Where to pick your own in Surrey
Grab your straw hat and basket: it's summertime, which means it's time to PYO. From sweet strawberries to green veg and flowers, here's where to pick 'em.
Somehow, despite the juice stains and paying-to-do-manual-labour, picking one’s own fruit / flowers / veg is unassailably charming. So dust off the broad-brimmed straw hats, grab the children and head to the fields.
We love a bit of wholesome rural fun here at Muddy and — as luck would have it — there are a fair few PYO farms to choose from. Time to break out your inner Milly-Molly-Mandy, clear out some fridge space, and pick some darned delicious in-season fruit.
Crockford Bridge Farm, Addlestone
This is your moment to get your kids to eat their five a day (and pimp up your Champers, obvs). Pick your own season is in full swing at Crockford Bridge Farm, which sits on the banks of the River Wey just outside Addlestone. There are about 20 different varieties of fruit and veg to pick during the spring / summer season. Right now you can get your mitts on strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red currants, black currants and rhubarb. Needing veg? Broad beans, beetroot and carrots are all ready to pick. You must book ahead. Cost if £4 adults, £2 children which is redeemed against the weight of the produce you’ve picked.
Garsons is a big boy in the world of PYO – the largest PYO farm in the whole of the UK, in fact, with 70 varieties of 26 crops growing on 155 acres on the banks of the River Wey at West End, near Esher. You must book in advance, cost is £4 adults, £1 children, which is deducted from the crop bill – strawberries, red currants, blackcurrants at the moment, as well as beetroot, broccoli, carrots, courgettes, cabbages, cauliflower, marrow and spinach. Sunflowers are available right now, too. There’s also a farm shop and garden centre on site.
Flower Farm, Godstone
Owned and run by the Deeley family since 1974, Flower Farm has been offering a pick your own pretty much since then. It’s all pretty straightforward – simply go into the shop and let the team know you’d like to go picking. They’ll give you a punnet and once you’ve filled it, return to the shop to pay for your produce. This season’s strawberries have pretty much all been picked, but raspberries are available, and coming soon are the Victoria plums.
Over the Hedge, Wallington
Fancy flowers? Then head to Over the Hedge where you’ll find a range of seasonal flowers. They’re open every Monday and Thursday and two Saturdays a month from July to October. Cost is £25 for a bucket. BYO bucket and secateurs or scissors. Book before you go.
Secretts Farm, Milford
Secretts has been growing crops on Hurst Farm near Godalming since 1937. It’s currently run by a 4th generation Secrett. The farm produces a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops, and is famed for its tender salad leaves, which are on the menus of some of the best restaurants in London and Surrey. The 2021 picking season has been thrown out a bit due to Covid, and the usual PYO has been put on hold. Usually the selection includes berries and orchard fruits, a wide range of veg and even flowers later in the summer.
The Sunflower Fields at Tulleys Farm, near Crawley
PYO isn’t just about fruit and veg. Tulleys Farm just over the border into Sussex has created a sunflower field, and these delightful flowers will be ready for picking in the next few weeks. You’ll have to book tickets in advance and they’re on sale now.