Nothing says summer more than the deliciously sweet smell of strawberries, with picking your own fruit a fun activity for all ages.
SoGlos has selected some of the best places you can 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 – all with social distancing measures in place.
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.
This summer 2021, 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 and numbers are also restricted in the farm shop.
Head to Gloucester’s Over Farm Market during the summer months to pick super sweet strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Pre-bookable time slots cost £2 online to go fruit picking at Over Farm, with party numbers limited to adhere to Covid restrictions. A one-way route at its fruit picking field has also been introduced, and numbers are restricted in the farm shop.
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 is due to announce its summer 2021 opening dates very soon.
Just across the border on the edge of Swindon, families and friends can take a trip to Lotmead Farm to pick their own strawberries this summer, after it reopened on Tuesday 8 June 2021.
Alongside picking summer berries, there’s plenty to do at Lotmead, with a play area, small animals and nature walk making a great addition to the PYO experience that’s sure to keep little ones occupied.
During the summer months, Gloucester’s Elmore Fruit Farm welcomes visitors to the grounds to pick their very own responsibly grown and fairly priced berries.
Elmore Fruit Farm is yet to announce its highly anticipated official opening dates for the 2021 season, but it is expected to be very soon.
By Zoe Gater
Friday 11 June 2021
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