depending on what’s in season, and of course, during October, pumpkins are there for the taking! While the farm doesn’t offer any other Halloween-specific activities, it does have a fully-stocked farm shop for you to pick up anything else you might need – such as bits from the bakery or fresh fish – as well as a popular restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and a children’s menu.
Pumpkin picking in the North East
Down at the Farm, Houghton le Spring, County Durham
From 26th October – 3rd November – just in time for half term, Down at the Farm offers pumpkin picking from 10am – 4pm. With the promise of plenty of Halloween fun to be had, they’ve also shared a sneak peak of their Spooky Fun House, which we’re sure kids will be thrilled with!
Pumpkin picking in the North West
Piglet’s Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Yorkshire
There are over 10,000 pumpkins to choose from at this York farm, and they’re free for every full paying child. There’s so much extra to do here as well when you’ve found your perfect one – from magic shows to a Mysterious Maze, and their Mischief Manor, full of scary surprises. The event is on every weekend in October and every day from 26th October – 3rd November, from 10am – 5.30pm.
Red House Farm, Dunham Massey, Cheshire
This farm’s pumpkin picking takes place on selected dates throughout October, and there’s no need to book ahead of time. There’s also no cost, as you’ll just pay for the price of your pumpkin (or pumpkins!) Red House Farm also offer other separate Halloween activities, which again don’t need to be pre-booked, but will cost you up to £9.95 depending on the age of your kids. There’s a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, climbing wall and barrel train on offer, so you won’t be short of things to do!
Will you be going pumpkin picking this year?