Pick Your Own - Now Closed

!! Our Pick Your Own is now closed!!

We usually open at the beginning of June for the strawberry season, however, due to the cold spring we have had it will be the middle to end of June. We cannot confirm a date until closer to the time as it is dependant on the weather. Please keep an eye on our social media pages and website for updates.

Please comply with the following rules at all times when visiting the Pick Your Own:

PICK YOUR OWN RULES – PLEASE READ!!

  • We may reserve the right to close or refuse entry without prior notification if, in our opinion, we consider the farm has become too busy to operate safely.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided, before and after entering the PYO.
  • Dogs are not allowed anywhere on the farm.
  • Please only take the quantity of baskets/punnets that you require, as we cannot take any back to be re-used.
  • Please maintain social distancing rules in the fields at all times.
  • Please only touch the fruit you wish to pick.
  • All fruit must be taken home and washed before eating. 
  • Children under the age of 16 must always be supervised.
  • Please do not linger for too long after you have finished picking.
  • No picnics allowed.
  • No smoking or vaping allowed.
  • All rubbish must be removed from the farm.
  • Thieves will be prosecuted.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry and to remove people from the farm.
  • Please ensure that you do not leave valuables in your car. Stanhill Farm cannot accept any liability for theft or damage (however caused) to vehicles or their possessions whilst in the car park.
  • Any belongings and other property brought onto the farm are at the customers own risk.

Please see our FAQ section below, which you may find useful.

To see an 'at a glance' status table of all our PYO crops, please scroll further down the page. 

For details on how to find us, please click here.

Pick Your Own - FAQ's

What are the opening times?

Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm (last admission is 4:00pm) We close the PYO on Mondays to give the fields a chance to recover, and for more fruit to ripen.

Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10:00am-4:00pm (last admission is 3:00pm) 

Please note, this is subject to change according to weather or crop availability.

How can I find you?

For details on how to find us please click here.

Do I need to book in advance?

No, we do not take bookings unless you are in a large group ie, a school visit.

How much does it cost?

Please see above and also the table below.

Do you accept debit/credit cards?

We accept both debit and credit cards.

Can we use our own containers?

No, as we are charging a set price per punnet/basket. 

Do you supply containers?

Yes, we do supply containers - you will be offered a punnet or a basket.

How can I find out what produce is available to pick?

For a full list of what is currently available for picking, please see the table below. We also post updates on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Where can I find the various crops for picking?

Our staff at the PYO will point you in the right direction for the particular crop you are picking.

Can I eat the fruit while I pick?

No, we ask that you do not eat any fruit until you have taken it home and washed it.

How much can I pick?

You can pick as much or as little as you like, but you will need to pay for everything you pick. Please do not pick fruit and then abandon it before paying, it causes unnecessary waste and is unfair on other customers who may not be able to pick their own fruit as a result. 

What is the best way to pick a strawberry?

For maximum shelf life try to avoid handling the red flesh. Instead, pinch the stalk off between your thumbnail and forefinger. Leave the stalks in until just before serving. As with all fruits, pick only ripe ones – they taste better!

Is fruit suitable for freezing?

Raspberries, blackcurrants and blackberries are all suitable for freezing. Strawberries can be frozen but they will lose all their texture once thawed. However, they can still be used to make sauces, jams and smoothies etc.

What should I wear?

We are a working farm and care should be taken on uneven surfaces. Please wear suitable footwear such as trainers or outdoor boots in dry conditions and wellington boots when it’s wet as the fields can be muddy. It is also advisable for children to wear long sleeved and long-legged clothing to protect against scratches and stings.

Can we walk anywhere on the crops?

No, for your health and safety please only stick to the areas you have been directed to for picking.

Can I get a pram/wheelchair in the fields?

Pram or wheelchair access is possible, however, please be aware that adverse weather conditions may affect accessibility.

Is parking available?

We have plenty of free parking available on the PYO. Please ensure that you do not leave valuables in your car. Stanhill Farm cannot accept any liability to any customers or other visitors or their children for theft or damage (however caused) to vehicles or their possessions whilst in the car park.

Can I bring a picnic?

No, picnics are not allowed this year. 

Do you have a cafe onsite? 

​We are very pleased to welcome back Berries & Beans cafe for the 2021 summer season! Opening dates to be confirmed. Operating a takeaway service, serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cold drinks, toasties, cakes and ice creams (Salcome Dairy soft scoop). Card payments only, please.

Do you have toilets?

Yes, we have one portaloo and one disabled portaloo.

Do you have baby changing facilities?

No, not at present.

When is the best time to visit?

The busiest times are during the school holidays and at weekends. We advise people to arrive early to get the best pick of fruit.

Do you keep lost property?

Any lost property that is found will be kept until the end of the season. Please email us with a full description of the lost item and we will get back to you.

Can I bring my dog?

No, we do not allow dogs anywhere on the farm.

Do I need to wash the fruit?

Yes, we recommend that you do wash the fruit before eating.

Do you welcome coach parties?

Only for pre-booked school visits and not at weekends.

Do you do children’s parties?

No, unfortunately at present we don’t have the staff or facilities available.

Why can’t I get an answer on your office phone number?

We are a small family business and during the busy season we are all working on the farm. If your request is urgent, please leave a message on our answerphone and we will endeavour to call you back as soon as possible. Alternatively, please email: info@stanhillfarm.co.uk

Please note:

  • Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • All rubbish must be removed from the farm.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry and to remove people from the farm.
  • Thieves will be prosecuted.
Pick Your Own: 
Crop NameSeason (Approximate)PricePicking Status
Strawberries June - SeptemberSeason finished
Raspberries June - October Season finished
Runner beansJuly - OctoberSeason finished
Dwarf French beansJuly - OctoberSeason finished
BeetrootAugust - OctoberSeason finished
Sunflowers (two small plots - not fields)Middle of August - SeptemberSeason finished
SweetcornMiddle of August - SeptemberSeason finished
Garden peasSeptemberSeason finished
Green tomatoes (for chutney making) SeptemberSeason finished
TomatoesSeptemberSeason finished
Pumpkins (see Pumpkin Patch page) October Half Term - Pumpkin PatchSeason finished
SquashOctober Half Term - Pumpkin PatchSeason finished
CourgettesJuly - SeptemberSeason finished
Mini cucumbersAugust - SeptemberSeason finished