Forget BYOB, this season is all about PYO. And BYOS – that’s bring your own saw, FYI. When it comes to finding your perfect Christmas tree, you can’t beat heading out into the countryside to pick your own. These farms are open until Christmas for you to wander around in search of a super spruce. You can even channel your inner lumberjack and attempt to chop it down before you drag (see: drive) it back to your flat just like they did in the good old days.
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Explore this Essex Christmas tree plantation to pick from more than 500 trees of all sizes. You can choose your own tree, and even chop it down if you’re feeling rustic. Find the spruces on the edge of Epping Forest. From Sat Nov 30.
Wander around Kingsley Farm’s plantation in search of your perfect Christmas companion. Take advantage of the free mince pies and mulled wine that are being served every weekend in December, too. ’Tis the season. Thu Nov 28-Dec 23.
Spotted your ideal fir or spruce? You can either cut it down yourself or ask staff to do the chopping at this huge Bedfordshire farm. Then all you need to do is remember where you put those brussels sprout baubles. Until Dec 22.
You don’t just pick your own tree here, you can cut down the fir with your own hands, too. Just bring a hand saw and get chopping before you lose daylight. Don’t fancy your sawing skills? Pick up a pre-cut tree instead. Until Dec 22.