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We love a nice day out as a family. Particularly one that is just 20 minutes from home. I’m not the best passenger in the car so 20 minutes is more than manageable for me without stressing. Much. Anyway, recently we decided to go on a family afternoon out to Cammas Hall. Cammas Hall is a farm located in Hatfield Broad Oak. As it is just 20 minutes from Harlow and Bishops Stortford it is really convenient for us. Today I want to share with you our review of Cammas Hall and some photographs from our recent trip.
We visited at the end of June – so imagine how nice the fruit is now that Summer is here!
When we visited the cherries were open for fruit picking at Cammas Hall! I’ve read over on Facebook that this is really rare and we felt honoured to be able to pick our own cherries. They were delicious!
Mum and Tom enjoyed seeing who could find the best cherry!
It was so fun to pick cherries and not something any of us have ever done before. Even my Mum who used to do fruit picking for her job once upon a time!
Some areas are netted off, or closed, for picking at any given time. I heard one woman having a little grumble about the best fruits being under the nets, however, it makes sense to me. I feel like Cammas Hall really want you to have a great experience and get to pick your own fruit. They have to look after the farm to do this and I always feel that when we visit they really care about being organised and producing great fruit.
I did peek through the netting to get this photograph. However, I was a good person and didn’t try and hook any through. Despite my Mum trying to tempt me into using her walking stick – half in jest.
When we were at Cammas Hall they had cherries, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries available for picking. The site is so well laid out that everything is clearly labelled and there are even fantastic signs telling you where the best picking sites are! I love this! We saw lots of people there picking the first of the strawberries to make jam. We love blackberries and I have a post on how to freeze blackberries that you may find useful.
The pickings were varied with fruits such as the strawberries, as we visited quite easily. However, what I love about Cammas Hall is how accessible it is for most people. For example my Mum uses a walking stick, and Daisy was in her pram, both of them were able to pick fruit without bending down or being uncomfortable.
It was a great fun family activity. We all enjoyed it, even me – who doesn’t like that much fruit!
These are the blueberries. So many blueberries. The first two or three bushes were looking a bit scarce already, because of the great pickings. However, we walked in a little more and there were 1000s of lovely ripe blueberries just waiting to be picked.
How amazing to pick your own blueberries?! I’ve never done that before!
Now I have to say something… These cost under £1! For all these blueberries. Such good value. The price of these blueberries rivalled the cheapest I could find in any supermarket and the quality was absolutely amazing. They were picked fresh, by me, and they weren’t covered in yucky plastic for days before I ate them. These were some of the nicest EVER blueberries and we enjoyed them for a family pancake breakfast the next morning. As well as Daisy sampling a few in the car!
We had a wonderful afternoon at Cammas Hall and can’t wait to go back again soon. During the year they have various fruits available for picking. Also, towards the end of the year they have PUMPKINS! A huge array of them. We visited last year and will be back again this year – even though we are growing our own too. Plus, in August – October there is a maize maze that is HUGE. They also have a tea barn, farm shop and children’s play area. I’m sure I’ll cover those in my next review. We WILL be back again after the school holidays!
Be sure to check out the Cammas Hall website if you fancy a visit. They are open from Tuesday – Sunday.
We only live down the road so I’m sure we’ll be heading back for another visit soon! If you’re local, like us, then why not check out some of these other local attractions?
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