Pumpkin picking in Hertfordshire
One of our favourite things to do as the seasons change is to embrace the colours, the smells, the cosiness and most of all – the pumpkins. We love everything pumpkins and so it comes with no surprise that we obviously love pumpkin picking. We wanted to put together a little list of the places we can recommend for Pumpkin picking in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. We hope you find somewhere close to you to enjoy this seasonal activity!
Willows Activity Farm
Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
I think this is the most obvious place for Pumpkin picking in Hertfordshire – Willows annual pumpkin season starts on the 25th October and runs up until the 4th November. Pick a free pumpkin from the Willows Pumpkin Patch and enjoy a magical day of fun. Each child is invited to dress up and pick their own pumpkin to take home or carve in Willow’s Carving Cavern during the half-term Pumpkin Festival. The spellbinding programme includes arts and crafts, Pumpkin Olympics and both the Pumpkin Show and Magic-Ween Show with Samtastic. This is all alongside the usual activities that go on throughout the farm. It’s definitely worth a visit – here’s there website.
The Pop Up Farm
The Pop-Up Farm, London Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 8HT (next to the Harvester Junction 9 of the M1)
We recently visited The Pop Up Farm for their sunflowers which were amazing. The ‘Pop-Up Farm’ venture has been created by local farmer Ian Pigott, whose family have been farming in Hertfordshire for many generations. His vision is to deliver a different way for people to learn about farming. What I loved about The Pop Up Farm when we visited the pumpkins there last year, was how beautiful it looked. Orange as far as the eye can see! Just simply grab a wheelbarrow and pick your favourite pumpkins – then head on over to the little food van and grab a hot chocolate – you’re likely to need it as it gets a bit windy/chilly. Wrap up warm! See more here.
Cammas Hall Farm, Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex, CM22 7JT
We visited Cammas Hall for their strawberries earlier on during the summer – we can’t wait to go back for their pumpkins. When it comes to Pumpkin picking in Hertfordshire we really are spoilt for choice. Cammas Hall pumpkin patch will be open from the 4th October – keep an eye on their social media page for any further updates. Head on into the fruit farm and pick your favourite pumpkins before heading into the tea shop for a hot drink and a bite to eat. They also have a halloween themed maize maze and a colour your own halloween mask activity. Plenty of fun for the little ones during the holiday! See more here.
Undly Pumpkin Patch
Undley Road,Beck Row,IP288BX
When it comes to Pumpkin picking in Hertfordshire this year, we will be heading here first. This may be a little bit of a cheat as technically this isn’t in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire, but it’s still so close that I have to include it. Head here and pick your own pumpkins – there will be approximately 20 varieties of pumpkins to suit all requirements – ranging from small to very large. These will also be accompanied by a wonderfully varied selection of colourful and characterful gourds and squashes. They also have a maize maze here too! – what a treat. For more information please visit their website here.
Rumblers Farm Shop
Rumblers Farm Shop, Potten End Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3BN
Rumblers little farm shop is open every day and they have a pumpkin patch during the autumnal season! They have hundreds of pumpkins on display, or in a small polytunnel, so you can choose your perfect pumpkin without having to worry about the weather. Polytunnels covered in panda film are perhaps best equipped for the harsh weather and to maintain the conditions within the tunnel for the sake of visitors and the crops. Be sure to check out the Rumblers Farm Facebook Page before heading there just to check on opening times and and further updates.
Foxes farm pumpkin patch
Colchester, Essex, CO6 3PR and Basildon, Essex, SS15 4ER
Foxed farm pumpkin patch opens on the 29th September this year (but be sure to keep an eye on that incase it changes due to weather). There are thousands of pumpkins to choose from in their wonderfully large pumpkin patch – with lots of different varieties of both pumpkins and squash. They actually have two pumpkin patches – one located in North Essex and the other in South Essex (again – not technically Hertfordshire). It gets muddy so be sure to dress appropriately. See more here.
Farmer Paul’s locally grown pumpkins
Farmer Paul, Weedon Hill Farm, Buckingham Road, Weedon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4DP
This isn’t a pick your own pumpkin patch but instead all pumpkins will be displayed and available to be purchased from the pumpkin barn – perfect if the weather isn’t on your side. The farm is predominately a beef and arable farm but over the past few years then have expanded their crops to grow beautiful bright orange pumpkins – timed perfectly to ripen around halloween. Be sure to keep an eye on their website in order to find out when the pumpkins will be ripe enough too purchase from the pumpkin farm – do so here.
The Christmas tree farm
The Christmas Tree Farm, Amersham Road, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1NE
During October, The Christmas Tree Farm turns into a pumpkin patch! They sell a large range of pumpkins in a variety of sizes and colours. It is a family run business which is always lovely – then also sell pumpkin carving kits as well as other halloween goodies such as face paints, trick or treat buckets, witches hats, broomsticks and bunting. Perfect to get you completely ready for halloween season! Check out their website in order to be kept up to date with official opening times. You can visit it here.
So as you can see, when it comes to Pumpkin picking in Hertfordshire – you really are spoilt for choice. We can’t wait to visit as many of these as we can throughout the season but until then it’s time to get out the cosy knits and pumpkin smelling candles. I hope this page has helped you find somewhere near you to pick some pumpkins – please make sure you check the website or Facebook page before visiting any of these attractions – most of them are weather permitting.