For a cheap and fun way to entertain the kids during the summer months (and help them get their five a day) visit your local farm and pick your own juicy strawberries
from late May or crunchy apples from August, plus other seasonal fruits.
Days out don’t come more fun than wandering through sunny fields to gather a whole glut of goodies before trotting off home to bake the fruits of your labour into cakes, puddings and pies. And if you’ve had a particularly successful day then homemade jam is the answer – because what’s better than buttery toast with gorgeously summery jam spread thick on top?
Grab some containers or baskets and show the kids where the fruit they eat comes from with our UK fruit picking farm guide. It’s the perfect way to get your little people away from the TV and having a good old fashioned run around in the great outdoors. They’ll love the satisfaction of gathering their own goodies and you’ll love just how tired out they’ll be by the end!
Don’t forget to pack a picnic and make the most of your day – lots of the places on our list have plenty of other activities available, from tractor and pony rides through to cooking classes.
What fruits would you like to pick? Click on the pictures below to find the best spots for summer fruit picking, according to variety
Love an apple pie? Well, you’re going to need some good apples then aren’t you? Crisp apples straight from the tree are a real delight and little ones will love reaching up high to pick the very best of the bunch.