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Pick Your Own Farms Close to London

Pick Your Own Farms Close to London

The MotherHood

Nothing says summer like picking your own farm-fresh fruit and veg. All around London, Pick Your Own farms offer everything from strawberries to sweetcorn, beetroot to broccoli, French beans to Swiss chard. Bring the kids to eat local, show them where their food comes from, and support local farms. (If you don’t have the time or inclination to pick it yourself, many have farm shops as well.) Before you go, be sure to check the website to confirm opening hours and available pickings.

PICK YOUR OWN FARMS NEAR LONDON

CAMMAS HALL
NEEDHAM GREEN, HERETFORDSHIRE

Primarily a fruit farm, they grow quite a variety of sweet treats to pick including cherries and blueberries. In October there’s a plentiful pumpkin patch. You can easily spend hours here – there’s a cafe with loads of seating (no picnics allowed), farm shop, maize maze, nature trail and children’s play area.

2021 visitor info:

You need to book a slot and purchase a voucher for everyone visiting (except babies); these will be released a day or two in advance so if you can’t find any slots for the day you wish to visit then please check back closer to the time.

9am to 10am on Tuesday mornings is reserved for the Over 60s who are not required to book – just turn up!

The farm shop is open daily from 9am to 5pm selling a range of fresh and local produce, gift items, greetings cards, toys & crafts and plants. There is also a range of inside and outside dining options at the farm.

To book PYO or dining table click HERE 

COPAS FARMS
COOKHAM, BERKSHIRE AND IVER, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Copas Farms offers not one but two sites, in Cookham and Iver. Stock up on your strawberries, cherries, raspberries, currents and broad beans as well as many other crops; the website lists what’s currently available. In the shop, you’ll find local honey, jams and more.

2021 visitor info:

From approx mid-June you will need to purchase a voucher online in advance of your visit (£4 per person any age) there is a 25p non refundable booking charge per person. This will allow you entry at your chosen time (if available) within a 15 minute time slot and to remain on the farm for up to 2 hours. You will not be able to enter the farm without a booking voucher.

This voucher can then be redeemed at face value on any Pick Your Own produce. No refunds for balance unspent. You will only be able to purchase vouchers for up to 5 people (including children) per visit. Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking info and further details click HERE

CROCKFORD BRIDGE FARM SHOP AND PICK YOUR OWN
ADDLESTONE, SURREY

Close to Weybridge and offering pick-your-own from May to September, Crockford Bridge grows rhubarb and red currents, spinach and strawberries, beetroot and carrots, among many others. To top it off, they’ve got an ice cream parlour too.

Bookings for the PYO are now live. Bookings are required for busy days (Fri/Sat/Sun) to help control footfall.
Booking is not required Monday – Thursday. PYO bookings will be available 7 days before your visit. They can’t release vouchers further in advance due to the unpredictability of the Great British weather and the daily impact changing weather has on crop availability. Vouchers can be redeemed against the value of your crops.

Booking details HERE 

FLOWER FARM SHOP
GODSTONE, SURREY

Crops include strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, plus sweetcorn, asparagus and more; ring their PYO line to check the most up-to-date availability. You’ll also find a pub garden, Saturday Night Live Shows, a tea room, a shop and ale brewed in their farm brewery by the Godstone Brewers.

2021 visitor info:

PYO fruit picking seasons that are starting soon: Strawberries: End of June – July, Raspberries: End of June – August, Cherries: End of June – July.

Check their website closer to end of June for details.

 

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GARSONS
ESHER, SURREY, KT10 8LS

Claiming to be the UK’s largest PYO farm, Garson’s conveniently maps out their current (ha!) offerings, showing what’s available to pick and where. Beetroot and broccoli, blackcurrants and broad beans, sugar snaps and strawberries—check out their crop calendar for all that’s on and upcoming as well. Garsons have recently introduced a £4 per adult minimum spend, which is then taken off the total you pay at the till.

