Pumpkin Picking at Hurley’s Farm 2021
Over the weekend, we headed to Hurleys Pumpkin Forest and Christmas Tree Farm to do some pumpkin picking! Pumpkin picking is such a fun, autumn activity and we came away with quite the haul. From classic large orange pumpkins to unique green patterned ones, Hurley’s farm has a huge variety. As they’re also a Christmas tree farm, you can see hundreds and hundreds of trees all growing and getting ready to go to a good home.
Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest
Hurley’s Pumpkin Forest is in Wickford, Essex and is definitely worth the drive. We visited in 2019 and had such a great time we knew we’d be back again. 2020 made it too difficult for us to go back so we were extra excited to visit this year!
When you arrive, you’ll be given a wheelbarrow at the entrance and then head into a play area where there are lots of autumn and Halloween activities for kids. From hay mazes, photo opportunities, food and drink stalls as well as themed play areas, it’s a great spot for kids. And, you can stay there for as long as you like. As the only adults there without kids, we didn’t spend too much time in this area and headed straight to the pumpkins!
Honestly, I was a little worried as I knew we’d left pumpkin picking quite late. So, I thought there wouldn’t be very many good ones left. But oh was I wrong! There were SO many for us to choose from.
The pumpkin picking patch follows a trail that takes you all around the field. There are also fun props and setups along the way which are perfect for taking pictures of with your haul. There was also a wizard on the day we went which was very unexpected. Dressed in a full wizards costume complete with a long great beard, pointed hat and a staff, he spent a lot of time talking to all the excited kids and their parents about their pumpkins and Halloween.
It was definitely difficult choosing the perfect pumpkin! Although Jaz managed to find his right away. I had to spend a bit more time making sure I got just the right one for carving.
We also wanted to try and get one of each variety to decorate the front of our house with. But, some were just a little too out there for us haha.
When we’d reached the end of the trail I still hadn’t found my perfect pumpkin. Until, luckily, a tractor full of more came in and I was able to find one I loved!
I could’ve happily stayed here for hours admiring all the beautiful pumpkins. And I desperately wanted to take a Christmas tree home with me too haha. I think we may end up coming back in December to get one!
Our Pumpkin Haul
In the end, we got two big orange pumpkins we plan to carve, along with a smaller orange pumpkin to put outside. We also got a grey looking pumpkin and a white one, two little green patterned ones which I love and some tiny munchkin pumpkins. The munchkin pumpkins I plan on spray painting with silver and gold glitter spray which I think would look so pretty.
Our entire haul came to £20 which was a total bargain with the number of pumpkins we got and all the different varieties!
The perfect way to spend a Sunday morning! We had such a great time pumpkin picking and I felt so autumnal and so ready for Halloween afterwards. Now I just can’t wait to carve and decorate all these little beauties!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments if you’ve been pumpkin picking yet this year or if you’re planning to.