Pick of the Bunch: Best places to pick your own fruit near you in the UK
Going to a pick your own fruit farm with kids is one of those have to do activities and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months. Anything that encourages my kids to eat healthy food is always a winner with me and my kids always enjoy seeing how the different fruit that they love grows. Plus who doesn’t love carrying around a little basket to collect the fruit?!
Today we’ve got PYO farms across the country where you can pick strawberries, cherries and apples, but many of the farms have loads of other fruit and vegetables you can pick too and some even have cafes so you can turn it into a full day out. We’ve tried to get an even spread across the UK so you can find the best fruit picking near you.
In all cases make sure you contact the farm or check out their website for up to date information on what they currently have in season.
Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms
East Yonderton Farm, InchinnanSituated near to Glasgow airport, East Yonderton Farm has PYO strawberries but also vegetables with peas broccoli and potatoes.
The Balloon Tree Farmshop and Cafe, YorkWith pick your own fruit, a childrens play area, animal corner and a cafe that boasts award winning cakes The Balloon Tree in Yorkshire basically sounds like my ideal day out. As well as pick your own strawberries they also offer blueberries, plums and runner beans amongst others and the childrens play area is next to the cafe garden so you can supervise your kids while enjoying a cup of tea.
Parkside Farm, EnfieldYou know when you read something and think ’these are my sort of people’? As well as having pick your own strawberries at Parkside Farm in Enfield they also advertise that they sell chocolate dipping sauce in their shop. I need this in my life. As well as strawberries there’s blackberries, redcurrants, courgettes and onions as well as lots more and there’s a dedicated space for picnics too.
Pick Your Own Cherry Farms
Cairnie Fruit Farm, FifeCairnie Fruit Farm has pick your own cherries but it also has loads more on offer with strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, pumpkins and even sunflowers. There’s also a cafe, funyard and mega maze (last years Darth Vader maze looks amazing! There’s an entry fee to pay but this is a full family day out and looks like loads of fun.
Trevaskis Farm, CornwallTrevaskis Farm in Cornwall has enough to keep everyone busy with fruit picking, a shop, farm park and a cafe that has a great looking kids menu. As well as PYO cherries you’ll find pumpkins, peas, sweetcorn and raspberries amongst others.
Copas Farms, Berkshire and BuckinghamshireThere are two Copas Farms, one in Berkshire and one in Buckinghamshire and both of them have PYO cherries as well as other fruit and vegetables including asparagus, runner beans and raspberries. There is a minimum charge of £3 per person however this is refunded off any produce you pick and buy.
Pick Your Own Apple Farms
Hillfield Nursery and Farm Shop, NorwichYou’d be hard pressed to find a pick your own farm with a larger range of apples that you can pick, Hillfield Nursery has over 200! With lots of different fruit and vegetables that you can pick their season starts in May and finishes in October so if you’re local to Norwich then there’s an excuse to visit again and again with pears, rhubarb and quinces amongst the selection. Hillfield has a farm shop and hosts events such as their blossom walk through their orchards.
Berry Hill Fruit Farm, NewportLocated in Gwent, Berry Hill Fruit Farm also has a garden centre and has 15 varieties of apples that you can pick as well as plums, pears and gooseberries.
The Hop Shop at Castle Farm, KentThe PYO at The Hop Shop looks designed for filling up your instagram as it’s based on a beautiful lavender farm in Kent which you can tour during the summer months. During the autumn you can visit their pick your own orchard which has pears, corn on the cob and Kent Cob hazelnuts as well as apples.
We hope that’s inspired you to pick up a punnet and head out to find some tasty treats - whichever pick your own fruit you like best! If you’re hungry for even more tips to help with your harvesting - check out the related posts below.
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