Pick your own – Chester’s nearest fruit farms
We love picking our own fruit and vegetables – it’s fun, cheap, and healthy, it gets the whole family out of doors, and it’s a fab way to help children learn where their food comes from too!
The pick your own season is just starting now and will run through until autumn – find Chester’s nearest PYO farms here.
Hawarden Estate, 18 minutes/7.9 miles
During summer and early autumn, depending on the vagaries of the weather, the fields and orchards at the Hawarden Estate are full of beautiful fruit and vegetables. First there are up to 12,000 strawberry plants to harvest, plus raspberry canes and rows of gooseberries and blackcurrants; later in the season you’ll find apples, pears and plums. Over the summer, the barbecue is fired up with home-made sausages and beefburgers straight from the butchery, and they also serve delicious Cheshire Farm ice cream. Click here for a guide to what’s growing when. There’s also a cafe, a nature trail, pigs and chickens to visit, and a children’s play area with a great wooden fort for clambering over – a review of our autumn visit to the farm shop and nature trail will be coming soon.
The Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is at Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3FB.
Willington Fruit Farm, 23 minutes/9 miles
Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to Delamere Forest and the Sandstone Trail, Willington Fruit Farm offers pick your own apples in autumn as well as selling home-grown strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries through the summer. You can also buy a variety of local produce including cheese, yogurts, honey, and juice from the farm shop plus visit the herb garden and purchase potted herbs. Please note that, at the time of writing, early June 2017, the farm’s Facebook page was not clear on whether the farm was open; please check before making a special journey.
Willington Fruit Farm is at Hillside Farm, Chapel Lane, Willington, Nr Kelsall,Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0PH.
Bellis Brothers, 25 minutes/10.9 miles
If you thought picking your own fruit was only an activity for sunny days, think again – at Bellis Brothers in Wrexham you can pick strawberries undercover whatever the weather, and as a bonus they’re at table height too, making it much easier on your back, which is probably already aching from carrying toddlers and bending down to pick things up off the floor … Click here to read more about this innovative new approach.
As well as strawberries, you can also pick raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, rhubarb, peas and beans – check availability on their website or Facebook page. There’s also a busy event calendar, a garden centre selling plants and gifts, and the Strawberry Fields restaurant, where you can enjoy strawberry tarts, strawberry cream scones, strawberry crumble pie, and strawberry beer.
Bellis Brothers Farm Shop & Garden Centre is at Wrexham Road Farm, Wrexham Road, Holt Village, Wrexham LL13 9YU.
Kenyon Hall Farm, 39 minutes/31.2 miles
Kenyon Hall Farm is a working family farm set in 500 acres of Cheshire and Lancashire countryside and boasting the best choice of pick your own fruit and veg in the northwest. There is also a farm shop, a cafe, a large plant centre, an outdoor picnic area and a children’s play area. The pick your own season generally starts in late June with strawberries, followed by gooseberries, raspberries, tayberries, blackberries, broad beans, sweetcorn, pumpkins and much more through the season – click here for a list; the farm strongly recommend that you check their Facebook or Twitter or listen to the recorded message on 01925 763646 before you visit. Plus if you get distracted by everything else that’s going all, all the pick your own produce is available ready picked in the farm shop.
Kenyon Hall Farm is at Kenyon Hall, Winwick Lane, Croft, Warrington WA3 7ED.
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