Monday 10 August 2020

5 places to go fruit picking in Gloucestershire this summer

You can still go fruit picking at one of Gloucestershire's PYO farms this summer 2020, with SoGlos selecting some of the best places to take the family - and all with social distance measures in place.

Nothing says summer more than the deliciously sweet smell of strawberries, with picking your own fruit a fun activity for all ages.

In 2020, SoGlos has selected some of the best places you can still go fruit picking in and around Gloucestershire, with the chance to embrace the great outdoors, soak up the sunshine and show your support for local farmers and producers – and all with new social distance measures in place.

1. Fruit picking at Primrose Vale Farm Shop

Cheltenham’s Primrose Vale Farm Shop offers some 15 types of crops for picking, with its PYO fields usually open from late May until September. Strawberries, which are grown on raised platforms, are the most popular crop, but you can also find raspberries, blackberries, along with occasional vegetables.

In summer 2020, for safety, customers must pre-book a free time slot online at Primrose Vale for fruit picking, a one-way route has been introduced in its fruit picking field, there are no customers toilets, and numbers are also restricted in the farm shop.

2. Fruit picking at Over Farm Market

Head to Gloucester’s Over Farm Market during the summer months to pick super sweet strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.

For summer 2020, Over Farm Market customers must pre-book a time slot online at a cost of £2 for fruit picking with a a limit of four people per party, a one-way route in its fruit picking field has been introduced, and numbers are restricted in the farm shop.

3. Fruit picking at Hayles Fruit Farm

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During June and July each year, Hayles Fruit Farm, near Winchcombe, opens its PYO fields where you can pick your own strawberries and other soft fruits.

Hayles Fruit Farm’s pick your own strawberries opened on Saturday 6 June 2020, with social distance measures in place.

4. Fruit picking at Clive's Fruit Farm

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Located just over the Worcestershire border, Clive’s Fruit Farm in Upton-upon-Severn has an abundance of strawberries, raspberries and cherries in its PYO fields.

From Thursday 4 June 2020, Clive’s Fruit Farm’s pick your own fields are open daily from 9am-3pm, with the first hour reserved for the over 60s. Social distancing measures are also in place.

5. Fruit picking at Wotton Farm Shop

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While Wotton Farm Shop, near Wotton-under-Edge, usually opens its PYO fields in June, where visitors will find a variety of summer fruits, in 2020 the fields are sadly closed to visitors.

It’s farm shop is open, however, with social distancing in place – with hopes that pick your own will make a return in summer 2021.

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Monday 08 June 2020

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