Another day, another activity! We were going to have a day in the house today as we had been out all day yesterday but as the sun was shining, we booked to visit Kemps Farm in Horsforth where you pick your own fruit – raspberries and strawberries! At the moment, you must book online as they are limiting the number of visitors which of course is a good thing. We booked for three of us to go at 1pm as there wasn’t much choice left. As I understand, they release tickets every few days so keep an eye out if you have a particular day or time in mind. It costs £1.75 for an adult and £0.85 for a child but this doesn’t include the fruit you pick. Under 3’s are free.
We had never mean been fruit picking before…I know, I can’t quite believe it either, so we weren’t sure what to expect. When you arrive, there is plenty of space to park with someone directing you to a spot. Another member of staff then checks your tickets (you don’t have to print these) and ensures you put hand gel on before directing you to someone else who asks if you would like to pick strawberries or raspberries. He helpfully told us that the raspberries were currently easier to find so with two young girls who are easily bored, we opted for that option although you could choose to pick both. it was £8.75 for 1kg of raspberries and £5.25 for 1kg of strawberries.
Another lovely man had some banter with the girls which they loved and advised on the best area to collect the raspberries. It would seem that the further away spots have more fruit. We managed to fill out punnet without much issue, you just need to search about a little for the good stuff. It was a real novelty for the girls and were very proud of themselves for collecting so much!
We finished off the trip with a celebratory ice cream from the snack van. It sold chips and burgers, drinks and ice cream but you could bring picnics too fro what I understand and there was lots of space to sit. As the whole activity is outside, no masks are required unless of course you want to wear one.
I think we will be annual fruit pickers from now on and will probably aim to go a little bit earlier in the year next time. Thanks Kemp Farm! We had a little bit of time to spare after our visit so on the way home, we visited Hope Pastures which is a sanctuary that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. You can walk around the stables and fields to watch the animals. This guy was by far the friendliest and nosiest we came across….
It is free to enter the sanctuary but your donations help to prevent suffering and to improve and save lives of the animals there. The girls really enjoyed seeing the animals close up and being looked after so well by the lovely staff there.