Garsons of Esher, Esher, Surrey
In the beautiful Surrey countryside, Garsons has the UK’s largest pick your own farm, as well as a garden centre and farm shop. The farm first started 145 years ago when they grew fresh produce to sell at London’s Borough Market.
Open from June to October, the offering is pretty impressive with 28 crops and 76 varieties available. You’ll find all the favourites, like strawberries and raspberries, plus fresh vegetables such as runner beans, onions and peas, and even seasonal sunflowers. There is even a handy map to tell you what is ready for picking and what’s not. All crops are easily accessible, and there’s plenty of parking onsite too.
Hillfield Nursery and Farm Shop, Norwich
You’d be hard-pressed to find a pick your own farm with a larger range of apples – Hillfield Nursery and Farm Shop has over 200 and is known to have one of the biggest ranges of fruit in the whole of East Anglia.
Whether you prefer spending time under the trees in the orchards, or looking for strawberries amongst the soft fruit crops, there’s plenty of fun to be had. With 19 varieties of different fruit and vegetables that you can pick, including pears, rhubarb and quinces, their season starts in May and finishes in October. Hillfield also has a farm shop and hosts events such as a blossom walk through their orchards.
Stanhill Farm, Wilmington
The family-run Stanhill Farm has a huge selection of PYO fruit on its 150-acre site, including strawberries, gooseberries, blackberries and blackcurrants from June to October.
There is free parking and no charge for PYO – you just pay for what you pick. There is also a maize maze open from July to September. The maze has a different theme each year, from dinosaurs to safaris to get lost in!
They don’t have a café, but they do sell a variety of ice creams, drinks and refreshments from their Pick Your Own hut. So head on over for a delicious day of family fun, and bring a picnic to enjoy.