Where to pick pumpkins in Dorset for Halloween 2021

The Miller Four: Alice, Justin, Quenton and Kelly in their pumpkin patch at the family farm in Dorset

The Miller Four: Alice, Justin, Quenton and Kelly in their pumpkin patch at the family farm in Dorset - Credit: RichardBudd.co.uk

Dorset Country Pumpkins, Milton Abbas The cover stars of Dorset Magazine’s October edition, this pumpkin patch on the Miller family’s farm in Milton Abbas first opened last year, and sold out fast. This year Longclose Farm (DT11 0BU) has upped their game and have planted nearly 5000 plants so they are looking forward to a bumper crop of pumpkins great and small, and both white and orange! Open October 16/17 and from 23 – 31 10am – 4pm ( second weekend there is a mini craft fair, and the opportunity to meet some of the farm animals), no booking is required and there is no entrance fee, you just pay for the pumpkins you pick.  They are also well set up for wheelchair access to the patch using their quad bike with trailer, just let them know in advance. See their step-by-step how to carve a pumpkin with downloadable template on their website...as well as some cracking pumpkin recipes! Latest news on  Facebook & Instagram 

Create a spooky face with a Dorset Country Pumpkin

Create a spooky face with a Dorset County Pumpkin - Credit: dorsetcountrypumpkins.co.uk

Farmer Palmers, Organford : This family run farming attraction near Poole is giving its farm park a spooky makeover, with the resident ‘Boo Crew’ getting into the ‘spirit’ of things. The Trailer of Laughs offers a Soak-a-Spook tractor ride, and new for this year is their Pumpkin Pick event where your little witches, wizards, werewolves, monsters and ghouls can pick their own. Running from October 23 – 31, tickets must be pre-booked in advance as a bolt-on to Halloween Half Term admission tickets. Farmer Palmer's pumpkin patch will be opened for a few hours each day during half term so your little ones can pick a pumpkin to take home. There will also be props and mini-wheelbarrows in the field for those all-important Insta-worthy photoshoots! One pumpkin per family. If you are visiting with multiple children and would like them all to have a pumpkin each, then you need to book one ticket per child (£3.50). Simply show your ticket to the Pumpkin Princess at the Pumpkin Patch and she'll tick your name off the list. Tickets will go fast, so book now! 

Bincombe Bumps Pumpkins, near Dorchester : Located on West Farm, Bincombe (DT3 5PS) this pick your own venue is open October 9,10, 16,17 then 23 – 30 October (10am – 4pm). As well as pumpkin picking there's a Haunted House to explore, a Witches Way to meander through, or see if you can spot the spooks in the Scarecrow Maize Trail. Dogs are allowed in the patch on a lead, and providing you clean up after them. Refreshments available. No need to book, no entry free, just pay for pumpkins you pick.  

Lenctenbury Farm, Corfe CastleThis family-run farm is open for pumpkin picking (10am – 5pm) over the weekend of October 9 – 10 and then every day from October 16 until all the pumpkins are picked (they’ve grown over 2000 pumpkins this year). Their barn shop offers ready picked eating and decorative autumn squash if you don’t fancy picking your own. No booking required and no entry charge, you pay for the pumpkins you pick. Card and cash payment. Latest updates on Facebook and Instagram . As its located on opposite The Halfway Inn on the A351 between Wareham and Corfe Castle, it can be combine with a visit to the thousand-year-old Corfe Castle which has some Tudor themed events happening over half-term. 

Choose your Dorset grown pumpkin then carve a jack-o-lantern

Choose your Dorset grown pumpkin then carve a jack-o-lantern - Credit: AlexRaths/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Cat and Fiddle Farm, HintonSitting on the edge of the New Forest, The Cat and Fiddle Farm forms part of the Dan Tanner family business that grows over 20 different fruits and vegetables, in autumn this means plump pumpkins which are available for picking now ( no need to book), and are in season throughout the whole of October. There's also an onsite café so you can warm up with a brew and a slice of cake once you've picked your perfect pumpkin. No entrance fee - simply pay for what you pick, cash and cards are accepted. Find them at Hinton on the A35 Lyndhurst Road, 2 miles from Christchurch.  

Sopley Farm, Christchurch : Just north of the Cat and Fiddle Farm is Sopley Farm. Located on the Sopley to Bransgore Road - this is also part of the Dan Tanner family business, and row upon row of pumpkins are now ready to be picked there,. Same rules apply:  no booking required, no entrance fee and you just pay for what you pick. They’ve also just opened a new onsite bakery!

Dorset Country Pumpkins

Dorset Country Pumpkins - Credit: RichardBudd.co.uk

Pumpkin Picking Patch, FordingbridgeThough this is technically over the border in Hampshire, if you are in the eastern part of Dorset this is worth venturing slightly further afield for. Located at Bickton Manor Farm, on the A338 between Ringwood and Downton on the edge of the New Forest, this long-established pumpkin patch at Fordingbridge has everything you need for a great family day out...lots of space to run around, portaloo toilets, disabled toilets, and baby change facilities plus refreshments. For the budding pumpkinologists there are 10 acres of pumpkins to browse, for the crafty - lots to create, make and take, and for the intrepid -  a journey into their new Halloween Maize Maze (booking required for maze, choose day time or twilight, £6.50, under 4s free) is not to be missed! Open October 9, 10, 16, 17, 22 to 31  

Pumpkin Patch, Waddock Cross: Things have got a bit scary down on the farm as The Watercress Company has grown a huge pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch in time to celebrate Halloween. Knap Farm in Owermoigne normally produces brilliant green watercress, but a trial run at pumpkins has proved a spooktacular success. Visitors are encouraged to pay £5 online to book a Fast-Track ticket which includes ANY size pumpkin, entry for a whole household and free parking.  The option to turn up and pay on the day is available, but customers will be charged according to the pumpkin’s size and places are going fast!

A brown alpaca wearing a witches hat

A friendly face over at The Watercress Company - Credit: The Watercress Company