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The 15 best places to pick your own fruit and veg in the UK

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We are all undeniably obsessed with adopting the idyllic Scandi lifestyle, yet one of the easiest ways to inject a bit of Nordic magic into our lives is to stop trawling the fruit and veg stands at our local supermarket, and get out and forage for fresh, seasonal goodies instead.

Anu Partanen, author of The Nordic Theory Of Everything: In Search Of A Better Life, told Stylist: “In Helsinki at the weekend, everyone goes foraging.

“While in London your social media might be full of friends at the latest pop-up, mine is people competing over how many mushrooms they’ve found.”

And it’s easier to pick your own food than you might think.

Whether you’re in the mood for sweet berries, juicy orchard fruits, or fresher-than-fresh vegetables, you’re sure to find a pick-your-own farm right here in the UK to suit you.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make the most of your summer, get outdoors, and enjoy all that country life has to offer in our roundup below.


Peterley Manor Farm in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Peterley Manor Farm in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Peterley Manor Farm in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

What can I pick here?

There are over 20 acres of crops for you to ramble over and pick your own fruit from, including strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, colourful beetroot, and superfoods like kale and blueberries. However it all depends on what is in season, so do check their website first.
 

How much does it cost?

There’s no minimum spend here; it all depends on how much your bag weighs when you get to the checkout at the end.
 

What else can I do there?

You can walk around the stunning grounds and check out the local wildlife, including the roe deer, ducks, red kites, woodpeckers, and owls. There’s also a herd of alpacas on-site, not to mention a farm shop where you can buy local honey and fresh, seasonal produce from the surrounding area. There’s also the ‘pop-up’ restaurant inside the yurt, better known to regulars as the Wild Strawberry Café. Think homemade brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea – or a simple hot bevvy and a cake, if you’re feeling peckish.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


West Cragie Farm Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland

West Cragie Farm Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland

West Cragie Farm Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland

What can I pick here?

Raspberries, strawberries, cherries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, broad beans, plums, redcurrants, pumpkins, peas, brambles, and big, beautiful sunflowers.


How much does it cost?

The folk at Craigie’s Farm operate a £3 minimum spend system, which is payable on entry and redeemable against any fruit and veg you may pick.


What else can I do there?

There is a café, butchers, and deli at the farm, as well as a gorgeously scenic walking and cycling trail. And, if you’re feeling the call of your inner WI member, there are even experts on hand to give you their top tips on jam-making.


Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Garsons Farm in Esher, Surrey

Garsons Farm in Esher, Surrey

Garsons Farm in Esher, Surrey

What can I pick here?

There’s a huge list of fruit and vegetables available to pick at Garsons Farm, including; apples, blackcurrants, broccoli, carrots, marrows, cauliflowers, potatoes, onions, sweetcorn, and summer flowers.
 

How much does it cost?

It varies from 99p to £4.99 per kg, depending on what you’ve picked.
 

What else can I do there?

There is an award-winning garden centre and farm shop on site, not to mention a restaurant, spa and pool centre.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Court Farm & Leisure in Tillington, Herefordshire

Court Farm & Leisure in Tillington, Herefordshire

Court Farm & Leisure in Tillington, Herefordshire

What can I pick here?

It’s pretty easy to see why Court Farm was named the FARMA Pick Your Own Farm Of The Year. At the moment, they have plenty of fruit and veg ripe and ready to be picked, including raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, cherries, carrots, beetroots, and new potatoes.
 

How much does it cost?

The folks at Court Farm work on a weight-and-pay system, although there is a £2 minimum spend for everyone who enters the PYO area.


What else can I do there?

A lot, to be honest; you can go and browse the farm shop, pay a visit to the newborn piglets, have a relaxing sit by the fishing lakes, bring a picnic to enjoy, or treat yourself to a tasty lunch in the tea rooms.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Durleighmarsh Farm in Petersfield, Hampshire

Durleighmarsh Farm in Petersfield, Hampshire

Durleighmarsh Farm in Petersfield, Hampshire

What can I pick here?

With over 100 acres dedicated to their popular asparagus crops, it seems silly to visit Durleighmarsh without filling your bag with the hero vegetable. However there is plenty else to tickle your taste-buds; you can fill up your baskets with blueberries, strawberries, sunberries, tayberries, plums, sweetcorn, courgettes, herbs, and flowers, to name just a few.
 

How much does it cost?

Again, it’s a weigh-and-pay system – but there’s a 10% discount to be had if you turn up on a Wednesday.
 

What else can I do there?

