The stuff of Instagram dreams and ideal for those looking for spooky things to do, the opportunity to grab some gourds may seem hard to find in the capital. But don't let that stop you, as we've located all of the closest spots. From week-long festivities with themed menus and fun decor in Milford to orange wonderlands in Kent, here's a list of places for the best pumpkin picking near London, plus a few pubs to visit after. Wellies at the ready, city slickers.
Secretts Of Milford And The Weyside
1 hour drive or 50 minute train from Waterloo to Milford, followed by a 15 minute walk.
Home to the ultimate Halloween-themed event, Secretts of Milford will once again be a great option for a pumpkin patch near London from the 21st to the 29th of October. Get your tickets online before you go, as well as bring a strong bag for carrying your freshly picked produce home. There will also be a fancy dress competition, themed biscuit decorating and so much more. If you visited by car? Pootle up the road to gorgeous Guildford and you’ll find The Weyside, a waterside pub complete with original beams, roaring fires and one of the prettiest terraces in the biz.
Priory Farm And The Bell
1 hour 20 drive or 30 minute train from Victoria to Redhill, plus 15 minutes of half-bus, half-walking.
Priory Farm's immersive Halloween trails kick off on the 7th of October this year, promising everything from drive-up pumpkin patch experiences to tractor and trailer rides, a climbable pumpkin rainbow or the chance to unravel a spooky mud monster-themed mystery with your little ones. 10 minutes away by car or 20 on a bus is the The Bell, a gorgeous countryside boozer with roaring open fires, Fuller's pints for the adults and traditional British grub too - perfect for finishing off your fun day out.
Garsons PYO Farm And The Bear
1 hour drive or 30 minute train from Waterloo to Hersham, followed by a 35 minute walk.
Head to Garsons PYO Farm and you'll find a year-round crop calendar, rustic shop and vibrant garden centre - just make sure to book your farm pass in advance online. Wander through the laden patches for pumpkin picking in 2024, or fill your boots with cabbages and sweetcorn. And after all that hard work, you'll be in need of some food; stroll into Esher to find the cosy country pub, The Bear. With a gorgeous beer garden and rustic interiors, it’s the perfect place to curl up and dig into a bowl of goose-fat roasties.
Lathcoats Farm And The Golden Fleece
1 hour 10 drive or 35 minute train from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford, and a 15 minute bus ride.
Found just a 15-minute bus ride away from Chelmsford, Lathcoats Farm offers a fantastic pumpkin picking in Essex. It's a lovely spot to spend an afternoon exploring and getting your dose of that fresh countryside air. The family-owned farm grows over 40 varieties of apples, along with strawberries, cherries and raspberries in the summer months. But when October strikes, it’s all about the orange - with pumpkin picking and carving galore. Better yet? Chelmsford happens to be home to the charming Golden Fleece pub.
Tulleys Farm And The Crown
1 hour 30 drive or a 30 minute train from London Bridge to Three Bridges, followed by a 15 minute bus to The Crown and a pretty 25 minute walk.
When it comes to this seasonal activity, pumpkin picking at Tulleys Farm has to be up there as one of the most popular choices - and it's not hard to see why. Pop along in the day to choose your favourite one, with Instagrammable photo ops and live roaming characters to really set the scene. Or if you fancy making a night of it? You can also visit later in the evening to soak up the atmosphere with drinks, US-inspired food and live music. But if you just fancy the warmth of a traditional pub, head back to the bus stop to The Crown at Turners Hill.
Hewitts Farm And Bunch of Grapes
1 hour drive or 45 minute train from London Bridge to Knockholt and then a 15 minute walk.
After pumpkin picking in Kent? Hewitts Farm can be found by just hopping on a train or taking a trip in the car. October sees this place erupt into a wonderland of orange - with field upon fields of pumpkins just waiting to be chosen. And when you're all harvested out, we recommend heading back to London Bridge for dinner at Bunch of Grapes - a gorgeous pub located a 30-second stroll away. Be sure to grab yourself one of its 'ultimate roasts' - a feast of beef, pork and chicken doused in velvety gravy.
Stanhill Farm And The Market Porter
1 hour drive or 35 minute train from London Bridge to Dartford and then a 15 minute bus.
A 15-acre Kent plot, Stanhill Farm is ideal for picking your own across many different seasons (between 20 and 30 varieties of fruits and veggies to be exact), but once autumn rolls around? The pumpkins come out in their droves, promising the opportunity to grab a couple or fill a whole wheelbarrow. On site, Berries & Beans Cafe offers hot chocolates and sweet treats. Otherwise, you can check out The Market Porter before you leave London Bridge or when you return to the city for proper pub vibes.
PYO pumpkin stocks are all seasonally dependent, so check with individual farms on availability. For more spooky shenanigans, check out London's best Halloween events here and sign up to our newsletter.