Saturday 6 June 2020

5 places to go fruit picking in Gloucestershire this summer

Go fruit picking at one of Gloucestershire's PYO farms, with SoGlos selecting five places to take the family this summer.

Nothing says summer more than the deliciously sweet smell of strawberries, with picking your own fruit a fun activity for all ages, particularly for parents looking for a fun and inexpensive way to entertain the kids during the school holidays.

SoGlos has selected five places to go fruit picking in and around Gloucestershire, offering the chance to embrace the great outdoors, soak up the sunshine and show your support for local farmers and producers.

1. Primrose Vale Farm Shop

Cheltenham’s Primrose Vale Farm Shop offers some 15 types of crops for picking, with its PYO fields 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.

2. Over Farm Market

Head to Gloucester’s Over Farm Market during the summer months to pick super sweet strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, with the family-friendly attraction also offering a farm trail and the chance to meet farmyard pals, including pigs, goats, ostriches, sheep and donkeys at its petting farm. Don’t forget the on-site farm shop, which is perfect for stocking up on other local produce, too.

3. Hayles Fruit Farm

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During June and July, Hayles Fruit Farm near Winchcombe opens its PYO fields where you can pick your own strawberries and other soft fruits. With crops and harvest dates dependent on the weather, visitors are advised to call in advance to check what’s available.

4. Wotton Farm Shop

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From mid-June, Wotton Farm Shop near Wotton-under-Edge opens its PYO fields where you’ll find a variety of summer fruits. Once you’ve finished picking, enjoy the fruits of your labour at one of the picnic tables while soaking up the picturesque surrounding views.

5. Clive's Fruit Farm

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Located just over the border in Worcestershire, Clive’s Fruit Farm in Upton-upon-Severn has an abundance of strawberries, raspberries and cherries in its PYO fields. The family-friendly farm also has a children’s play area and a nature trail, while there’s also the chance to feed the animals and meet the resident peacock, Trevor.

By Anna Marshall

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