Fruit picking in the Cotswolds: 5 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 12:52 22 June 2020 | UPDATED: 12:55 22 June 2020

These are some of the best places in the Cotswolds to pick fruit (photo: romrodinka, Getty Images)

These are some of the best places in the Cotswolds to pick fruit (photo: romrodinka, Getty Images)

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Enjoy a day in the sunshine at these wonderful Pick Your Own fruit farms in the Cotswolds...

Primrose Vale Farm

Shurdington Road, Bentham, Cheltenham GL51 4UA / 01452 863359

Rows upon rows of home grown fruit and vegetables await you at Primrose Vale Farm on Shurdington Road, near Cheltenham’s town centre. From May until September, visitors can pick as many strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, loganberries, among many other fruits, as their punnets can carry! Light refreshments available at Primrose Vale Farm can be enjoyed too.

Need to know: PYO is open for fruit pickers on a ticketed system to manage numbers. Book tickets for the following day online.

Hayles Fruit Farm

Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5PB / 01242 602123

Spanning roughly 100 acres of beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, and under the Harrell family since the 1950s, Hayles Fruit Farm has seen many changes. Visitors can dine in the farm’s restaurant and dining room ‘The Orchard’, pick up local produce at the farm shop and participate in a plethora of exciting activities including picking fruit! Soft fruits are available to be collected during the summer.

Need to know: It’s advisable to give Hayles Fruit Farm a call or check on social media before visiting as harvest dates are dependent on the weather.

Over Farm Market

Over, Gloucester GL2 8DB / 01452 341510

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy on a visit to Over Farm Market including fruit picking throughout the summer. The huge strawberry and raspberry fields open during the summer, and as they’re positioned on table tops, it couldn’t be any easier to fill up your basket. After you’ve picked plenty of delicious fruit to tuck into at home, little ones will love a walk along the Farm Trail where lots of friendly animals are waiting to say hello.

Need to know: The farm shop is open Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. The PYO fields are open for the summer season on a ticketed basis - book your slot online.

Clive’s Fruit Farm

Upper Hook Road, Upton-upon-Severn WR8 0SA / 01684 592664

Juicy cherries, raspberries and strawberries are in abundance for visitors to pick at Clive’s Fruit Farm, positioned alongside the glorious Malvern Hills. Among many of soft fruits grown, its clear to see a lot of care and passion goes into ensuring visitors take home the tastiest produce. As well as fruit picking, there’s a farm shop and butchers selling home grown and locally sourced produce, farm attractions and a playground to keep little ones entertained.

Need to know: Keep an eye out for fruit available during PYO season via the website, on Facebook or over the phone.

Rectory Farm

Stanton St John, Oxford OX33 1HF / 01865 358309

Spanning 45 acres, fields and fields of carefully cared for crops reside at Rectory Farm, just a short drive from Oxford. Home grown produce can be purchased at the Farm Shop and the café, The Tractor Shack, serves up plenty of tasty snacks to enjoy before you explore the pick your own fields. You can find raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and blackberries, as well as plenty of vegetables to get your hands on. They are particularly revered for their delicious asparagus ready to pick in the spring and tasty strawberries available in the summer.

Need to know: The farm shop and strawberry PYO is open 9am to 4.30pm.

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