Best places to PYO in Herts & Beds
Grab your straw hat and wicker basket: it's summer in England, which means it's time to pick your own strawberries, raspberries and more. Here are the best places to do it in Herts & Beds.
Somehow, despite the juice stains and paying-to-do-manual-labour, picking one’s own fruit / flowers / veg is unassailably charming. So dust off the broad-brimmed hats, grab the children and head to the fields for some wholesome rural fun.
The Secret Farm, Moggerhanger, Beds
This one on the outskirts of Moggerhanger Village, despite a long family-run farming heritage, only opened to the public in 2021. The owners are big advocates of getting kids engaged with farming and the natural environment so it’s a great spot to bring the little ones to see a real working farm in action. Book to pick strawbs, raspberries and even dahlias (just 25p per stem!) from the fields and with a ‘secret farm and fun’ ticket the kids can have a go on the play tractors and in the sandy beach as well as try some farm-themed activities. Ice cream, a bar and food vans are also there at the weekends.
Grove Farm, Ivinghoe
Ok, it might technically be in Bucks but as it’s on the border of Herts & Beds too, we’re calling it ours. This is my go-to local for PYO – and not just for red fruit, but veg too. Right now you can get onions and new potatoes as well as tayberries and blackcurrants – check the website before you go for what’s in season. The farm celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and still going as strong as ever. It’s open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and on Sundays from 9am-12 noon
Gravely Fruit Farm, Stevenage
As well as picking your fill of fruit – which is all at waist height by the way if you want to save your back – there’s tonnes to do here for kids, from a crazy golf course, electric go-karts and weekend tractor rides (bumps included!) to a chance to feed the resident piggies. Plus there’s an adventure play area with a zip wire and hay bales, located conveniently next to the cafe so you can grab a coffee and 5 minutes’ peace while the kids burn off their energy.
Pearce’s Farm Shop, Buntingford
This family run farm shop offers PYO strawberries and raspberries. Pop into Bridget B’s Butchery while you’re there, have a nosey around the shop which stocks Cook meals, local produce, wine and artisan spirits as well as gifts. And make sure you check out the Grand Designs-style eco café with its glass frontage and views over the meadow for brekkie, lunch or afternoon tea. It’s open mon-sat from 8.30am-5pm and Sundays from 9am-4pm.
Hawswick Lodge Farm, St Albans
You’ll find a range of seasonal fruits here, including strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, blackberries and gooseberries. There’s a minimum charge of £3 for adults and it’s open Tuesday – Friday (10am-6pm) and 9am – 4pm at the weekends. Do check the website before visiting though as they ocassionally close to allow new fruit to grow after busy times.
Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, near Bishop’s Stortford
Winners of PYO of the year in the 2021 Farm Retail Association Awards, Cammas Hall has got it all. Fruit, veg, sunflowers and pumpkins are on offer through June – October (check their online calendar for timings). Pre-booking is essential. There’s plenty of refreshment to be had, too – the Tea Barn takeaway caters for those mid-morning bacon butty or afternoon cake cravings, while at the weekends you’ll find a BBQ and woodfired pizza AND beer tent and cocktail bar! For the littlies there’s a play area and sandpit, a six-acre maize maze and a nature trail with 1-3K route options. Plus they run animal experiences and craft workshops, too!
Bury Lane, Royston
One of the biggest PYOs in the area, it’s strawberry fields forever at Bury Lane Pop into the farm shop to stock up on local produce from the food hall and cellar, deli and bakery, butchers and fishmongers, as well as fresh fruit and veg and cut flowers. There’s even a gift shop and plant and garden shop on site too. But that’s not all. Got kids in tow? Take them to the beach! Yup, there’s a giant sandy play area here as well as a soft play barn. You’ll easily lose a day here…
Want to know where you can PYO local flowers, too? Check out these Blooming gorgeous local flower farms.