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Castle Eden Fruit Farm - PYO Strawberries

Strawberry picking is fun and these strawberries are definitely worth the effort.
This is one of the few pick your own strawberry fields that grow more than one sort of strawberry.
They grow Honeyoye (my favourite), Elsanta, Hapil, Eros (2nd favourite), Alice and Florence. Plus two varieties new for 2011 - Darsalect and Fanella (haven't tried either yet).
During the season they are open from 10am till about 6pm, depending on the weather. If you are going late on, give them a ring first to make sure they don't shut before you get there. The number is 0780 291 0255
You'll find the strawberry field opposite Wynyard Woodland Park (formerly the Castle Eden Walkway), Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS21 3JG (for those who use a Sat Nav). They're easy to get to from Stockton, Middlesbrough, Billingham and Darlington areas as well South Durham, like us.
Their official address is - Castle Eden Fruit Farm, Castle Eden Walkway, Thorpe Thewles.
It's behind the big Tesco Extra as you go out of Stockton towards Bishop Auckland on the A177.
From Stockton, go past Tesco, take the 1st right across the dual carrageway, just after the speed camera, then the 1st left up the bank, on a single width road with passing places, only a few 100 yards. They are on the right hand side, towards the end of the road, past the Walkway car park that's on the left hand side.
Coming from Bishop Auckland you take the first left after the speed camera that's aimed on your side of the road.
It's only a mile or so from Tesco and I don't understand why anyone would buy strawberries from a supermarket when these fresh ones are so close.
If you don't have the time to pick your own strawberries, they usually have some 'they picked earlier' for sale.

June 2015
They are open again and well worth a visit.

John Wilkinson - Reclaimed Timber

John deals with reclaimed timber and plywood off-cuts. He can even come up with firewood suitable for burning in your home fire/stove etc if you need some.
I discovered him when I was looking for birch ply wood for the wooden jigsaw puzzles I make.
He even let me go and pick out the pieces I wanted, which is a big bonus for anyone using plywood for craft work - you know what you want but it isn't easy explaining it to someone else.
Only don't ask for big sheets - apparently they aren't classed as off-cuts.
Reclaimed timber covers all sorts of things so his timber stocks do vary. It's worth a phone call, just to check if he has anything in, suitabe for your needs. I bet he'll be cheaper than B&Q, Hpmebase etc (none of them even stocked the sort of wood I wanted)

His unit is on Bracks Farm, Heighington, between Newton Aycliffe and Darlington, Co Durham. Exit junction 59 off the A1M
Make sure you get directions from him - ones right to his door and make note of them - farm tacks aren't a strong point of sat navs. I know how to get there from here but not from any other direction.
His number is 07949 503856 and when you've seen his workshop, you'll understand why there isn't a landline number.


Martin Lewis -
MoneySavingExpert.com

How to make your cash go further.
All the things you wish you'd known about money, years ago.
Martin's site isn't so much about not spending money, it's about making what you have go further.
It's called money saving but it costs me a fortune. There are always load of deals, too good to miss, especially in the forums. My favouites being - Shop don't drop and Quick! Grabbit while you can.
Have a look, it's a big site and constantly growning, but well worth the effort to find the bits that interest you most.

 

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