Halloween is almost here so it’s the perfect time to don your wellies and head out for a day of autumnal excitement – the pumpkin fields are calling! Hertfordshire offers an abundance of pumpkin patches for families to explore, and I’ve got the lowdown on where to go for the best pumpkin picking experience.
Essential Tips for Pumpkin Picking in Hertfordshire
- Wear Your Wellies: Mud is part of the fun, but it’s also…well, muddy. So, bring along your rubber boots.
- Pack a Robust Bag: Trust me, you’re going to want a durable bag to lug those pumpkins back to your car.
- Charge Your Phone: The pumpkin fields are an Instagrammer’s paradise. So make sure your phone is fully charged for those perfect shots.
- Pick Wisely: Look for pumpkins that are firm and blemish-free to ensure they’ll last till Halloween.
- Preservation Tips: If you’re picking your pumpkins early, keep them in a cool, dry space and carve them only when Halloween is close.
- Book Ahead: Most pumpkin patches require advance ticket booking, so plan ahead.
Pumpkin Picking in Hertfordshire Locations
Land of the Dead
Ok, it’s not in Hertfordshire but this one was too good to miss. Venture into the Land of the Dead‘s pumpkin patch, where the season’s spirit comes alive. Whether you’re planning to carve an iconic jack-o-lantern, bake a mouthwatering pumpkin pie, or adorn your home with autumnal elegance, they’ve got the perfect pumpkin variety just for you. They have Pumpkin nights, a funfair, circus and it’s an instagram paradise for shots. Find our more about Land of the Dead Chelmsford.
📍 Location: Kings Farm, Chelmsford, CM1 3PJ
📅 Dates: 14-31st October 2023
🎟️ Tickets: from £7.50 for Pumpkin Picking, £15.99 for Pumpkin Picking and Funfair, £25.99 for the full experience: Pumpkin Picking, Funfair, and Circus
Spook-Fest at Aldenham Country Park!
Get ready for a gourd-geous day out at Aldenham Country Park’s Spook-Fest where you can indulge in the quintessential autumnal activity of pumpkin picking. Don’t forget to snap a selfie with your chosen pumpkin before heading over to their carving marquee where you can unleash your creativity and carve out a haunting masterpiece.
👻 Activities Galore: From Pumpkin Bingo to Horrid Hay Tractor Rides, they’ve got something for everyone. It’s more than just a pumpkin patch – it’s a Halloween festival!
Early Booking Recommended: Their pumpkin activities often sell out, so secure your spot today and don’t miss out on the seasonal fun!
📍 Location: Aldenham Country Park Farm, Aldenham Road, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA
📅 Dates: 14-31st October 2023
🎟️ Tickets: Tickets from £8.95
The Pop-Up Farm
Located just off M1 Junction 9 near St Albans, just 15 miles from London, this vast field offers a cornucopia of pumpkins and squashes, complete with an informative guide to help you choose the perfect one. The venue also features a bale maze and snack van, making it a full-day outing for families. Plus, wheelbarrows are readily available for your convenience.
📍 Location: M1, Junction 9, St Albans
📅 Dates: Tickets available soon. Sign up for details.
🎟️ Tickets: Awaiting pricing
Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival
Choose from thousands of pumpkins grown at Willows for your little ones to pick. Engage in a captivating Pumpkin Hunt and collect a commemorative badge as a prize for participating. You child also gets to go home with a free pumpkin!
Of course, a trip to Willows Activity Farm Pumpkin Festival wouldn’t be complete without stopping by their Gourds Grotto. Capture some Insta-worthy moments with their collection of quirky gourds, squashes, and picturesque pumpkin displays.
Early birds catch the deal! Purchase your all-access tickets by the 29th September 2023, for a special discounted rate of £19.95 (plus a 50p booking fee) per ticket – a savings of up to £5.50 off the door price. Act quickly, as ticket availability is limited!
📍 Location: Coursers Road, London Colney, AL4 0PF
📅 Dates: 15th to 31st October 2023
🎟️ Tickets: £25.45 per person (Under 2 free) + booking fee.
Hatter’s Farm Pumpkin Picking
Looking for the ultimate pumpkin picking experience in Essex or Hertfordshire? Look no further then Hatter’s Farm
🤡 New to their farm this year is the Hatter’s Fun House, a clown-themed, slightly eerie pathway that’s part of your ticket. Swing by during their special Pumpkin Nights, and you might encounter live actors adding an extra dash of spooky!
🌽 Besides our pumpkin extravaganza, we’ve got a range of activities to make your visit memorable, from exhilarating Pumpkin Cannons to navigating our Maize Maze.
Tip: If Instagram-worthy pumpkin photos are your thing, they recommend coming earlier in the season for the best picks!
📍 Location: Hatter’s Farm, Takeley Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6NP
📅 Dates: October 2023
🎟️ Tickets: Daytime picking from £2. Pumpkin nights from £5
Rumbler’s Farm Shop
For those looking for a small, intimate setting, Rumbler’s Farm Shop allows you to pick your own pumpkins without the need for a ticket. Follow their progress on social media as they post photos of them growing.
📍 Location: Potten End Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3BN
📅 Dates: October 2023
🎟️ Tickets: Free, no tickets required
Hertfordshire is abundant with opportunities for pumpkin picking, each offering its own unique activities and settings. So put on your best Halloween spirit, grab your wellies and head out to these incredible pumpkin patches!
Halloween in Hertfordshire
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