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

PUBLISHED: 17:54 17 June 2019

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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

Tel: 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: Open June to September (inclusive), Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm (June and July Sunday 9am-6pm). Open October to May (inclusive) Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Hayles Fruit Farm

Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5PB

Tel: 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 before visiting as harvest dates are dependent on the weather.

Over Farm Market

Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB

Tel: 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-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9.30am-5pm. The PYO fields will reopen for the summer season - check the website for details.

Clive's Fruit Farm

Upper Hook Road, Upton-upon-Severn, WR8 0SA

Tel: 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: Clive's Fruit Farm is open Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm. 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

Tel: 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 will openfrom April 25, 2019.

 

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