Pumpkin picking has become quite the activity in the UK during the fall season and in the weeks preceding Halloween. Primarily an American pastime, heading out to the cider mills and pumpkin patches at the first sign of fall are now something Londoners are keen to do. Thanks to this increased popularity, pumpkin patches and pick-your-own (PYO) farms have been springing up in and around London almost overnight. So whether you are in town for the stunning fall season or just ready for sweater weather and pumpkin everything, here are ten London area pumpkin patches to visit this fall.

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10 Secretts Farm & Farm Shop

Located in the beautiful countryside of Surrey, just under an hour out from the City of London, Secretts' of Milford is one of the UK’s best gourmet food destinations. That said, every year, in late October, Secretts hosts Pumpkin Week and showcases over 30,000 pumpkins that are ripe for picking. In addition to this PYO extravaganza, this farm also offers fall lovers a variety of pumpkin-centric eats, delicious barbecue menu items, and an equally important dress/costume competition.

  • Where : Hurst Farm, Chapel Lane, Milford, Surrey, GUB 5HU.
  • When : Saturday, October 22 – 29, 2022.
  • Tickets: The entry fee is £3, and it is highly recommended that you book tickets in advance.

9 The Pop Farm

Only 45 minutes away from central London, in the town of Hertfordshire, The Pop Farm is yet another place to check out award-winning Pumpkins. Here patrons and pumpkin pickers can choose the best of the best. So if you happen to be in this neck of the woods, just grab one of the wheelbarrows, a picture guide, and head out into the expansive pumpkin patch/field. Pop Farm also has an onsite maze, plus festive drinks and snacks, which are the perfect ending to an eventful day in this pumpkin patch.

  • Where : M1, Junction 9, St Albans, AL3 8HT.
  • When : October 2022.
  • Tickets : £2.95 per person (children under two are free) with a £0.25 booking fee.

8 The Patch

Another nearby pumpkin destination that definitely deserves a visit this fall is The Patch. This working farm offers patrons the chance to pick out pumpkins, explore the giant maize maze, see some incredible farm animals, and enjoy some downright tasty refreshments. There are also a variety of outdoor games and activities that are fun for the whole family.

  • Where : Hatch Lane, Weston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7EB.
  • When : Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October 2022.
  • Tickets : £3.50 per person (children under the age of two get in free), and parking is free.

7 Tulleys Pumpkins

Located in Sussex, Tulleys Pumpkins Is a 20-acre haven for all things pumpkins and squashes. So if you happen to be looking for a specific variety, then this place is for you. Plop your favorite pumpkins into your complimentary wheelbarrow during the day for some wholesome family fun, or check out the Pumpkin Nights experience with friends. Sound interesting? Then check out Tulleys, find the perfect pumpkin, pose for a few Instagram photo ops, and enjoy the yummy eats and refreshments.

  • Where : Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PD.
  • When : October 2022 (not every day – check the website for exact dates ).
  • Tickets : During the day, entry will cost you £4.00 – £7.00 per person (kids under two free), and at night tickets range from £6.00 – £10.00.

6 Marsh Farm Pumpkin Village

Marsh Farm Pumpkin Village is located in Essex and is known as the premium pumpkin patch. Not only does this patch have a massive field full of pumpkins, but it also offers patrons wonderful treats and refreshments (including pumpkin-spiced lattes). But that’s not all; Marsh Farms has both day and night picking experiences, a Halloween shop, appropriately themed social media backdrops, and more.

  • Where : Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, CM3 5WP.
  • When : 6th – 31st October 2022.
  • Tickets: Entry ranges from £3.99 to £9.99 per person (Under two free).

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5 Siam Hall Spooky Pumpkins

For fall lovers who simply cannot wait to carve up their pumpkins, Siam Hall Spooky Pumpkins is for you. Here patrons can leisurely stroll the seemingly endless field of pumpkins, and once they’ve made their selection, they can head on over to the pumpkin carving area. If you happen to be in the market for more than a couple of pumpkins, there are also wheelbarrows available.

  • Where : Siam Hall Lane, Boxford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 5LA.
  • When : October 2022 half-term.
  • Tickets: Entry is free, and no advance booking is required. Pumpkin prices start from £1 and up.

4 Cobbs Farm Shop

Cobbs Farm Shop in Berkshire is another excellent option for pumpkin pickers. Typically, every October, Cobbs offers up some first-rate pumpkin picking, complete with wheelbarrows and the occasional carving station. There is also a wonderful bus café with a full menu (for breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner), plus hot fall drinks and delicious cakes.

  • Where : Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen, Bath Road, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0SP.
  • When : This event runs throughout October 2022.
  • Tickets : To book, call 01488 686770 – Ext 1, and if you book a 1-hour slot, entry is free.

3 Nathan’s Farm

Located in Buckinghamshire, Nathan’s Farm isn’t your average farm that offers seasonal pumpkin picking. Instead, Nathan’s is best described as a true celebration of fall with its animal petting farm, pumpkin picking, available carving, play areas, and a fantastic little café (try the famous pumpkin soup). This is the perfect option for friends, family, or anyone who loves fall.

  • Where : Cahlfont Road, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4BT.
  • When : The event runs through the latter half of October 2022.
  • Tickets: Typically start at £5.00 per car, which doesn’t include the cost of pumpkins or picking.

2 Cammas Hall Farm

If you are looking for great Halloween activities with your side of pumpkin picking, then Cammas Hall Farm is the place to go. Here patrons and Halloween lovers can pick out their future Jack-O-Lanterns in style, thanks to all the wonderful Halloween decorations. After finding the pumpkin of your dreams, there are also two maize mazes to check out, plus a spooky walking trail that is sure to give you a fright.

  • Where : Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak, Near Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 7JT.
  • When : This event runs throughout October 2022.
  • Tickets : £2.00 – £4.00 per person (with a £2.00 credit going towards your future pumpkin purchase).

1 Spitalfields City Farm/Wands & Wizard Exploratorium

Finally, if you want to have the full fall experience near London, then it is highly recommended that you make a day of it by starting at Spitalfields City Farm for a traditional pumpkin day, followed by some good old fashion pumpkin carving at the Wands & Wizard Exploratorium. This way, pumpkin pickers and fall enthusiasts can add a dash of magic, mystery, and “Potter” to their outings.

  • When : October 2022.
  • Where : 13 Manette Street, London, W1D 4AW.
  • Tickets: Prices start at £14.99 and go up from there.