Pumpkin patch UK mapped: Where are the best places to pick pumpkins now?

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Pumpkin picking has steadily become a popular pastime among Britons over the years. While traditionally, it’s more of an American concept, Pumpkin patches have started popping up across the UK. For those looking for the perfect pumpkin for Halloween or even an Autumnal pie, look no further, Express.co.uk has created a guide of the best pumpkin patches in the UK – just don’t forget your wellies!

Arnprior Farm, Stirling, Scotland

Located close to a Loch and just an hour outside of Glasgow, Arnprior provides views as well as juicy pumpkins.

The farm has over 10,000 pumpkins where visitors can pick their own and roam over six acres-worth of pumpkin patches.

Some of the varieties include Cinderella pumpkins, green warty pumpkins, white pumpkins and stripy ones.

There’s also the chance to enjoy a wood-fired pizza and beef burgers if you fancy some dinner or lunch before you leave.

Times: 9am-5.30pm everyday

Dates: October 12-31

Price: £6 per car

Craigie’s Farm, South Queensferry, Scotland

Located just outside of Edinburgh, Craigie’s Farm is also home to a Deli and Cafe.

PYO pumpkins is available to book online with the entry voucher redeemable against anything you pick.

Due to coronavirus, entry to the fields will only be within 15 minutes of the start time of the time slot on the voucher.

Their website has a handy calendar which shows you when is still available. A lot of October is fully booked so you better be quick.

Times: 9am-5pm everyday

Dates: October 8-31

Price: Adults £3-£4, Children under 15 £1.50-£2

Cattows Farm, Leicestershire

Cattows Farm is in a stunning little village called Heather and has been run by the Ludlam family since the 19th century.

With 170,000 pumpkins and 40 varieties to choose from, you’re bound to find one that fits your specifications.

There are also squashes and gourds on offer if you fancy experimenting with some other veggies.

Times: 9am-5pm everyday

Dates: October 2020

Price: Pumpkins from £1.50 each

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Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, Yorkshire

Just half an hour from Leeds lies Farmer Copleys, an idyllic farm in South Yorkshire.

Here, there are more than 20 pumpkin varieties and 130,000 on offer which include black and white pumpkins.

The farm has over 20 acres of pumpkin patches with wheelbarrows available if you wish to stock up.

Tickets are available with time slots online with prices varying depending on the time of day.

Times: 9am-4.30pm everyday

Dates: October 3 – November 11

Price: From £2 for entry, pumpkins from £1.50

Maxey’s Farm Shop, Kirklington, Nottinghamshire

Maxey’s is offering homegrown pumpkins a-plenty with a chance to get stuck into some activities too.

Varieties include orange, green, blue and white which are perfect for some colourful food or some spooky Halloween displays.

Squash varieties are also available which include the famous spaghetti squash.

Times: 9am-5pm everyday

Dates: October 7-31

Price: £2 per person, under 16’s free – October 3-15 (off peak)

£3 per person, under 16’s free – October 16-31 (peak)

Mini Squashes start from 50p

Pumpkins start from £2

Secretts, Surrey

A farm shop, deli, gift store and cafe, Secretts has plenty to offer customers as well as picking your own pumpkins.

Secretts’ website has a unique QRC code that pickers can scan to get to the online ticketing area.

Ticket holders must arrive at the time they have chosen in order to attend. Tickets will not be sold on the gate.

Times: 9am-4pm everyday

Dates: October 24-31

Price: £2 per adult/child

Pumpkin patch at Cammas Hall Farm, Hertfordshire

Cammas Hall Farm has several varieties of pumpkins available which include the Snowman pumpkin and the Knucklehead.

Other activities on offer include a maize maze, refreshments, farm shop and cafe (book in advance only).

Like many of the other patches, booking in advance is required.

Times: 9am-4pm

Dates: October 1 – October 31 except October 5,12 & 19

Price: From £2 with booking fee

Forage Farm, Llwynhelig, Vale of Glamorgan

As well as picking pumpkins, visitors can enjoy tractor rides, storytelling and food stalls while there.

Parking and entry is free and there’s even a new farm shop for those who don’t want to be out in the cold for too long.

Entry is free but visitors are being asked to follow social distancing rules and procedures.

The farm will also limit visitors if it gets too busy.

Times: Weekends in October (10am-4pm), Weekdays October 19-23 (1pm-4pm); October 26-30 (10am-4pm)

Dates: See above

Price: Entry free, pumpkins from £2

Matthews Pumpkin Patch, Aberbran Fawr, Brecon

Famous for strawberry picking in the summer, Matthews is also a great spot for pumpkin picking.

Their Facebook page states: “Opening this Friday 9 to Monday 12 October 10am to 4pm, then every weekend until week before halloween when it will be all week.”

There will be plenty of different-sized pumpkins on offer along with wheelbarrows to hire and hot/cold drinks and snacks.

Times: 10am-4pm every weekend

Dates: See above

Price: No entry fee but pumpkins cost

Streamvale Open Farm, Northern Ireland

Streamvale Open Farm is offering a free pumpkin for every child as well as thousands to choose from.

There will be several 2.5-hour slots where kids will be able to grab a mini wheelbarrow and explore the pumpkin patch.

Streamvale will carve the pumpkin for you if you don’t want to deal with the mess or the smell at home.

There will also be free tractor and barrel rides, animal feeding and a burger barn.

Times: 9am-8.30pm some days, 9am-5.30pm other days

Dates: October 17 – 31

Price: From £3.50

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