The family-run farm also features a well-stocked shop, where you can buy a batch of freshly-baked cakes, artisan breads, and plenty more delicious goodies on top. Alexandra’s Kitchen also runs a Tea Barn on site, which is well worth checking out if you fancy a truly tasty lunchtime treat.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Berry Hill Fruit Farm in Coedkernew, Wales

Berry Hill Fruit Farm in Coedkernew, Wales

Berry Hill Fruit Farm in Coedkernew, Wales

What can I pick here?

If you’re planning on whipping up a homemade apple pie, then you’ll definitely want to visit Berry Hill for your fruit; they have a whopping 15 varieties of apples in their orchards, as well as five types of plums, three different members of the pear family, and plenty of gooseberries to boot.
 

How much does it cost?

It's all about the weight at Berry Hill.
 

What else can I do there?

This pretty little farm also has a farm shop and garden centre on site, as well as a stellar selection of pet supplies and homemade Christmas goodies, like mistletoe and the fir trees themselves. So there's no excuse to stop visiting in the winter months.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone, Surrey

Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone, Surrey

Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone, Surrey

What can I pick here?

With 75 acres to browse, and twenty crops to choose from, there are plenty of delicious fruit and vegetables to be found at Crockford, such as asparagus, tomatoes, spinach, pumpkins, strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb.
 

How much does it cost?

It all depends on what you’ve picked up during your foraging session – and how much of it, too.
 

What else can I do there?

Cool down at the on-site ice cream parlour, browse the gourmet foods at the farm shop, shop for plants and flowers at the garden centre, get a hot bevvy at the tea shack, or enjoy seasonal activities, such as pumpkin carving.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Essington Fruit Farm in Essington, Wolverhampton

Essington Fruit Farm in Essington, Wolverhampton

Essington Fruit Farm in Essington, Wolverhampton

What can I pick here?

You can stick to the usual strawbs here, or you can venture out into the world of cauliflowers, broccoli, cabbages, leeks, and courgettes. In short, you have everything you need for a homemade ratatouille - which is always a big plus, in our books.
 

How much does it cost?

You know the drill by this point; they're going to weigh your basket at the end, so try not to eat anything before you get to the tills, okay?
 

What else can I do there?

The Simkins have farmed in Essington since 1892, which means that their cosy family business is a must-visit spot if you ever find yourself in Wolverhampton. You can visit their on-site butchers, farm shop, and deli, as well as the country kitchen for a taste of some proper home cooking.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


The Balloon Tree in Gate Helmsley, Yorkshire

The Balloon Tree in Gate Helmsley, Yorkshire

The Balloon Tree in Gate Helmsley, Yorkshire

What can I pick here?

From the first strawberries in May, to the last pumpkin in October, there is plenty for you to find at the Balloon Tree’s PYO crops. Don't believe us? They've got peas, strawberries, broad beans, raspberries, asparagus, gooseberries, runner beans, and plenty more healthy goodies, too. Do check the website before you head out if you have a fancy for something particular; they have all their crop calendars there.
 

How much does it cost?

There’s no entry fee or minimum spend at The Balloon Tree; you only pay for the fruit you pick.
 

What else can I do there?

There’s a lovely little farm shop and two cafes on site, or you can take a picnic out to their landscaped gardens if the sun is shining. There’s also a spot where you can feed the local goats, too.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Holme For Gardens in Wareham, Dorset

Holme For Gardens in Wareham, Dorset

Holme For Gardens in Wareham, Dorset

What can I pick here?

Whether you’re planning on picking up goods for making smoothies, jams, or deliciously healthy dinners, there’s a lot on this lovingly cultivated farm to try. Try bagging your own blackcurrants, gooseberries, strawberries, redcurrants, white currants, raspberries, new potatoes, broad beans, runner beans, or sweetcorn, depending on the season.
 

How much does it cost?

Make sure that your basket isn't too heavy; not only do you have to carry it home at the end, but they also charge by weight.
 

What else can I do there?

Simon and Liz Goldsack, who run this family business, have kept their gardens looking picturesque. Mill around them as you pick up a few bits ‘n’ bobs at the garden centre and farm shop, sit down to a hearty meal at the Orchard Café – and even book in a wedding. That’s right; it’s a licensed wedding venue – who knew?
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Bellis Brothers Farm Shop & Garden Centre in Holt, Wrexham           

Bellis Brothers Farm Shop & Garden Centre in Holt, Wrexham

Bellis Brothers Farm Shop & Garden Centre in Holt, Wrexham

What can I pick here?

