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The Best UK Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Recipes To Try
Discover the best pumpkin patches in your area and try some delicious pumpkin recipes once you’ve picked them!
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Pick your own pumpkin in the UK
The leaves on the trees are a glorious golden, we’ve unearthed our woolly knits and there’s a magical crispness in the air. Autumn is upon us. This is one of our favourite times of year; a time for long family walks, hearty family meals and pumpkin picking.
Pumpkins are native to Central America and Mexico, but now grow on six continents - all but Antarctica. So, if you’re one of the many families hoping to pick your own pumpkins in the UK this year and looking for a pumpkin picking patch near you, you’re in luck. Our team have researched pumpkin patches up and down the UK, to find the best value and overall experience for you to pick your own pumpkin.
The UK’s Best Pumpkin Picking Areas Ranked
- East of England - 16 pumpkin patches - Average family admission £22
- South East - 12 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £16
- North West - 10 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £13
- South West - 11 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £15
- Yorkshire and Humber - 8 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £26
- Scotland - 7 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £16
- North East - 6 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £33
- East Midlands - 4 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £14
- West Midlands - 4 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £53
- Wales - 4 pumpkin picking patches - Average family admission £5
*Average family admission based on two adults and two children. Prices correct as of September 2023
The East of England took the top spot with 16 pumpkin patches in the region at an average family entry cost of £22, with the cheapest pumpkin patches found in Wales.
Covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the East of England is home to some of the UK’s most popular pumpkin patches including Marsh Farm which has over 31,800 followers online. The pumpkin picking village offers fun fair rides, Halloween photo opportunities as well as offering SEN friendly pumpkin picking sessions.
The research also revealed the most expensive areas to try out the popular family activity, with keen vegetable pickers likely to pay as much as £53 per family in the West Midlands and £33 in the North East.
Grow Pumpkin Seeds For Next Autumn!
Want to reduce your household food waste and get savvy with leftover pumpkin seeds after you've carved your creation? Try growing your own at-home pumpkin patch in time for next Halloween, it only requires a few simple steps!
- Choose an area of your garden that gets plenty of sun, and mark spaces for planting about eight feet apart to give your pumpkins the best chance to grow.
- Ensure that the holes that you've plotted are around 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide, then add a layer of aged compost to the hole. Do this shortly after Halloween to begin prepping the soil.
- Pumpkin season starts around mid-September, so keep your seeds safe and plant them around six months before - roughly March/April.
- When pumpkins come into season, watch as your patch produces goods that are perfect for carving some spooky designs in to!
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