As the spooky season rolls in, anyone living or holidaying in BANES is probably looking for pumpkin picking near Bath.
There are a few pumpkin patches in Somerset and Wiltshire; some are best for families, whereas others are suitable for big kids.
Growing up, visiting an authentic pumpkin patch was always a family tradition for my household, and now I’m in my late 20s, I still drag my partner to one every year!
Bearing that in mind, I’ve put together this handy guide of all the autumnal pumpkin patches around Bath, perfect for Halloween.
Whether you’re looking for things to do in Bath in October half term or somewhere spooky to spend a Saturday afternoon, check out this list of all the best Bath pumpkin farms and find one local to you!
Dates: October 1st – 2nd, 8th – 9th, 14th -16th, 20th – 30th
If you want a massive pumpkin patch with options to pick your own, plus lots of fun activities, refreshments and an awesome farm shop, look no further than Farrington’s Farm in Farrington Gurney.
Find your perfect pumpkin on the vast patch and wash and embellish it at the carving barn – which means that it’s ready to be displayed as soon as you get home (and you won’t get mud or pumpkin seeds everywhere!).
There’s plenty of food and drink on offer at the pumpkin festival, with a bar selling hot drinks, a fish and chip shop, a cafe and an extensive farm shop.
Once you’ve refuelled, enjoy some of the best family-friendly attractions and seasonal entertainment, such as looking for spooky characters like Winnie the Witch or taking a tractor ride.
Tickets to Farrington’s Farm cost £2.50, although you’ll need to pay extra for the pumpkins themselves and the range of activities. Book tickets by clicking here.
It’s a half-hour drive from central Bath, or you could take the 172 bus from Bath bus station which takes about an hour.
Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
Dates: 1st – 2nd, 8th – 9th, 15th -16th, 20th – 21st, 22nd – 30th October.
Located in Keynsham, Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife is a popular place for families year-round, but when Halloween rolls around it’s home to acres of pumpkin fields, with pumpkins of every size and shape.
Whether you want the biggest pumpkin of all or a tiny one that’ll fit on your mantlepiece, there are plenty of gourd-geous gourds to go around at Avon Valley.
Once you’ve found your fabulous pumpkin, try spooky activities like pumpkin paintball or take in the atmospheric music and wonderful shows – fancy dress encouraged!
There are loads of photo opportunities throughout the park, and you’ll be able to take some amazing pictures with your new pumpkins, making some incredible memories as you go!
To reach Avon Valley pumpkin patch, it’s around a half-hour drive from Bath centre, or you can take the X39 toward Bristol (Avon Valley park is one of the best pumpkin patches near Bristol too!).
Dates: 20th – 30th October
With everything from perfectly round bright orange gourds to small knobbly pumpkins, Roves Farm has it all!
Located close to Swindon, Roves Farm is a must-visit for pumpkin and Halloween fans!
The pumpkins are pre-picked – perfect if you don’t want to get muddy – and you can carve them in their pumpkin barn.
There’s also a fancy dress competition, wand making, an Autumn nature trail and scary tractor ride!
In the evening, partake in the spooky haunted hayride!
Pre-booking is essential as tickets are very limited. You can click here to find out more.
From Bath Spa, it’s about an hour’s drive to Roves Farm, which is just north of Swindon.
Lotmead Farm PYO
Dates: Open every day from 8th October
This PYO farm is popular in the summer months for strawberry picking; but in October, its brilliant pumpkin picking patch opens to the public!
Choose from bright orange or white ghostly pumpkins, with all shapes and sizes on offer.
After you’ve found your pumpkin, enjoy the children’s adventure play area, the animal enclosure with pigs, chickens, alpacas and more, and the nature sanctuary where you can look out for birds like mallard ducks and herons or larger animals such as deer.
It costs £4.95 for an adult ticket and £6.95 for a child aged 5-15 years. If you’re visiting for a family, entrance is £19.95. No booking is required.
It’s around an hour’s drive from Bath to Lotmead Farm. You can also get there by taking the train to Swindon and then the number 2 bus to Wrenswood, which also takes around an hour.
Dates: 8th – 30th October
Cobbs Farm near Swindon is a popular spot year-round, but in October, its pumpkin-picking fields are open for all!
There’s no need to book, just turn up and find your ideal pumpkin, and pay for what you pick in the shop.
The double-decker bus cafe is open, which serves Autumnal drinks and spooky milkshakes.
Cobbs Farm is just over an hour’s drive from Bath on the M4.
Palette and Pasture
Dates: October 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-16th, 21st-30th
Situated in Frome, Palette and Pasture is a smaller pumpkin patch. It costs just 1 per ticket for entry, and you can pay for whatever you pick as you leave.
Your entrance fee entitles you to two hours in the pumpkin field, so there’s lots of time to enjoy the huge selection of gourd on offer!
There’s also an ice cream stall on site.
It’s around a half-hour drive to Frome from Bath; public transport isn’t really feasible for this one.
Whether you’re after festival vibes with lots of spooky entertainment, or just want a simple gourd-geous pumpkin patch, Somerset and Wiltshire have plenty on offer!
Hopefully, this blog post has shown you some of the best pumpkin patches in Bath to visit throughout the spooky season!