PYO 
abbreviation

Pick-your-own signs appear at farms where people can pay for the fruit and vegetables they have picked.

"Who wants to go apples and runner beans picking?"

Secretts of Milford
Surrey

A huge shop filled with traditional, unusual and exotic crops. PYO opens daily for half term from May. "A lovely site with lakes and delicious produce," says a dad of 2.

Parkside Farm
Middlesex

A mum of 1 rates this site, on the edges of London (Cockfosters tube is 3 miles away), because it gets her son eating more fruit. Big on all-weather play areas, with outdoor slides, mini tractors and pet petting. Lots of vegetables to choose from.

Garsons Esher
Surrey

This well organised PYO with a mighty 34 crops.... check their calendar... is open 7 days a week, and requests a £4 minimum spend per person. "Kids can play, run and eat," says this dad of 3. The shop is well stocked with goodies, too. Cheese anyone?

Stanhill Farm
Kent

"A taste of Kent" with a mini safari-themed maze in the summer holidays, "which our kids love", says one dad. PYO opens in June but the farm shop is open daily – and they aim to match supermarket prices.

Church Farm
Hertfordshire
 

"Get among the chickens!" says this mum of 2. "It's fun". A cafe, shop and campsite (remote and rustic in natural surroundings) feature. Kids can sign up for egg collecting (£9.95 per child, includes 1/2 dozen eggs to take home).

Copas Farm
Buckinghamshire

Two branches, in Cookham and Iver. Strawberries, raspberries and cherries are the firm favourites among customers. Oh, and here's a rhubarb crumble recipe worth looking into. "A beautiful day out with kids," says one mum.

Cannon Hall Farm
Yorkshire

Heading oop north at half term? This huge farmland tourist attraction – recommended by a mum of 5 – has a playground, sheep racing arena, a half term Unicorn Festival and a shop that includes fine cuts of Yorkshire meat for sale.

Crockford Bridge Farm
Surrey

Wonderful events ("get there early" says one mum) and ice cream; plus, a huge garden centre, and PYO, which is offering just rhubarb at this moment but keep an eye on their updates.

Dairyland Farm
Cornwall

Another huge, and hugely fun, attraction with endless entertainment; see the daily itinerary here. Don't miss the award-winning Nature Trail, or the Cornish Cream Teas...when in Rome, after all.