We love to go fruit picking in the summer. It should be on every child’s summer bucket list. Most pick your own places have reopened and have safety measures in place.
If you have visited anywhere not on this list please do let me know by commenting below.
All of these places have PYO strawberries. Some have other fuit and sometimes vegetables also available for picking when they are ready.
PLEASE do check ahead before you leave home. Not all these places are open all week and some close when they don’t have enough fruit to sell. Most of the following places are recommended by my readers.
One of readers said that it was busy but they have queuing and social distancing measures in place. Their Facebook page states that they will close whenever they start running low on fruit so that enough can ripen again. Link above to keep an eye on opening days.
Open when they are open from 10 til 5 Saturday and Sunday. 10 til 6 Monday to Friday. They accept Cash or Card payments.
Well sign-posted and well run. Tickets need to be bought in advance and you book a time slot for your visit to make sure numbers are limited. We visited last year and it’s a lovely PYO site. Other fruit and vegetables may also be ready to pick.
Safety measures are as follows : controlled entrance and exit, sanitiser on entry/exit. A limit of 50 people per hour. Social distancing in line with current guidelines will be in place at all times – anywhere on site. One-way routes on some part of site.
Play area is currently closed but hopefully it will reopen when it can.
Emma Jones says “I am still very much acting like we are in lock down but I had to admit the kids needed a change of scenery. This felt like such a safe option and I am so glad we did it. I think we saw about 3 other people the whole time we were there which shows how well the ticket system works.”
Now open: They have decided to operate a drive thru’ system to enter the site to minimize contact with you and their staff. This year it will be PYO (pick your own) only.
You will be charged on entry depending on which punnet you wish to use.
Payment by contact-less card or cash, but no change can be given. Then you can park and go pick the fruit. Stay together in household groups.
No fruit to be eaten on site and please wash fruit when you get home. No waiting or picnics. Social distancing must be observed at all times. No toilets or hand wash facilities on site.
At busy times we may have to suspend entry. Please do not queue onto the road or park on the road. Please check the Facebook page for updates as we may be forced to close if we run out of fruit or due to bad weather.
Pick your own not opening this year but you can purchase strawberries via their drive through.
Gabrielle says “We really love it here at Cedar Barn near Pickering. I’m unsure of their current state of play but normally they have a miniature railway, raised bed strawberries (saves the bending over), a fab park and lovely farm shop and cafe.”
I can confirm that the farm shop is open again for take-away. Currently strawberries are only available from the drive-thru in the car park. Not one for PYO this year but certainly consider it for 2021 as the train should hopefully be running again soon.
One way system in place. Hand gel is provided and you pay contactless by card.
Due to the hot dry spring their crops will be reduced this year so they may have to close on some days. Please check before travelling. They now have a different entrance/exit to the field to allow social distancing. Please follow the signs. At the present time they are not operating a booking system. There are no toilets and dogs are not allowed.
12 Places to Pick Your Own Strawberries in Yorkshire PYO Fruit
Briony recommends Spilmans, she says “They do other fruit too such as raspberries and I think maybe gooseberries, and pumpkins for Halloween with events on. They also plant their own crops solely for birds to come and feed on and attract them to the area.
Cafe and play area for kids too, tractor rides where they give an informative history of their farm. (when allowed) They are doing slots for pick your own this year in keeping with the social distancing. Quite an amazing all-rounder.
Joanna has said that “Eastfield farm in Doncaster is open, toilets and tea room closed due to covid but you can pick strawberries.”
They are now open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm. Last pick 30 mins before closing. Their fresh pod peas are ready along with other local produce. No entry or parking fee. Both cash and card accepted. Strawberries are £3.50 per kilo. Pay for what you pick- Any berries you pick will need to be paid for, so be careful not to over pick!
Stay 2 metres apart from other customers. This year you will be unable to bring your own containers. To help with social distancing they have put in place a one way system entering and leaving the strawberries. Ice-creams and other sweet treats are available. No picnics.
No under 2’s are allowed on the field and you have to wear face masks, even the kids. The masks can be bought on-site if needs be. You can also purchase ice-creams to take away.
They are open again for the farm shop, coffee, ice cream and PYO. They are not open all week.
This year they have built a whole new Spanish Tunnel, tabletop system for you to come along and pick your strawberries as well as raspberries & gooseberries. Social distancing is in place this year, to keep you and all of their team safe. With their new tabletop system, this will be easy enough to achieve. This will mean that the PYO will be strictly ticket online which you must prebook online.
They are now open for strawberry picking every day until into August BUT you MUST book entrance tickets online, in advance. Tickets are for entry only.
Tickets are released every few days, so you will only be able to book a few days in advance. They will post when they release some more. There is a hand sanitiser to use, a one-way system with signage and screens in place to keep everyone safe.
Their staff will help direct you to the best picking sites and make sure you can follow the one-way system. They have extra picking fields open this year, so it is a lovely walk around the farm at the same time as picking your strawberries. Please pay by contactless, there are no toilets this year.
Leanne visited last week “Well organised, pre book online, one way system, little shop selling jams etc. Brilliant. (For anyone that’s visited before, they don’t have the usual toilet facilities).”
No tickets or booking needed. There is a one-way system in operation. You pay for what you pick. Cash only please, there is free car parking in the field. You can also buy local honey, free range eggs, cold drinks, ice lollies and sweets.
Diane recommends Redwood farm, she says it’s close to Ardlsey reservoir so you could tie it in with a visit here.
Please check their Facebook page status to ensure they are open before travelling. On arrival, please park in the field as normal. Please follow the entrance markers – ensuring you keep your distance. You may have to queue depending on how busy the field is, also pending how busy we are, we may have to close the main gates until there is more space.
They are operating a “Pay before you pick service”. Please have the correct amount of change / money ready. Small Basket £5, Large Basket – £15. You can fill these up to the line of the basket. We are not operating a “Weighing” system due to the current conditions.
Once you have paid for your basket, please walk down the field and pick your strawberries, once picked you can use the Exit route back to your car. Please be courteous towards others picking and keep your distance. No booking required, all ages are welcome, but please no pets. There are No toilet facilities on site and No Hand washing facilities so please bring your own hand gel.
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