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Where to Pick Pumpkins for Halloween 2019

Maisy Farren

Nothing says Halloween quite like bright orange pumpkins, and pumpkin carving is the perfect pre-Halloween activity for both kids and grown-ups. Picking your own pumpkin is the perfect way to ensure your jack-o’-lantern is big enough to scare the neighbours. You can even use the leftover pumpkin debris to make some tasty autumnal treats! Here’s our favourite spots for pumpkin pickin’ across the UK.  

Image credit: Grange Farm lowton via Facebook
Grange Farm Lowton
Stone Cross Lane, Lowton, Warrington, WA3 1JU 
Just one hour from Manchester, Grange Farm in Lowton takes Halloween seriously. Their plentiful pumpkin patch is overflowing with the vegetable this year, offering both big and small plants ready to be picked. The plants are ready from this weekend (5 October), and are available right through till Halloween. But don’t leave it too late – you don’t want to get stuck with all the tiny ones! It’s free to turn up and you pay for whatever you pick on the day. Throughout the month they’re hosting loads of ghostly activities such as the spooky maize maze, tractor rides and mini pumpkin hunts! Check the Facebook event for times and tickets. 

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP
Residents of Bath and Bristol will no doubt be familiar with Avon Valley Park, just half an hour drive out of Bristol it’s a popular family day out. From 5 October right through to Halloween you can head down to their huge pumpkin patch and pick one of over 15,000 pumpkins to take home! Be sure to make a day of it, grabbing a wheelbarrow to take some autumnal family snaps before picking a pumpkin, big or small. Stay and play at the retro fete and grab a bite to eat and drink. Pumpkin carving can be a messy job, so be sure to drop off at the pumpkin marquee to wash all the soil off before heading home. It costs £2 to enter this pumpkin patch, but that price is then deducted from your final pumpkin price (ranging from £2 - £12). What happens to all the un-picked pumpkins, we hear you ask! Head down to the Pumpkin Chunkin competition on 2 November to see! 

Image credit: Stanhill Farm via Facebook
Stanhill Farm
Birchwood Road, Wilmington, Dartford, DA2 7HD
London based families can take a trip to Dartford for some pumpkin pickin this autumn, as Stanhill Farm is the best spot for this! Dartford is just 1 hour on the train from London Bridge and around one and a half hours’ drive from central London, so it’s the perfect October afternoon out. Starting on 17 October, a sea of thousands of pumpkins are ready to be picked and taken home. Free to enter and just 85p per kilogram, you only pay for the size of pumpkin you pick! Borrow a wheelbarrow to bring your haul ready to be weighed! The pumpkin patch is open right up till the 31st, but be sure to head down before they all get snapped up. 

Pumpkin Patch
Sompting, West Sussex, BN15 0NE 
Those in Brighton can head to West Sussex for their pumpkin picking day out, as the Sompting farm is just 40 minutes’ drive from Brighton. Acres upon acres are awaiting you here in West Sussex, and Pumpkin Patch have sown over 32 varieties of pumpkins to be plucked! This spot is an amazing day out for young kids, filled with activities and run by a fictional family of scarecrows, a toad and an owl. Get involved with some of the games, make your own wand or broomstick in the pumpkin house and, of course, take a pumpkin home to carve and cook! Borrow a wheelbarrow on entry and pay for what you pick with prices starting at just £2. Entry is free and you can head down 12-13 October and 19-31 October! 
Pumpkin Patch also have patches in Cardiff, Hampshire and London. Click here for locations.  ​​​​​​​

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