If you love strawberries, this is the place for you; they even have an extra-special selection of table-top strawbs undercover, for you to pick when the weather turns. In the meantime, they also have raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, peas, beans, and more for you to get stuck into.
 

How much does it cost?

As is so often the case, they work on a pay-by-weigh system – albeit with no minimum spend.
 

What else can I do there?

If you’re hoping for a truly sweet experience, we recommend trying the Strawberry Fields Restaurant, where you can make like the Queen of Hearts and dine on strawberry tarts, strawberry cream scones, and strawberry crumble pie. There’s also a shop dedicated to jam-making, not to mention a well-stocked garden centre, farm shop, and pet care department at this historic farm.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Ansty PYO & Farm Shop in Salisbury, Wiltshire

Ansty PYO & Farm Shop in Salisbury, Wiltshire

Ansty PYO & Farm Shop in Salisbury, Wiltshire

What can I pick here?

You’ll definitely taste the freshness when you pick your own at Ansty. Depending on the time of year, you’ll be able to find rhubarb, asparagus, potatoes, leeks, onions, courgettes, pumpkins, strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, sweetcorn, and that's just the tip of the iceberg lettuce!
 

How much does it cost?

You can fill your boots - or your baskets - as much or as little as you like; there's no entry fee here.
 

What else can I do there?

There are plenty of animals to visit at the farm, including 300 chickens, 50 ducks, 30 bantams, and nine pigs. There’s also a thriving farm shop and tea room, which allows you to sit down for a moment and relax with a cuppa as you enjoy your surroundings. And, if that's not enough for you, there’s also an enormous Maize Maze for you to get lost in during the summer - we recommend leaving a trail of breadcrumbs behind you, just in case. 
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Brocksbushes Farm in Stocksfield, Newcastle

Brocksbushes Farm in Stocksfield, Newcastle

Brocksbushes Farm in Stocksfield, Newcastle

What can I pick here?

The picking fields are at Brocksbushes are devoted to the soft fruits of summer, so you can expect to find tayberries, redcurrants, strawberries, blackcurrants, plums, and plenty more to sink your teeth into.
 

How much does it cost?

Entry is £1 per person, as well as a £1 refundable deposit for each PYO basket that you take into the fields. The fruits and veg that you pick will be weighed and priced up accordingly.
 

What else can I do there?

Once you’ve worked up your appetite in the picking fields, you can gorge yourself on homemade cakes, quiches, scones, pies, and tempting desserts. The tea room is also licensed to sell alcohol, so you can even enjoy a cheeky wine or beer with your hard-earned lunch, too!
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Kenyon Hall Farm in Croft, Warrington

Kenyon Hall Farm in Croft, Warrington

Kenyon Hall Farm in Croft, Warrington

What can I pick here?

There are 35 acres of fruit and vegetables for you to peruse at this beautiful PYO farm, which includes crops devoted to their famous strawberries, dessert gooseberries, tayberries, maize, squashes, red onions, white currants, blackberries, and broad beans.
 

How much does it cost?

To give you an idea of what you’ll be spending, it’s around £4.99 per kg of strawbs.
 

What else can I do there?

There’s a spacious outdoor picnic area, as well as a friendly café, farm shop, ice cream stall, and children’s play area. Throw in the family of piglets, the countless summer fairs, and the idyllic landscape, and you have a winner for a day out.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.


Over Farm in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Over Farm in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Over Farm in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

What can I pick here?

There are 80 different varieties of fruit and veg growing at Over Farm, so you can, quite literally, take your pick. Their speciality, however, is their plump and juicy strawberries; in fact, all their strawbs are grown on table tops, so you can pick them without any backbreaking bending down!
 

How much does it cost?

There is no admission fee at Over Farm – but they will still weigh your basket at the end, so don't go too crazy...
 

What else can I do there?

You can visit and feed the farm’s local critters, which includes pigs, ostriches, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, donkeys, and ponies. There’s also an outdoor cinema (depending on the time of year), a tea room, and plenty of fun events booked in throughout the year.
 

Where can I find out more?

Visit their website for more details.

Images: iStock, Over Farm, Kenyon Hall Farm, Brocksbushes Farm, Ansty PYO & Farm Shop, Bellis Brothers Farm Shop, Holme For Gardens, The Balloon Tree, Essington Fruit Farm, Crockford Bridge Farm, Berry Hill Fruit Farm, Durleighmarsh Farm, Court Farm & Leisure, Garsons Farm, West Cragie Farm Shop, and Peterley Manor Farm

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