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Autumnal photos- pumpkin picking; a family tradition

As Halloween fast approaches, people scramble to find pumpkins the perfect sizes and shapes. Long ago, I thought pumpkins only came in orange, but I soon learnt that they come in all of the shades of autumn; red, orange, yellow, green, cream and white. I may have missed some! I am the biggest fan of Autumn and Winter, and definitely prefer to reach for a cosy knit over a bikini. Pumpkin spice lattes fill me with joy, are you the same? Do you prefer the hotter seasons? Or are you a cooler season fan like me?

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Autumnal photos- pumpkin picking; a family tradition

My family never really celebrated Halloween, but as we aged, we did begin pumpkin carving. When I became a mum, I felt the need to introduce my daughter, now daughters, to each and every celebration and tradition.

Autumnal photos- pumpkin picking; a family tradition Pinterest Image pumpkin patch children
Autumnal photos- pumpkin picking; a family tradition

Last year marked the start of the official pumpkin picking family tradition. My sister-in-law would scout the perfect place and Harper and Ted would bounce around choosing their perfect pumpkin.

Harper and Ted at Hewitts farm in October 2020 at the pumpkin patch with Autumnal styling
Harper and Ted at Hewitts farm in October 2020

So why write this blog? Well, I was non-the-wiser as to places available for such a tradition, so now I can review two for you, maybe in time for you to make it your #familytradition as well.

Ted and Harper at Tulley's farm in October 2021, Crawley pumpkin patch
Ted and Harper at Tulley's farm in October 2021

Last year, we headed to Hewitt’s farm. Not only do they offer fruit and produce picking throughout the year, but they have a fabulous array of pumpkins to choose from, in October.

There is no entrance fee for Hewitt’s farm, you just pay for the pumpkins you select, by size, and any additional things you choose in their shop. We got some fab photos and memories from the fields, to top off the day. Hewitt’s farm is located in Orpington and is not far from Bromley at all. I would highly recommend a visit there!

Ted at Hewitt's Farm in October 2020. Ted holding pumpkin with autumnal styling in Orpington.
Ted at Hewitt's Farm in October 2020

This year, my sister-in-law found an even better location, all be it, slightly more expensive. Yesterday, we headed to Tulley’s farm; pick your own pumpkins. It was about an hour away from Bromley, in Crawley. It was less than £10 per person and babies under 2 go free.

Harper at Tulley's farm in October 2021, Crawley pumpkin patch.
Harper at Tulley's farm in October 2021

Not only did they have a pumpkin patch, but they also had various other entertainment sections, photo opportunities and food vendors.


Kids posing outside fake church and graveyard at Tulley's farm in Crawley
Tulley's Farm 2021 iPhone image

Harper posing with a pumpkin at Tulley's farm pumpkin patch in Crawley
Tulley's Farm 2021 iPhone image

Kids posing in a frame with pumpkins at Tulley's Farm Crawley
Tulley's Farm 2021 iPhone image

It was raining when we arrived, so we sampled the food, which wasn’t bad, before heading to let the children select their favourite pumpkin, or four… There was a faux graveyard, tractor, and many hay bales to pose in front of, and all of the kids were delighted. Performers were dotted through the venue posing for photos as well.



Despite the poor weather, we stayed for 2 and a half hours, and Ted and Harper had a wonderful time. One of their highlights was being pushed around in a wheel barrow!

Ted in a blue wheelbarrow at Tulley's Farm 2021 pumpkin patch. Crawley
Ted in a wheelbarrow at Tulley's Farm 2021

I’d love to hear about your autumnal, Halloween traditions!


Ted at Tulley's farm in October 2020, Crawley pumpkin patch
Ted at Tulley's farm in October 2020

Speaking of traditions, my Christmas mini sessions are being held Friday 26th November 2021 to Saturday 27th November 2021. Spaces will be limited, so enquire to book ASAP!

Fake snow and tree backdrop with boy posing in tartan
Finlay's Christmas mini session at a past Christmas

To book a session with me, contact me through my contact page, call 07908765557 or email me at francescaweeksphotography@yahoo.com


Equally, if you would just like more information about a specific session, please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!


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