Visiting pumpkin patches is one of our favourite things to do in Autumn and in the run up to Halloween. We are always on the look out to discover new and hidden gems, and if you are too here are some of the best pumpkin patches you can visit in East Anglia.
We live near the Essex/Suffolk and Essex/Herts borders and are regular visitors to Norfolk in October half term, so I have concentrated on these counties specifically. All these pumpkin patches have either been visited personally by us, or have been recommended by friends and fellow bloggers a like.
Originally I wanted to write a bumper post and include lots more, but sadly due to a wet harvest and the current ongoing pandemic, several pumpkin patches are not running this year. Hopefully I will be able to update it next year with lots more venues!
So I’ve kept it simple, and I’ve checked that these are all still going ahead in 2020.
Don’t forget, pumpkin patches are outside and often on farms or in fields. So make sure you dress weather appropriately, and wellies for all are a must!
All the details in this article were correct at the time of publication, but due to the ever changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, I would advise you to check the venue’s websites before you plan to visit for any last minute changes that may have occured.
Pumpkin Patches in Norfolk
The Pumpkin House, THursford
This is a pop-up pumpkin shop, handmade out of wood and decorated with thousands of pumpkins.
We visited last year and the kids loved it, lots of great photo opportunities here!
As well as the pumpkin house there is also a minature pumpkin house, haybale maze, pumpkin totem poles and a musical organ playing. The “Hungry Hut’ horsebox sells hot drinks and cakes and biscuits to takeaway as well.
This year it is open 10am-4pm 21st October to 31st October. It’s completely free to go, you only pay for the pumpkins and the hay bale maze. You also don’t need to pre book, and can just turn up when it is open.
Brookhill Farm, Fakenham Road, Thursford, NR21 0BD.
PYO Pumpkins at White House Farm, Norwich
White House Farm not only offers a pumpkin patch where you can pick your pumpkins straight from the stalk, but also has a cafe, butchers and farm shop.
The pumpkin patch is open from Saturday 2nd October 9am-3pm, but they are closed on Mondays. You don’t need to book, and parking and admission is free, pumpkins are priced individually.
Sprowston, Near Norwich (please check website for up to date postcode for Sat Nav)
The Pumpkin Patch at Algy’s Farm Shop, Dereham
As well as the pumpkin patch and farm shop, there are also woodfired pizzas available on Saturdays and Sundays and during half term.
The pumpkin picking is open Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm, and Sunday’s 10.30am-4pm. Pumpkins are priced individually, and you just pay for what you pick. No need to pre-book at the moment, but always best to check the website just before you visit.
Wood fired pizza available 11.30-2.30pm Saturday and Sundays, and every day during the half term.
Bintree, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 5PW
For more great pumpkin patches in Norfolk check out this post on Fantastic Pumpkin Patches in Norfolk by Big Family, Little Adventures.
Siam Hall Spooky Pumpkins, Boxford
At Siam Hall it’s PYO pumpkins straight from the large pumpkin field. There is also a pop up cafe with hot and cold drinks and a small selection of cakes. Picnic benches are dotted throughout the field and you are allowed to bring your own picnics.
Open from Saturday 24th October to Saturday 31st October 10am-4pm. No need to pre-book. Parking and entry is free and pumpkin prices start from as little as £1.
Boxford, Suffolk, CO10 5LA
Undley Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze, Bury St Edmunds
Undley’s has a well established pumpkin patch where you can pick your pumpkins direct from the vine, and a maize maze. There are also donkey rides and other attractions available including a straw bale pyramid, pumpkin carving demonstrations, Halloween stalls and refreshments such as wood fired pizza, hog roast, pumpkin soup and lots of other Halloween sweet treats.
We haven’t been to Undley yet, but have tickets booked for this half term, so will update with pictures when we have been!
Open weekends and half term in October 10am-5pm.
Tickets need to be booked in advance on-line but are free and cover parking and general admission to the pumpkin patch. PYO pumpkins are priced individually and start at £1, and there are surcharges for things like the maize maze and donkey rides.
Undley Road, Beck Row, Nr Bury St Edmunds, IP28 8BX
Foxes Farm Produce Pumpkin Patches, Colchester and Basildon
Foxes farm produce have two sites in Essex, one in Colchester and one in Basildon. We have visited the Colchester site the last couple of years and had great fun picking from the 15 different varieties of pumpkins available in the pumpkin field.
There is also a catering facility and plenty of straw bales to sit on. In addition they are running a scavenger hunt this year, but you need to remember to take your own pencil.
This year you need to pre book a time slot through their on-line booking system. Tickets cost £5 for a family of 4 which includes parking and admission, then the pumpkins are individually priced.
They are open 9am-5pm at weekends from the beginning of October, and then every day from 17th October to the end of October. But hurry, if you want to go the time slots are selling out fast!
Aldham, Near Colchester, Essex, CO6 3PR
Basildon, Essex, SS15 4ER
Pumpkin Village at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
There is lots going on at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, including a Halloween festival and fun fair. Check out their website for full details and how to book tickets.
You can also just book for their Pumpkin Village and Halloween shopping next door to Marsh Farm (ticket does not include entry into the main Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park). The Pumpkin Village is open every day this October 11am to 5pm.
Parking is free, but tickets need to be booked in advance for a timed session at a cost of £3 per person (under 2’s go free). Tickets are still available, but hurry as again they are going fast!
Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, CM3 5WP
PYO Pumpkin Patch at The Pop-up Farm, St. Albans
At the Pop-Up Farm you can find lots of different varieties of pumpkins and squash to pick straight from the field. Grab a wheelbarrow and explore the 12 acre site. You can read a full review and see lots more photos on The Gingerbread House.
Entry this year is by pre-booked ticket only. They are open weekends in October and 19th to 30th October 9.30am-4.30pm.
M1 Junction 9, St Albans, AL3 8HT
Cammas Hall PYO Pumpkins, Hatfield Broad Oak
Located on the Herts/Essex border is Cammas Hall that has a ready picked pumpkin patch stocked with over 20 varieties of pumpkin. There are also two Halloween themed Maize mazes, a farm shop, takeaway refreshments and Halloween colouring and crafts available for purchase to take home.
Open from 1st October to 31st October (closed Mondays except during the school holiday), with the Maize maze opening on 7th October.
Tickets to the pumpkin patch need to be booked in advance on the website. They are for a timed slot and are £2 per person which is redeemable against your pumpkin purchase, plus a £0.25 booking fee per ticket. Tickets for the Maize Maze can be purchased on arrival.
Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak, Hertfordshire, CM22 7JT.
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Do you love visiting pumpkin patches as much as we do? I’d love to hear about any hidden gems that you’ve been to in East Anglia that I haven’t mentioned here.
Wherever you go, hope you enjoy your pumpkin picking!