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#HameTownTourist - Border Berries

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After a few very long months of lockdown, Scotland is finally in the process of opening up it's tourism sector again.  We can go that little bit further now and the kids have been desperate to go on a day out and are beyond excited to get a few things checked off their summer lists before going back to school mid August.   One thing that was on ours summer list was berry picking!  It’s such a feel good summer activity and good for almost all ages. 

We headed to Border Berries in Kelso, family run and also one of Scotland's last remaining outdoor berry farms.  They have such a good range of fruits from strawberries to tayberries, even peas if you get the timing right!  (End of July if you are after those, but you'll have to be quick). 

We called ahead just to be sure, although there is no need to book and found after 3pm was a little quieter than the lunchtime rush.  There is a cafe on site, complete with plexiglass and social distancing measures.  It offers treats from the local deli, some homemade cakes and take away drinks to enjoy in the picnic area.  The cafe closes at 4pm, but you are welcome to picnic in designated areas until 7pm and if you are lucky enough you can catch one of their gorgeous sunsets. 

There are social distancing measures in place throughout the farm and hand sanitiser generously placed around entrances and toilets for you to use when needed. 
A helpful map of what is planted & where is a great guide and fun for the kids to map read & navigate the berry fields themselves. 

The entrance to the berry field is an adorable little caravan painted like a strawberry (which the kids loved) with plexiglass in place for safety, the staff are really helpful and can guide you on where the best fruit will be and give you a few hints on how to get the best out of your experience before you wander around.  

We headed to the strawberries first and filled a few punnets fairly quickly, they encourage tasting on the way round which my kids absolutely loved and thrilled they didn’t weigh us along with each punnet on the way out. There are no poly tunnels on the farm and the fruit grows on pure Scottish sunshine, making them extra tasty!

We were a little early in the season for the peas but the brilliant selection of fruit made up for that. You are encouraged to bring your own Tupperware to store your fruit, but punnets are available at the entrance if needed.  We filled 4 punnets and gathered enough fruit to feed a village. 

The farm is big enough that you can comfortably socially distance without having to worry about bumping into another family.  The kids could wander freely as they liked and were excited to pick the best fruit they could find and proudly fill their baskets.   

We had such a brilliant time and they are by far some of the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever tasted.  I already can’t wait to go back again and the kids have asked almost daily when we will be heading back.  We spent 4 hours picking fruit and having a picnic by the car before we headed home.  I can highly recommend a day down to Border Berries for a visit and delighted to have such a treat of a place on my own doorstep.

Thank you to Visit Scotland for such a brilliant day out as part of the #HameTownTourist campaign.

Some helpful information:

Opening Hours: The Berry field is open 10am-7pm, 7 days a week. Post 4pm is quietest. 
Cafe: Open 11am-4pm. Serves hot and cold food, take away only. On way system and one person serving with social distancing and plexiglass in place. 
Toilets: Toilets are open. 
Hand washing: Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance, the cafe and outside the toilets.
Social Distancing is in place. 
Bring your own: Bring your own containers and have them weighed before entering the farm. This helps reduce plastic, and you receive a small discount. 
Picnics: Picnics are welcome and there are designated areas clearly marked. Dogs are welcome in picnic areas, not in the fruit fields.
Payment: The farm is free to visit and only pay for the fruit you pick. Card and cash payments are accepted. 

You can see more images and stories from our trip over on Instagram: @MyLittleWildlings or use #HameTownTourist to discover more of Scotland's best experiences.
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