Autumn is here and it’s about the simple pleasures, like stepping on carpets of brown leaves and hearing that delightful crunch or tasting the delicious new fall flavours at all the high-street coffee shops. It also marks the Halloween countdown, a time for playful spookiness with trick or treating, ghost stories, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. In recent years, a new tradition has popped up which is taking families and friends out to the pumpkin fields to harvest their very own to take home! With plenty of pumpkin patches in the UK, join CrossCountry as we reveal some of our favourites.
Pumpkin Picking in Glasgow
East Yonderton Farm in Renfrewshire has announced that it is reopening this year, much to the excitement of loyal pumpkin-picking enthusiasts. For a small price per vehicle, you are welcome to pick as many gourds as you like, with scales available on-site to give you an idea of the final cost. This historic farm, operating since the 1920s, transforms into a pick-your-own soft fruit farm in the summer months. Now they are keen to continue their tradition of delighting children each year with an impressive selection of colourful pumpkins.
Pumpkin Picking in Manchester
You’ll find Reddish Vale Farm in Manchester and they have a whole host of Halloween fun planned for October. Not only can you and the family visit to pick some gorgeous orange pumpkins but you can carve them into terrifying jack-o-lanterns onsite at the carving cavern, a great way to avoid cleaning up afterwards! And that’s not all, for a small fee, you can ride the ‘Spooky Express’ around the farm. Or why not try your hand at some vampire archery or witch hat hoopla. Reddish Vale Farm is also offering small animal handling sessions, although that doesn’t sound particularly scary to us!
Pumpkin Picking in Edinburgh
Craigies Farm in South Queensferry is a fantastic pumpkin patch in Edinburgh and it is open to visitors for pumpkin picking throughout October with new batches of tickets available weekly. Not only can you pick a variety of pumpkins, perfect for carving or baking into a delicious pumpkin pie, but you can also join Craigies Farm for their annual Halloween celebration. Open from mid to late October, Halloween at Craigie’s offers Haunted Tunnels for the older kids and spooky games and storytelling for the little ones. A certified fright-fest for all the family and a must-visit if you find yourself around Edinburgh!
Pumpkin Picking in Staffordshire
Canalside Farm Shop are holding selected pumpkin picking events throughout October, with weekend dates available for booking. Along with exploring the pumpkin patch, visitors can take on the challenging Maize Maze or the spooky UV Maze. Tickets are £4 (Children under 2 go free) with pumpkins charged by the weight and an extra fee for face painting. Don’t miss Late Night Pumpkin Picking sessions where there’ll be a silent disco, glow performers, marshmallow toasting, and some tasty food vendors!
Getting there by train: You can get the bus to Canalside Farm Shop & Cafe from Stafford.
Pumpkin Picking in Oxfordshire
Millets Farm Centre in Abingdon has been open every day of the week from mid-October, with tickets costing only a few pounds. This Halloween, visitors can expect some fantastically frightful events, like the John Lawson’s Halloween circus, Nighttime Pumpkin Picking with face painting and live actors and the Sprouts Play Barn Spooktacular Disco. You can find these events and more, available to book on the Millets Farm website. Don’t forget to take advantage of all the photo opportunities across the farm, like this hairy scary spider!
Getting there by train: Millets Farm Centre is a 20 minute walk from Frilford Crossroads, which can be reached by bus from Oxford.
Written by Julia