7 Best PYO Farms
Can we tempt you with something juicy and plump? ... we're talking about Pick Your Own Farms of course (cheeky). It's peak PYO season so get yourself down to one of Glos and Worcs fruity farmsteads and fill up those punnets pronto.
Lotmead Farm is a personal favourite, just a small stride over the border near Swindon, it’s a lovely, easy, foraging experience. Currently open on a limited basis, they have a one-way system in place and there’s loads of room between plant rows to dodge people.
They alternate the opening times of fields too, to ensure they have time to grow in between foragers. Make sure to book your slot via the website and visitors are asked to come along with their own households. In normal times there is a play enclosure and lovely petting area with goats and animals, but this is currently closed.
We loved the raised plants racks which mean you don’t break your back picking for an hour, and it’s really to see where the good ones are with a patented arm-swipe demonstrated to us by the super-helpful staff. The cafe and shop sell great, local food and snacks. So pick up your empty punnett at the gate and go wild.
Primrose Vale Farm Shop near Cheltenham is open all year round for fruit and veg picking with 15 types of crops. You’ll find strawberries (it’s most popular crop) grown on raised platforms along with raspberries, blackberries and vegetables. Pre-book your slot and use the one-way route. There are no customer toilets in use. We also love the Strawberries ‘n Cream Drive-Through, just order a punnet and cream through its click and collect, turn up and you’ll be handed them through your window.
Over Farm Market is a popular spot for loading up your fridge and freezer with fruit. Located in Gloucester this working farm is open with limited booking slots. You can find super sweet strawberries here as well as raspberries and early blackberries. They also have a great Family Summer Trail on until the end of August for kids to enjoy. Numbers are restricted in the farm shop and pre-booked slots for the PYO visits cost £2, punnets can be purchased upon arrival.
Hayles Fruit Farm is in Winchcombe near Cheltenham and still has crops to pick if you’re quick. There’s also a beautiful lake here too (to munch your strawberries by when you’re done). Make sure to call ahead to book your slot.
Over in Worcs, head to Clive’s Fruit Farm. Located in lovely Upton-upon-Severn this little gem has strawberries, raspberries and cherries in its PYO fields. They are open daily from 9am-3pm, with the first hour reserved for the over 60s. Social distancing measures are also in place and no dogs are allowed on the farm. No booking is necessary with this one though – so just get down early and get picking!
Another you’ll find in Worcs is Bell’s Farm Shop. Located in Hartlebury, near Stourport-on-Severn it is open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week, all year. Call ahead for PYO visits to guarantee a slot. Likewise, check out Stanley’s Farm Shop in Corbett. The farm covers approx 250 acres, of which 25 acres are for pick your own fruit and vegetables. Currently on the PYO hotlist are strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, cauliflower, calabrese, spinach and courgettes. That’s an entire meal.