OUR TOP SUSSEX PUMPKIN PATCHES TO VISIT

With Half term and Halloween are on the horizon, for those with bambinos-  Pumpkin Patches are where it’s at. Fresh air, wholesome fun and Halloween ready. Pick up a pumpkin to carve, a turks cap for a curry and some cute little squashes for your windowsill. Whether you’ve got kids or not, does it get any more Autumn? Here’s a round-up of pumpkin patches in Sussex.

Tulleys Pumpkin Farm, Crawley

Where? Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PE

When? Opening dates:* 12th – 13th, 19th – 31st October *Opening times:* 10am – 5.30pm

If you’re not down with getting dirty, Tulleys Farm is for you. They’ve put in hard standing paths through the patch, so you can leave your wellies at home. The patch has 12 acres and approx 75,000 pumpkins to choose from during October. I mean, they’re not running out any time soon. Tulley’s have seating for picnics, so you can BYO food or grab something from the hot food & drink vans. And if your little ones still have wiggles after pumpkin picking, there’s a play area and activities too.

tulleys pumpkin patches*Free entry & parking*

Rogate Pumpkin Patch

Where? GU31 5EG ( A272, just beyond Rogate eastbound)

When?  *Opening dates: Fri 25th – Fri 31st Oct* *Opening times: 10am – last entry 5pm*

Rogate provides the perfect pumpkin patch for a super fun family day out. Besides pumpkin picking there’s a whole host of cool activities, especially for kids: vintage fair, pumpkin skittles, slime lab, pumpkin slingshot, corn blaster, barrel train, and a maize maze. They’re giving out lots of prizes for the spookiest costumes: witches hats, fake blood and vampire teeth at the ready. And if your little one’s a craft fan, you can hang out in the Pumpkin Pot. A quiet space where you can carve your pumpkin or make crafts with natural materials. I love the sound of the food at this patch. A spoilt-for-choice selection of wood-fired pizzas, barista coffee, homemade cakes, street food and slow-cooked hog roast

tulleys farm pumpkin patches

*Free Parking. Entry is £3 per person Under 2s Free.*

Sompting Pumpkin Picking Patch

Where?  On the A27 between Worthing & Brighton

When? O​pening dates: 12-13 & 19 – 31 of October Opening times: 9.30am-4pm

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Sompting Pumpkin Patch is hosted by Pumpkin Picking Patch. It’s well organised and there are lots of fun extras for kids besides picking pumpkins. This is where we went last year. It’s a beautiful setting. There are pumpkins for as far as the eye can see and stacks of wheelbarrows to load up. We had a very awesome afternoon running around the field with our wheelbarrow when we visited. After choosing pumpkins, the girls loved the marquee with Halloween themed crafts and activities. They made witches hats and broomsticks. The staff were super friendly and it rounded off the afternoon really nicely. There’s a food van serving locally sourced hot food, cakes, hot and cold drinks. And lots of seats, so if it’s sunny like last year, you can catch the last of those precious golden Autumn rays.

*Free entry & parking*

Stonehill Farm, Chiddingly

Where? Horam to Chiddingly Rd, TN21 0JN Heathfield, East Sussex

When? Opening dates: from 12th Oct* *Opening times: 9am-6pm

Sussex Pumpkin Patches

Stonehill Farm is a pretty PYO fruit farm in Horam, Healthfield. Choose some gorgeous squashes for your autumnal windowsill while the kids find their own classic carving pumpkins. Hot drinks and complimentary mulled wine are on offer. Need I say more. And if you fancy turning your hand to a bit of seasonal floristry they’re running Pumpkin Arrangement Workshops with local florist Ana’s Flowers through October. Check out the Facebook page for more info.

*Free entry & parking* 

South Farm, Rodmell

Where? Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3FE

When? Opening dates: from 19th – 31st October* *Opening times: 10 – 4pm

For a super cute off the beaten track authentic farm experience look no further. South Farm is a dairy farm that grows pumpkins for Halloween. There’s a field; there are pumpkins. It’s free to get in and pumpkins cost between £1 – £8 depending on size. You’ll have to bring a flask with you or head to the nearby Garden Centre for a hot choc if you fancy a drink after toiling the fields. If it’s straight-ahead rural pumpkin picking you’re looking for, this my friend is the patch for you. Just don’t forget your wellies.

sussex pumpkin patches

*Free entry & parking* **

Poynings Pumpkin Patch

Where? Beggars Lane, Newtimber Crossroads, Poynings, BN45 7AD

When? Every weekend in October and every day between 24th & 31st, 10 am to 4pm

Poynings Pumpkin Patch is the new kid on the block having opened up for the first time this year. They’ve grown lots of different organic varieties: some for carving; some for cooking. Pick up a carving set at the super cute wooden pumpkin shack where you weigh and pay for your pumpkins when you’re all ‘pumpkin’ out. Local producers Lordington Lamb will be running a food van serving lamb, beef and veggie burgers, hot and cold drinks at weekends. Yum! So there you have it, six super Sussex pumpkin patches.

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*Free entry & parking*

Written by Katie Yarde/ Photos with kind permission from each Patch.

www.sussexbornandfed.co.uk

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