Millets Farm, Frillford, Oxon
Pluck yourself a plump pumpkin from Millets’ fields any day from now until 31 Oct. It’s £1 to enter and PYO prices vary by size, plus you can pick up a carving kit from the Farm Shop. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant spider protecting the patch, and don’t miss the other spooky onsite activities.
Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden
It’s a bumper pumpkin crop at this family farm for 2021, and you can pick ’em direct from the patch on 23 and 24 Oct. (There might be additional dates afterwards depending on availability, so keep an eye out). Entry is free, and pumpkins are priced on weight. If you don’t fancy traipsing through the fields you can also choose a ready-picked one from the barn.
Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe
As part of the farm’s Halloween Festival (23-31 Oct), little ones can use a mini wheelbarrow to pick their pumpkin, for a small additional charge, from the cute Pumpkin Patch Garden. There’ll also be carving workshops and a themed Tricky Trail around the farm. Book tickets ahead of arrival.
Weedon Hill Farm, Aylesbury
Farmer Paul at Weedon Hill Farm, just an eight minute drive from Aylesbury centre, nurtures pumpkins from little seeds in greenhouses before planting them in the fields. As well as the classic orange Jack-o-lantern pumpkin, you can get your hands on a whole gaggle of gourds here — personal favourite has to be the wacky Turk’s Turban squash. Prices start from 50p, and in previous years stock has sold out completely, so get down pronto for the best pick of the patch (open Thurs – Sun until 31 Oct, plus everyday over half term).
Green Dragon Eco-Farm, Hogshaw, Bucks
Over half term (23-31 Oct), kids will be able to pick their own with the help of Harry Potter wizards, then decorate it in the barn. This year the pumpkin experience is included with entry to the farm (£10.50/child, £11.50/adult), so you can also get stuck in with other ghoulish activities like crafts, slime-making, and the usual farmyard fun. Booking advised to guarantee a spot.
Copas Farm (Calves Lane Farm), near Iver
Copas Farm is a big boy in the PYO world, with branches in Bucks and Berks apiece. Their pumpkins are available 23-31 Oct, or until stocks run out. The cost is £1.50 per person, and booking ahead is essential. Langley Country Park is just next door, so make a day of it with a picturesque wander through ‘Capability’ Brown grounds, followed by homemade cake in the park’s tearoom.