Pumpkin picking around the UK 2021: 20 best patches and farms to visit this autumn and Halloween

There’s nothing quite like carving pumpkins to get into the Halloween spirit - these are some of the best patches in the UK where you can pick your own

With October finally here, the autumnal season brings with it many Halloween traditions. One of the most beloved of which is carving pumpkins.

This is a list of the 20 best patches and farms to visit this autumn to pick your own perfect pumpkin.

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Scotland

Arnprior Farm, Stirling

Arnprior Farm, Stirling, FK8 3HA

(Photo: Arnprior Farm)

At Arnprior Farm, known as Scotland’s original pumpkin patch, there will be over 15,000 pumpkins to pick from across the six acre pumpkin patch in Stirlingshire.

You can buy pumpkin picking tickets on the Anprior Farm website. The ticket can be exchanged at the farm for one small pumpkin. Tickets are selling out quickly, so you’ll need to be fast.

The tickets are for a two hour session, and one ticket permits one car into the car park.

Craigies Farm, Edinburgh

West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9AR

(Photo: Craigies Farm)

Founded in 1966, Craigies is run by husband and wife team John and Kirsteen Sinclair, and you can choose between seven varieties of pumpkins - mars, snowman, knucklehead, crown prince, harvest moon, polar bear and Turkish turban.

The Little Farmers & Pumpkin Pick Your Own combo tickets allows you to pick your own pumpkin, enjoy a pumpkin shaped shortbread washed down with a tea or coffee, and have some family fun playing together on the timber equipment. Prices start from £11.

Alternatively, you could opt for the pick your own pumpkins and apples ticket, with prices starting at £1.50.

You can get your tickets from the Craigies Farm website. 

Balgone Estate, East Lothian

Balgone Barns, North Berwick, EH39 5NY

(Photo: Balgone Estate)

Balgone Estate is a family run farm which boasts roughly 1500 acres of arable land, and is home to some of the best pumpkin picking in Scotland. Alongside the pumpkin patch this year, Balgone Estate is also offering visitors the chance to check out its haunted trail and brand new maize maze.

You can book your ticket on the Balgone Estate website, with booking fees costing £6. Included in the ticket is access to the pumpkin patch, maize maze, spooky trail and catering.

In the run up to Halloween, the patch will be open for picking on the following weekends: 15, 16, 17 - 21, 22, 23, 24 - 29, 30, 31 of October.

Cairnie, Fife

Cairnie, Cupar, KY15 4QD

(Photo: Cairnie)

Cairnie’s fruit farm is spread out across 120 acres, 45 of which are producing top quality fruit that you can pick yourself. The pumpkin patch will open on Saturday 9 October, and Cairnie will have over 12,000 pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colours ready to be picked.

You’ll need to pre-book your visit, and you can choose between a morning slot (10am to 12:30pm) or an afternoon slot (1pm to 3:30pm). You can turn up any time within your time slot, and you pay for your pumpkins depending on their size.

The pass to the pumpkin patch costs £1.50, with an extra 30p booking fee. Under three’s go free and do not require a ticket, as is the same with season ticket holders.

You can buy your tickets on the Cairnie website. 

Charleton Fruit Farm, Montrose

Charleton Fruit Farm, Montrose, DD10 9EW

(Photo: Charleton Fruit Farm)

Located on the outskirts of Montrose, Charlatan Fruit Farm is open to visitors between 10am and 4pm daily.

It is free entry to pick your own pumpkins in the patch, and there is no booking required.

Throughout October the farm will also be offering things like storytelling, wreath and crown making classes, scarecrow-making, a hay bale bowling alley and a bale fort in the park.

You can find more information on the Charleton Fruit Farm website.

England

Foxes Farm Produce, Colchester

Foxes Farm Produce, Aldham, Colchester CO6 3PR

(Photo: Foxes Farm Produce)

Foxes Farm Produce is the site of the original pick your own patch in Essex and has been running since 2015.

