PYO Berries in Gloucestershire

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I’d been wanting to take the boys berry picking for some while. It is one of those things that I did as a child that I’ve realised that my children have never done (only blackberries in the wild, not a pick your own).. I wanted to give them the experience as well as helping them to understand the process of where food comes from, that it doesn’t just magically appear in shops.

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We visited Primrose Vale who were very friendly and gave us a good explanation of how things worked, and which crops were best to get, or that were still available but not so fruitful.

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I’d hoped that it would also encourage the children to try things that they wouldn’t normally. Alas as the signs told you not to eat the berries (they did say you could try one or two) my family were adamant that they were not meant not to eat any.

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It was great to see the family getting involved, and my husband really seemed to be enjoying himself.

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 And there was lots of sharing going on – as we weren’t allowed to mix the berries in the pots, and we didn’t want lots of different pots for the same fruit.

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It gave the youngest a chance to have a good run around too, as there was plenty of space around.

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They were thrilled to see the Christmas trees growing and decided that they really wanted a real one this year.

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My 5 year old son was really keen to go into the shop to have the berries weighed and paid for.

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After dinner the children could not wait to eat their newly picked berries with some ice-cream. I’m really pleased to say that our fussy eater (who we think has sensory processing disorder) ate all his (we placed the berries in separate bowls in the middle of the table and let the children help themselves).

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17 thoughts on “PYO Berries in Gloucestershire”

  1. It looks like you all had a lovely time. It’s a shame the kids didn’t want to eat any fruit while you were picking though, that’s half the fun!

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  2. One of my favourite summer activities. So pleased you got to take your gang, I remember you saying you wanted to. We will be blackberry picking next I think! Lovely photos from a fun day. Hope you get to go again sometime.

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  3. looks so fun, i also keep meaning to take mine fruit picking but haven’t found anywhere good local yet – must look out for one although I dont know if the season is finished now?? they do pick the blackberries in our garden though and love it, so would really love to take them to pick strawberries

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  4. Fruit picking is so much fun Joy, hopefully we’ll be blackberrying soon once they ripen. The birds ate all my blackcurrants! Fab pictures, it really looks like your boys had a great day x

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  5. Can you believe in all my years in Gloucestershire I never once visited a PYO – in fact I have never ever anywhere! Seeing your photos make me think I am missing out!

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  6. We love the fruit farm. We always go and get stacks of strawberries and then make our own jam, which the kids adore eating. We also managed to make a summer pudding this year for the first time – lovely way to spend a day 🙂

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  7. lovely photos and its such a fun thing to do as a family. we went PYO fruit collecting last year and the boys loved being able to eat the fruit as they picked it! i am hoping to take them again this week fingers crossed. x

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  8. I Love PYO but sadly we have none round here so at Coombe Mill last year we had such fun picking raspberries x

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  9. This was on my list of things to do this year. Don’t know if we’ll have time now. Looks like you had a great day!

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  10. How much fun!! My husband and I go berry picking in the coast of Tuscany and then make a fresh cream pie for all the berries. Such a fun tradition! It must be really fun with kids.

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