Pick your own, or PYO as it’s known, is a great activity with all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Yet there’s something wonderfully autumnal and Halloween-y about going out to a field to choose a pumpkin to make your jack-o-lantern. Here, we highlight some of the best places to go pumpkin picking in the UK.
What is pumpkin picking like?
When it comes to pumpkin picking, you can choose your style of experience. Visit a working farm where you can expect muddy fun and simple facilities, or choose a more developed experience, with farm shop, restaurant, inflatables, animal experiences and more!
Read on for where to go in the UK to pick pumpkins and find your favourite pumpkin patch….
Pumpkin picking near London
Live in London? Check out these farms listed below that you can easily visit on a day trip from the city.
- Crockford Bridge Farm
- Secretts of Milford
- Cammas Hall Farm
Pumpkin picking in Essex
Since 2015 The Pumpkin Patch has welcomed visitors to pick pumpkins. You need to prebook but children under age 1 don’t need a ticket. Visit one of their 2 locations: in Basildon or Colchester. Cost: £6 for 4 people, £2 for additional tickets. What it’s like: See Lamb & Bear‘s review of visiting with her family. Visit the Pumpkin Patch.
Pumpkin picking in Hertfordshire / Essex
Cammas Hall Farm was named PYO of the Year by the Farm Retail Association Awards in 2021. In addition to picking they have a farm shop, nature trail, animal encounters, a restaurant and occasional events including a Wizard Workshop and beer festivals. A visit to the pumpkin patch here is more like an experience: They promise Cammas Hall Halloween character interactions, a ‘wicked walkway’ with props and surprises, a separately-priced Maize Maze, Halloween crafts and play area. You need to book an individual ticket for every visitor, although there’s no cost for under 2s. They have a special SEN session and night sessions where you bring your torch. Spoooooky. Cost: £2 to £4 plus £0.25 booking fee for age 14+. Slots get more expensive the closer to Halloween. Visit Cammas Hall Farm.
At The Pop Up Farm – at Junction 9 of the M1 – you grab a wheelbarrow and explore the varieties of pumpkin to take home. It’s the brainchild of Ian and Gillian Pigott, whose families have been farming in Hertfordshire for generaitons. The experience here is more rustic — there’s no cover so you’ll want to wear appropriate outdoor clothing, bathrooms are temporary loos and baby changing facilities are outdoor. The Pitstop sells ice creams, hot drinks and snacks. Check the site for booking times and ticket availability. Cost: Check website. Visit The Pop Up Farm.
Pumpkin picking in Southampton
In Southhampton, The Pickwell Farm features fields brimming with pumpkins. There’s no need to book — you pay for the pumpkins you pick and take home. This is a working farm so be prepared for mud! Open daily. Cost: Depends on what you pick. What it’s like: Check out Inside Laura’s Life for amazing images of what to expect. Visit The Pickwell Farm.
Pumpkin picking in Surrey / Middlesex
Secretts of Milford organises a Pumpkin Week. You book a 15-minute arrival slot and must arrive at that time. Dogs not allowed. Food available includes pumpkin curry along with sausages, soup, pumpkin cake and children’s pick-and-mix lunchboxes. Pumpkins priced by flat fee. Cost: £3 each, under-2s go free. Visit Secretts of Milford.
Garsons Farm has 155 acres and picking here comes, rain or shine, and you can pick fruits, vegetables, even flowers in season. Everybody needs a ‘Farm Pass’ to visit Garsons PYO in Esher but the cost is subtracted from the produce you pick. Note that the PYO farm does not have toilets. You can use facilities at the garden centre but it’s not within walking distance of where you pick. Cost: £4 ages 15+, £1 ages 2-14, under 2s go free. Visit Garsons PYO.
Crockford Bridge Farm, not far from Hampton Court Palace, has PYO pumpkins and a Pumpkin Festival (check site for festival dates). Take note: There is only picking on the first two weekends in October! They are one of Surrey’s biggest pumpkin growers. Picking from the field only happens on certain days (on others you can buy pre-harvested ones along with squashes at their Pumpkin Market) — book ahead if picking in the field is important to you. At the Market they request you only stay for photos for 5 minutes so have your camera ready! Cost voucher can be redeemed against pumpkin payment. No buggies in the fields. Booking required.Cost: £4 per person. Under-1s go free. Cash only. Visit Crockford Bridge Farm.
Pumpkin picking in Suffolk
Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze in Bury St Edmonds has been running for more than two decades. It runs on weekends and October half-term and booking is essential. In addition to gourds, expect inflatables, face painting, a straw bale pyramid and craft stalls. Visit Undley Pumpkin Patch. Cost: Entry to the site and patch is free. Some activities priced separately. Pumpkins priced by flat fee. What it’s like: See gorgeous pictures on Laura Ashley Gordon’s site Dilan and Me and What Hannah Did Next.
Pumpkin picking in the Cotswolds
Over Farm in Gloucester has PYO along with its Spookyard Daytime Halloween Family Fun Event (see site for ticket prices). Spookyard features tractor-trailer rides, jumping on giant pillows, a corn cannon, scarecrow trail, quad train ride and shows! It takes place on weekends and the week leading up to Halloween offers bookable slots. PYO is booked separately and the cost of your entrance voucher isn’t deductible from pumpkin purchases. It’s a farm environment so wear wellies! Cost of time slots increases closer to Halloween. Cost: £2 – £4 per person. Babes in arms go free. No cash accepted for pumpkins. Visit Over Farm.
