For a cheap and fun way to entertain the kids during the summer months (and help them get their five a day) visit your local fruit picking farm and select your own juicy strawberries from late May or crunchy apples from August, plus other seasonal fruits.
Days out don't come more fun than wandering through sunny fields to gather a whole glut of goodies before trotting off home to bake the fruits of your labour into cakes, puddings and pies. Grab some containers or baskets and show the kids where the fruit they eat comes from with our UK fruit picking farm guide. Don't forget to pack a picnic and make the most of your day - lots of the places on our list have plenty of other activities available, from tractor and pony rides through to cooking classes.
The best strawberry fruit picking places in the UK
There's nothing that says summer better than a big old bowl of strawberries and cream. Gather your gang and get picking at one of these fun days out. See the best places to go strawberry picking near you. (opens in new tab)
The best blackberry fruit picking places in the UK
Sweet, sticky and responsible for plenty of stains - blackberry picking is a real rite of passage. We love these farms for their glut of these gorgeous late-summer berries. See the best places to go blackberry picking near you. (opens in new tab)
The best apple and pear fruit picking places in the UK
Crisp apples straight from the tree are a real delight and little ones will love reaching up high to pick the very best of the bunch. See the best places to go apple and pear picking near you. (opens in new tab)
The best plum fruit picking places in the UK
Plums are a bit of a British national treasure, and there's something so satisfying about gathering your own. These are the best best places to do just that. See the best places to go plum picking near you. (opens in new tab)