2021 visitor info:

A PYO Farm Pass is required to enter the farm and must be booked in advance of visiting Garsons. Up to 6 Farm Passes per booking, including children and infants. The value of a Farm Pass booking is deducted from the total bill of crops picked at the exit till providing the produce is equal or of a higher value than the Farm Pass booking price
Before booking please make sure you read through the details and check what crops are available to pick.

Booking and further details can be found HERE.

GRAYS FARM
WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE,

Grays Farm’s PYO is open May to October and you can get your strawberries, black and red currants, broccoli, marrow, courgettes and more. There’s a farm shop, too.

2021 visitor info:

Their PYO and shop will be fully open from Thursday June 10th for Strawberries, Rhubarb, Cabbage, Broccoli and Spinach. No entry charge – Just pay for what you pick. No need to book. There’s a central car park, toilets, play area, picnic areas and a farm trail.

More info HERE

HEWITTS FARM
ORPINGTON, KENT

Hewitts is a family run business set in 78 acres, just outside of Orpington Kent. We grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for ‘Pick Your Own’ and also have a large selection for sale throughout the year in our farm shop. Plums and peas, swiss chard and spinach, cabbage and courgettes—all these and more are available to pick here. You can also buy honey, free-range eggs, bedding plants, logs and kindling and such in the farm shop.

Our family have been working on the farm for over 45 years, and the farm its self has been here for hundreds of years.

PYO will reopen around mid June 2021. Farm shop is open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.

‘Pick Your Own’ usually begins in June with strawberries, gooseberries and spinach. (Weather depending)

Check back HERE for more information.

HOME COTTAGE FARM
IVER HEATH, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Just outside the M25, this farm grows everything it sells, mostly soft fruits and apples. In various months (generally July through October or November), you can choose from 18 varieties of apple and pear, plus plums, raspberries, blackberries and honey.

They hope to open at the end of July for blackberries and early plums.
Check back HERE for more info closer to that time.

 

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MCLAUCHLANS OF BOXTED
BOXTED, ESSEX, CO4 5RB

Near Colchester, this farm grows the usual currants and berries, including jam strawberries and dessert gooseberries, plus sweetcorn and broad beans. The shop sells potatoes from a nearby village as well as cream from a local dairy, and offers freshly frozen fruit year-round.

2021 visitor info:

You will need to book a time slot this year to pick strawberries. They predict the first fruit will be ready in early June. SIGN UP to their email list and they’ll let you know when they release tickets.

PARKSIDE FARM
ENFIELD, MIDDLESEX

Crops here include ‘table-top’ strawberries—no bending required!—plus currants, raspberries and blackberries. Veg on offer ranges from spinach, Swiss chard and sweetcorn to courgettes, green onions, and French beans. The PYO has a per person minimum spend, and the shop sells, among other things, ice cream, meringues and chocolate dipping sauce.

2021 visitor info:

They expect to re-open mid-June starting with strawberry picking available. Booking will be required, slots will open two days in advance. Check back HERE for info.

STANHILL FARM
WILMINGTON, KENT

Stanhill Farm offers berries, beans, sweetcorn and more—and there’s even a maize maze with a theme that changes from year to year. Check the website to see what’s available, and come back for pumpkins October half-term.

2021 visitor info:

They usually open at the beginning of June for the strawberry season, however, due to the cold spring it will be the middle to end of June. They cannot confirm a date until closer to the time as it is dependant on the weather. Please keep an eye on their social media pages and WEBSITE for updates.

Can’t leave London? Try a bit of urban foraging!

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Our local parks and even canals are filled with produce ripe food picking. From elderflower for delicious cordial to blackberries for jam and much more. Check out sites like Forage London,  and Abundance London in Chiswick for spots and group outings, or just have a look around your local green areas.  Find a spot, grab a basket and enjoy. Best of all, it’s free.

Happy picking!

Updated June 2021

Featured image from Cammas Hall Farm

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