FAQSPYO PUMPKINS IN HOO, ROCHESTER, KENT
are you open?
We plan to open until the 31st October 10am to 4pm however the rain has been very heavy and this affected our car parks. Please check before you come to see if we can open. Updates will be on our Home page, recorded phone message or Facebook.
What time do you open?
We open at 10am.
What time do you close?
We close the gates at 4pm except Monday 14th to Thursday 17th when we close at 1pm.
Do I need to Book to visit?
There is no need to book and it is free to enter. If you have any special requirements such as disabled parking or assistance dog then please do send an email so we can let the correct people know.
How much do the pumpkins cost?
Pumpkin prices are mostly between £1 and £4. We may have some larger ones which will be more. All prices will be available on the day on price boards. We do weigh the pumpkins to make sure everyone is charged fairly and there is consistency in our pricing.
Do you have car parking?
Yes we have ample car parking within the farm on grass fields. The car park will be clearly marked from the road. There is no need to park on the road side. Please follow the instructions from the car parking marshals. Please be patient while we try to get you parked. We operate a one way system so when leaving the car park please again follow the marshals to the exit and drive carefully and slowly as there are very excited children (and adults!!) running around. There will be disabled parking available please ask the car park marshals when you arrive.
How does it work?
Follow the pumpkin signs from Four Elms roundabout A228. You will be directed into the car park from the road. Once you have parked make your way to the wheelbarrow park, one per family please during busy times. You will be directed into the field where we have some price boards on display and a map of the field showing where the different kinds of pumpkins are. The pumpkins will already be cut off their vines so you can just pick up the ones you would like. Take the time to have some family shots at our photo opportunities, then post it to your social media tagging PYOPumpkins. Bring your wheelbarrow or pumpkins to the checkouts and the staff with orange t shirts will add up the cost of your pumpkins. You can pay for your pumpkins with cash or card (NO cheques or £50 notes please). Bring bags for your pumpkins as they can be muddy and heavy. If you take the wheelbarrow to your car please pass it on to someone arriving or return it to the wheelbarrow park.
Can I bring a pushchair or wheelchair?
Yes you can bring a pushchair or wheelchair however the pumpkin field can be muddy (if it has been raining) and the ground is uneven. The car park, entrance and area with the marquees is all grass. There are also grass strips amongst the rows of pumpkins making access possible to the furthest points. There is disabled parking available, please ask the car park marshal. Please contact us before you visit if you have a specific query.
Can I take photographs?
Yes of course you can take photographs of your family and friends at PYO Pumpkins. We do not allow drones. Please be conscious of the people around you when taking photographs and have a look at our Photography policy. If you are a professional photographer then we do charge a small site fee as detailed in our photography policy and would welcome you to get in touch prior to your visit.
Do I need to cut the pumpkins off their vines?
No, the pumpkins will already be cut off their vines. You must NOT bring any secateurs, pen knives, knives, scissors or sharp blades. You will be asked to put these in your car if found, or surrender to staff, until your departure.
Do you have a toilet?
Yes, there will be portaloos in the field including one disabled one.
Is it a farm shop?
We are NOT a farm shop. We only sell pumpkins from the field.
Do you have food and drink for sale?
Yes we have a snack shop selling cold drinks, chocolate, sweets and crisps. We will also have a trailer selling hot drink & food. These facilities may not be open during the week days before half term.
Can I bring my dog?
We are sorry but dogs, even on leads, are not allowed in the field or farm yard, except assistance dogs. This is for health and safety and hygiene reasons as many people eat the pumpkins. If you have an assistance dog please contact us before you visit so that we can inform our staff.
I am having a party or wedding, can you supply pumpkins?
Yes we can supply pumpkins for your event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further as we can arrange collection at a different time.
Do you take credit/debit cards?
Yes we take Mastercard and Visa debit or credit. We do not take American Express . We will not accept £50 notes or cheques.
Are there lots of pumpkins left?
We have planted thousands of pumpkins. Our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages will be updated regularly from the field with all the latest pumpkin information. Our website is also updated using the Facebook ‘live’ feed on our home page. Please check social media prior to leaving home.
Do I need to bring bags to put my pumpkins in?
Yes please bring bags. Reusable supermarket bags, ikea type bags or strong recycling bags are excellent for carrying your pumpkins to the car and keeping your car clean. Black bin bags are not strong enough to carry many heavy pumpkins.
Will I get muddy?
If it is dry, it is unlikely. If it has rained there is a strong possibility you will get muddy. The pumpkins are in a field and so may be muddy as well. We do not have running water in the field so advise you bring something to clean hands and bags to put dirty shoes/boots in.
What should I wear?
You will be in a field which can be muddy. We recommend wearing clothes suitable for outside and appropriate footwear such as wellies or outside boots. You may want to wear gloves as the stalks can be prickly especially for young hands. Wrap up warm as it can be windy, wet and cold in the field.
Is Pumpkin Picking Suitable for everyone?
We would like to think everyone is welcome at PYO Pumpkins. If you need any specific information or have any special requirements we will endeavour to help you.