As I sit and type this the shutters are closed, I’m wearing an extra jumper and I’m thinking about pumpkins. This evening the heating tried to come on so I don’t think I can pretend that summer is well and truly over.
I love Autumn and my youngest has given me quite a collection of acorns and conkers since we started walking to school. The leaves were falling as we played in the park today so it seemed only right to start planning a trip to a pumpkin patch.
For some reason I really want to visit a pumpkin patch. I think it’s important that our children see that certain foods grow, that we can buy them, prepare them and enjoy them at home. I’m so guilty of buying a lot of food which has been pre-prepared but a pumpkin patch sounds so much fun to visit and buy from.
In the last few years we’ve had great fun pumpkin carving at Hughenden Manor, our local National Trust place. This year I am more organised. Living on the outskirts of west London we’re surrounded by woods and green spaces. I’ve found 5 5 pumpkin patches near London for families, or which are the perfect day trip from London, for those seeking some pumpkins!
5 pumpkin patches near London for families
Crockford Bridge Farm (pumpkin patch and special activities over half term 21-31 Oct)
New Haw Road
Secretts of Milford (special pumpkin week over half term including tractor rides and face painting)
Garsons Esher (open 7 days a week until the end of October with pumpkin and squash available to pick)
Parkside Farm Pick Your Own (squashes but no mention of pumpkins)
We visited Parkside when the children were babies and had a brilliant time
Grove Farm Pick Your Own (blue skinned pumpkins and harlequin pumpkins available to pick)
Grove Farm PYO