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.
All of these places have PYO strawberries. Some have other fuit and sometimes vegetables also available for picking when they are ready. If you have visited anywhere not on this list please do let me know by commenting below
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.
Strawberries are currently ready for picking. They have other fruit to pick when it’s ripe. Please follow the link above for full instructions on keeping safe during your visit.
Booking is not required. Payment is by card only. Follow and abide by signage and staff information. No toilets available.
Pick your own is open all week and it is free entry. They have other fruit as well as strawberries. They are accepting cards and cash. You can also take your dog. The tea room is open for take-away.
Toilets are open and they are asking people to please observe safe distancing at all times. They have acres of car parking and lots of outdoor space. As fruit ripens and gets picked at different rates it is difficult to guarantee availability at any time. They will provide regular updates.
To avoid overcrowding they will limit the number of people allowed to pick at any one time. All visitors will be required to pre-book a timed entry slot in advance of their visit.
The fruit farm also has a shop where you can buy locally produced cream and ice cream to enjoy with your fruit or buy a soft drink or slush puppy to quench your thirst after your visit. There is also a toilet on-site and a large car park for your convenience. No pets are allowed.
Hannah says that it’s a “Summer tradition, PYO Strawberries and other fruit. Ice – cream and picnic for after. They accept cash or cards. Although they don’t seem to have a website they are currently open.
Amy also went recently “Very reasonably priced and a variety of different types of strawberries and also different fruits. Little shop on site which had a one way system. Taking cash and card. The shop had traditional sweets, chutneys etc and some fresh fab looking fruit and vegetables for sale”
The soft fruit at Peaks Top Farm includes over 2 hectares of strawberries, a ‘table-top’ strawberry growing system, 5 poly-tunnels plus outdoor bush and cane fruit such as raspberries, black and redcurrants along with 3 varieties of gooseberries.
Their fruit season usually starts mid June until late July depending on the weather. Strawberries and gooseberries begin the season, with the raspberries, red and blackcurrants towards the end of June through July.
They are open 7 days a week through the main season. They welcome all members of the public to come to the farm and ‘pick your own’ fruit. At a little extra cost they have a ready picked service for all their fruit if you don’t have the time to pick your own.
They have announced on their website they aren’t opening to the public. They have, however, just announced on Facebook that they will be opening for PYO.
“As we have a lot of ripening fruit we are allowing a few appointments for picking both strawberries and raspberries. You need to phone the shop to book.01522 703865.We are are not booking any other way. Only 2 people per appointment.Social distancing is in place and appointments are limited.
Only 90p per lb/450g or pick your own strawberries. Postcode: PE22 8BH
*cash payments only* Please remember to adhere to social distancing guidance, wash your hands before/after picking & wear suncream! ☀️😎☀️
To cut down on single-use plastics we also welcome the use/reuse of your own containers!
Claire visited recently “It was really lovely, strawberry, and Raspberrys were ripe when we went. You arrive, collect your basket from a table outside, and follow the ‘one-way track’ to the fields. Loads of space so easy to stay apart from other families.
The weighing table and till we’re outside too and easy to get too and see if people were there. So we just timed it when the queue was empty. We even sat a few times to enjoy our strawberry. Then we bought the most amazing ice cream and happily tucked away outside the farm shop. Everyone was respectful and a lot of that rare ‘common sense’ was visible.”
Brooke Farm, Nottinghamshire – no fruit picking this year
Only 1 person per group in the shop at any time please. This is for the safety of our staff as well as yours.
If you’ve come to PYO we need 1 person from each group to come into the shop, even if you’ve been before so we can record how many people are on-site and give you up to date information.
There is a list outside of available drinks and ice creams, please choose before you come in the shop. We’re sorry if you have to queue but everyone’s safety is our priority.
Hill’s Pick Your Own, Nottinghamshire – Will not be opening this year
Sian visited School farm recently: “There is a clear entrance and separate exit with hand sanitizer provided. Signage shows you to stay 2m apart. You are able to purchase ice cream/snacks on site but not sit down. Strawberries are 3.50 a kg. There are also animals to look at including goats, cows and alpacas.”
Other fresh fruit also available to pick when ripe.
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