Strawberry season is on! Take the kids on a sweet adventure in a strawberry picking farm near you and watch the tiny strawberry-smeared faces light up right in front of you.
Need advice on where to go? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered! Our team of hungry strawberry experts have travelled far and wide across the island to compile this handy list of the 9 best strawberry farms in the UK. Here comes the best of strawberry picking near you!
1. The Balloon Tree - York, North Yorkshire
Looking for a good, old-fashioned, strawberry picking experience? Introduce your kids to the joys of eating fresh fruit in the sun at The Balloon Tree farm in York. Challenge your budding farmers to bring you the biggest, ripest, most aromatic strawberries they can find and watch them turn into mini strawberry experts in no time!
After a hard day’s work, put your feet up and unwind at the on-site cafe with a delicious home-made food. The little ones will be getting busy at the kids’ play area, so you won’t have to rush your tea! The great thing about going strawberry picking near you is that the journey home won’t take too long either.
2. Parkside Farm PYO - Enfield, Greater London
How about some strawberry picking near London? The fact that you live in the busiest city in the entire UK doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the goodness of the countryside. Parkside Farm PYO has plenty of delicious fresh strawberries for you to pick in the garden, plus conveniently-placed tabletop strawberries (for when you want to pick your own without having to bend).
The farm’s motto is Fresh Always Tastes Better - drop by and put their claims to the taste!
3. Trevathan Farm - Port Isaac, Cornwall
Speaking of pick your own strawberry farms which deliver far above the standard PYO experience, we can’t skip over Trevathan Farm. Located near Port Isaac in the beautiful Cornish countryside, this farm is a great place to collect fresh, ripe berries right from the fields.
Your little helpers will also have the chance to get involved in everyday work around the farm, ride a tractor and help feed the adorable baby lambs. Love fishing? Well this strawberry farm is right by a fishing lake, so once you’re done with the picking, you can enjoy the fruits you’ve collected by the water, while securing the catch of the day.
4. Craigie’s Farm - Edinburgh, Scotland
How about all the folk up in Scotland? You’re a lucky lot, you’ve got Craigie's Farm right nearby Edinburgh! Show your laddies and lassies where fruit really comes from. Pick your own strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and enjoy buckets of berrylicious goodness!
Want to know about the kids’ extras? With tractor rides, Nature Detective Trails and a kids’ play area - it’s safe to say the little ones will be begging for a second visit to Craigie’s farm. Plus, you’ll get an overload of furry cuteness - piglets, pygmy goats, ponies and chickens all live at the farm.
5. Manor Farm Fruits - Hint, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Nestled near the village of Hint in the Staffordshire countryside is Manor Farm - a true strawberry picking gem. Ever since the first strawberries were planted at the farm in 1972, families have been coming over to enjoy a fun day of fruit picking. That’s nearly 50 years of PYO experience!
Check Manor Farm’s schedule and drop by when the Farmer’s Market is on to find lots of quality local produce. Want to truly sell this to your kids, just mention the farm has a bouncy castle...
6. Goodall’s Strawberries - Lymington, Hampshire
Another awesome family-owned fruit farm, worth a visit is Goodall’s Strawberries in Hampshire. This place has been all about strawberries for 100 years, with 3 generations of farmers keeping the crops going. You can trust they know how to grow a good strawberry!
Goodall’s Strawberries is a calm and relaxing place. It may not have the large playgrounds some other farms offer but it’s just perfect if you want to have a quiet one with the family. Bring some lunch and and set up in the picnic area. The desert is all-sorted!
7. Copas Farms Iver - Iver, Buckinghamshire
Here’s another PYO strawberry farm near London. Copas Farms Iver is just an hour’s drive away from the capital and it has some of the best berries in the country!
Kids who grow up in the big city don’t often get the chance to experience the charm of the countryside. Plan a day at the farm and create memories that last forever. Get lost in acres of strawberry fields and enjoy the the taste of home-grown fruit. Feel free to come back at different times and pick more types of fruit when the time is right!
8. Graveley Fruit Farm - Graveley, Hertfordshire
Strawberries are the main crop at Graveley Fruit Farm, so if you come in during strawberry season, you’re guaranteed to find plenty of fruit to pick.
To make your kids’ day special, the farm offers an adventure play area with a zip wire and a haystack, plus tractor rides on weekends. And you’ll get the chance to meet the farm pigs too!
The one experience you’ll hardly ever expect at a PYO strawberry farm is a hot air balloon flight but hey - at Graveley Fruit Farm that’s also an option! Who knew you could head out to do strawberry picking near you and end up floating in the sky...
9. Charleton Fruit Farm - Montrose, Dundee and Angus, North Scotland
The Scottish countryside is full of wonderful PYO farms and Charleton Fruit Farm proudly takes a spot on our list, as a well-known local favourite. The farm has been working since 1946, growing delicious strawberries every year. The season there stars around the 3rd week of June - just in time for the summer school holidays!
Plus, at Charleton Fruit Farm your little adventurers will have plenty of things to keep them entertained including trampolines, a sand pit, go-karts, a football pitch, a large castle, and lots more. Picnics are not allowed, but you can sit at the cafe by the play area and enjoy a drink or an ice cream.
10. Willows Farm - Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire, East Midlands
Here comes the last entry on our list - Willows Farm. Those extra happy face on the picture tell you exactly why we decided to include it...
This Lincolnshire PYO treasure is great for those of you who’d like to stay on the farm overnight. There’s a camping on-site, so you can turn strawberry picking into a weekend-long activity. To find Willows Farm, just look for the giant strawberry by the road. You’ll know when you see it!
No matter where you live, the UK has plenty of berry goodness to offer, so don’t miss out on this year’s strawberry season - grab the kids and find yourself some good, home-grown strawberries! If strawberries aren’t your thing, there are other types of pick your own fruit on offer - later in the year you might be interested in pumpkin picking near you too... Plus, you can grab a different kind of a sweet treat at an ice cream farm near you. There are plenty more ideas for things to do this summer!
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