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Our pick of October’s Ultimate Pumpkin Experiences

Pumpkin patches come in three categories - the gourd, the bad, and the ugly.

And since you often need to trek further afield for many of them, it’s important to know the experience will be the right kind of fright.

Fear not, we have scoured the pumpkin patches for the juiciest pumpkins and the best experiences to dial up your Hygge and fill your photo reel with wholesome, sprog/dog and squash content. All of these are near London, so dust off your wellies, grab a wheelbarrow and dive in.


Tulleys Pumpkins

Tulleys Farm owns Halloween. It’s an immaculately presented experience, with beautiful displays, an enormous patch and more than 30 spooky backdrops to pout in front of, plus roaming characters in gorgeous costumes - none of your nylon, Smiffys clobber here - more than a million pumpkins, an all-new pumpkin bar, street food, hot chocolates and a graveyard. And if you want to dial up the fright, you can attend their “pumpkin nights” and go picking after dark. Tulleys also hosts Shocktober Fest, one of the UK’s biggest Halloween events, with 10 scare attractions, rides, horror mazes and creepy circuses - although, this one is definitely not for sprogs. Tulleys Pumpkin Farm, Unit 5, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4PD

Cammas Hall Pumpkin Patch

These guys don’t mess about when it comes to gourds. And this year, they will unveil their biggest and most ambitious patch yet, complete with more than 60 types of pumpkin, interactions with their Halloween characters, Wicked Walkways brimming with photo opps - plus a Terror Tunnel for braver guests over 12 - and 20% off their Halloween themed Maize Maze. There will also be quieter, SEN sessions - with the animatronic props turned off - plus children’s play area, food and lovely farm shop. And during half term, they will be running their kid-friendly, Monster Mayhem show twice a day. Cammas Hall, Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak, Hertfordshire, CM22 7JT. 30 September - 29 October

Bockett’s Farm

Head to Witches and Wizards Week at this inventive farm, and meet creepy crawlies at Tom’s Talking Reptile Show, plus science and slime shows, a Pumpkin Village brimming with photo opps, enjoy a Creepy Craft Corner, hop on the tractor and trailer ride to meet fluffy animals, have a pony ride and end the day with a Monster Mash bubble disco. Oh, and also pick some pumpkins. Bockett’s Farm, Young St, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BS. 21 - 29 October

Priory Farm, Surrey

If it’s good enough for Dame Judi Dench, it’s good enough for us. This pretty farm invites you to board a tractor to their pumpkin patch or join Fern, Timber and Pebble on the Halloween trail to solve a mystery caused by the Mud Monsters. There’s also a Hay Bale Maze, the impressive House of Pumpkins, a giant, pumpkin rainbow for kids to climb, a gaggle of spooky family games, photo opportunities and a barrow load of pumpkins. Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EJ. From 7 October

Hatter’s Farm Pumpkins

This pretty, family-run farm features thousands of pumpkins, Hatter’s Fun House (a spooky, clown-themed walkway) Pumpkin Cannons, Maize Maze and Pumpkin Picking Lates, where the spooky dial is turned up, with creepy actors lurking about. Hatter’s Farm, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6NP

Crockford Bridge Farm

As well as more pumpkins than you can shake a broomstick at, this event also gives you access to their Sausage Fest, to fill your boots and tum up with bangers in their Avant Garden, plus drinks at the Avant Bar. There is also their annual Pumpkin Festival, featuring jugglers, dancers and an aerialist, fancy dress, pumpkin carving and decorating, fairground games and rides, spooky mazes and photo opportunities. Crockford Bridge Farm, New Haw Road, Weybridge, KT15 2BU

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