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Best Pumpkin Picking in Essex: Full List of 20 patches

Pumpkin Patches in Essex 2023

There are so many brilliant pumpkin patches in Essex to Explore. Pumpkin carving is a Halloween tradition and more and more places are now offering pumpkin picking. Whether you are looking to head out into a field and pick your own pumpkin or head into the comfort of an indoor pumpkin barn. We have got you covered. Pumpkin picking in Essex offers not only some great photo opportunities with your kids or even dogs, but also many venues offer additional Halloween activities. So if you’re looking for pumpkin picking near me, here are the best 20 pumpkin picking patches in Essex:

Alternatively if looking for other spooky or unusual Kids half term activities, then take a look at out list of the Best Halloween Days Out in Essex or outside of the season, check out our Free and Cheap Kids Days Out in Essex.

Here is the list of 20 of the best pumpkin picking patches in Essex to discover in 2023:

Cammas Hall Farm

Cammas Hall Farm at Hatfield Broad Oak, you can pick your own pumpkin, walk their Wicked Walkways and Terror Tunnel, get lost in their Maize Maze, Interaction with their fabulous Halloween characters and lots of photo opportunities. They also have a Monster Show at the weekends and during half term. Don’t forget to stop off for a Halloween treat in their Tea Barn.

Their Wicked Walkways are great fun! You can read a review of our previous visit to Halloween at Cammas Hall Farm here.

Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Experience runs from 30th September to 29th October. First entry 9am and last entry 4pm and booking required.

Ticket price is for admission only and includes the following:
🎃 Entrance to the pumpkin patch yet with over 40 varieties of pumpkin and squash to choose from.
🧙 Interaction with our fabulous Halloween characters.
😈 Wicked Walkway with haunting props and surprises (slightly spooky and super scary options to cater for all ages and sensibilities!).
📷 Lots of photo opportunities! We have some amazing backdrops and scenes set.
🌾 20% discount on entry to the Halloween themed Maize Maze open 10am with last entry at 3pm (7pm when the pumpkin nights are running). Tickets to be purchased on arrival – no pre-booking available. At this time of year the maze is not suitable for buggies so please bring a baby carrier. Please note that it may be necessary to close the maze if the weather has been bad and conditions are unfavourable.

Tickets need to be prebooked in advance. Free car parking, catering and toilet facilities available. Sen sessions are 9am & 9.15am Sunday 8th October and 8.30am & 8.45am Monday 23rd October.

Location: Cammas Hall Farm Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak CM22 7JT.

Pumpkin patch at Cammas Hall Farm in Essex
Autumn tree with girl at pumpkin patch in Essex

Old Macdonalds Farm & Fun Park

Old Macdonalds Farm Halloween Festival are running their Halloween Festival from 21st to 31st October 2023.

Activities include:

  • Haunted House
  • OMD Magic School
  • Roller Coaster
  • Scary Stories with Miraiker
  • Ghost Trail
  • Pumpkin Patch with free pumpkin for every child
  • Free Halloween Tattoos
  • Creepy Crawly Meerkat Feeding and Talks
  • Animal Talks with Sunny the Owl

Tickets must be prebooked online. Adult – £19.50 discounted to £16.57 if booked at least 7 days before, Child (2-15) – £20.00 (discounted to £17 when prebooked). Under 2 – FREE. Concessions also available.

Location: Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY

Land of the Dead Festival

Land of the Dead Pumpkin and Halloween Festival in Chelmsford.

Step into the mystical Land of the Dead celebrating all things Halloween. From Pick A Pumpkin patch to an array of fun packed areas such as Koko’s Big Top Circus, fantastic Fun Fair, pumpkin picking, face painting, pony rides and lots of photo opportunities plus Mexican themed bar and food vendors. Open every day from 10am – 10pm from the 21st to the 29th of October.

Tickets start at £6.99, to include the fun fair £14.99 and to the circus £24.99 per person.

Location: Kings Farm, Chelmsford, CM1 3PJ.

Land of the dead pumpkin picking in Chelmsford and Halloween festival

Scotts of Southend Pumpkin Picking Barn

At Scotts of Southend Pumpkin Picking Barn this Halloween season you can enjoy picking your pumpkins in style and away from the cold and mud! New this year they have added a Halloween VR Ride.

Free entry and plenty of free parking. Open 1st-29th October Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm & Sundays 10am to 4pm.  Indoors, weather proof & flat floor surface.  Pick your own pumpkins and gift area. Access to toilets and restaurant.  We also have the Ghost Busters visiting us on the 14th & 21st Oct.

They also offer Halloween Afternoon Tea packages for you to choose from and Special Twiglight evenings that include the afternoon tea. Running 27th & 28th October. See our review of the Pumpkin Barn at Scotts of Southend.

Location: Inside Scott’s of Southend Garden Centre SS4 1LQ.

