The UK's best pumpkin patches to take your little ones to this autumn – and they're free to get in | The Sun

WITH Halloween less than three weeks away, one fruit is creeping into the homes and onto the doorsteps of homes across the country. 

And thanks to how rainy our summer was this year, pumpkins in Britain are set to be bigger than ever just in time for Halloween.

Keeping the kids entertained in the October half-term holidays can be a challenge, but a trip to your local pumpkin patch can help beat that. 

Worried about the cost of pumpkin picking amid the cost of living crisis. 

You might just live near a pumpkin patch with free entry. 

New research conducted by OutdoorToys analysed entry prices for adults and children to reveal the most affordable pumpkin patches and farms across the UK – and an impressive five of them are free. 

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Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire 

Also crowned as the best pumpkin patch in the UK, Doddington Hall lets adults and kids in for free. 

Visitors only need to pay for the pumpkins that they pick, some of which you can nab for less than a fiver. 

The pumpkin patch is also surrounded by walkthrough gardens and plenty of places to get your Instagram autumn shot. 

Tapnell Farm Park, Yarmouth

Tapnell Farm also lets adults and children in for free. 

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You can enjoy the farm at your leisure, but parents will have to pay for tokens to take part in some activities, such as hooking a pumpkin and the ring toss. 

Other activities are completely free, but if you do purchase tokens, they are entered into a prize draw to win season passes to the farm for your whole family. 

Gower Fresh Christmas Trees, Swansea

Don’t be fooled by the name – this green space is home to a pumpkin patch too. 

It’s free entry for everyone and like the others, you only pay for what you pick. Let your little ones run through the fields and choose the very best pumpkins for their carving activities. 

And between 28th and 31st October, you can pay extra to divulge in other spooky Halloween activities hosted by the farm.

Charleston Fruit Farm, Montrose 

It’s been open since September for budding Halloween fans and letting everyone in for free.

However, this Scottish pumpkin patch will shut its doors when it runs out of pumpkins, so you need to be quick. 

You can nab a little orange one for as cheap as £1, with the maximum you’ll pay per pumpkin being £10. 

Broadslap Fruit Farm, Perth

Also in Scotland, this pumpkin farm grows them in tunnels, meaning it’s a good day out even when it’s raining. 

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Entry is free for everyone and you can pick up mini to “monster” pumpkins. 

The farm is closing doors to its pumpkin tunnels on October 29, so don’t leave it till the last minute.

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