Go strawberry picking in UK farms with kids

Ever thought of strawberry picking in UK farms with your kids? Nothing better than enjoying the countryside with the whole family. You can pick and bring home fruits and vegetables, strawberries in particular are a favourite, and there's a wide choice of 'pick your own' farms across the country. Some also offer additional facilities and activities for the little ones, while almost every one has a small shops where you can purchase additional goods to bring back home. Here's a small sample of pick your own farms and a list of what to bring. Enough to to start you off on the right, natural path this Summer.

Where to go

Where to go strawberry picking in UK farms with your kids:

Parkside Farm Pick Your Own

Website: http://www.parksidefarmpyo.co.uk/

Address: Parkside Farm Hadley Road Enfield Middlesex EN2 8LA

Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and plums in the summer, with some crops stretching into early Autumn. Lots of vegetables to choose from. Minimum pick/purchase of £3 each, children included. Easy access by road or train, beautifully located on greenbelt countryside just to the north of Enfield. Includes facilities like picnic areas and shop selling ice cream, meringas, locally produced honey and so on. Open from late June to October, Tues - Sat;9am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm), Sunday usually 9am – 5pm, closed on Monday.

Lotmead Farm


Address: Wanborough, Swindon SN4 0SN

Family run, family friendly activity farm just outside Swindon. Not only fruit and veg picking but a farm, small lake with bird sanctuary and outdoor adventure playground. A fun family day out guaranteed. Visit free of charge from 9.30 everyday of the week, season commencing in May. Check the website for what's new and events listing.

Briarlands Farm

Website: http://www.briarlandsfarm.co.uk/

Address: Blairdrummond Stirling FK9 4UP Scotland

This is a large, familyrun farm that provides strawbery picking facilities, animal paddocksand loads more. Indoor and outdoor activities, from Busy Bees craft area to mini diggers and tyre maze, there is enough on this farm to keep your children happy all day, every time and in all weather conditions! Open all year round: from February to October, everyday 10am-5.30pm, and from November to February, Fridays, Saturdaysand Sundays 10am-4.30pm. Check the website for the animal tour, animal feeding and egg collecting timetable.

Check list

What to bring when going strawberry picking in UK farms with your kids? As for any day trip with kids, better make sure you remember to pack hand towels or wipes and have plenty of liquids handy. For the picking you will need containers, which can also be found on the farms but normally for a fee. Clothing should be comfortable (possibly not your best frocks!) and shoes athletic - as ageneral rule, the more beat up, the better- and don't forget your welly boots! Also, remember your wide brim hats in the Summer, or extra layer to keep you warm if going in the early autumn months. Last but most importantly, make sure sunscreen is applied to all exposed skin,including ears and back of the neck.

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