Scotts at southend pumpkin barn Halloween kids days out with the ghostbusters

Foxes Farm – The Pumpkin Patch, Basildon & Colchester

Foxes Farm The Pumpkin Patch at Basildon, SS15 4ER or Colchester, CO6 3PR. At The Pumpkin Patch in Essex you can expect over 15 different pumpkins and squash varieties. Activities include:

  • Pick your own pumpkin patch.
  • Football goals 
  • Giant sandpit (Colchester only)
  • Mini tractors 
  • Hula hoops 
  • Sack racing 
  • Bale Mountain
  • Fun farm obstacles and more!

Opening times:

  • Opens 30th September – 9am-5pm with last entry at 4pm. For full dates check their website. They also offer Twilight tickets.

ENTRY BY PREBOOKED TICKET ONLY – tickets are £5 per person or £16 for four tickets.

Location: Basildon, SS15 4ER or Colchester, CO6 3PR.

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Hurleys Pumpkin Forest

Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest is a pumpkin farm and patch based at Battlesbridge, Essex and is located just off the Rettendon Turnpike on Woodham Road (the old Woodham to Wickford road). Running weekends 7th/8th, 14th/15th plus open daily from 18th to 31st October.

Entry to the pumpkin farm and pumpkin patch needs to be pre-booked. Bookings can be made on their website, entry is £10 per car at peak times and £5 off peak. At the farm you only pay for the pumpkins that you want to buy and any special additional activities you may want to purchase on the day. Pumpkin Crafts & Maize Maze additional costs. They also offer twilight tickets.

Location: Hurleys Pumpkin Forest & Christmas tree farm, Woodham Road (Old Road), Battlesbridge, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7QL.

Pumpkin Village at Marsh Farm

The Pumpkin Village & Halloween shopping experience is next door to Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.

With a pick your own pumpkin experience and plenty of photo opportunities. There are so many varieties of pumpkins on offer. There is a Halloween shop for spooky treats, along with catering and toilet facilities available. Entry is £2.99 to £5.99 per person and tickets must be prebooked. Free parking and timed entry slots to the Pumpkin Village, customers can enjoy a visit to the Pumpkin Village 28th September to 31st October. Pumpkin Village Nights are available.

Location: Marsh Farm Rd, Chelmsford CM3 5WP.

Pumpkin picking village at Marsh Farm

Hatter’s Farm Pick your Own Pumpkin

Hatter’s Farm has over 50 varieties of pumpkin available. As well as pick your own pumpkin, they have plenty of other activities from the Pumpkin Cannon to the Maize Maze.

They are open on the 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, and 21st to 29th of October, giving you plenty of time to explore the fields and other activities.

Pumpkin Nights event will be open on the 21st to 24th and 26th to 29th of October. If you want to get the best pumpkin picking photos then we recommend visiting sooner rather than later!

In addition to the pumpkin patch, there will also be:

  •  Pumpkin Cannons
  •  Maize Maze
  •  Spooky Marquee
  •  Pumpkin House
  •  Nature Trail
  •  Food and drinks
  •  Loads of photo opportunities
  •  Toilet facilities
  •  Free parking

Location: Hatter’s Farm, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford CM22 6NP.

Cobbs Farm

Pick your own Pumpkins at Cobbs Farm in Goldhanger, Maldon CM9 8BQ. No booking required. Open 21st October through to 31st October, 10am til 4pm.

Family friendly event to pick you own pumpkin this half term. A real working farm that open’s its gates for a few days every year for a fun chance to search the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkins. They have a large range of edible squashes to try. Coffee and cake available from either The wildest Rumpus or Tashas_tasty_treats, depending on the day.

Location: Cobbs Farm, Maldon Road, Goldhanger, Maldon, Essex, CM9 8BQ.

Otto’s Pumpkin Patch

Otto’s Pumpkin Patch in Braintree has Pick Your Own Perfect Pumpkin. Choose from a variety of pumpkins and squashes of all shapes and sizes. Please book in advance.

  • Trailer rides
  • Decorated faraway forest with a fun quiz
  • Games area
  • The Pumpkin House
  • Otto’s Den
  • The Pimpkin Tree
  • Hot and cold refreshments available, picnics are also welcome
  • Lots and lots of stunning photo opportunities.

Opening Times:

  • Saturday 30th September – Sunday 1st October
  • Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October
  • Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October
  • Friday 20th – Sunday 29th October (Half Term)

Located at Otto’s Pumpkin Patch, Long Green, Cressing, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8DL.

Lathcoats Farm

Lathcoats Farm Beehive Lane, Galleywood, CM2 8LX. Their Pumpkin Festival includes a Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Trail, Outdoor Games, PYO Apples and more starts 14th October. They also have a farm shop and and The Bee Shed Cafe on site.

Tickets £1 and you can book online.

