Where to pick your own pumpkin
While we’re pimping out the pumpkin joys, we couldn’t neglect the fun of picking your own. There’s just something about pumpkin fields that makes us feel all autumnal, although our decorating skills pale in comparison to autumn queen Zoe Sugg.
Read on for our top picks: happily, they’re almost all free entry with plentiful parking and you don’t need to book in advance for most of them either! Although there will always be enough pumpers to go round for everyone, we’d recommend turning up early to beat the crowds.
Sompting Pumpking Picking Patch
Sadly, the brilliant Slindon Pumpkins stopped trading in 2020 (remember their genius displays?), but our other top pumpkin-picking patch is the Sompting one – near Lancing. There you can run wheelbarrow wild across 23 acres, gathering up some of their 60,000 pumpkins featuring 32 varieties in every shape and size. Or you can get stuck into some Halloween-y crafts and sink the essential pumpkin-spiced latte with a side of wood-fired pizza.
Sompting Pumping Picking Patch; 9.30am – 4.00pm weekends from 9th October and daily from 22nd – 31st October; free entry, pumpkin prices start at £1
Halewick Lane, Sompting, Lancing BN15 0NE
Poynings Pumpkin Patch
We also highly rate newer kid on the block, the Poynings Pumpkin Patch, which has a great selection of organic pumpkins for decorating and cooking, as well as local food treats (we’d recommend the pumpkin fritters).
Poynings Pumpkin Patch; 10am – 4pm on October weekends and daily from 24th – 31st October; pumpkin prices vary
Poynings Road, Poynings, Brighton BN45 7AP
Poynings Pumpkin Patch
Just outside Lewes in the small village of Rodmell, you’ll find South Farm, a family-run working farm where all the pumpkins are grown on site. Weather-permitting, they’re open every day for picking from 16th October and until Halloween or until they sell out. Last year, they sold out on the 30th, so we’d recommend not leaving it to the last minute. There’s plenty of parking, but if you don’t drive, they’re also on the 123 bus route from Lewes.
Daily from 16th – 31st October; 10am – 4pm; pumpkin prices vary
Cricketing Bottom (on the South Downs Way), South Farm Rodmell, BN7 3FE
Ok, it’s a more commercial experience, but for a fun-filled day out, photo opps a-plenty and more squashes of all shapes and sizes than you can shake a pumpkin pie at, Tulleys Farm (of Shocktober fame) is always a good shout. This year, they’ve grown 60 acres, producing a mammoth 450,000 pumpkins. And, in typical Tulleys fashion, there are live roaming characters, offering a more immersive experience, if that’s your bag. Prefer to pick under the light of the moon? Then you need Pumpkin Nights – pick your own with food, drinks and live music!
Daily until 31st October; 10am – 5.30pm (or until 10pm for Pumpkin Nights); from £3 for daytime picking and from £6 for the nights; pumpkin prices vary from £1 – £25
Unit 5, Turners Hill, Crawley, RH10 4PD