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Kent: Pick your own pumpkin farms opening this weekend 2018

By Angela Cole

The leaves are falling, Halloween is looming and it’s pumpkin season. Head out into the countryside to pick your own with our guide to the farms opening their gates this weekend.

CHILTON MANOR FARM, SITTINGBOURNE

The family farm and shop has a good spread of pick your own possibilities just waiting to tempt you down into the countryside. Its annual PYO pumpkin opportunities run from Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The farm in Highsted Road, Sittingbourne, ME9 0AA also specialises in apples - varieties including russet, gala, cox and falstaff eating apples - and pears, quince, fresh vegetables, honey and Korkers sausages. For more details visit chiltonmanorfarm.co.uk and check for updates on Facebook here.

Pumpkin picking at PYO Pumpkins in Hoo Picture: Bruce Middlemiss
Pumpkin picking at PYO Pumpkins in Hoo Picture: Bruce Middlemiss

PYO PUMPKINS, BELUNCLE FARM, HOO

The 40-acre family farming business has been opening its gates in the run-up to Halloween for PYO fans since 2010. There is an extensive range of pumpkins and squashes. This year picking starts on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, from 10am to 4pm both days.

Pumpkin picking at PYO Pumpkins in Hoo Picture: Bruce Middlemiss
Pumpkin picking at PYO Pumpkins in Hoo Picture: Bruce Middlemiss

There will be picking during the week on selected days from 0am to 1pm and also throughout half term from 10am to 4pm. A donation is made to the chosen charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK & Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association. Find the site at Beluncle Farm in Stoke Road, Hoo. There is free entry and prices for pumpkins start at £1. There will also be hot food and drinks available. For more details go here.

PUMPKIN MOON, MAIDSTONE & RAINHAM

This is the third year Pumpkin Moon has been offering a day out picking pumpkins and squashes. This year there will be more than 70 varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd to choose from, plus fun activities, including a maize maze, face painting, story telling and pumpkin painting. There are also two sites - at Old Chatham Road, Sandling, and in Lower Rainham Road, Rainham. Entry is free and visitors pay for what they pick. The sites are open this weekend on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 and on selected days over the following two weekends. To find out more, click here.

Pick Your Own at Pumpkin Moon last year. Franklin Ram, 8, and Imogen Jones, 8, run through the field. Picture: Matthew Walker
Pick Your Own at Pumpkin Moon last year. Franklin Ram, 8, and Imogen Jones, 8, run through the field. Picture: Matthew Walker

MILEBUSH FARM, WEST FARLEIGH, MAIDSTONE

The West Farleigh farm started doing PYO pumpkins last year and this year is offering picking every day throughout the month of October. The site will be open from 9am to 5pm every day, with pumpkins costing from £1. This weekend on Saturday, October 13, the kiosk will be open with refreshments and pumpkin soup. Entry is free and there is parking. Head to Shingle Barn Lane, West Farleigh, ME15 0PN, or click here.

Family-friendly pumpkin picking at Pumpkin Moon, with Nicola Worsfold and Indiana, 2, and Aynara, 1, in a wheelbarrow. Picture: Matthew Walker
Family-friendly pumpkin picking at Pumpkin Moon, with Nicola Worsfold and Indiana, 2, and Aynara, 1, in a wheelbarrow. Picture: Matthew Walker

PICK YOUR OWN, SEVINGTON, ASHFORD

The family-owned farm will be open to pumpkin pickers on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 from 10am to 4pm, and from Saturday, October 20 through to Sunday, October 28 for the half term holidays. The venture raises funds for charity and this year 21 Together is the chosen charity with Hamstreet Academy & Nursery School. Pumpkins cost between £1 and £8. Pumpkins are priced by size from £1 - £8 each. Head to the farm at Cheeseman’s Green Lane, TN25 7HX. For details go here.

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