Pick-Your-Own Adventure: Which Farms Are Open Near You?

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Summer is on the horizon, we've exhausted our local parks and are looking for a new outdoor venture. It's time to get back to our (vine) roots.

Pick your own farms are becoming ever more popular in London and the rest of the UK; they let you harvest your own fresh food, allowing you to quite literally handpick the best-looking fruit and veg straight from the vine. Not only can you get perfectly ripe produce at lower prices than your average supermarkets, but pick your own fruit farms also make for the most delightful family day out.

Nothing says summer more than a basketful of fresh berries, a photo reel of the kids strawberry plucking and an al fresco dinner table of vibrant vine-ripened veggies to come home to afterwards. Just remember to stop the kids from tucking in as they go so that you can weigh and pay accurately at the end! Now grab your best sun hat and discover one of these top PYO fruit and veg farms in London and beyond this picking season.

Please note that most pick your own farms are operating under different COVID-19 measures during summer 2020. Be sure to check their respective websites for updates before visiting, and always follow government guidelines regarding social distancing and travel.

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No Need To Park At Parkside

Parkside Farm

pick your own farm london

If you're a car-free family in London, then Parkside is the perfect PYO farm for you. Just north of Enfield, Parkside boasts a 'tabletop' growing system which means you don't have to bend for your berries - perfect for grandparents and those of us still sore from Joe Wicks! Parkside is one of the most popular destinations for strawberry picking in London and grows tonnes of fresh vegetables too, but crops are changeable so be sure to call ahead to check what's in season.

  • Address: Hadley Road, Enfield, Greater London, EN2 8LA, England
  • Open: Tuesday - Saturday 9 am-5:30 pm, selected Sundays
  • Nearest station: 25-minute walk from Gordon Hill Station
  • Parking: Yes, onsite
  • Facilities: Toilets, accessible toilets and refreshments on site. Assistance dogs only. There are no baby changing facilities onsite.
  • Minimum spend: £4

Go For The Fruit, Stay For The Ice Cream

Crockford Bridge Farm

pick your own farm near london

Family-run farm Crockford Bridge is just thirty minutes from London, near Weybridge in the gorgeous Surrey greenery. They grow twenty different crops to pick from with seasonal sweetcorn in August and pumpkin patches in October. Don't miss their onsite ice cream parlour where they make the most delicious gelato from their own fresh fruits. You can keep up to date on what produce they have currently growing on their website, from soft fruits and plums to runner beans and broad beans.

  • Address: New Haw Road, Addlestone, Nr. Weybridge, Surrey KT15 2BU
  • Open: Monday-Thursday 10am-5:30pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Nearest station: Byfleet and New Haw
  • Parking: Yes, free parking onsite
  • Facilities: Visit the Tea Shack, Food Store and Garden Centre whilst you're there. Dogs and buggies are not allowed on the farm.
  • Minimum spend: £4

A 40-Year Family Institution

Hewitts Farm

PYO farm

Another family-run farm not far from London, Hewitts spans over 78 acres just outside of Orpington, Kent. Their 40-year-standing PYO farm has a huge variety of fruit and vegetables to meander through, and their picking season usually kicks off in June with strawberries, gooseberries and spinach. When they're not picking through fields, families will love the free tractor rides that start in Autumn.

  • Address: Hewitts Farm, Court Road, A224, Orpington, Kent
  • Open: Everyday 9am-5:30pm
  • Nearest station: Knockholt
  • Parking: Yes, free parking onsite
  • Facilities: Farm shop open Tuesday-Saturday until 5 pm. BBQ and picnic area reopening 2021. Hewitts picking farm is cash only.

Get Eco At Garsons

Garsons Farm

PYO fruit fields

Based in Esher, Surrey, Garsons boasts 75 different varieties of fruits and vegetables to be picked into fully bio-degradable punnets. Fill up on soft fruits including fresh strawberries and raspberries as well as seasonal veg from swiss chard to broad beans, all surrounded by the brightest sunflower fields.

