Best Pumpkin Picking In Kent 2023

Searching for where to go picking for pumpkins in Kent this Autumn? Look no further we have plenty of great places to pick pumpkins in the county – plus scarecrow hunts, face painting, spooky night picking and lots more family fun. Pull on your wellies and head down to the farm. Best Pumpkin Picking In Kent 2023 has a round-up of venues.

See also plus top tips on how to select the best one, and carving-creating help and events – so pick up a pumpkin near you in the Garden of England.
Happy Picking!

See our other blog posts for things to do in Kent. Searching for things to do and what’s on for the school holidays? Then check out our October Half Term Events In Kent 2023 round up with details of an interactive Dinosaur show, LEGO building workshops, owl flying, ballet, and theatre shows in the county, and lots more. In our Halloween Events In Kent 2023 find horrors and scare jumps near you, plus children’s discos, creepy crafts and much more, plus one for adult events too. In addition, we also have a round up of Halloween Events In Kent 2023 – Trails & Treats with spooky trails, ghostly treasure hunts, beastly finds, there is plenty of ghoulish fun for all ages.

By Julia Roy
Added to 25th October 2023

Erriot Wood Pumpkin Patch
in Sittingbourne offers a vast field of amazing brightly coloured, weird and wonderful pumpkins and squashes. Meet the quirky scarecrow characters which reside on the farm which offers great photo ops! Price: £5 per car *(booking fee applies) Pumpkins and Squashes – additional fee. Time: 14th, 15th, 21st to 29th October – bookable slots at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Tickets are valid for 2 hours from booked slot time. Read More

At Pumpkin Moon in Maidstone and also in Rainham, Gillingham, they have planted over 100 different varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd. As well as the typical favourites, like Goosebump or Tiny Munchkin, there will be loads you have probably never heard of. Price: £3.25, Child – Under 2 years: Free, Carer: Free, Pumpkins: £1 to £20. Must pre book. Time: Maidstone: 14th, 15th, 20th to 29th October:  10am–3.30pm. Closes at 5pm. Rainham: 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 20th to 29th October 2023: 10am–3.30pm, closes at 5pm. Read More

Girl holding squashes for Pumpkin Moon in Maidstone in Kent

At the Pumpkin Festival at Lower Ladysden Farm in Cranbrook, Tunbridge Wells you can pick your own at this family run farm. You can enjoy the atmospheric lights around the field and take in the spooky atmosphere of using only torch light at their Pumpkin Nights. There are loads of varieties of pumpkins, squashes and gourds in all different shapes, sizes and colours. Price: Pick Your Own: Entry: £2.50. Under 3 years: Free, Pumpkins: From 50 pence. Pumpkin Night: £5, booking fees apply. Time: Pick Your Own: 14th, 15th, 21st to 29th October: Monday to Saturday: 9am-4pm, Sunday: 9 am-3pm – 1 hour sessions on the hour. Pumpkin Nights: 20th and 27th October: 6pm-9pm. Read More

In Romney Marsh you you can enjoy lots of fun – face painting, taking a ride on the bumpy express, play games while picking up a pumpkin or two at Marsh Maze & Fun Yard and enjoy a range of activities including face painting, the bumpy express,  and games included. From: 14th to 31st October 2023, 10am-4pm. Price: Group – up to 5 people: £4. Pumpkins and pumpkin carvings: additional cost. Booking advised. Read More

For the October half term in Kent, grab a wheelbarrow in Deal, explore the pumpkin patch and pick your favourite pumpkin to take home at Pumpkin Town at Betteshanger Country Park. Price: £5. Parking charges also apply. Time: 21st to 29th October:  Half hour bookable slots from 10.30am to 2pm, end time TBC. Read More

At Stanhill Farm they offer a wide range and various different sizes of pumpkins to choose from, with lots of photo opportunities amidst this sea of autumnal, orange colour in Dartford. Perfect for those social media shots. Price: Car – carrying up to seven people: £3.50, On foot – up to seven people: £3.50. 1 Wheelbarrow full – as many pumpkins as you can fit in, while still being able to push it: £37 – must consist of a mixture of pumpkins and squashes, it cannot be all squashes or all white pumpkins, however, a wheelbarrow full of orange pumpkins is permitted. Pumpkins: Mini to large: From £1 to £5.50, giant pumpkin: Individually priced. Must pre book. Time: 14th to 27th October: Monday to Saturday: 9:30am-3.30pm, Sunday: 9.30am-2.30pm, end time TBC. Read More

