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 fruit picking farm and select 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.
The best blackberry fruit picking places in the UK
Sweet, sticky and responsible for plenty of stains – blackberry picking is a real rite of passage. We love these farms for their glut of these gorgeous late-summer berries. See the list to find places near you.
The best strawberry fruit picking places in the UK
There’s nothing that says summer better than a big old bowl of strawberries and cream. Gather your gang and get picking at one of these fun days out. See the list to find places near you.
The best apple and pear fruit picking places in the UK
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. See the list to find places near you.
The best plum fruit picking places in the UK
Plums are a bit of a British national treasure, and there’s something so satisfying about gathering your own. These are the best best places to do just that. See the list to find places near you.
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