Pick Your Own Apples
Visiting Castle Farm’s Pick Your Own Orchard during the Autumn months is a great day out for the whole family. Only 50 minutes’ drive from London, our apple picking farm in Kent welcomes guests to our pretty little orchard with some of the freshest, sweetest and juiciest apples, not found elsewhere. We also have selected seasonal fruits and vegetables ready to purchase from our Farm Shop. We hope you can visit us soon!
PYO Opening Dates 2019
The apples are usually ready to harvest from the beginning on September, but exact opening dates will be published closer to the time. Once ripe, the apple orchard will then be open for PYO every Friday, Saturday & Sunday (weather permitting), from 10am – 5pm, until the end of September.
We have a dedicated car park next to the orchard, and it’s free to enter the orchard – just pay for what you pick. Don’t forget to bring big bags with you! Please note – the orchard will be closed in particularly bad weather, call 01959 523219 to check.
Pick Your Own Apple Orchard
We grow the specialist apple variety – the Norfolk Royal – which is a wonderful sweet, big red eating apple and you can let the whole family join in at our Pick Your Own apple orchard in Kent. The apples are usually ready for PYO from September to mid-October, but cropping is weather dependent. You will also find our Cox apples, local Bramleys, pears, corn on the cob and the Kent Cob hazel nuts – a seasonal speciality.See our Events Diary for the apple-picking season or sign up to our e-newsletter and social media to be kept informed of orchard opening dates and times (please note, PYO is closed in very bad weather – call to check)
Norfolk Royal Apples
Few people have heard of the Norfolk Royal apple and indeed, as far as we know, Castle Farm is the only commercial grower of this rare and beautiful variety. (It is one of the few apple trees that will grow happily on the chalky soils of the North Downs.) Ripening in early September, the apple is a distinctive bright red and develops a natural waxy skin as it matures. Sweet, juicy and full of flavour, it is best eaten fresh from the tree (or as early in the season as possible). When cooked is has a soft consistency like Bramleys – but much, much sweeter.We supply a few boxes of apples to markets around the country in September, but it’s not the sort of apple that you will find in a supermarket because it bruises easily and won’t withstand rough handling.
For keeping and storing, you need to buy our traditional Cox apples which are grown on alternate rows in the same orchard. Small and flavoursome, they are ideal for lunchboxes or as children’s snacks.
Our delicious Castle Farm Apple Juice
Castle Farm’s unique apple juice balances the sweet taste of our lovely Norfolk Royals with the fresh sharpness of Kentish Bramleys to produce a refreshing drink, especially good when chilled.
It tastes like Apple Juice should taste! Refreshing and full of flavour.
Available only from The Hop Shop and a few selected retailers.
- Apple Lavini – For a summer party drink, try this refreshing apple and lavender combination: half a glass of chilled apple juice, half a glass of chilled sparkling wine and a single drop of Cold Lavender Essence on top.
- Mulled Apple and Ginger Punch – for a warming winter drink, try this recipe: Heat 1 litre of apple juice with 125ml of ginger wine, add a small stick of cinnamon, a few cloves, a pinch of nutmeg and lemon juice. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. It’s a great non-alcoholic drink for Christmas parties.