With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to dust off your wellies and head to your local farm for a spot of pumpkin picking. Ever since I was a kid we would always visit our nearest pumpkin patch at Garsons Farm in the run up to Halloween, but as we got older this tradition unfortunately stopped… that’s until I discovered blogging, now every October for the past few years I’ve made sure that I was picking my own pumpkin and carving it in time for my favourite holiday.
Though to spice things up a little this year, I wanted to do some research into what other farms are near me in Surrey. Although I did end up pumpkin picking in Garsons Farm (surprise surprise) I still wanted to share a few other places that really caught by eye.
Garsons Farm, Esher
Of course I’m starting things off with Garsons – how could I not? This award-winning garden centre and farm shop features one of the largest Pick Your Own fields in the UK. I actually love visiting in the summer as well to pick strawberries and corn. Last autumn I even picked some of the biggest sunflowers I’ve ever seen. In terms of their Halloween section, Garsons Farm is pretty mundane I must admit. Unlike most other pumpkin patches there aren’t wheelbarrows to help carry your picks, nor are there tractor rides. But if you live near Esher and just want the fun of picking your own pumpkin this Halloween then Garsons Farm is your place. Plus the shop and café is pretty on point.
Unlike Garsons, Secretts Pick You Own fields are only open seasonally, however they especially reopen every October half-term for pumpkin week – which is occurring from 23rd-28th October this year . In addition to a harvest of over 30,000 pumpkins, you’ll also be able to enjoy tractor rides to the pumpkin field plus loads of spooky activities. Little ones can also enjoy biscuit decorating, a haystack play area, and even mini golf. If I had a child I would definitely of gone to Secretts to pick my pumpkin as there seems to be enough going on to make a full day of it.
Crockford Bridge Farm, Weybridge
Celebrate all things autumn and Halloween at Crockford’s ‘Pumpkin Festival‘, taking place until 28th October . During this event, the family owned farm is transformed into a fun and family-friendly area, featuring thousands of pumpkins on display for sale, games, pumpkin carving and other activities. Although the Pick Your Own fields are now closed (my fault for posting this so late into October), the festival looks really fun, and entry is only £4pp.
Crockford’s are also currently selling tickets to their immersive Woodland Theatre, which includes entry into the Pumpkin Festival.
Tulleys Farm, Crawley
Although Tulleys Farm is not in Surrey, it can be reached in about an hour or less from the county depending on where you live. Tulleys Farm is infamous for their fright nights during Halloween, however they also have a brand new 12 acre field full of pumpkins ready for you to pick. And because I love a little something extra at pumpkin patches, I thought I’d add that there’s also wheelbarrows for you to borrow, that of course also make an awesome Instagram picture.