Living in London, you’d think it’d be more difficult to get outdoors and take part in as many rural activities- picking pumpkins being one of them. Thankfully, when I was hunting for a cute pumpkin patch to visit, not too far from the capital- I came across Crockford Bridge Farm and knew it was exactly what I was looking for- less than an hour outside of London. Nothing says autumn festivities like a trip to the farm, particularly to pick your own pumpkins, and so that’s exactly what we did this Sunday just gone.
As with most people this time of year, I am obsessed with pumpkins and decorating the house with as much Halloween fervour as possible- so it seemed like a good idea to stock up on lots of hand-picked vegetables to decorate my home. There’s far more to this farm than just picking pumpkins however, with a garden centre, farm shop selling locally grown produce, and tonnes of autumnal activities and play areas, drinks stalls, shows for kids and more photo opportunities than you can shake a cinnamon stick at.
We headed to the farm mid-afternoon to the cutest sight ever- rows and rows of every type of pumpkin you can imagine, hay bales galore and the loveliest autumnal scenes of families enjoying the sunshine. We popped for some lunch before truly diving into the activities, and inevitably ending up on the rope swing.
It was only £2 each to enter the pumpkin patch, which was kitted out with carved and illustrated pumpkins, barrels, bales, barrows and even a pumpkin barn with autumnal thrones for those quintessential October photos. I ended up picking up three pumpkins – one mid-size, one small and one munchkin – and am looking forward to using them in autumnal recipes soon too- as well as for decorative purposes. While the pumpkins cost a little more than at the supermarket- you’re buying them from the source, and it was great to see the farmers harvesting the pumpkins on the way in and all of the pretty rows in the fields growing in the background. The farm even had a carving station with all the tools if you wanted to hollow out and decorate your pumpkin then and there.
After several hours in the sunshine, weighed down by the weight of our pumpkin horde we left feeling so festive. As we were busy snapping away- I couldn’t help but put together this blog post, to share all the snaps with you. Hopefully it’ll convince you to take a little trip over to Addlestone soon, because I cannot recommend this day out more! With just under a week until Halloween, and with the weekend coming up, you still have plenty of time to take full advantage! All of the information on Crockford Bridge Farm in Surrey is right here.
Until next time…