Pumpkin picking is something I have only ever done in a supermarket, but it is becoming increasingly popular for families to visit local farms and to pick their own.
After seeing lots of pictures on social media last Halloween, I really wanted to try it out for myself this year. Living in London doesn’t help as most of the farms/patches are quite rural so you will need a car to get to them.
We found one out in Battlesbridge, Essex called Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest. Not only was the entry into the farm free but they also had fun family games area for the children to join in on.
As we arrived we quickly noticed how busy it was, there was ample of space for parking on site but it was filling up fast and people were having to park out on the road. We managed to find a spot on the farm and with two very excited boys off we went in search of our pumpkin.
To get to the pumpkin field you had to pass through the games area, which I might add was a lovely little surprise. I never quite expected there to be so much for the children to do. They got to
- Find their way through the Witches Maze
- Have a go at pumpkin bowling (no pumpkin was used just a ball)
- Throw a welly boot at a target at Wizard’s Welly Wanging
- Aim for the holes in Pumpkin Wizzbee
- Ride in the Pumpkin carriage pulled by a pony
- Paint your own pumpkin (£3)
- Enter the huge maize maze (for a fee)
- Plus plenty more games to try
The children were given a ‘Things I did today’ card as they entered the farm with all of the fun things to do on it and they got to tick each one off once they had done them.
There is also a refreshment cart selling spiced pumpkin hot chocolate, as well as other refreshments like hot dogs and waffles.
The pumpkin fields are actually where the Christmas trees are being grown and the pumpkins are scattered around for you to choose from. There were crates that offered different varieties of pumpkin as well as squash. We went quite late in the day and these crates were pretty empty and also the pumpkins for us to choose from were not that big, but I imagine there to be a better choice and variety if you arrive earlier in the day.
I was a little disappointed as I had in mind that we got to, actually, pick our own pumpkins from the ground. But, we still had fun looking around the fields searching for our
forever Halloween pumpkin.
Our pumpkin cost us £3 , I think my son was happy with his purchase. Beats shopping in a supermarket any day!
There were also plenty of wheelbarrows scattered around for you to use and fill up till your heart’s content, or in our case have a well-earned rest at the end of a delightful and fun day
Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest is open until 31st October, 9-5 and is free to enter. You only pay for the pumpkins that you buy and any additional activities that you want to try.