Are you one of those people who craves the season of spiced lattes, golden leaves and Halloween antics once summer's balmy days come to an end? Us too. And some of our favourite outdoor frolics involve picking veggies in a farmers field, ready to carve out into all kinds of creepy characters. So, if you're wondering 'where can I find a pumpkin patch near me?', then this UK-wide guide is bringing you the best from across the country, whether you're at home or taking a seasonal staycation. Plus, there's a cosy pub or lush restaurant to kick back in after each. You can't say we don't (trick or) treat you.
Nottingham: Pick Your Own Pumpkins & Gusto
Pumpkin picking in Nottingham is made possible by this really aptly named event. While lavender and sunflower experiences are available in summer, autumn brings the arrival of an even more popular occasion. Found on Oaks Lane, Nottinghamshire Pick Your Own Pumpkins is known for hiring photographers and putting together beautiful photo backdrops. To top it off? Gusto's Italian favourites are sure to be crowd-pleasers once you get into the city centre.
Stirling: Arnprior Farm & BrewDog
Roam this six-acre patch and make your choice from 15,000 pumpkins, such as huge Cinderella varieties, pure white colours, stripey characters, or some fabulously witchy and warty ones. As for activities, expect quad bike rides and a chainsaw carving show, alongside face painting for the little ones or big kids. Meanwhile, back in Stirling, BrewDog awaits with its pairing of sourdough pizzas and craft beer.
London: Hewitts Farm & Bunch of Grapes
Looking for a pumpkin patch near London where you can pick-your-own? Hewitts Farm is just a train ride away from the city, where October sees its fields blessed with seas of orange treats ripe for the taking. Once you've got your prize, mosey back to London Bridge and have dinner at Bunch of Grapes. Here, you can nab a Korean fried chicken burger, swathes of small plates or a beef and chocolate stout pie.
Bristol: Avon Valley Adventure Park & The Lock Keeper
Thanks to a selection of gourd-geous veggies and super squash to choose from, this Bristol pumpkin patch is sure to set you up with a beaut specimen to take home for Halloween. But, there's no ordinary day out at Avon Valley Adventure Park, as it's also fronting live actors roaming the festival area, live music, an apple cannon to hit targets 100m away and the opportunity to meet a dragon. When you're done, kick off your wellies and settle down for a gorgeous riverfront meal at The Lock Keeper.
Birmingham: Attwell Farm Park & Kibou Solihull
For a pumpkin patch near Solihull and Birmingham, Attwell Farm Park come up trumps. Their half-term Halloween spook-tacular sees the family-run venue transformed by PYO fields, carving, ghost hunts and a haunted house. Better yet, access to the park means you get to see all those scary animals too, including rainforest mini-beasts and reptiles or those of the fluffy variety. In need of afters? Kibou's warming bowls of ramen and sumptuous sushi ought to do the trick.
Lathcoats Farm & Original Plough
Found just a few minutes outside Chelmsford, Lathcoats Farm is the perfect Essex pumpkin patch when what you want is a family-owned business and plenty of open air. From over 40 apple varieties to juicy strawberries, cherries and raspberries come summer, this place has it all. When October rolls around? Picking and carving the season's veg takes over, alongside a family-friendly Halloween hunt. Also, the town centre happens to be home to the charming Original Plough pub.
Shrewsbury: Little Wytheford Farm & Hole In the Wall
After a Shrewsbury pumpkin patch? Little Wytheford Farm is the ideal, quaint stop-off in this equally charming Shropshire town. From swaying sunflower fields in summer to plentiful crops of tangerine-coloured veg come the autumn, the pick-your-own venue and tea room is a year-round delight. Topping it off are plenty of Instagrammable set-ups throughout. Next, you'll want to head back to the centre for pub grub and small plates with Hole In The Wall.
Cardiff: Pumpkin Picking Patch & Brewhouse & Kitchen
Our favourite pumpkin patch in Cardiff hasn't earnt that title just from its really obvious name. Make your way west to St Nicholas, where you'll uncover the Pumpkin Picking Patch boasting two Halloween maize mazes (one daytime kids edition, alongside an if-you-dare evening version), crafts, and a spooky witches and wizards trail. Then, return to just outside the city centre for burgers, sticky ribs and Oreo sundaes or craft beer at Brewhouse & Kitchen.
Harrogate: Birchfield Farm & Crimple
Four generations of farmers have culminated in Birchfield Farm, where ice cream making, maize mazes, seasonal soft fruit, hog roasts and pumpkin festivals make up the yearly calendar. We recommend admission to the farm, which includes a carving barn, go-karts, two bouncy castles and plenty of cute animals. Once you've tired yourselves out with all that fun, get to Crimple on the outskirts of Harrogate: a laid-back food hall, garden centre and restaurant to refuel at.
Manchester: Dunham Pumpkin Patch & The Con Club
One of the best places for pumpkin picking in Manchester is found just outside Altrincham. This gorgeous plot has over 10,000 waiting to be harvested, including traditional orange ones, gourds and knobbly beauties. Dunham Pumpkin Patch also offers wood-fired pizza on-site and its very own apple juices and ciders too. If you fancy something else? Whether you crave sushi or salt beef hash and poached egg brunches, The Con Club is a gorgeous restaurant with a rooftop tipi that serves just that.
We're not sure Balgone Estate needs much introduction, given the absolute state of those views, but here we go anyway... At this North Berwick location, you can visit the resident witch at The Crooked Cauldron and enjoy a spooky interactive trail along the lake, as well as exploring the eight acres of pumpkins. Plus, with accommodation on-site for a staycation near the Scottish capital and The Grange Restaurant & Steakhouse just a few miles away, you can't go wrong.
As pumpkin stocks change every year, we suggest you check with each venue before you travel. Otherwise, you can take a look at our guide to Halloween events or sign up to our UK newsletter for more haunted happenings.