There’s nothing like getting cosy when the leaves are turning orange, the temperature is dropping and the nights are drawing in. And I love creating a little display of mismatched pumpkins for the autumn period.
This is exactly what I did last weekend when my friends and I popped along to a pumpkin patch and bought ourselves an assortment of little picture-perfect pumpkins. We saw lots of families out with their children, so it is also a great autumnal activity for all the family. My friends are planning on making pumpkin soup with theirs, but I bought mine solely for aesthetic purposes as you can see from the photos. It was also the perfect place for a little photoshoot for the gram.
Pumpkin picking is becoming more popular and its great to support local farmers and businesses, so without further ado, these are the best places in Kent to go pumpkin picking at family-run farms.
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The best pumpkin picking in Kent
Lower Ladysden Farm, Goudhurst
This is the farm that I went to last weekend. Lower Ladysden Farm is a lovely family-run farm based in Goudhurst with a great farm shop and café. We picked our pumpkins and then had a hot chocolate and delicious home-made tomato soup in the café afterwards. You can also pick your own asparagus in the spring, so I will definitely be back!
Due to Covid, you have to book a slot for £2 each, which you can do here. Children under 3 go free. They are also open every day for pick your own, which a lot of farms aren’t!
Address: Lower Ladysden Farm, Winchet Hill, Goudhurst, Kent. TN17 1JX
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 9am – 5.30pm
Sun: 10am – 4pm
Four Winds Farm, Fordcombe
Four Winds is a family-run sheep farm based just outside of Tunbridge Wells. You must buy tickets and there are six sessions per day. Buy your tickets here for £1 (+75p booking fee) per vehicle. They are also running a scarecrow hunt and selling tea and cakes.
Address: Pumpkin Field, Poundsbridge Hill, Fordcombe, TN3 0RL
Opening Days: Sat 24th Oct to Sat 31st Oct, 10am – 4pm
Beluncle Farm, Rochester
Family-run Beluncle Farm is only selling pumpkins by the wheelbarrow-load this year, but you get up to 15 pumpkins for £20. Book your free ticket here. There are four half hour slots during each morning (9-11am) and afternoon session (1-3pm). Once you arrive you can stay for as long as you would like until the next session begins or the farm closes. They have no café, but they do have a snack shop that sells cold drinks, sweets and crisps.
Every year the farm makes a donation to their chosen charities, Crohn’s and Colitis UK & Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association. In 2018 they donated over £4,000.
Address: Beluncle Farm, Stoke Road, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, ME3 9LU
Opening Days: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th, Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th, Monday 26th to Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October
Chilton Manor Farm, Sittingbourne
Chilton Manor is a family-run farm and farm shop based in Sittingbourne. They have so many different seasonal crops, so you can pick different things depending on when you visit. Pumpkin picking has begun and is opening on Saturday 17th October. You do not have to book a slot to pick pumpkins and it will be open every day from the 24th.
Address: Chilton Manor Farm, Highsted Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0AA
Opening days: Saturday 17th (10am to 4.30pm) and Sunday 18th October (10am to 4pm). Then open every day from Sat 24th (including Monday 26th) until 31st October (or until they sell out).
No need to book, just come along in groups of no more than 6 people. You may be asked to wait if the field is particularly busy to maintain a safe distance for all customers. There are also apples and pears also available to pick.
Sevington Farm, Ashford
Based just off of the M20, the family-owned Sevington Farm Pick your Own in Ashford is a vast field full of very ripe, orange and juicy looking pumpkins.
Pumpkins are priced from £1-£10 each and parking is provided (weather dependent).
Book your tickets here. For updates, follow their Facebook page.
Address: Cheesemans Green Lane, Sevington, Ashford, Kent, TN25 7HX
Opening Days: 17-18th Oct and 24th-31st Oct
Hewitts Farm, Orpington
Hewitts Farm in Orpington grows strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears, squash and pumpkins among other things. They have a farm shop that is open all year round selling locally-grown produce, free range chicken, duck eggs, fruits juices, pickles, chutney, jams, preserves and baked goods.
For pumpkin picking there is no need to book, just turn up in groups of 6 or less.
Address: Hewitt’s Farm, Court Rd, Chelsfield, Orpington, BR6 9BX
Opening Days: Tuesdays – Sundays 9am-4.30pm (last entry 3pm)
Pumpkin Moon in Maidstone, Rainham and Bapchild
Pumpkin Moon has not one, but three different locations to choose from depending on where you live. They have over 80 varieties of pumpkins, squashes and gourds to pick.
Again, due to covid, they have a ticketing system, but ticket prices are £1.50 and children under 3 are free. Pumpkin prices start at just £1.
Maidstone Address: Pumpkin Moon, Old Chatham Road, Sandling, Nr Maidstone, ME14 3BE
Rainham Address: Pumpkin Moon, Lower Rainham Road, Rainham, ME7 2YA
Bapchild Address: Pumpkin Moon, Fox Hill, Bapchild, Kent, ME9 9AB
Opening days: Sat 17th & Sun 18th , Fri 23rd to Sat 31st
Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm