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Your visit

Field of strawberry blossomsWhether it’s your first time picking your own fruit or you come every year, we hope to make your visit to the farm easy and enjoyable.

Start your visit to at the farm shop: staff will be on hand to direct you to the best areas to pick that day, and weigh your empty containers.

You don’t need any special equipment for your visit; containers suitable for all crops are available in the shop. Alternatively, you can help the environment by bringing your own containers to pick into.

Getting to the farm

The farm is at 53 Boxted Straight Road, near Colchester, Essex in the UK – postcode CO4 5RB.


 

From Colchester North Station: Take the A134 to Sudbury. At the traffic lights, the Northern Approach Road turns left (signposted A134 to Sudbury). At the mini roundabout, turn right on to Boxted Straight Road. Continue straight for 2 miles, and the farm is well sign-posted on your left.

From the A12: exit at Junction 28; follow signs to the hospital; take the first exit at the roundabout, signposted to Boxted; when the road ends at a T-junction with Boxted Straight Road, turn right, and the farm is well sign-posted on your left.

Public transport: the village bus service runs from Colchester via the train station and hospital.

Farm shop

Freshly picked fruit is available in high season, for those who are short of time. Arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out! Alternatively, contact the farm shop to check availability and place an order.

The farm shop stocks local produce including potatoes from a neighbouring village and cream from a local dairy. Freshly frozen fruit is also available throughout the year.

We accept cash, cheques, and debit and credit cards in the farm shop.

The farm is open 9am – 6pm daily.

Facilities

  • Parking: There are two large grass car parks next to the farm shop.
  • Toilets: There is a toilet at the rear of the farm shop (unfortunately not wheel-chair accessible).
  • Wheelchair access: The farm is flat with grass paths between the crops but the ground is often uneven.
  • Safety: Please do not smoke beyond the car park to reduce the risk of fire. We provide buckets of sand for disposing of lit cigarettes.