Summer seemed to pass us by in a flash of an eye, and so here we have it; autumn!
Whether you’re a Halloween fan or not, pumpkin picking has become a huge tradition in the UK and we have some of the finest opportunities to do so, right here in West Sussex.
Sadly, the locally famous Slindon Pumpkin farm has shut since the pandemic and their impressive displays and vast array of interesting pumpkins will be missed, but we’ve found you some other options for your autumnal/Halloween tradition!
The Sompting Pumpkin Patch is back for another year after its previous successes.
With no pre-booking required, Sompting PYO Pumpkins is 23 acres of incredible pumpkins amidst a whole range of autumnal activities.
Entry to the patch is free, but donations are welcome for the patch’s chosen charity; Great Ormond Street. Pumpkins start from £1 and are measured and charged by size.
For the first year ever ‘Pumpkinology’ is coming to Sompting; an ancient crafting activity where children (or adults!) can make and decorate their own wand or broom to decorate and use during their picking experience.
Food and drink is available on site and parking is free and easy!
The patch is open the 9th& 10th October 930-4pm, 16th & 17th October 930-4pm and from the 22nd October through to the 31st October (930-4pm everyday).
Tulley’s Farm is once again open for a Halloween extravaganza!
The pumpkin fields have over 20 acres of pumpkins and are open from 10am-530pm with pre-booking essential.
Photo opportunities galore, characters and special guests roaming around the fields as you make your choices and food and drink aplenty; Tulleys promises to be a memorable pumpkin picking experience for the whole family.
Why not try their ‘Pumpkin Nights’ event and pick your pumpkins after dark, under moonlight and to the soundtrack of live music as you enjoy the atmosphere and the enviable food and drink offer!
Tulley’s open their farm for picking from the first weekend in October and are open for selected dates throughout the month, tickets are from £5 and under 2s go free, pumpkins are charged between £1 and up to £25 for very large ones.
Opening on Saturday 9th October, Rogate Pumpkin Patch (nestled amongst South Downs National Parks) is open for days of autumnal and Halloween fun for all the family.
Explore amongst Merlin’s woods, marvel at the Halloween décor, scale the giant haystacks and enjoy a fast paced ride in the barrel rides and go karts on site too, and that’s all before you’ve even run through the maize to pick your pumpkin!
With bundles of local street food and drink vendors on site, Rogate Pumpkin Patch has something for everyone!
Open from the 9th & 10th of October and then from 16th October right through until 31st October, Rogate operate an online booking system with general admission at £4 per person with under 2s free, you won’t want to miss the fun they have in store for you!
Last, but certainly not least, how could we not pay an Autumnal visit to our local Pick Your Own Farm!
Roundstone PYO already have an impressive variety of pumpkins on display near their entrance but journey further into the fields and up the hill and you’ll be greeted by some of the biggest pumpkins you’ll ever see, so don’t forget your wheelbarrow!
Entrance to Roundstone is free and pumpkins will be charged on size/weight.
All of our pumpkin patches are open during the half term break so plenty of time to get those Halloween traditions started and the pumpkin pies in the oven!