5 Sussex pumpkin patches to visit this autumn

PUBLISHED: 11:47 10 October 2020 | UPDATED: 11:21 04 November 2020

Tulleys Farm pumpkin fields

Tulleys Farm pumpkin fields

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We might not be able to indulge in trick-or-treating this year, but there’s still plenty of scope for Halloween fun with a visit to one of these fabulous farms

With many of our favourite Halloween activities out of the question this October (apple-bobbing and trick-or-treating don’t feel very 2020, unfortunately), there is lots of fun still to be had.

Sussex has a number of pumpkin patches where you can enjoy some fresh air while choosing your favourite squash – and get some great seasonal photos into the bargain. Here are our favourites:

Sompting Pumpkin Picking Patch

Choose from 60,000 pumpkins of every shape and size. But it’s not just pumpkins – there’s plenty more to do besides. Investigate straw bales sculptures and the pumpkin house, try your hand at seasonal games, or craft your very own witch’s broom or magic wand. Hot and cold snacks are available.

Admission: free 17-18 and 23-31 October

Tulleys Farm, Crawley

There’s little doubt that Tulleys Farm is Sussex’s Halloween capital, attracting visitors from far and wide to its SpookFest and Shocktober events.

Both are cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but there’s still plenty of spooky fun to be had with a special ‘haunted’ drive-in cinema experience and pick-your-own pumpkins. They have around 150,000 pumpkins growing on 20 acres, so you should find one that takes your fancy.

Admission: £2-£5 depending on day, 26 September-31 October

Sharnfold Farm, Eastbourne

This lovely pick-your-own farm is famous for its strawberries but in September and October it is the pumpkin’s time to shine.

After you’ve chosen your perfect raw material, join a (pre-booked) pumpkin carving session – all tools are provided, and you can leave someone else with the cleaning up! The farm will also host a Halloween trail, included in the ticket price.

Admission: tables of four £25, must include at least one adult. Running every weekend through October and everyday throughout half term 19-31 October.

Rogate Pumpkin Patch, between Midhurst and Petersfield

This charming family-owned business grows a range of pumpkin and squash varieties and opens over the week of Halloween for family days out.

There are prizes on offer for the best Halloween costume and the charming South Downs surroundings mean ample opportunities for photos.

Admission: £2, under-twos free, 17-31 October

Roundstone Farm, Angmering

This PYO farm has an extremely extensive range of crops and can get pretty busy in summer.

In October, the pumpkins are ready for harvest, with blue and orange pumpkins, butternut squash and mini squash among the selection.

Admission: Free, open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays in October and every day 26-31 October

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