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Pumpkin picking across Kent this October and half term until Halloween

It's time to get outdoors with the family and pick a pumpkin to take home.

Hunt down your Halloween highlight with our guide to farms across Kent:

Pick up a pumpkin this October
Pick up a pumpkin this October

PYO Pumpkins, Hoo

PYO Pumpkins at Beluncle Farm in Hoo is open daily for half term.

Booking is free but you'll need to do it before you visit, as part of measures to keep a safe environment for everyone this autumn.

The site will be open between Friday, October 23 to Saturday, October 31 for half term. To book, go to pyopumpkins.com

Arthur Mitchell, pumpkin picking at Beluncle Farm, Hoo last year Picture: Chris Davey
Arthur Mitchell, pumpkin picking at Beluncle Farm, Hoo last year Picture: Chris Davey

Pumpkin Moon, Maidstone, Rainham and Sittingbourne

Pumpkin Moon has three sites open this year to pumpkin pickers - but booking is required to visit. Tickets are £1.50 per person and pumpkins start from £1. Pre-booking is available for fields on Old Chatham Road, Sandling, Lower Rainham Road and Fox Hill in Bapchild near Sittingbourne which are open from Friday, October 23 to Saturday, October 31.

To make your booking and understand all of the new safety procedures in place visit pumpkinmoon.uk

Pumpkin Moon has three sites to choose from
Pumpkin Moon has three sites to choose from

Chilton Manor Farm, Highsted Farm, Sittingbourne

PYO pumpkin time for half term is between Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31. The site will be open from 10am to 4.30pm this Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Groups must be six people or less and you don't need to book, but you may be asked to wait if the field gets busy, to maintain social distancing. The farm shop is closed on Mondays, but will be open every day in the half term week. Details at chiltonmanorfarm.co.uk and here.

PYO Felderland Farm, Sandwich

After a successful first year, the Pumpkin Patch is moving to the Sandwich site this year, with the season running throughout half term until Sunday, November 1.

There will be thousands of pumpkins and squash in all shapes and sizes, and you have a choice of a wheelbarrow or a sled to carry your haul in. There will also be a hay bale play zone and family photo stations. Visitors will need to book in advance, while under threes are free, and groups must not be more than six. Book at felderland-pyo.co.uk

There are lots of varieties on offer Picture: Sean Aidan
There are lots of varieties on offer Picture: Sean Aidan

PYO Milebush Farm, West Farleigh

The farm in Shingle Barn Lane, West Farleigh, opened its gates to pickers last weekend and will open every day throughout October from 10am to 5pm. Safety measures include a one way system and masks required, and there won't be any toilets this year. There will be pumpkins in the field and squash in the yard, with prices from £1. Visit the Facebook pag e for more information.

PYO Pumpkins, Sevington, near Ashford

Pumpkins at the site are priced by size, with little ones £1 and monster ones £8. The working farm asks for visitors to wear masks as they enter and leave the site. Whatever your size, you will need to wear wellies and gloves. There is no entrance fee. To book a half term slot visit pickyourownpumpkin.farm

Pumpkin Garden, Spadework, Offham

The charity near West Malling has opened its Pumpkin Garden to the public and it will stay open until Saturday, October 31 from 10am to 4pm.

The bumper crop this year features a varieties of pumpkins and gourds, in all shapes and sizes. Every pumpkin purchased goes to help provide care, support and meaningful opportunities for adults with learning and other disabilities.

There are also a range of safety measures. For more details click here.

For our half term round-up of events across Kent click here.

For more days out ideas across Kent click here.

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