Summer Pick Your Own – Closed this year
We have made the difficult decision not to open Pick Your Own this year. Due to the very warm weather this Spring our strawberry season has been an early one and our field strawberries are coming towards an end. The early start coupled with COVID 19 and recent travel restrictions in Wales have meant we have remained closed. Moving forward we have made the decision to pick any remaining fruit for sale in our Farm Shop. We look forward to returning back to normal for the 2021 season. This has not been an easy decision and we apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
We plan to be open for PYO pumpkins this Autumn unless government guidelines prevent us from doing so.
Ever since Charles Bellis planted his first strawberry plant ‘Black Prince’ here in Holt in 1860 we have been well known for our strawberries. We first opened our fields for ‘Pick Your Own’ Strawberries in 1967 and since then more crops have been made available. Pick Your Own’ at Bellis’ is a popular way to enjoy the soft fruits of Summer while spending a few quiet hours in the beautiful Welsh countryside.
What’s available to pick?
Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, tayberries, loganberries and rhubarb.
For a full list of crop availability and prices please see our PYO Availability calendar (currently not available)
Pick Your Own is open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm with the last person allowed onto the field at 5.30pm (subject to weather and availability). No booking is required you can just turn up!
How does it work?
Please take your car down to the Pick Your Own car park (not the main Garden Centre car park). Collect a container at the Pick Your Own Hut and head into the fields. Follow the signs that will direct you to the areas of best picking. You then pick the produce yourself. When you have finished simply make your way to pay for the fruit and vegetables you have picked. You pay by weight for the produce (please note this is the gross weight of the produce and contains the price of the container). Then take your produce home and give it a wash before enjoying it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a pram or wheelchair to the fruit fields?
The tracks to the fields can be quite muddy, but most sturdy prams and wheelchairs can access the edge of the fields in dry conditions.
How much can I pick?
You can pick as much or as little as you like but you are expected to pay for all produce picked.
What should I wear?
We advise that you wear sturdy shoes in dry conditions and wellington boots when it is wet and muddy. Some fields do have some weeds in them and so we suggest small children wear trousers to protect their legs.
Can I bring dogs?
We do not allow dogs on to the pick your own fields. However, dogs are allowed to be walked on the grass PYO car park field.
When should I visit?
Our busiest times are the weekends so if you can visit during the week it will be quieter. We advise you to check our ‘Availability List’ on our website before coming, these will show you what is available to pick.
Do you take cards?
Yes we can take card payments, however cash is sometimes quicker!
Can I bring a picnic?
Yes! Picnic tables are provided near the car park.
I am worried about over picking, what should I do?
Please ask a member of staff beforehand for a cost estimate of what your container will hold.
Do you have a cafe onsite?
We don’t have a cafe near the pick your own hut but you can visit our Strawberry Fields Restaurant in the main Garden Centre.
Do you have toilets?
We have portaloos near the Pick Your Own fields. At the garden centre (a short drive away) there are toilets including a disabled toilet and baby change facilities.
Do I need to wash the fruit and vegetables before eating them?
Yes we advise you to wash all produce before eating it.
In October we open our fields for Pick Your Own Pumpkins.
We have a wonderful range of jam making equipment from Kilner. From preserving pans to jam jar labels, we have everything you need to get you started on the road to making your own jam.
Try our fabulous Strawberry Recipes
When you have picked all the Bellis Strawberries you want, why not try one of our fabulous recipes that have been passed down within our family: