Fruit-picking farms are a fun way to entertain big and little kids, unleash their competitive side and cram in some much-needed vitamins! Here are just a few pick-your-own fruit farms in England offering everything from strawberry picking to rhubarb and raspberries, where the whole family (and friends, couples - the list goes on) can get hands-on with harvesting their own fruit and vegetables.
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Pick-your-own fruit locations: Parkside Farm
Located conveniently close to the M25, and home to 50 acres of fields, award-winning Parkside Farm is certainly one of London’s best when it comes to pick-your-own fruit.
Instead of traipsing around a supermarket, why not make the most of the great outdoors and head out into the fields to pick, pick, pick to your heart’s content – or, at least, until you’ve filled your basket. There’s everything from blackberries to courgettes, juicy beetroots to table-top strawbs (meaning you don’t have to bend down!). And once you’re all stocked up, why not grab a pot of cream from the farm shop and head to nearby Trent Park for a leisurely picnic?
Pick-your-own fruit locations: The Balloon Tree Farm
From the first strawberries in spring to the last pumpkins in autumn, Yorkshire’s Balloon Tree Farm has plenty of pick-your-own produce. When you arrive, collect your punnets and follow the map to the best fields of the day, where blackcurrants, blueberries and even runner beans (depending on the season) are waiting to be plucked. As well as the traditional growing methods, the farm also grows table-top strawberries, to make picking easier for little legs.
After your time in the fields, settle down with a well-deserved drink at the farm’s café while the kids go wild in the play area – complete with a two-storey Wendy house, a mini digger and tractor.
Pick-your-own fruit locations: Crockford Bridge Farm
From rhubarb to beetroot, asparagus to carrots and strawberries to pumpkins, there are an array of different fruits and vegetables you can pick at this Surrey-based farm. Their main picking season runs from April to September and is a fantastic summer activity for all the family. You can reward your efforts with a scoop or two at the onsite ice cream parlour and, if you’ve been inspired to have a go at growing your own at home, pick up some seeds at the garden centre.
Set in the scenic Derbyshire countryside, Scaddows Farm is a great spot for a day of family fruit picking. packing in some of their five-a-day! Bring your own container (or rent one from the farm) and head out into the fields to rummage for strawberries, raspberries or blackcurrants. And while the fruits are bound to be delicious, you’ll have to resist the temptation to tuck in while out in the fields. After they’ve been weighed and paid for, you can let the fruit feast begin!