We’ve always made a conscious effort every Halloween to visit a pumpkin patch since having our son.
Yes, it’s a very American thing to do and it hasn’t quite made it across the country because of that- in time I think it will, but it’s still in it’s early days. But there’s something so cute about little ones running through rows of pumpkins.
^^Waterproof overalls | Kozi Kidz
To find a pumpkin patch though you do have to leave London, I’ve yet to find one within the city. Probably due to the lack of country life. Kind of figures really.
There are places of course you can pick up pumpkins but they don’t tend to have that rustic ‘PYO from a field’ feeling that I really enjoy when I visit a place that specialises in creating that Halloween vibe.
So without further ado here are some places surrounding London that do create that magical experience:
Crockford Bridge Farm | Addlestone, Surrey
Secretts Farm | Milford, Surrey
Priory Farm | Redhill, Surrey
Garsons Farm | Esher, Surrey
Pumpkin Jim’s | Ickleton, Cambridgeshire
Foxes Farm | Basildon or Colchester, Essex
Cammas Hall Farm | Hatfield Broad Oak, Hertfordshire
The Pop-Up Farm | St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Beluncle Farm | Rochester, Kent
Hopefully there’s one not too far from you, just don your waterproofs and wellies and take the kids out to pick their own pumpkins. Plus it’s better to support your local farms than to buy from a supermarket where you can.
This is the first year Little London has actually selected his own pumpkin. He took quite a while finding the right one. I think it was mainly based upon the heaviest one he could comfortably carry 😉
The great thing about visiting a pumpkin patch is that most of the places mentioned have extra facilities to keep the kids entertained. Including outdoor play equipment, small indoor soft play areas and tractor rides plus great farm cafe food. So you can make a full day out of it if you want to.
This has to be my favourite Halloween activity with my son, although it’s not exclusive to parents and kids of course!
Will you be heading to a pumpkin patch this year?