The Patch MK – Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Milton Keynes

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Do you remember Halloween as a kid? It was all about trick or treating – getting dressed up and heading out after school with your parents or friends and knocking on doors hoping someone would answer. The excitement of being given some goodies to put in your bucket and then discovering what you had when you got home was the best part of the year, apart from Christmas and birthdays, of course.

Now parents get a chance to relive this festive fun with their own, but this time around we have more Halloween experiences to explore and enjoy, and one of them, if you are local to Milton Keynes, is The Patch MK.

The Patch MK is a pick your own (PYO) pumpkin patch situated on Mount Hill Farm, near Deanshanger, along the A422.

We’ve been every year since it opened in 2019 offering so much fun for our little family. We often go more than once during their opening period because it is such a great experience. Joe and Roz, the owners of The Patch MK, very kindly invited us to see the pumpkin patch on their opening day this year. Joe and Roz are so friendly and welcoming and they have clearly been working very hard to make the patch experience something everyone can enjoy.

What’s new at The Patch MK in 2023?

There are some new additions this year. More photo opportunities for you to treasure. The Patch MK team have been working with some talented artists, blacksmiths, and carpenters to create unique Halloween-themed props. They truly are works of art. We’ve captured some photos below of a couple.

The slides and climbing wall are still in place. Our youngest, who is now four was excited to get up and down a few times before he saw something else equally exciting. Here is a photo from 2020, when he was 18 months old.

slides at pumpkin patch at the patch mk

The pumpkin patch

This is what we’ve all come to see, right? It is amazing. The amount of pumpkins they have seems to double every year. It’s an amazing sight. Joe tells us there are 61 different varieties of pumpkin this year. We couldn’t quite count that many but what we did notice this year was the amount of different coloured ones. We noticed pink, grey and blue ones! You get to cart around your pumpkin haul in one of the many provided wheelbarrows.

pumpkin at the patch mk in milton keynes

wheelbarrows at the patch mk

The pumpkin house is still standing strong and looking as impressive as ever. Lots of photo opportunities for you and your family. You feel like you are in a movie – a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, vibrant colours everywhere.

There are further opportunities to take some photos with the huge pumpkins sign, and also a vintage American Ford F-600 pickup which featured in Indiana Jones. Our eldest loved knowing that it was from an Indiana Jones movie!

insta alley and pumpkin house at the patch mk

photo boards at the patch mk

We had to update this photo from a few years ago. Taller but still as crazy!

Being run by farmers, you will see bales of hay all over the site helping to build walkways and a bale maze. Both our boys absolutely love the bale maze – they would spend all day on them if they could, playing hide-and-seek and jumping from bale to bale.

The Patch MK 2023 Highlights:

  • 20 acre Pumpkin Patch
  • Free parking
  • 17 different photo opps of the highest quality
  • Bale play
  • Climbing wall
  • Slide trailer
  • Games including – Zombie knockdown & wall ball
  • Heated marquee with seating
  • Roaming actors
  • Toilets inc. disabled

Additional costs:

  • Pumpkins from £1
  • Barrel train
  • Fresh food and drink & barista coffee

How to get tickets for The Patch MK 2023?

We would recommend booking your tickets well in advance. You can find out about available dates by clicking here.

Visiting The Patch MK

The address for the pumpkin patch is: Mount Mill Farm, Milton Keynes MK19 6DG.

Once you turn into Mount Hill Farm it is well signposted and easy to follow the newly built one way road to the site. Upon arrival, there is plenty of parking and the toilets are located just to the side of the car park.

If you are visiting this year then we would recommend that you are well prepared for all weather conditions. We’ve dressed the boys in their all-in-one waterproof jackets in previous years as we expected some rain and sure enough we did encounter a downpour – this didn’t dampen spirits though as they were very happy to explore, even in the rain. Good footwear, such as wellies or walking boots is a good idea. Last year the team were very good at making sure the pathways were not too muddy by laying straw down, but it is advisable to wear wellies or old shoes.

What refreshments are available at the pumpkin patch?

If you are visiting on a morning you will have the option of having a bacon and egg roll and if you are heading there in the afternoon you can grab a hot dog (vegan option also available) or some pumpkin soup which I can’t wait to try in a couple of weeks. Along with hot food there will be hot drinks available – tea and coffee as well as cold drinks for the kids. If you have a sweet tooth you will definitely enjoy the brownies and flapjacks on offer. There is a marquee located at the entrance which has plenty of space, perfect for a quick rest and refuel or a shelter from the rain if the weather turns.

The impressive thing about The Patch MK is that Joe, Roz and their team have thought about everything to make sure you have a great experience. Hats off to them.

We hope you all enjoy your visit to The Patch MK this year, making memories with your family and friends.

Please keep supporting local businesses in our area.

Becca & Stu