We have sunshine (mostly!), long days and now gorgeously sweet, ruby-red fruit ready for picking, tasting and enjoying with copious amounts of cream. It’s pick your own strawberries time.
With the strawberry season only lasting 4 – 5 weeks, we’ve collated Devon’s PYO strawberry fields to make sure that you don’t miss out.
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Lifton Strawberry Fields
aka Lifton Farm Shop
Head to Lifton Farm Shop for for some ‘bright red and deliciously sweet’ pick your own strawberries. With no booking required, just head into the Farm Shop to collect your basket and then go wild in the fields – PYO strawberries start from £6.95 per kg.
After you have finished in the fields, the children will also enjoy the small play park and the space for running around which is just next to the outdoor tables – perfect for you to be able to keep and eye on the preschoolers while having a quieter lunch. Or take a picnic blanket to sit on the lawn with babies so crawlers can have a bit of freedom too.
Enjoy lunch or coffee and cake in the fantastic new extension and do leave time for a wander round the farm shop which will not leave you disappointed. There is great food at the restaurant/café which, along with the Farm shop, won Gold for South West Café/Tea Room in the Taste of the West 2017. “This farm shop café is fantastic and is full of fabulous food – most of it is grown on the farm. The staff are all really knowledgeable and efficient, and the café itself is well lit and nicely decorated.”
With everything you need to turn your strawberry haul into a full afternoon tea, Lifton is the perfect place.
Website: Lifton Farm Shop
Address: Lifton Farm Shop, Lifton, PL16 0DE
Monday – Saturday
Farm Shop 8am – 6pm
Restaurant 8am – 5.30pm
Farm Shop 8am – 5.30pm
Restaurant 8am – 5pm
Thorne’s Farm Shop
Since its establishment in 1986, Thorne’s Farm have been renowned for their fabulous strawberries. There is also a cafe on site to enjoy lunch or coffee and why not treat yourself to some local fruit and veg, pies and cider while you’re there too?
To celebrate the opening of the PYO strawberry season Thorne’s Farm Shop are hosting a Strawberry fayre on Sunday 2nd June 10-4pm- packed with craft stalls, food from the kitchen, live music, tasters from suppliers as well as the strawberries to pick and enjoy.
Website: Thornes Farm Shop
Facebook: Thornes Farm Shop
Address: Hawthorn Gardens, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Crediton EX17 4BH
Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 17:30
Saturday: 9:00 – 17:00
Sundays: 10:00 – 16:00 during June, July & August
Pips pick your own
There is plenty of PYO at Pips including the delicious strawberries. When the little ones have picked to their fill there are picnic benches, and some animals to say hello to, and in the summer holiday months there is a Maize Maze.
There are loos and a large car park so it’s easy with the kids and parents can stock up on lovely organic veg (some from Pips so pretty much as low food miles as you can get!) at Ben’s Farm Shop and Grower’s Organic Plant Centre.
Strawberries: growing on the ground (so easy for toddlers to pick) £10.50 per kg
Website: Pips pick your own
Facebook: Your Pips
Address: Behind Ben’s Farm Shop, Yealmpton, Plymouth, PL8 2LT
June – October (Open from May 26th)
Mon-Sat: 10am – 6pm. Sunday: 10am – 5pm.
Seasonal and weather dependent so do check the Facebook page or call the mobile for updated opening times and availability.
Royal Oak Farm
The Blackdown Hills (an area of natural beauty) where Royal Oak farm is nestled is a beautiful setting for picking your own strawberries with your little ones. Royal Oak Farm then enhances this typical English setting by offering a quaint traditional tea room where tea is served in fine bone china tea sets accompanied by freshly baked scones, local clotted cream and homemade jam. Deliciously indulgent! Light lunches include home-made quiche, home-grown jacket potatoes and freshly prepared toasted sandwiches served with salad. While the tea room is quaint, there is lots of outdoor space and beautiful gardens where the toddlers and babies can enjoy themselves.
Don’t forget the farm shop too where you can shop for fruit and veg, meat from local farms (including Royal Oaks own farm) and frozen, homemade ready meals.
Address: Royal Oak Farm, Cotleigh, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9LF.
Opening hours: 9:30 – 5:30pm – 7 days a week.