Pumpkin picking in Hampshire: best farms and patches to pick a pumpkin for Halloween 2020

Halloween is only a few days away and many people will be busy buying pumpkins to carve.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 2:16 pm

But before you can decide what pattern you want for your jack-o’-lantern you need to get your hands on a pumpkin.

While it would be very easy to just go to the supermarket and just grab one - why not consider going to pick one from a farm this year?

Plenty of places across the county will let you and your kids pick pumpkins – offering a wider choice than in a store – and it could make a great way to entertain the family!

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They would also be a great decoration if you decide to dress up or go trick-or-treating on October 31.

Here are four places you can go to pick your own pumpkins in Hampshire this year for Halloween.

Because of Covid restrictions the details below for each place may change – make sure you check the relevant website for the latest information.

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Durleighmarsh Farm, Petersfield

Durleighmarsh Farm, near Petersfield, is on the Hampshire/ Sussex border.

It offers a wide range of pick your own crops – including berries, carrots and more.

The farm usual also has pumpkins to pick – but it has not been confirmed if they will be available in 2020.

The farm shop is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sundays and the PYO fields close 30 minutes before this.

More information - including other types of veg you can pick - is available here.

Sunnyfields Farm, Totton

The pumpkin festival will be back at Sunnyfields Farm in Totton this year.

It will take place on weekends throughout October, including:

- Saturday, October 10 to Sunday, October 11

- Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 18

- Friday, October 23 to Saturday, October 31

Cat and Fiddle Farm

If you fancy a trip over to the New Forest, why not swing by Cat and Fiddle Farm to pick your own pumpkin.

Cat and Fiddle Farm also offer a range of other berries and beans to pick.

It is currently open from 9am to 6pm seven days a week, but will be open late every Thursday in October with last picking at 7pm and gates closing at 7.30pm

Pumpkin Picking Patch, Fordingbridge

This Hampshire pumpkin patch has around 30 variations of pumpkin and squash, having planted 50,000 seeds.

There will also be films shown, with its official Facebook page saying: ‘bring on Pumpkins Halloween fun & more films!!’

There is free entry and parking.

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