Fobbing Farm Shop

Fobbing Farm Shop‘s Pumpkin Palace is in Fobbing, Stanford-le-Hope. They have a pumpking patch and halloween activities to enjoy. Adventure around their pumpkin picking patch whilst enjoying lots of photo opportunities with our scary Fobbing Ghosts, Ghouls and witches. Have fun with the singing Pumpkins and look around the Halloween shop

£3 per child (ADULTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BOOK). *Pumpkin is not included in the fee.

Dates open:

  • Friday 20th October 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday 21st October 10am – 8pm
  • Sunday 22nd October 10am – 5pm
  • Friday 27th October 10am – 8pm
  • Saturday 28th October 10am – 8pm
  • Sunday 29th October 10am – 8pm
  • Monday 30th October 10am – 8pm
  • Tuesday 31st October 10am – 8pm

Location: Fobbing Farm Shop – Gables Farm, SS17 9HT.

PYO Pumpkin & Squash Patch at Sarah Green’s Organics family farm 

The PYO Pumpkin Patch at Sarah Green’s Organics family farm is a free event pumpkin patch opening 30th September. They have so many stunning varieties of Pumpkins & Squash, games and refreshments. Opening every weekend in October 10am-3pm and October half term.

Address: Mark farm, Tillingham, Essex, CM0 7SP.

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Wild Forest Obstacle Activity Centre

Nuclear Races at Wild Forest Obstacle Activity Centre, are holding a Halloween Pumpkin Patch Pick and Play 90 minute sessions.

Tackle the obstacles, get muddy and have lots of fun. (Age 11 plus ends with a zip wire into water). Plus a free pumpkin to take home.

Parsonage Farm, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex CM15 0LA, its £23 per child, book online.

Location: Parsonage Farm, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex CM15 0LA.

Farmer Scotts Pumpkin Picking

At Farmer Scotts, their pumpkins are grown in a 35 acre field during the summer months and harvested ready for you to pick throughout October and ready for Halloween.

Explore the pumpkin patch whilst you try to find your perfect pumpkins with the rolling Essex countryside as your backdrop. There are a range of pumpkins for you to pick, from big oranges ones, medium white ones too even small ugly ones!

Make sure you take full advantage of the fun photo stations and farming props to get that essential Instagram pic. £5 entry includes a pumpkin or a hot drink.

Take a well-earned rest in our refreshment area where you will find food and drink to refuel. Why not browse the gift shop to take home a souvenir that you visited Farmer Scott’s Pumpkin Patch.

Location: Chequers Rd, Brentwood CM14 5RB. Plenty of free parking.

Hasty’s Adventure Farm, Clacton

Pumpkin Week at Hasty’s Adventure Farm runs from Saturday, October 21, 2023 – Sunday, October 29, 2023.

Location: Hastys Adventure Farm, West Rd, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1AG.

Daisy May’s Farm

Daisy May’s Farm are hosting Halloween at the Farm this year. Ideal for families with small children looking for a non scary option! Ride the Halloween ghost train, get your face painted, enjoy marshmallows around the fire, meet & feed the animals, have lots of messy art & craft fun, pick your own pumpkin at their pumpkin patch and much more.

Running 10-4pm each day 21st October – 29th 2023. Book tickets online. Tickets are £10 per child and £5 per adult, they include: Animal food, Themed arts & crafts, Marshmallows for the fire, Fancy dress competition, Witch’s Hunt, Pumpkin Ball Pit, Monstor Mash Dance – Along.

Location: Daisy mays Farm, Hall Road, Elsenham, Essex, CM226DN.

Calcott Hall – AWAITING 2023 INFO

Calcott Hall in Brentwood have Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Picking and Carving from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th October. There will be Face-painting and creepy cupcakes. You can also go Sweetcorn picking in the Spooky Corn patch.

No need to book Just turn up. Small extra charge for Carving £3.00 but saves you all the mess!

Skylark at Prettyfields Vineyard

Sky Lark at Prettyfields Vineyard in Ardleigh, Essex. They have a Pumpkin Patch & Spooky Vineyard Trail running from 21st – 29th October, 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 4.15pm everyday.

Pop along to Skylark this Halloween season and pick your favourite pumpkin from the patch in their vines. They have pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colours to carve, cook, or decorate with! Take part in the spooky vineyard trail, then enjoy some food & refreshments on the terrace, including spider cookies, scary cupcakes and Halloween hot chocolate.

Take part in the Pumpkin Carving Competition on Instagram to win free cake for a year, along with other prizes for second and third place. Tickets include:

  • Pick your own pumpkins
  • Spooky Vineyard Trail
  • Trail games
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Use of wheelbarrows
  • Free parking
  • Toilet facilities

Location: Prettyfields Vineyard, Dead Lane, Ardleigh, Essex, CO7 7PF.

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  1. Wonderful shot, bright colors.
    Did you take the first photo with an iphone or a dslr camera?

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