The Ultimate Guide to Strawberry Picking in Yorkshire
It’s nearly that time of year again folks, strawberry picking season! The strawberry patches will be opening in the next few weeks so here is your ultimate guide to strawberry picking in Yorkshire.
We love the annual tradition of strawberry picking. There’s nothing better than knowing that you have PYO (picked your own) and also knowing where they have grown. A fab way of teaching the kids where there food comes from and encouraging them to eat more fruit! Did you know that strawberries are the first fruit to ripen signalling that summer has arrived! These juicy red heart shaped fruits of yummyness are low in calories, high in antioxidants and contain more Vitamin C than an orange!
So what are you waiting for?! Find your nearest PYO location below. Don’t forget to check them out on social media for opening dates being announced. Have fun strawberry picking in Yorkshire this Summer.
Strawberry picking in North Yorkshire
Birchfield Ice Cream Farm
Birchfield Ice Cream Farm in the heart of Nidderdale is our go to for strawberry picking in Yorkshire. The strawberry patch is free to enter and you are provided with punnets that you can fill. You just pay for what you get. You can just turn up but sometimes prebooking is required at weekends if stocks are getting low.
This lovely family run farm is also open for visiting the animals and play equipment (separate paid entry) and I would definitely recommend doing that for a fun day out! My little man loves the go karts! Don’t forget to sample the homemade ice cream on site too, it’s amazing. Last time we visited I had the Parma violet one, wow!
The Balloon Tree Farm Shop and café
This family run farm near York is getting ready for a wide range of PYO this summer. In addition to the strawberries, they also grow; raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, rhubarb, blueberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. Just grab a punnet and fill it up, paying for what you pick. Visits to the farm for fruit picking must be booked in advance to ensure there is enough fruit ready.
The café & farm shop are worth a visit selling a wide range of products and there is also a children’s playground. On weekends (weather permitting) there are also some ride on mini jeeps for the kids!
Strawberry picking at Spilmans in Thirsk opens on 12th June this year, pre booking is essential. The farm is spread across 15 acres so plenty of space to explore and pick the other fruits on offer; gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries.
There is a café and farm shop on site plus some animals to pet. On weekends there is usually a small kids zone with fairground rides, inflatable slides etc.
Cedarbarn Farm Shop
This farm shop and café in Pickering offer a selection of PYO throughout the year but in June and July there will be strawberries, gooseberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants on offer. There are 8 acres available for fruit growing so you can wander and pick your own, or buy it in the shop if you are short of time. This year they have installed some table top strawberries close to the shop so that those with mobility difficulties can also enjoy the element of picking their own. For the kids a miniature railway is the highlight! This 600m long track takes you through the fruit and veg fields so you can take it all in.
Hutton Bonville Fruit Farm
Hutton Bonville in Northallerton is a PYO, nice and simple. There are no other facilities available on site. They offer a variety of soft fruits to pick; strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and even tayberries! Containers are available to use but you will be charged for these so best to bring your own.
Please note that Bluebell Farm in York and Berts Barrow in Hillam are not opening for PYO this year.
Strawberry picking in East Yorkshire
Scalby Grange PYO is a strawberry field with pop up facilities. On offer are takeaway scones with strawberry jam and cream – delicious. There are toilets too. Strawberries are £4 per kg and containers are provided for you to pick your own. Other soft fruits are available to pick dependent on how the season has gone such as gooseberries, raspberries and blackberries. Just turn up, no booking required but weekends do get busy.
Eastfield Farm Strawberries
This strawberry PYO field in Withernsea again has pop up facilities. There are cheesecakes and brownies on offer to purchase with your weighed in strawberries. Bouncy castles and a plant stall are there in addition on weekends. Keep an eye on Facebook for updates on opening times and weather conditions.
Spuds and Berries are unfortunately not open this year.
Strawberry picking in South Yorkshire
East Field Farm
This PYO soft fruit farm in Tickhill has the cutest little café and pop up stall. Definitely worth calling in just for coffee and cake even if you don’t make it on to the field. There are a range of fruits available to pick including raspberries, black/redcurrants and gooseberries as well as strawberries. No booking required, just turn up. The team there are getting ready strawing the strawberries to keep them fresher for longer and to stop the mud affecting them, also means it’s better for you guys walking between.
Birchin Lee Nurseries
A Pearson’s & Sons in Dronfield have a PYO farm on the Yorkshire / Derbyshire border growing a wide selection of soft fruit. Strawberries will be ready towards the end of June. No need to book, just turn up. Bedding plants are also grown here and available to purchase in June and July.
Strawberry picking in West Yorkshire
Kemps Farm is available for strawberry picking in Yorkshire at 2 locations – Horsforth and Malton. Prebooking is required as Horsforth gets incredibly busy. Tickets are available online a few days in advance dependent on the weather and the amount of fruit ready. Once you have picked, weighed and paid for your fruit there is a shop selling refreshments and their own homemade jam, portaloos, a small children’s play area, some animals to pet and tractor rides available (for an additional fee).
The Strawberry Experience at Farmer Copleys in Pontefract starts at the end of May. A variety of strawberries are grown, double that of last year, so that they keep producing through the summer. Tickets must be prebooked to get your time slot but then you can stay as long as you like. Blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries and raspberries are also available for picking. There is a farm shop on site and Moo Café too!
Strawberry Fields Morley
Strawberry Fields in Morley will be opening late June for a short season, only 4-5 weeks. The fields are literally that! There are no facilities except a small refreshment stand. No booking is required and only cash can be accepted to pay for the fruit. Rustic at its best!
Redwood Farm Shop near Wakefield is stocked with strawberries ready to go already! But not the PYO yet unfortunately, a few more weeks to go. The farm shop sells a variety of produce including plants and flowers and there is a little café that does fab coffee, cake and ice cream. All this over looking Ardsley Reservoir, a beautiful location.
Bentley Grange Farm
Bentley Grange Feeds in Huddersfield has PYO sorted for the British weather! The strawberries are grown in bags off the ground, a method known as “table top production”. It makes them much easier to pick, no bending for the customer and no need to use weed killers on the crop. They are also protected by poly tunnels which not only improves the quality of the fruit but it enables customers to stay dry! There is also redcurrants, blackcurrants and raspberries on offer to pick. There is no café or facilities available but ice creams will be sold.