Strawberry blossom in May

Fruit picking season 2023

The summer fruit picking will start in early June this year, with strawberries and gooseberries available to pick first. This is a later start than usual due to the chilly ...

Gooseberry crumble cake recipe

Gooseberry crumble cake

Why choose between cake and crumble when you can have both?! The fruit in this gooseberry crumble cake really offsets the sweetness. We won’t judge if you serve it with ...

Raspberry, cardamom and almond cake recipe

Raspberry, cardamom and almond cake

Even the children were impressed by this unusual summer cake! The cardamom is distinctive without overwhelming the lovely summer flavours of raspberries and almonds. I admit, I took a couple ...

Your visit

Whether 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.

The 2023 fruit season will start in early June.

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 local potatoes, cream and ice cream. Freshly frozen fruit is also available throughout the year.

During the season, we prefer payment by debit and credit cards. Cash out of season.

Opening hours

The farm is open 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday, and 9am – 4pm on Sundays.

Getting to the farm

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

The farm is about 10 mins drive from Colchester and Highwoods, and 5 mins drive from A12 junction 28. The farm is well signposted on Boxted Straight Road, next door to Fillpots Garden Centre.


  • 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 (not wheel-chair accessible).
  • Hand washing: we’ve installed an extra hand washing station on the farm this year, beside the farm shop.
  • 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. We provide buckets of sand for disposing of lit cigarettes.
  • Dogs: due to food safety regulations, dogs are not permitted on the farm.