9 Best ‘pick your own’ fruit farms
Luscious strawberries, scarlet raspberries...juicy redcurrants, it can only be peak PYO season! So grab your straw hat and wicker basket, get yourself down to one of Glos and Worcs fruity farmsteads and fill up those punnets.
Can we tempt you with something juicy and plump madam?… we’re talking about luscious fruits at a Pick Your Own Farms of course (cheeky). It’s perfect PYO season so here’s where we’ll be filling our boots this year. Get down to one pronto.
Lotmead Farm is a real favourite for picking luscious fruits. It’s a lovely foraging experience with lots of room between rows for picking. They alternate the opening times of fields, to ensure they have time to grow in between picks. We loved the raised racks which mean you don’t break your back picking, and there’s lots of helpful staff on hand to help you forage. The shop sells delicious local food and snacks too. Pick up your empty punnett at the gate and go wild. No booking needed.
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, redcurrants and vegetables. This year there is no need to book either – just rock up and fill up! Punnets start from just £5.
Over Farm Market is a popular spot for loading up your fridge and freezer with fruit. Located in Gloucester this working farm has super sweet strawberries 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. Keep an eye out for the famous golden strawberry, when found it comes with a special prize! You’ll need book an entrance slot online (£2 per person) and then fruit is charged by the punnet. Or go for Summer PYO Membership, pay just £2.50 for a membership and get unlimited entry to the fruit fields for the duration of summer. Nice!
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).
Keep your eyes peeled on Elmore Fruit Farm near Gloucester. With new raspberry and tayberry rows as well as blackberries on offer, it’s highly anticipated opening hours are due to be released soon. Great for fairly priced, responsibly grown berries.
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 Tuesdays to Sundays.
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.
Woolstones Orchard, near Evesham with lovely views over the Severn Valley, is open for pick your own. So if you love a good crumble (stock up the freezer for autumn!) or fruit smoothies head here because they have trees heaving with apples, pears and plums just waiting to be picked.
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