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As the leaves begin to take on inviting hues of gold and crimson and the air becomes cool and crisp, there’s no mistaking that autumn has well and truly arrived in the capital. The season of big cosy jumpers, pumpkin-spiced delights, and spooky scares is finally here.
And what better way to embrace the season than by heading out into the fresh autumn air to pick your own pumpkin just in time for Halloween?
While there might not be many places to pick pumpkins in the capital itself, there are plenty of fantastic pumpkin patches close to London that make for a great autumnal day trip.
Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity or just some cute pics for the ‘gram (no shame!), I’ve narrowed down some of the top pumpkin patches near London worth checking out in 2023…
Secretts of Milford, Surrey
Located in the heart of beautiful Surrey, Secretts of Milford is an award-winning farm and farm shop with a huge variety of home-grown seasonal produce, including a stunning array of pumpkins that are available for picking for one week each October.
This year, the farm’s Pumpkin Week will run from Sat 21st to Sun 29th of October, with pick-your-own-pumpkin sessions, seasonal decorations, and plenty of fun themed activities.
Families can enjoy themed kids’ activity sheets, a fancy dress competition, biscuit decorating, glitter tattoos, pumpkin treats, and even a carousel.
Secretts is one of the best pumpkin patches near London for adults too. As well as pumpkins and other season produce, the farm shop also has one of largest cut-to-order cheese counters in the county, an English wine collection, and the biggest selection of craft beers in Surrey. So you can stock up on all of the essentials this autumn.
Secretts is one of Surrey’s most popular pumpkin patches, so you’ll need to book a ticket for the pumpkin-picking sessions in advance.
How to get to Secretts Pumpkin Patch from London:
Driving: Secretts sits around one hour’s drive from central London. There’s free car parking on site.
Public transport: Jump on the South Western Railway from Waterloo to Milford (55 mins). Once at Milford Station, the farm is just a 15 minutes walk or a 5 minutes taxi ride away.
Tulleys Farm, Sussex
While Tulleys in West Sussex started life as a traditional farm, it’s now evolved into the county’s go-to destination for exciting experiences and events, from escape rooms to drive-in cinemas, and of course, its famous annual Pumpkin Festival.
Tulleys Pumpkin Festival is the largest of its kind in the UK, with over a million pumpkins and gourds spread across 100 acres of beautiful farmland.
With both daytime and nighttime PYO pumpkin sessions to choose from, the huge festival also includes plenty of fun photo opportunities and selfie stations, live roaming characters, a street food village, and the always popular pumpkin bar. During Tulley’s Pumpkin Nights, there’s also a line-up of live music by talented local artists.
And if you’re looking for some less wholesome Halloween thrills this October, you can also head to Tulley’s infamous Shocktober Fest, complete with hair-raising horror mazes, creepy carnival games, theme-park-style rides, and terrifying live shows.
How to get to Tulleys Farm Pumpkin Patch from London:
Driving: Tulleys Farm is located on the outskirts of Crawley, between London and Brighton. You can drive to the farm in approx. 1hr 30mins from central London. There’s free parking on site.
Public transport: Jump on London Thameslink from London Bridge to Three Bridges Station in Crawley (30 mins), then swap onto the 84 bus direct to Tulleys Farm (10 mins). Tulleys is one of the quickest and easiest pumpkin patches to reach from central London by public transport.
Pumpkin Moon, Kent
Pumpkin Moon has two pick-your-own pumpkin locations in Kent, located close to Maidstone and Rainham.
Both patches have over 100 different varieties of pumpkin, squash, and gourd to choose from. Whether it’s orange or green, big or small, smooth or warty… there’s a unique pumpkin for everyone.
With fancy dress encouraged, you can borrow a colourful wheelbarrow and head out into the field of pumpkins to find your favorite. There are several fun photo props within the patches (including a piano, randomly?) for snapping some great autumnal photos too.
Tasty street food and drinks are also available so you can make the most of your day out.
How to get to Pumpkin Moon from London:
Driving: You can drive to both Pumpkin Moon locations from central London in around 1hr 15mins to 1hr 30mins, depending on traffic.
Public transport: You can jump on the train from London Victoria Station to both Maidstone and Rainham. The train takes around one hour to each. You can then catch a bus or taxi to reach the pumpkin patches (Rainham is closer to the station but Maidstone has a local train option).
Cammas Hall Farm, Hertfordshire
For the ultimate Halloween day out from London, Cammas Hall Farm in Hertfordshire is a fantastic choice. For the entire month of October, the family-run farm becomes far more than just a pumpkin patch – it’s one of the coolest and spookiest Halloween events around.
Not only are there over 60 varieties of pumpkins to pick, but you’ll also encounter creepy costumed Halloween characters roaming the fields and “Wicked Walkways” filled with props and surprises. And for the truly brave, the Terror Tunnel is guaranteed to get your heartbeat racing (ages 13+).
