If anything is better than eating fresh fruit, it's eating fresh fruit that you've picked from the ground yourself.

And allowing kids to pick their own fruit is also a great way of getting your little ones to eat their five-a-day, as well as it being a fun day out for all the family.

Luckily there are a number of great places in and around Chester where families are welcomed to pick as much fruit as you can fit into your punnet.

Here's some of the best ones:

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop

During summer and early autumn (weather permitting) you can see some gorgeous fruit and vegetables at the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, located just over the Cheshire border in Deeside.

Think thousands of strawberries, raspberry and rows of gooseberries and blackcurrants; while later in the season you can get apples, pears and plums.

And what's more, in the summer, enjoy homemade local sausages and beefburgers from the butchery, and Cheshire Farm ice cream. There’s also a café, a nature trail, pigs and chickens to visit as well as a children’s play area.

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3FB

Bellis Brothers Farm Shop

The picking options are never-ending here - with juicy strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, rhubarb, peas and beans to choose from.

And visit the farm shop, a garden centre selling plants and gifts, and the Strawberry Fields restaurant, where you can enjoy strawberry tarts, strawberry cream scones, strawberry crumble pie, and strawberry beer.

Wrexham Road Farm, Wrexham Road, Holt, Wrexham LL13 9YU

Claremont Farm

Pick Your Own at Claremont Farm on the Wirral has been an annual event for all the family for over 40 years now, offering several different varieties of strawberries you’ll never find at the supermarket.

And there aren't just strawberries you can pick – there are also raspberries, tayberries, red and blackcurrants, and green, red and golden gooseberries.

At weekends, there are tractor rides on offer too!

Claremont Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH63 4JB

Are there any pick your own fruit farms we haven't thought of? If you know of any, let us know by emailing carmella.delucia@reachplc.com.