If you’re looking to visit to pick your own pumpkin, you’ll need to buy a ticket in advance. Each adult and child over one years old will need to purchase a ticket and select a 10 minute entry time slot, to help keep queuing to a minimum.

There are over 15 varieties of pumpkins and squash available, and family tickets (which are valid for up to four people) cost £6.

You can book your tickets on the Foxes Farm Produce website. 

On their website, they say that they “are not sure if [they] can open right up to Halloween due to the weather and stock availability”, so you should try and visit as early as possible.

Stanhill Farm, Dartford

The Farm House, Birchwood Rd, Dartford DA2 7HD

(Photo: Stanhill Farm)

The Stanhill Farm pumpkin patch will open on Saturday 16 October, and you’ll need to book in advance before arriving. One ticket admits one car/group of a maximum of up to ten people.

The website states that in order to “ avoid the disappointment of customers booking tickets for the end of half term and the risk of us running out, we have decided not to release tickets for the last four days of half term: 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st.

“There is no way we can predict how quickly we will run out, so the earlier you visit, the more chance we will still have pumpkins available. In the event we do have pumpkins left at the end of half term, we will release more tickets.”

Crockford Bridge, Addlestone

New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU

(Photo: Crockford Bridge)

Crockford Bridge is one of Surrey’s largest growers of pumpkins, and their pick your own pumpkin fields are open for pumpkin picking on the first two weekends of October only.

One ticket is required per person except for under one-year-olds. The tickets cost £4.50 and will be redeemed against the cost of your pumpkins. You can book your tickets online.

Alternatively you can visit the pumpkin market from Saturday 2 October which features hundreds of pre picked pumpkins that are available to buy. You don’t need to book for the pumpkin market, and instead you can just turn up.

Mr Pumpkin, Derby

Lime Farm Mansfield Road, Derby DE7 6JU

(Photo: Mr Pumpkin)

Mr Pumpkin is a fourth generation arable farm situated in Morley, which is approximately four miles outside of Derby City Centre.

This year, Mr Pumpkin has planted almost 90,000 different pumpkins with over 40 varieties to choose from. In order to manage the numbers and minimise queues, the pick your own pumpkin patch will be operated on a ticket basis.

Mr Pumpkin tickets are now on sale for the following dates: 3, 9, 10, 16 - 31 October.

Yorkshire Pumpkins, North Yorkshire

Lodge Farm, Church Ln, Cundall, York YO61 2RN

(Photo: Yorkshire Pumpkins)

Yorkshire Pumpkins will be open from 10am to 4pm on 16 and 17 October, and then every day from 21 October until 31 October.

The pumpkin patch this year will be ticketed, with each ticket costing £1 which will be deducted from the price of your pumpkins.

Everyone must have a ticket except from babies in arms.

You can book your tickets online on the Yorkshire Pumpkins website.

Wales

Picking Patch Cardiff, Cardiff

Coedarhydyglyn Park Near, Bonvilston, St Nicholas, Cardiff CF5 6SG

(Photo: Picking Patch Cardiff)

The Picking Patch in Cardiff offers up 20 acres of pumpkins to pick from, with pumpkins starting at £1 and price measured by size.

The pick your own pumpkin patch will open from 9, 10, 16, 17, 22 - 31 October from 9:30am to 4pm, with no pre-booking required.

You can find more information on the Picking Patch website. 

Pencoed Fach Farm, Blackwood

Heol Y Cefn, Bedwellty Rd, Blackwood NP12 0BQ

(Photo: Pencoed Fach Farm)

Pencoed Fach Farm is a small organic farm which runs a pick your own pumpkin patch every year.

You can book tickets to pick your own pumpkins online.

Windsor Farm and Pumpkin Patch, Pembroke

Windsor Farm, Lamphey, Pembroke, SA71 5NT

(Photo: Windsor Farm and Pumpkin Patch)

2021 will be the third year of pumpkin growing at Windsor Farm.

The patch will be open every weekend from Saturday 2 October, from 10am to 4pm.

