Where to pick your own in Warwickshire
Grab your straw hat and wicker basket: it's summer in England, which means it's time to PYO. From sumptuous strawberries to green veg to blooming bouquets, here's where to pick 'em.
Who doesn’t love a PYO? Great fun for the kids, usually a decent coffee on site, and that exquisite feeling that your progenies have most likely secretly scoffed their five a day before you even get to check-out. Punnets at the ready? Let’s pile em high at the best PYOs across Warks.
Malt Kiln Farm Shop, Stretton Under Fosse
Based just on the edge of Rugby the Malt Kiln is worth the trip if you’re looking for a bit more than just your standard strawberry picking fare. Here you’ll find raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb, courgettes, broad beans and even marrows (god knows what you’ll do with them, but YES you can pick some!) Strawberry picking is also undercover so you can even go when it rains. (Rain? in England? In summer?).
You can spend a good few hours here and the farm shop and café is just lovely to wander around afterwards, plus there’s also a play area for little ones to have a run about. There’s a £2.50 deposit required but this is reimbursed when you pay. Online booking is advised.
Red Road Garden Centre and PYO Farm, Kineton
This cutesy garden centre is in a gorgeous location and has strawberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant and raspberry picking galore. There’s tayberries too (a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry – no I didn’t know what it was either). You’ll find rows upon rows heaving with fresh fruit just waiting to be picked, and once you’ve finished there’s a well-stocked garden centre to treat yourself to some new plants.
Poplars Farm Shop, Nuneaton
If you’re looking for an all-singing, all-dancing day out this is not your place. It’s quite literally a big shed converted into a farm shop just off the A5. But Poplars rough and ready exterior is part of the appeal. There’s a basic farm shop with local produce and then fields-upon-fields of seasonal PYO. During summer there are plenty of strawberries, red and blackcurrants and sunflowers, then during autumn it’s a battle to find the best pumpkin. Don’t forget to pack your wellies if it’s been raining as it can turn into a bit of a bog – but perfect for little ones splashing in those big puddles.
Lower Clopton Farm Shop, Upper Quinton
Unlike some of the other farms there is a £1.50 entry fee to Lower Clopton Farm Shop. Strawberries, cherries and raspberries are ripe for the picking throughout summer with pumpkins available later in the year. Prices are a little steeper than some of the other PYO places but you could easily spend a while pootling around the shop, which stocks its own free range eggs and meats and no less than seven local gins, cheers to that! There’s also an onsite café here.
Lodge Farm Sunflowers, Kineton
A late summer burst of colour for your table and the closest we’re going to get to sun for the next few weeks (humph). PYO flowers is a lovely idea, and even better, Lodge Farm Sunflowers give all the money to charity. Stems from this field cost 50p each with money dropped into an honesty box and going to Shipston Home Nursing. Keep an eye on their socials to see when the flowers are ripe for the picking.