Pumpkin picking in Cambridgeshire
Hill Farm PYO in Peterborough is a family-run business and also hosts a 5-van caravan site. They have an open-fronted farm shop, light food kiosk, playground, picnic area and toilets including baby changing and disabled. Look for the quintessential orange round or oblong gourd — the ideal jack-o-lantern pumpking. Cost: Check site for details. What it’s like: The Mum Diaries visited. See what they did. Visit Hill Farm PYO.
Pumpkin picking in Nottinghamshire
Maxeys Farm Shop in Kirklington began offering pumpkin picking in a small field next to the shop. Now it’s open every day in the run-up to Halloween, with pumpkins ranging from small and adorable to impressively large, from orange to blue to white. You pick pumpkins in the field where they grow so sturdy footwear/wellies are recommended. You pay an entrance fee then flat fees for the pumpkins you pick. Cost: £2 per person through 16th Oct, £3 per person through 31 Oct. Under 16s go free. What it’s like: Read Jaime’s review on The Oliver’s Madhouse. Visit Maxeys Farm Shop P..P..Pick a Pumpkin.
Pumpkin picking in Buckinghamshire
The Patch MK in Milton Keynes has more than 80,000 pumpkins and squashes to choose from. They’re have an enclosed marquee where you can warm up plus food and drink on the site. You book hourlong slots with a family or individual ticket. Under-2s and carers go free. Cost: £1.95 – £5.95 plus booking fee. Visit the Patch MK.
Pumpkin picking in Oxfordshire
Millet’s Farm Centre has pumpkin picking alongside an array of activities to keep kids entertained for hours: a play barn, animal walkway, falconry, Maize Maze and more. Wheelchairs are available to borrow (reserve ahead of time), dogs are welcome (although not in PYO) and the Flower Market Cafe even has wifi. Cost: Visit site for more info. What it’s like: Hello Archie shares pictures for her family’s visit. Visit Millet’s Farm Centre.
Pumpkin picking in Staffordshire
National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton Upon Trent offers pumpkin picking along with its other lineup of kid-friendly activities. Take the pumpkin wagon tractor ride to the patch and pick your pumpkin for FREE. Other Halloween activities include a virtual broomstick training, scare school, pumpkin carving, fancy dress competition and a ‘tragic’ magic show. Arrive in the morning and stay all day. Cost: £14.99, under-2s and carers go free. Reduced prices for disabled or senior guests. What it’s like: Elle Steer shares what her little one liked. Visit National Forest Adventure Farm.
Essington Farm in Wolverhampton offers a whole host of pick your own crops and believes passionately in the benefits — you get fresher produce, there’s less impact on the environment and the producer and local community are supported. Tractor trailer rides take place on the weekends. There’s no need to book. You’re charged a fee to access the site that’s redeemable against what you pick. Cost: Contact the farm. What it’s like: See what parenting influencer Mrs Shilts liked about it. Visit Essington Farm.
Pumpkin picking in Kent
Pick Your Own Pumpkin in Sevington does what it says on the tin….and you will too! This is a working farm so expect mud and no dogs are allowed. Check their Facebook page for details and get your slot booked now. Cost: Pumpkins are priced by size. What it’s like: Emily and Indiana documented a trip their family did a while back. Visit Pick Your Own Pumpkin.
Pumpkin picking in Norfolk
The Pumpkin House in Thursford is a little different: a wooded walk and a pop-up wooden house decorated with pumpkins from which you select a pumpkin. It’s a little less harvest, a little more art installation — great for pictures! There’s a cafe serving hot drinks, cakes and snacks onsite. Perfect for families looking for something different. Cost: Free. Pumpkins start around £4.50. Visit The Pumpkin House.
Also check out: Flashpacking Family has a great list of other pumpkin picking spots in Norfolk.
Pumpkin picking in Scotland
Arnprior Farm is reportedly one of the first places in Scotland to offer pumpkin picking, in 2015. They also feature a kale maze (a bit greener than maize?), digging for tatties and turnips, face painting, food trucks, quadbike rides and chainsaw carving. We think that last one is a demonstration, not a how-to. This pumpkin patch is dog-friendly. You can pick pumpkins for carving and also eating in soups, pies and more. Tickets are for each carload for a strict 2-hour session. Cost: £5 per car redeemable against pumpkins. Visit Arnprior Farm.
Pumpkin picking in Wales
The Picking Patch near doesn’t require booking for prospective pumpkin pickers. They have PYO on weekends in Cardiff, Porthcawl & Sompting. The patch in Fordingbridge also features a Maize Maze with a separate cost (£6.50, ages 4 and under go free). They also have crafts, food and drink on offer. Cost: Free to access site. Pumpkins start at £1 and are measured by size. Visit the Picking Patch.
Pencoed Fach Farm does pumpkin picking in Blackwood on weekends in bookable slots. Onsite they will have Bang-On Brewery serving beer and ciders, a pizza van, craft stalls and face painting. Cost: £5 per car (not person). Pumpkins paid for separately. Visit Pencoed Fach Farm.