Last Updated on June 1, 2023 by Suzy McCullough

We love to go fruit picking in the summer. It should be on every child’s summer bucket list. All of these places have PYO strawberries. Some have other fruit and sometimes vegetables also available for picking when they are ready.

PLEASE do check ahead before you leave home. Not all these places are open all week and some close when they don’t have enough fruit to sell. Most of the following places are recommended by my readers.

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Balloon Tree, Gate Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Well sign-posted and well run. Tickets need to be bought in advance for the weekend and you book a time slot for your visit to make sure numbers are limited. We visited last year and it’s a lovely PYO site. Other fruit and vegetables may also be ready to pick. There is a lovely cafe on-site with a small play area.

Emma Jones says “I am still very much acting like we are in lock down but I had to admit the kids needed a change of scenery. This felt like such a safe option and I am so glad we did it. I think we saw about 3 other people the whole time we were there which shows how well the ticket system works.”

Address: Stamford Bridge Rd, Gate Helmsley, York YO41 1NB

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Cedarbarn, Pickering, North Yorkshire

We have eight acres of soft fruit at Cedarbarn, all available for visitors to either pick themselves or buy in the shop. This is a really popular activity with local families! We grow many different kinds of fruit and, as well as selling them, we use them in our café for mouth-watering tarts, crumbles and summer puddings. We even put them into our own jams and chutneys so they can be enjoyed all year round.

We grow six different varieties of strawberry which ripen at different times, which means you can pick strawberries here from the early ‘Christine’ variety, grown under fleece and available at the beginning of June, right through to ‘Flamenco’ in October. Other soft fruits – Gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and blueberries are available in June and July, with raspberries ready to pick at the end of July. There is also an on-site miniature railway.

Address: Cedar Barn Farm Shop, Thornton Rd, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7JX

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Church Lane Farm, Hutton Bonville, North Yorkshire

They are open daily as long as there are enough strawberries. There is no need to book. We now have a card machine and can take contactless payments. There will be no toilet facilities on site. Sorry, no dogs or picnics in the fruit field. We grow a range of crops including Strawberries (7 varieties): Raspberries, Gooseberries (cooking and dessert varieties), Blackcurrants, Redcurrants and Tayberries.

Address: Church Lane Farm, Hutton Bonville, Northallerton DL7 0NR

Spilmans Farming, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Briony recommends Spilman’s, she says “They do other fruit too such as raspberries, gooseberries, and pumpkins for Halloween with events on. They also plant their own crops solely for birds to come and feed on and attract them to the area.”

Cafe and play area for kids too. They are doing slots for pick-your-own this year so book now to avoid disappointment. There are multiple time slots per day. You can arrive any time within your chosen time slot. Please remember last entry into the PYO fields is 4.30pm everyday.

Address: Church Farm, Thirsk YO7 3NB

East Field Farm, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Our original site, Eastfield Farm provides pick-your-own strawberries and pumpkins during the Summer and Autumn months. We hope to be open from June to mid-August for strawberry picking, but crop timings and availability depend heavily on the weather. Please collect a container on arrival – you are welcome to bring your own containers but please be aware that these must be weighed before you pick. Pricing and availability of fruit are displayed outside the shop.

Weary after your fruit picking? We also offer a lovely tearoom located next door to the shop offering homemade cakes and refreshing beverages.

Address: Doncaster Rd, Tickhill, Doncaster DN11 9JD

Farmer Copleys, West Yorkshire

We’re growing over 4 different types of strawberries at Farmer Copleys in 2021, these have been planted at different stages, so we can extend our PYO season until the end of August. Our PYO Strawberry Experience opens in June until August, with an outdoor, area for picking your super strawberries up in our Spanish tunnels located on the farm.

Address: Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract WF7 5AF

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Kemps Farm, Horsforth, West Yorkshire

Pick your own fruit is a fun activity for all the family.  The children learn where their food comes from whilst foraging amongst the plants looking for the biggest juiciest strawberry or raspberry they can find, at the same time enjoying the fresh air with the bonus of going home with fabulous tasty fruit. Advance tickets can be booked online for PYO – you do not need a ticket for other on-site facilities i.e. the cafe.

Address: W End Ln, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5ES

Redwood Farm, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Strawberry picking info – Always check for our latest Facebook post for updates on opening as we are weather dependent. No booking is needed. No entrance fee, just pay for what you pick. Pick ripe fruit only. Do not eat from the patch, fruit needs washing. Wear sensible footwear. Dogs are welcome, but we ask they don’t go into the strawberry patches so please keep them on a lead. Refreshments are available. Free parking available (weather depending) – please respect our neighbours. Cash and card accepted. Farm shop opening times as normal.

Diane recommends Redwood Farm, she says it’s close to Ardsley Reservoir so you could tie it in with a visit here.

Address: Tingley, Wakefield WF3 1EF


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