It is free entry to the patch, and no booking is required.

You can find it more via the Windsor Farm Facebook page. 

Llynclys Hall Farm Shop, Oswestry

Llynclys Hall, Llynclys, Oswestry SY10 8AD

(Photo: Llynclys Hall Farm Shop)

Llynclys Hall Farm is well known in the Oswestry area for its pumpkins, and is the largest growers of pumpkins in the area with thousands of different shapes, sizes and varieties to choose from.

The pumpkin patch will be open from Saturday 9 October to pick your own pumpkins from 9.30am to 5pm. Prior to arrival you’ll need to book your tickets first.

The ticket price is £5 per car, and you can book your tickets online.

Pembrokeshire Pumpkin Farm, Moylgrove

Trefaes ganol, Moylgrove SA43 3PF

(Photo: Pembrokeshire Pumpkin Farm)

New to the Pembrokeshire Pumpkin Farm is a woodland play area where children can run around, play hide and seek among the spooky hay bales, and visit the Halloween Grotto.

The pumpkin patch is open on the October weekends of 2 and 3, 9 and 10, 16 and 17, and then daily from 23 to 30 October.

You’ll need to book your tickets online, with a family admission ticket costing £5. The tickets are for one car per family, not per person.

Northern Ireland

Streamvale Farm, Belfast

38 Ballyhanwood Rd, Belfast BT5 7SN

(Photo: Streamvale Farm)

The Streamvale Farm pumpkin patch will open from 16 to 31 October, and will be running daily three hour sessions.

There will be thousands of pumpkins to choose from the patch, and it will be open for the morning session (9:30am to 12:30pm) and afternoon session (1:15pm to 4:15pm) as well as evening sessions from 5pm to 8pm on the following dates: Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Friday 22 to Sunday 31 October.

The Ark Open Farm, Newtownards

296 Bangor Rd, Newtownards BT23 7PH

(Photo: The Ark Open Farm)

Grab a wheelbarrow and head to the Ark Open Farm to pick your perfect pumpkin this Halloween

As well as picking out your perfect pumpkin, also included in your ticket is pumpkin carving, spooky activity trail, tractor trailer rides and a Halloween themed animal handling session including creepy crawlies.

Tickets are selling out quickly so if you want to visit the Ark Open Farm pumpkin patch, you’ll need to be fast. You can book your tickets online. 

Causeway Fun Farm, Bushmills

19 Causeway Road, Bushmills, BT57 8SU

(Photo: Causeway Fun Farm)

From 27 to 31 October, the Causeway Fun Farm pumpkin patch will be open once again to the public looking to pick up their perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Kids can carve their own pumpkins in the barn, and there will also be Halloween crafts as well as the farm’s usual activities and animals to visit.

Adult and children tickets cost £5 and under one-year-olds go free. The farm will be open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm, and from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.

You’ll need to pre-book your space, and you can get tickets via the Causeway Fun Farm Facebook page. 

Laganvale Farm, Lisburn

55a Sandy Ln, Lisburn BT27 5TL

(Photo: Laganvale Farm)

From 20 to 31 October, the popular pumpkin days at Laganvale Farm returns, with three hour pumpkin picking sessions.

Also on offer is access to the outdoor farm areas including pedal go-karts, activity tunnel with pedal tractors and sandpit, the farm walk to visit the animals, pumpkin themed games, a witches trail into the spooky maize maze and even a Haunted House if you’re feeling adventurous.

Fermanagh Fun Farm, Enniskillen

4 Slate Quarry Ln, Lisbellaw, Enniskillen BT94 5BB

(Photo: Fermanagh Fun Farm)

At Fermanagh Fun Farm, you’ll hop on the spooky ghost train and be led to the pumpkin patch. Pick your perfect pumpkin and once you’re ready the ghost train will take you to the pumpkin carving marque.

The farm is open to the public from 10.30am-5.30pm and when you’re booking your tickets you’ll be asked to choose an arrival time.

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