Pumpkin picking is one of the best Halloween activities and it’s suitable for all ages. Make sure you wrap up warm before heading into the fields to get picking this October half term. When you get these fabulous fruits home, it’s time to get creative and see who can carve the best design. Carving pumpkins into spooky creations is a fantastic half term activity that’ll certainly keep the kids busy. If you’re looking for the best pumpkin patches near you or want some top tips on growing your own – you've come to the right place. Here at Parkdean Resorts we are right in the Halloween spirit and can’t wait for the fun to begin!
Best pumpkins to pick
If you're looking for pumpkins to carve then you should take into consideration the size of the pumpkin you choose - if it’s very large, it will be more challenging to hollow out and carve. A top tip to make sure it’s a good choice is to tap the pumpkin to check its sturdy – it should make a hollow noise too. The best pumpkins will be deep orange in colour and the bottom will be flat so that it doesn’t roll. It’s important to make sure they’re not soft and mushy and that the stem is firm and secure. You should avoid bruising and look for smooth surfaces as this makes for easier carving!
When’s the best time to go pumpkin picking?
A lot of UK farms offer pumpkin picking during the spooky season, starting from the beginning of October. The peak time to go pumpkin picking is during October half term, as this is when most of the farms open their gates for pumpkin pickers. There are so many great places in the UK to take the kids pumpkin picking this October, which is why we’ve chosen our favourite 7 patches to help you decide.
Where to go pumpkin picking near me
There are hundreds of pumpkin patches to choose from in the UK this October. Some of the farms offer pumpkin picking events for kids with other activities and some have some cool props in the fields to get good photos with. Many of them also offer a nice selection of winter vegetables. We’ve put together a list of our top 6 favourite pumpkin patches below.
1. Humble Bee’s Pumpkin Patch, Scarborough
The Humble Bee’s Pumpkin patch and Halloween Trail event is on from Saturday 23rd October to Saturday 30th October. You can pick your time slot between 10am and 2pm to enjoy picking a pumpkin, carving it and finally taking an exciting walk around the Halloween Nature Trail. The event is priced at £8 for a child ticket, which includes a pumpkin, and £5 for an adult ticket. Dogs are welcome at this event too! This pumpkin patch is just 11 minutes away from Cayton Bay Holiday Park so if you’re on holiday here during half term, don’t miss out on the fun.
Address: Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough YO11 3UJ
2. Laverock Hall Farm, Northumberland
Laverock Hall Farm is open to the public for pumpkin picking fun from Saturday 9th October. You don’t need to book and you can visit any weekend in October between 10am and 4pm, depending on the weather. This farm is nearby Sandy Bay Holiday Park as well as Whitley Bay Holiday Park and would make a great day out for families looking for some Halloween excitement this half term. The team at Laverock Hall Farm are pumpkin patch experts, having grown them annually for many years. They grow a wide variety of pumpkins and squashes ideal for cooking as well as carving.
Address: Laverock Hall Farm, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 4HE
3. Foxes Farm Produce, Essex
If you’re looking for somewhere to go pumpkin picking in Essex then look no further. Foxes Farm Produce in Colchester offers over 15 varieties of pumpkins to choose from and lots of Halloween fun. This patch is open for picking from 25th September and tickets cost just £5 for a family of 4. There are plenty of photo opportunities, wheelbarrows and refreshments too! If you’re staying at Weeley Bridge Holiday Park, this pumpkin patch is just a 30 minute drive away.
Address: Foxes Farm Produce, Aldham, Colchester CO6 3PR
4. Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm, Scotland
Get your wellies on and head to Western Hardmuir Fruit Farm for some spooky fun this October. If you’re staying at Narin Lochloy Holiday Park, this patch is just a 12 minute drive away. The dates of the pumpkin patch opening are still to be confirmed. Pumpkins are priced at £3.50 each.
Address: Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm, Wester Hardmuir, Auldearn, Nairn IV12 5QG
5. Cowbridge Farm, Wales
If you’re in the area or staying at Ty Mawr Holiday Park this October, make sure you drop into Cowbridge Farm Shop for your pumpkins. Last year their pumpkins grew huge, making great Halloween decorations and perfect for pies and soups. Grab a wheel barrow and venture round the field to find your perfect pumpkin and don’t forget to get a snap for Instagram too! Dates and prices for pumpkins are to be confirmed for 2021.
Address: Marlborough Grange Farm Crossways, Cowbridge, Wales, CF71 7LJ
6. Hill Farm, Norfolk
Head to Hill Farm in Norfolk for some pumpkin picking and don’t forget to bring your camera as there will be plenty of photo opportunities. This pumpkin field is just a 30 minute drive from Vauxhall Holiday Park if you’re looking for some extra half term Halloween fun! The farm shop offers winter vegetables too during the winter months so be sure to check out what’s on offer. In the summer, you can also visit this farm for various other fruit picking including strawberries and more!
Address: Hill Farm Farm Shop, Jefferies Bros, Norwich NR12 7BA
7. East Grange, Durham
This fabulous farm has been growing pumpkins since the springtime and they’re excited to welcome guests back to their pumpkin patch this October 2021. Just a 20 minute drive away from Crimdon Dene Holiday Park is East Grange Farm which runs a pumpkin patch from mid-October each year. Dates and ticket prices are to be confirmed, but they are usually on sale by September. The cost of pumpkins here can vary in price from £1 for the small ones to £9 for the really big ones.
Address: High Shincliffe, Durham DH1 2TB
How to grow pumpkins yourself
To grow your own pumpkins, you’ll first need some pumpkin seeds. You can either buy these from the shop or you can collect these from the inside of the pumpkin when you carve it and save them for the following year. Next you’ll need to plant the seeds in some compost in a small pot and place in direct sunlight. Pumpkin plants love the rain so when the seeds are first planted, make sure you water them plenty! The best time to plant pumpkin seeds is during springtime to have them fully grown by October.
Once the vine starts becoming long, it’s best to replant it in the ground to give it lots of space to grow. If you don’t have a place to do this, you can repot it into a large plant pot. The pumpkin vine will begin to grow big leaves and yellow flowers. After this, the baby pumpkins will begin to grow. They’ll be green in colour, until the weather gets cooler and they finally turn orange and sizable – ready to carve and have some fun!
How much is pumpkin picking UK?
Prices tend to vary depending on the size of the pumpkin you choose, but usually the price for a pumpkin in the UK is between £1 and £5. Depending on the farm you visit to pick your pumpkins, you may need to buy tickets. Tickets for pumpkin picking events tend to be inexpensive, usually no more than £5 and often a pumpkin will be included in this price. It’s best to check the individual farm’s website or Facebook page for pricing as prices vary from place to place.
Can I bring my dog pumpkin picking with me?
Many of the farms offering pumpkin picking welcome dogs to the fields so they can join in the fun. One of the dog friendly pumpkin patches on our list is Humble Bee’s Pumpkin Patch in Scarborough. Some patches do have a ‘no dogs in the field’ policy so be sure to check before you bring your canine companion.
Halloween Fun at Parkdean Resorts
As Halloween is one of Parkdean Resort’s favourite times of year, we’ve made sure there’s plenty to get involved with this October half term. From frighteningly fun games to pumpkin carving and ghostly goings-on, you can expect to have a thoroughly spooktacular time celebrating Halloween 2021. We have Halloween crafts, ghost walks and fancy dress along with a Halloween themed food and drinks menu. Come along to the Monster Ball where you can expect live acts, a selfie station and a Zombie Rave!
We want to see your best pumpkin carving skills this Halloween so make sure you tag us in your creations on Instagram @parkdeanresorts!