Apple and Pear Picking: Our guide to the best places in the UK

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  • There’s no better summer activity than fruit picking– and apples are some of our best British crops.

    You can really taste the difference between crisp and juicy apples picked from the orchard to shop-bought ones that might sit in storage for weeks. If you want your kids to eat more fruit, take them on a day out to your local farm where you can pick your own fresh fruit and they’ll be crunching their way through the pickings.

    Apples and pears are ready to pick in August and September, but the picking season varies from farm to farm, so check on the website or call the number listed below before visiting.

    Find your local apple and pear picking farm by area:

    The Midlands
    South of England

    The Midlands

    Court Farm and Leisure in Herefordshire

    Which other fruits can I pick here? Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, plums and rhubarb.
    What else can I do here? The farm has a tea shop, picnic area, farm shop, children’s play area and farm animals.
    How much? £8.00 for parties of over 4 people for the pick-your-own area.
    Where? Court Farm and Leisure, Court Farm, Tillington, Herefordshire, HR4 8LG
    Website: courtfarmleisure.co.uk

    Contact: 01432 760271

    The South of England

    Grange Farm in Sussex

    Which other fruits can I pick here? Plums.
    What else can I do here? There is a farm shop that sells a range of gifts, cards and locally-sourced food.
    How much? Entry is free to the pick-your-own field and the fruit will be weighed and priced up at the end.
    Where? Grange Farm, Funtington, Near Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 9LN
    Website: grangefarmcrawleydown.co.uk

    Contact: 01243575372

     

    Peterley Manor Farm in Buckinghamshire

    Which other fruits can I pick here? Raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, apples and plums
    What else can I do here? There is a cafe, a farm shop which sells fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables, pressed apple juice and cakes, and also a nursey selling plants and hanging baskets
    How much? Entry is free to the pick-your-own field and the fruit will be weighed and priced up at the end
    Where? Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0HH
    Website: peterleymanorfarm.co.uk

    Contact: 01494 863566

     

    Home Cottage Farm in Buckinghamshire

     

    Which other fruits can I pick here? Raspberries, plums, damsons, pears and blackberries
    What else can I do here? There is a cafe, a farm shop which sells fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables – everything  sold in the farm shop is grown on the farm. The farm also has chickens and sheep which visitors will usually see around the farm
    How much? Entry is free to the pick-your-own field and the fruit will be weighed and priced up at the end
    Where? Home Cottage Farm, Bangors Road South, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire SL0 0BB
    Website: homecottagefarm.co.uk

    Contact: 01753 653064