Pick juicy blackberries

Two girls picking blackberries from a bush

October is the best time to pick blackberries and The Argory has some fantastic spots to pick these juicy fruits. Start your adventure with us today.

Arm the kids with brown bags, grab a blackberry map from Visitor Reception and off you go. Afterwards, kids can tick off number 21 from our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. Gobble the blackberries whole or make a cheesecake or blackberry jam. Top off an afternoon of foraging with a visit to the courtyard coffee shop for some yummy treats. 

Top tips

Look high and low and try not to completely clear an area of berries - leave some for the animals and give a chance for the plants to re-seed next year.

Tasty as they might look, try to resist eating them until washed!

Wear long sleeves and trousers and take care when moving through hedgerows, you might get caught in the bushes or meet a few stingy nettles!

Aim to pick firm, plump looking berries – the squashed ones will spoil quicker.

Eat or freeze your berries within 24 hours, and don’t wash them until you’re ready to freeze or eat them, otherwise they’ll spoil.

If you end up with purple stains on your clothes, cover the stains in white vinegar, leave to sit for 30 minutes, rinse with cold water and wash as normal.

Recommended spot

We have some fantastic hedgerows at The Argory. Ian Greenaway, our Head Ranger recommends the River walk for the best and most juicy spots.