What could be better than a wonderfully fresh bowl of fruit? Having picked it all yourself, of course! The sun is shining here in Manchester and it’s not even officially summer yet, so we can start planning outdoor activities for the long summer holidays, with the hope that it’ll continue. Not only is fruit picking a wonderful day out for all the family, but encourages a healthy, balanced diet and educates both children and adults alike about homegrown produce and non-processed food. Here’s our guide to where to go fruit picking in and around Greater Manchester.
1. Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington
A staple all year round for visitors far and wide, Kenyon Hall Farm comes into its own around Halloween when pumpkin pickers descend on Warrington for their very own spooky gourds. The Greater Manchester farm is equally ripe in summer, though, with a dedicated fruit picking section on their website where you can see what’s in season and book a slot to go and pick your own. The website provides daily updates of the produce that’s ready to pick, and an indication as to when you’ll be able to book for picking – at the moment there’s nothing to pick, but from early June the first strawberries and hopefully gooseberries should be ready.
The farm boasts 14 different fruits and vegetables to pick including raspberries, onions and corn on the cob, all at different times throughout the summer. Tickets aren’t required unless you’re wanting the pick strawberries, and they cost around £5 which includes one punnet, with any extra being payable by weight.
🚗 40mins drive from Manchester city centre
🍒 Strawberries, gooseberries, redcurrants, raspberries, tayberries
📍 Kenyon Hall Farm, Winwick Ln, Croft, Warrington, WA3 7ED.
2. Poynton Fruit Farm, Poynton
Poynton Fruit Farm in the south of Stockport is a treasure trove for seasonal fruit, with strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries and rhubarb all available at different points in the summer. The fruit ranges from £5 to £9 per punnet, and only 20p per stick of rhubarb, with updates on what’s in season on their Facebook page – the farm is likely to open in mid-June when the strawberries kick in.
Cool down with one of Poynton Fruit Farm’s delicious ice creams once you’ve done the hard work, and perhaps take inspiration from one customer who went home and made rhubarb crumble and blackcurrant sorbet – the fun doesn’t stop when you leave the farm!
🚗 50mins drive from Manchester city centre
🍒 Strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb
📍 Poynton Fruit Farm, Coppice Rd, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1SW.
3. Mersey Vale Nature Park Community Orchard, Stockport
Mersey Vale Nature Park is a wonderful destination any day of the week, with two ponds with dipping platforms, a wildflower meadow and a traditional community-run orchard. Although fruit picking isn’t a structured activity at the Manchester orchard, the public is welcome to wander through the trees, taking in what nature has to offer, and pick fruit for themselves, free of charge.
Visitors are encouraged to help protect the natural environment by following the countryside code, which includes following signs and instructions, but the aim of the local nature reserve and Site of Biological Importance is to educate and support locals in eating healthily and understanding the importance of local produce. This is more of an informal fruit picking experience, but the wonderful damsons and traditional apples are well worth searching for.
🚗 30mins drive from Manchester city centre
🍒 Damsons, apples
📍 Mersey Vale Nature Park, Battersea Rd, Stockport, SK4 2BN.
4. Woore Fruit Farm, Crewe
Boasting strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, apples, pears, gooseberries, tayberries, plums, onions, carrots, beetroot, garlic, courgettes, potatoes and pumpkins at different times of the year, Woore Fruit Farm is bursting at the seams. Opening times vary depending on the ripeness and availability of the crops, so keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates. Woore Fruit Farm suggests that you give them a call before travelling to check the latest opening times and availability, on 01630 647042.
🚗 1hr 30mins drive from Manchester city centre
🍒 Strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, apples, pears, gooseberries, tayberries, plums
📍 Woore Fruit Farm, Newcastle Rd, Woore, Crewe, CW3 9RE.
5. Claremont Farm, Wirral
Over in Wirral, Claremont Farm offers fruit picking alongside its popular, top quality farm shop, where you can also shop their produce. The picking field is just over the motorway bridge from the farm shop, so don’t be fooled if you don’t see it at first.
It’s not yet clear what the farm will be offering picking-wise, but once they’re open for their 10am – 5pm daily sessions, you should be able to pick up some lovely local strawberries at the very least, as well as boasting a wonderful café with a veranda looking out onto the fields, and a fairground in the summer, providing the perfect family day out. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.
🚗 1hr 15mins drive from Manchester city centre
📍 Claremont Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 4JB.