5 Sussex PYO Pumpkin Farms

I don’t remember PYO pumpkins being a thing but it is apparently. That said, although lots of farm shops sell pumpkins, I found surprisingly few PYO pumpkin farms across Sussex and was saddened to learn of the demise of the epic Slindon Pumpkin Festival. But undeterred and as pumpkin picking does seem to be a popular, wholesome and worthy pursuit, here are five PYO sites that I managed to find spread nicely across our county.

Sussex PYO Pumpkin

Sompting Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

Just off the A27 in between Worthing and Brighton at Lychpole Farm and open 22 to 31 October, the Sompting Pumpkin people describe themselves as, “For the budding pumpkinologists, there are 25 acres of pumpkins to pick, and for the crafty, lots to create, make and take home.

Sussex PYO pumpkins

Rogate Pumpkin Patch

Rogate Pumpkin Patch is halfway between Midhurst and Petersfield on the A272. Picking is open from now until the end of October but you do need to book. They also have “Merlin’s Wood to explore, Halloween décor, haystacks to climb, barrel rides and go-karts to whizz around in and maize to run through plus lots of pumpkin fun!”

Sussex PYO pumpkin

Tulleys Pumpkin Farm

Just outside Turners Hill on the road to Crawley, Tulleys Farm always seems to be popular not least because it also hosts Shocktober Fest scream park for Halloween. Pumpkins are pickable until the end of the month.

Sussex PYO pumpkin patch

South Farm at Rodmell

At the wonderfully named Cricketing Bottom, from Lewes go through the village of Rodmell, and after about 100 metres turn right down a farm track. The folks here are also raising money for The Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Charity with a Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin competition.

Sussex PYO Pumpkins

Stonehill Farm, Chiddingly

Last but not least, on the road between Horam and Chiddingly, Stonehill is a good old-fashioned PYO farm with pumpkin picking on offer from 23 to 30 October.

Sussex PYO Pumpkins

Happy picking folks, or more importantly, happy carving and souping thereafter!

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