Pumpkin picking with your pup is an autumn activity that is becoming more popular each year. So this year, we finally decided to try out one of the dog-friendly Pumpkin Patches near London for ourselves. From our list of Dog-friendly Pumpkin Patches, Tulleys Farm Pumpkin Picking was closest to us, and last weekend the weather was sunny, so off we set. Here’s why a visit to Tulleys Farm Pumpkin Picking with your pup (try saying that after a few drinks) is a fun thing to do this Halloween…
Pumpkins Galore at the Tulleys Pumpkin Patch
Tulleys Farm takes things pretty seriously when it comes to their pumpkins. With over 20 acres of pumpkins producing around 150,000 pumpkins each year, you’ll find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes here. You pay for what you pick, with prices ranging from £1 for the smallest to £20 for the larger Pumpkins.
There are two big Pumpkin Patch fields on the farm; the main field is enormous, and then a second one down a spooky woodland walk that is quieter and slightly smaller.
Insta-worthy Pumpkin Pop-ups
Tulleys Pumpkin Farm has also realised that it’s not just about the pumpkins. Taking inspiration from our US friends who go all out with their Pumpkin Patches, Tulleys have created insta-worthy photo pop-ups around the farm. This means you can get plenty of photos of yourself, your significant other, your kids and most importantly, your pup! There may be a queue for the most impressive ones (the vintage truck at the entrance, for example). Still, it’s worth the wait as they add a fun touch to the pumpkin picking experience and your photo collection.
Fun for All the Family
Whist dogs are welcome at Tulleys Farm Pumpkin Picking; really, it’s all about the kids first and foremost. We saw countless children high on the Halloween spirit, having their photos taken with many of the actors in costume around the farm and, of course, choosing their pumpkins. It really is a fun day out for all the family, which should include the dog as they are family too.
Tulleys Farm Pumpkin Picking is Best for South Londoners
If you’re South London or Surrey based, then Tulleys Pumpkin Farm is the Pumpkin Patch for you. Located near Crawley, in West Sussex, it was about an hour’s drive for us.
The other farms listed in our Dog-friendly Pumpkin Patch Guide are all north London or Kent based, so this really is the dog-friendly Pumpkin Patch for South Londoners.
Tulleys Pumpkin Picking Top Tips
- Our number one tip as you’re going to a farm would be to wear wellies as you get muddy, as did we even on a sunny day.
- The farm is set up for humans first and foremost, and we didn’t see any water bowls for dogs on the farm, so make sure to bring your own.
- There are day and night pumpkin picking sessions. Although the night sessions would be super spooky, we would recommend going in the day for photos (or both).
Tulleys Farm Pumpkin Picking Info
Dog Policy: Dogs are welcome at Tulley’s Pumpkin Farm as long as they are on a lead and you clean up after them. Disclaimer: Belinha was off lead briefly for photos, but she’s used to taking pictures and wouldn’t run off.
Getting There: The address is Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Rd, Turners Hill, West Sussex, RH10 4PE (for sat navs use RH10 4PD) close to Crawley, and it took us approximately an hour in the car from South London. If you don’t have a car, you can get to Tulleys by public transport (train plus taxi or bus), but it’s not that easy. Also, if you’re planning to carry some Pumpkins home, public transportation may be tricky. In our opinion, visiting Pumpkin Farm is best with a car and there is free parking onsite. Tulleys also have a comprehensive directions page on their website.
When: Tulleys Pumpkin Picking season runs throughout October; weekends at the start of October and then daily from approx. 20th October to 31st October. The farm is open from 10 am – 5:30 pm for the Pumpkin Day sessions and then 6 pm – 8:30 pm for the Pumpkin Night sessions.
Food and Drink: There are serval food and drink vendors at Tulleys Farm so you won’t go hungry!
Booking/Cost: Entrance to the Pumpkin Farm is £6 for adults during the day or £7 in the evening, and you need to book a slot to visit. We ran into heavy traffic on the way and ended up being about 30 minutes late for our booking, but the staff were very helpful and we could still get in without an issue.