The Cammas Hall Halloween event also features many street food vendors offering tasty seasonal dishes, a farm shop filled with Halloween goodies, a Halloween-themed Maize Maze, and a family-friendly Monster Mayhem Show (specific dates only).
PLUS, for the second year in a row, the farm will host its popular Resurrected Halloween Nights, in which you can brave the pumpkin patch and spooky attractions after dark. You can also enjoy a pumpkin ale and listen to thrilling musical performances by “Dead Legends” tribute acts.
How to get to Cammas Hall Pumpkin Patch from London:
Driving: Cammas Hall Farm sits close to London Standard Airport and is around a 1hr 15min drive from central London.
Public transport: You can get a train from London Liverpool Street to Sawbridgeworth station (40 minutes) then jump in a short 10-15 minute taxi to the farm. Taxi services are available at the station. Another option is to get the Stansted Express train to Bishop’s Stortford (40 minutes) then jump onto the 305 bus to Barnfield. From here it’s a 15-20 minutes walk. Not ideal, but still doable.
Crockford Bridge Farm, Surrey
A true gem nestled in Surrey, Crockford Bridge Farm is a pick-your-own specialist with a huge variety of veggies available throughout spring and summer. Then when October hits, the farm shifts its focus to quality hand-harvested pumpkins that aren’t only great for carving but for eating too!
Throughout early October, you can pick your own pumpkin from the fields. Then from the 17th onwards, the pumpkins are moved to the Pumpkin Market due to groundfrost. But it’s still just as fun and photogenic. Both require a pre-booked time slot which you can book here.
But the real highlight? During the October half-term (20th to 28th), the farm will also host a charming family-friendly Pumpkin Festival, with roaming circus performers, pumpkin carving stations, seasonal displays, fairground rides, an obstacle maze, food vendors, and more!
How to get to Crockford Bridge Pumpkin Patch from London:
Driving: You can reach Crockford Bridge Farm in as little as 30-45 minutes when driving from southwest London. From central London, it’ll take around an hour.
Public transport: Take the train from London Waterloo Station or Clapham Junction to Weybridge (30mins) then jump in a quick taxi to the farm (5mins). Another option is taking the train to West Byfleet (30mins), then jumping on the 456 bus to reach the farm (10mins).
Garsons Farm, Surrey
For traditional pumpkin-picking near London without the extra thrills and spills, Garsons Farm in Surry is a great option.
Set in the heart of Esher, Garsons is one of the largest PYO farms in the UK. You can pick whatever you’d like from the farm’s 155 acres, with a huge variety of fresh fruit, seasonal veggies, and beautiful flowers to choose from.
Each October, the farm moves all its pumpkins to a series of covered walkways known as the “Pumpkin Parade.” There are plenty of different kinds of pumpkins to choose from, as well as beautiful displays of pre-decorated pumpkins to provide some inspiration this Halloween.
Entry to the Pumpkin Parade costs just £3 and requires advance booking. You’ll then need to pay for your chosen pumpkins separately on the way out.
How to get to Garsons Farm Pumpkin Patch from London:
Driving: Garsons Farm sits just south of Hampton Court Palace and can be reached in as little as 20-30 minutes from some parts of southwest London. If you’re driving from central London, the journey can take just under an hour depending on traffic.
Public transport: Despite how close it is to London, Garsons Farm is a little more difficult to visit by public transport. Your best option would be to take the train from London Waterloo to Walton-on-Thames (25 mins) then jump in a taxi to the farm (10 mins).
Stanhill Farm, Kent
Last but certainly not least, Stanhill Farm is a huge 150-acre family-run farm in Kent with over 30 varieties of fruit and veg, including thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
The picturesque farm offers a traditional pumpkin-picking experience every October, with wheelbarrows available to borrow. If you’re looking to buy in bulk, you can purchase an entire wheelbarrow’s worth of pumpkins for just £37.00 – if you can still push it that is!
There’s also a great farm shop to pick up some seasonal goodies, as well as a lovely little coffee shop next door called Berries and Beans.
Entry to the pumpkin patch costs £3.50 per person and you’ll need to book a slot in advance.
How to get to Stanhill Farm Pumpkin Patch from London:
Driving: Stanhill Farm is located between Dartford and Swanley just to the southeast of London. It’s reachable in as little as a 20-30 minute drive from Greenwich and other parts of southeast London.
Public transport: Take the train from London Bridge to Dartford (30 mins) then jump on the 429 to Birchwood Park which sits opposite the farm (20 mins). Alternatively, you can get on the train at London Victoria and head to Swanley (30 mins) where you can also get the 429 bus heading in the opposite direction. Both journeys take roughly the same amount of time.
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