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The Pumpkin Patch- FAQ's 

The Pumpkin Patch Essex Picking

What is your Pumpkin Patch? 

We offer you the chance to visit our pumpkin patches and pick your own pumpkin direct from the field.  
We have thousands of pumpkins for you to choose from and lots of different varieties of squash and pumpkin too!  
To keep up with demand for all you wonderful pumpkin pickers, we sometimes have to replace the field with ready picked pumpkins from our other fields.  
You simply turn up, pick your pumpkin from the field and then pay our helpful staff once you have chosen. Simple!  
Our pumpkin patches offer a great family day out! Feel free to bring your picnics and eat them in the fields..... 

Where are you? 

We have two pick your own pumpkin patches- one in North Essex and one in South Essex. Postcodes for the Patches are- SS15 4ER for Basildon Pumpkin Patch and CO6 3PR for Colchester. 
We will have plenty of pumpkin patch signs around Essex so look out for the signs and you will be sure to see us! Any questions on location just give us a call on the pumpkin phone! 

Is it muddy? 

Yes- you will be coming onto our fields to pick your pumpkins so it can be very muddy so wellies (or at least old shoes!) will need to be worn; but then mud is fun isn’t it?! Please do take care when walking through the field as it is muddy and uneven as you would expect on a farm.  
If it is too muddy and wet and we have to close the patch we will update our website and social media to keep you informed. 

Who can I bring? 

We welcome all of the family- babies, children, grandparents, cousins, neighbours, everyone- but unfortunately we do not allow dogs due to Health and Safety (even our little miniature daschund Fudgie has to miss out on the fun!)  

Do I need to book? 

The beauty with the pumpkin patch is that there is no need to book and NO entrance fee top the pumpkin patch (optional corn maze is additional - £5 per person). You just need to check our website or social media to check that we are open (as we may need to close if it is too rainy!) and come and see us for a fun morning/ afternoon! 

How much does it cost? 

Entry into the pumpkin patch and oumpkintastic games is free so a great family fun filled activity - all you have to pay for is the pumpkins you pick and they range from as little as £1! (Entrance to the corn maze is not included. This is an optional extra at £5 per person). 

When are you open? - Pumpkin Picking Dates 2018 

We will re-open on Saturday 29th September 2018 and then every weekend in October until 28th October and DURING THE WHOLE OF October half term 20th to 28th October 
Please check our social media and website for weather updates to make sure that we are open! (just incase of the weather!!) 
If it is rainy and we have to close our patches, you can still visit our Pumpkin Trailer in wet weather. 
So there are plenty of places to come and see us to pick your perfect pumpkin! 

Can I bring a large group i.e. school visit/ group coach trip? 

Absolutely, we love seeing big groups on our patches but we do recommend that large groups book in advance to avoid disappointment and there will be allocated parking for coaches etc. 
We will be open Friday 12th October and Friday 19th October from 10.30-2.30pm for school groups too. 
We have lots of fun pumpkin related games around the pumpkin patch, including pumpkin facts, pumpkin tug of war, bale mountain, welly wangling and a pumpkin scavenger hunt! 

Do you make any charity donations? 

We love to be able to support local charities and every year like to support different charities each year. 
Our chosen charity for 2018 will be local charity The Tom Bowdidge Foundation.  

Is there Car Parking? 

We do have car parking at both of our patches but they are fields so it will be muddy and car parking can be limited if it is very wet. Please ensure that you stick to all hard standing areas and adhere to the 5 miles per hour speed limit on site. Cars are parked at the owners' risk. 

What about the Weather? 

We all know us British love talking about weather so we will regularly be updating facebook and twitter with weather updates and conditions in the patch so please check these or our home page for an update on conditions here at the pumpkin patches! Now let’s all keep all those fingers and toes crossed for a dry October! 

What do I need to bring with me?! 

The WHOLE family, wellies for all, some gloves as the stalks can be prickly- especially for children; a bag/ cloths as the pumpkins will be muddy and a camera to take lots of snaps and selfies of course! All of the pumpkins are cut in the field so there is no need to bring any knives or cutters and these will not be permitted on site! 

Are there any facilities? 

At our Basildon pumpkin patch, we have a yummy spooky food stall offering eerie bacon rolls, spooky sausages and wizard burgers (from 6th October). At the Colchester patch we have Hadleys Ice cream van serving delicious hot chocolate and yummy ice cream (from 6th October)! Both patches will be offering tea, coffee and cold drinks! We also know that half the fun is eating outside so we have plenty of spooky straw bales for you to sit on to enjoy your lunch! There will be toilets available. 

Do you take card Payments? 

Yes we do accept card payments. We also accept cash payments if you prefer and there are cash points nearby to both pumpkin patches. Unfortunately we do not accept cheques.  

Can we bring Wheelchairs? 

We are a working farm and our patches are in a field. We do have limited disabled parking and can accommodate wheelchairs although the pumpkin fields will be muddy and uneven, and we don’t want the wheelchairs getting stuck so come prepared! 

I have picked too many pumpkins what can I do with them? 

Pumpkins are delicious believe it or not and there are several different ways to cook with them! You can make soups, pasta dishes, pies even cakes! Check out for some inspiration!  


Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on the patches and the weather! You can also keep up to date on how our pumpkins are growing in the patches! 


Please make all enquiries on 07720 888053 or and we will be happy to help. 
Pumpkin patch Essex


On site this year we have: 
Pick your own pumpkin patch 
Ready cut pumpkin picking from the field 
Refreshement stall (from 6th October) 
BBQ at Baslidon only (from 6th October) 
Straw bales for picnic area 
Picnic benches  
Car Park 
Cash / Card Pay Desk 
Straw bale mountain 
Fun Games 
8 acre Corn Maze (£3 pp entry) 
Pumpkin Games 
Facepainter (every day at Basildon, selected dates at Colchester)  
Photographer (23rd October) 
Welcome to pumpkin patch Essex Colchester Basildon Pick your own pumpkin Wash Road Basildon SS15 4ER Pick your own pumpkin Essex Colchester Aldham CO6 3PR Pumpkin picking fun Essex pumpkin field Colchester Basildon Essex
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