Millets Farm Centre, Oxfordshire
Strawberries and other succulent morsels are ripening at this pick-your-own paradise
If John Lennon had not been singing about playing in the garden of a certain Sally Army house in Liverpool, his dreamy melody, Strawberry Fields Forever, could just as well have been an homage to the green and red-spotted surroundings of Millets Farm. Over the summer season, you can roam over the farm’s 75 acres,
picking your own delicious strawberries, and sampling one or two along the way… And it’s not just strawberries that are bountiful at this family-run farm: raspberries, gooseberries, runner beans and sweetcorn are just some of the fruits and veg on the 30-strong picking list.
Star attractions Naturally, those juicy strawberries are the big draw. Once you’ve stocked up, pay a visit to the Millets Farm Zoo, with its alpacas, ponies and kune kune pigs. There’s also a children’s play area with diggers, ride-on tractors, swings and slides. Riverside walks await those who venture into the farm’s Phoebe Wood.
Family X-Factor If there was ever an incentive to get your five-a-day, then this would be it. And plucking produce from the soil itself means that your children will understand the link between field and fork.
Not many people know this, but… Phoebe Wood is part of the National Trafalgar Wood Project, which aims to create a lasting tribute to those who died in the Battle of Trafalgar. The Phoebe was one of the ships in Nelson’s fleet.
Don’t forget to pack Suncream and a shady hat to protect your children’s heads while you’re busy out in the fields. And a picnic rug so you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours.
The Millets Maize Maze
July 15–September 18
There's an Alice In Wonderland theme for this year's maze, with three levels of difficulty for different abilities.
Cost Entry is free. Pick your own strawberries is £4.15 per kilo, the Maize Maze is £6 (adults), £5.25 (children).
Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Road Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB.
Also in the area Cotswold Wildlife Park, Didcot Railway Centre.
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