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Where can I go pumpkin picking near me and how many pick your own pumpkin farms are there in the UK?

It's not just something you can do in the US -there are various farms in this country that offer it too and you'll be supporting them by investing in their produce

PUMPKIN carving is a major part of Halloween festivities and you've got just today to try it because 31 October has arrived.

But why not try something new this year and go and pick out your own squash? Here's how and where you can get involved.

 The UK has many prime spots for pumpkin picking
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The UK has many prime spots for pumpkin picking

Where do pumpkins grow?

Despite being native to North America, the autumnal vegetable can be grown in your very own garden.

All they need is a sunny position, moisture-retentive soil and shelter from any chilly winds.

This means that there are plenty of spots in the UK that you can pick your own pumpkin.

If there aren't any locations nearby, British supermarkets will be well stocked with them.

 Why not support some local farms this year?
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Why not support some local farms this year?

Where can I go pumpkin picking in the UK?

You might be surprised to know that there are plenty of places across the nation that offer up home-grown pumpkins.

Here are some locations that may take your fancy:

England

  • Crockford Bridge Farm Shop, Surrey
  • Foxes Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maize, Essex
  • PYO Pumpkins, Kent
  • Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington
  • Piglets Adventure Farm, Yorkshire
  • National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire
  • Undley Pumpkin Patch, Suffolk
  • Hatton Adventure World, Warwickshire
  • Down At The Farm, Durham
  • Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire
  • Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
  • Pink Pig Farm, Lincolnshire
 BYO Pumpkins in Kent (pictured) is a hotspot for the festive vegetables
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BYO Pumpkins in Kent (pictured) is a hotspot for the festive vegetables

Northern Ireland

  • Streamvale Open Farm, Belfast
  • Brambell Farm, Craigavon

Scotland

  • Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze, Fife
  • Craigie's Farm, Edinburgh
  • Arnprior Pumpkins, Stirling
  • Charleton Fruit Farm, Montrose
  • Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm, Nairn
 Pumpkin carving has been a tradition for decades
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Pumpkin carving has been a tradition for decades

Wales

  • Hendrewennol Fruit Garden, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Brooksgrove Farm, Pembrokeshire
  • Hooton's Homegrown, Llanfair PG
  • Nantclyd Farm, Aberystwyth
  • Upper Cantref Farm, Brecon

Why are pumpkins associated with Halloween?

Folklore tells the story of Stingy Jack, a man who wasn't allowed into heaven after making a deal with the Devil.

The story says he carried an ember in a hollowed-out turnip and aimlessly wandered the Earth in search of a resting place.

This tale travelled with the Irish over to the States and evolved until these “Jack-o-lanterns” were being made from pumpkins.

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