PYO FAQs

  1. What are the opening hours?
  2. What can I pick?
  3. Where can I find the various crops?
  4. Can we use our own containers?
  5. Do you supply containers?
  6. Can we eat fruit while we pick?
  7. Do I have to pay for all I pick?
  8. What is the best way to pick a strawberry?
  9. What’s the best way to store the fruit I pick?
  10. Can we go anywhere?
  11. Can we have a picnic?
  12. Can I bring my dog?
  13. Do you accept coach parties?

What are the opening hours?
In the main season we are open from 9 to 6 on weekdays and 9 to 5 at the weekend. This may change according to weather or crop availability. For up to date opening hours see the latest news or call 01245 353021

What can I pick?
Available fruits are listed on the blackboard by the entrance. If a fruit is not listed you should not pick it – they may not be ripe yet, or we may simply not offer Pick Your Own for some crops (e.g.apples). Read our Latest News for the current situation or join our email news service and we will let you know when the season starts and keep you up to date during the course of the season.

Where can I find the various crops?
Please download our map.

Can we use our own containers?
Yes, just ask the staff to weigh them for you before you start picking.

Do you supply containers?
Yes, there is a selection to buy at the entrance.

Can we eat fruit while we pick?
No. Many Pick Your Own farms have closed because of loss of fruit. The fruit is yours to eat once you have paid for it.

Do I have to pay for all I pick?
Yes. If you are worried about over picking, ask for an estimate of what your container will hold, before you start, or come back to the check-out occasionally to see how you are getting on.

What is the best way to pick a strawberry?
For maximum shelf life try to avoid handling the red flesh. Instead, pinch the stalk off between your thumbnail and forefinger. Leave the stalks in until just before serving. As with all fruits, pick only ripe ones – they taste better! View our Picking Tips for more PYO information.

What’s the best way to store the fruit I pick?
The Storing and freezing website may contain information of interest to PYO customers.

Can we go anywhere?
No, some areas are off limits – especially the glasshouse and tunnels where machinery is stored. For your health and safety, please keep out. The apple orchards are also off limits (we do not offer PYO apples) and please remember this is a farm and the ground may be uneven in places, so take care and watch your footing.

Can we have a picnic?
Picnics are not allowed in the Pick Your Own fields. The Bee Shed Coffee House (on the farm next to the farm shop) offers excellent refreshments.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome in the car parking area but not allowed in the pick your own fields.

Do you accept coach parties?
No. Unfortunately we don’t have the car parking space or the facilities.

Read our Latest News for the current situation or join our email news service and we will let you know when the season starts and keep you up to date during the course of the season.

Tea at the Bee

Enjoy a delicious farmhouse style afternoon tea at the Bee Shed, served Monday-Sunday from 2.30-3.30pm.

(Weekdays only during Pick Your Own)