  • Address: Garsons Esher, Winterdown Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS
  • Open: Everyday 9am-5:30pm
  • Nearest station: West End Lane Esher and Princess Alice Hospice Esher. Halfway between Esher and Hersham train stations.
  • Parking: Yes
  • Facilities: Farm shop and garden centre onsite, but no toilets, picnic or restaurant facilities. Only assistance dogs allowed.
  • Entry: £4 for adults, £1 for children and free for infants under 24 months.

Cop Your Crops At Copas

Copas Farms

berries from PYO fruit farm

Copas has two pick your own farms, one in Cookham, Berkshire and the other at Iver in Buckinghamshire. Their fruit farm is their most popular asset with renowned strawberries, raspberries and cherries at both locations, but they also grow plenty of peas and beans over the summer months too. You can check out their full crop calendar on the Copas Farms website. Look out for their Fruit Festival Days too where you can even eat from the fields as you go...

Cookham

  • Address: Lower Mount Farm, Long Lane, Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9RF
  • Open: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10am-4pm, Thursday 10am-3pm, weekends 10am-3:30pm. Closed Mondays.
  • Nearest station: Cookham
  • Parking: Yes
  • Facilities: Currently no toilet access. Only assistance dogs allowed.
  • Minimum spend: £4

Iver

  • Address: Calves Lane Farm, Billet Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0LU
  • Open: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-4pm, weekends 10am-2pm. Closed Mondays.
  • Nearest station: Langley
  • Parking: Yes
  • Facilities: Currently no toilet access. Only assistance dogs allowed.
  • Minimum spend: £4

These Trees Grow More Than Just Balloons...

The Balloon Tree

PYO pumpkin patch

From the first summer strawberries to autumnal October pumpkins, The Balloon Tree PYO farm in Yorkshire has your seasonal needs covered. Pick up a map and follow the PYO trail to one of their five different veg and fruit fields at one of the best picking farms in the North of England for local fresh food.

  • Address: A166, Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB
  • Open: Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
  • Nearest station: Their pick your own fruit farm is on the number 10 bus route via York Station.
  • Parking: Yes, free parking onsite
  • Facilities: The Balloon Tree has wheelchairs available, toilets and disabled toilets on-site as well as baby changing facilities. Picnic area, farm shop and cafe (opening soon) where dogs are welcome on leads.
  • Minimum spend: Ticket cost is redeemed against the cost of the fruit you pick.

Discover The Delights Of Durleighmarsh

Durleighmarsh Farm

child at pick your own fruit farm

Set amongst the beautiful Hampshire countryside, this family farm shop grows a huge range of fresh produce in their pick your own fruit and veg fields and is currently developing their own lavender farm, in case you needed any more bliss added to your day. Be sure to end your visit at Durleighmarsh's delightful Tea Barn.

  • Address: Durleighmarsh Farm, Rogate Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5AX
  • Open: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm.
  • Nearest station: Petersfield
  • Parking: Yes
  • Facilities: Wheelchair access. Dogs not allowed.
  • Minimum spend: Crop prices are shown on a board at arrival.

The Essence Of Essington

Essington Farm

fruit and vegetable field

With a farm shop, butchery, impressive deli and restaurant on-site, Essington is much more than just a PYO farm. Run by the Simkin family who has been farming in Essington since 1892, this is one to rely on for the best quality local produce. From plums to runner beans and strawberries to raspberries, you won't be short of choice in this 50-acre PYO farm.

  • Address: Bognop Road, Essington, Wolverhampton, WV11 2AZ
  • Open: Everyday 9am-5pm. Last entry to the fields is 4 pm.
  • Nearest station: Bus routes via Birmingham and Wolverhampton
  • Parking: Yes
  • Facilities: Farm shop, butchers, deli and restaurant on-site with toilets. Wheelchair access available.
  • Minimum spend: Deposit of £1 for under 10's and £2 for over 10's is redeemed against the produce you pick.
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