At the Four Winds Farm, you can find a wide variety of colours and types of pumpkins. At the farm in Tunbridge Wells, you will find plenty of fun for the whole family as well as your pumpkin – there’s a scarecrow hunt and face painting. Pumpkin Picking: Price: £2 per vehicle, booking fees apply. Pumpkins: From £2-£10. Must pre book. Time: 21st to 29th October – one hour sessions on the hour: 10am-3pm. Read More

In Faversham, at Saffery Farm this October half term has plenty of pumpkins, and it is where Farmer Fridd has been growing pumpkins for 35 years. Price: Car: £4, Pumpkins: From £1. Time: 21st to 29th October: 10am-4pm. Read More

Fake skeletal skull and hands with a small pumpkin on the head. For Saffery Farm Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Faversham in Kent

Throughout the month you can head to Maidstone to Milebush Farm for PYO fun! Price: Free entry, Pumpkin: Varies. Time: 1st to 31st October 2023: 10am-4pm. Read More

Surprisingly in the centre of the city in Canterbury, you will find the Pumpkin Patch at Whitefriars this October half term.There you can pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, decorate it and take it home! They also have a Halloween VR ride* and facepainting* activities. Price: £1 charitable donation, VR ride and face painting: *Additional costs. All activities are subject to availability. Time: 23rd to 27th October: 11am to 4pm. Read More

In Rochester, you must book for PYO Pumpkins at Beluncle Farm, though more dates for the October half term are still to be decided. Price:
£7.50-£11. Time: 21st and 22nd October 2023, Morning Session: 10am-12.30pm, Afternoon Session: 12.30-3pm. Read More

There’s pumpkin carving at Reuthe’s Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks where little ones can enjoy the Halloween vibes and carve a pumpkin on site. Price: 1 x Pumpkin: £6, booking fees apply. Time: 14th to 31st October: 9am-3pm. Read More

On October 27th in Faversham at The Alex, there are creepy pumpkin carving workshops, plus fiendish face painting, kooky crafts, and lots more. Price: £5 – pumpkin included. Time: Two x 2 hour session: 10am and 1pm. Age Guidance: 5 years +. Children must be supervised by an adult when pumpkin carving. Read More

Dicky Smiles hosts this pumpkin carving session – Dicky’s Pumpkin Patch at Folkestone Harbour Arm.
Price: £4 per pumpkin. Time: 28th and 29th October 2023, 11am-6pm.

Pumpkin carving, spooky garden tours, and more  at Lullingstone Castle’s Halloween Magic event in Sevenoaks. Fancy dress is welcome as you learn about the origins of pumpkins, colours, and varieties and children can spot the Halloween tricks in eerie torchlight. Price: Adult: £12.50, Child – Under 16 years: Free. Pumpkin carving: £3 – cash. Time: October 29th, 11am-6pm. Read More

Weight Matters: Heavier pumpkins are best for carving
Fresh Is Best: A fresh pumpkin should be solid to the touch. Avoid ones that have soft spots or sunken areas, as decay has already set in
Go For Green: Go for a green stem – this indicates the freshness of the fruit – look for a firm, dark green stem, and avoid those that look brownish, mushy, or dried out
Looks Count: There are a variety of shapes, sizes and types – think about the effect you want for your display there are ones with deep ribs, bumpy skin, and all sorts of colours. Unusual appearances can make perfect pumpkins for your Halloween-themed display if that is what you are going for. Remember to check with the pumpkin patch regarding cooking and which variety is best if you don’t want to waste what you scoop out while carving
Tap It: The best pumpkins to pick have a deep, hollow sound when you tap them
Keep It Cool: To get the best from your pumpkin, store it somewhere cool. As soon as the pumpkin is carved and hollowed out it will only last for a few days, after this time, it will start to wilt and smell rotten. The more air circulating your pumpkin the better, and try and hold out carving it as close to Halloween as possible to ensure your pumpkin still looks and smells good for the spooky season

Food For Thought
Don’t waste what you scoop out – there are plenty of great recipes for you to use all the parts including the seeds.

Drawing of children with pumpkins for Pumpkin Patch At Whitefriars in Canterbury in Kent

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Picture Credit: © Top to Bottom: Erriot Wood Pumpkin Patch/Pumpkin Moon/Saffery Farm Pick Your Own Pumpkins/Whitefriars for Pumpkin Patch.
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