I truly think seeing a field of sunflowers stretching out ahead of you is one of the happiest sights there is, and so perfectly summer! It’s one of the highlights of my seasonal calendar. We love a visit to our local PYO farm, where they always have a good selection of sunflowers which you can pick yourselves from the field. Since posting our latest trip on my Instagram, I had lots of comments from people who said they’d love to pick their own sunflowers but didn’t think there was a PYO sunflower field near them, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of our photos and give a little list of places across the UK where you can pick your own sunflowers.
Garsons Farm, Esher, Surrey
Garsons Farm is a PYO farm in Esher, Surrey, and always has a huge selection of crops available for picking, including sunflowers in the summer. They charge a £4 entry fee which is then offset against any purchases. You drive into the fields and then park up next to whichever crop you want to pick.
We love Garsons, and have visited for the last 3 years to pick various different crops, but the sunflowers are always one of the highlights for me. Take your own secateurs, as the sunflowers are hard to cut!
Lodge Farm, Kineton
Lodge Farm, near Kineton (north of Banbury), have a PYO sunflower field each summer where you can pick your own sunflowers for a small fee (50p per stem in past years).
Millets Farm, Oxfordshire
This year, Millets Farm have 5 different varieties of sunflowers to pick from their sunflower field. There is a £2 admission fee for the PYO fields, and then a recommended donation of 50p per sunflower stem. Millets Farm is also a fab day out for families, with playground, soft play, maize maze, carousel, animals, and of course, many more varieties of fruit and veg to PYO.
Pop-up Farm, Hertfordshire
The Pop-Up Farm is located just off Junction 9 of the M1 and from the looks of it they have a huge patch of sunflowers ready to be picked. Check out their videos on their facebook page for a look at what you can expect. Also a pumpkin patch in the autumn.
Stoke Fruit Farm Shop, Hayling Island
Stoke Fruit Farm Shop have been growing sunflowers for the last 2 years and have an annual open day where you can visit and pick your own sunflowers. This one is cash only and you need to bring your own secateurs. Keep an eye on their facebook page to find out when the open day is!
Hertfordshire folk are really spoilt for sunflower fields! Hitchin Lavender at Cadwell Farm aren’t just about lavender, they also have a big sunflower field where you can pick sunflowers to take home. Get your sunflower and lavender fix at the same time!
Writtle Sunflowers, Chelmsford
Writtle sunflowers are located about 2 miles outside Chelmsford, and you can pick sunflowers from their field, as well as zinnias, cornflowers and larkspur. Usually open from mid-July to September (closed on Mondays). Check their Facebook page for up to date visiting times.
Hill Farm PYO, Peterborough
Hill Farm in Chesterton have plenty of PYO crops available for picking, including sunflowers. Their website advises to call before visiting to check on crop availability, and do note they’re closed on Tuesdays!
Malt Kiln Farm, Rugby, Warwickshire
Just off Junction 2 of the M6, Malt Kiln Farm have sunflowers for picking. Check their facebook page for availability.
Stanhill Farm, Dartford, Kent
Stanill Farm PYO have sunflowers available, usually between August and September. Check their website for availability. They also have a maize maze, which should normally be open at the same time as the sunflowers are in bloom (admission charged for the maize maze)
Sopley Farm, Dorset
Located just on the edge of the New Forest, Sopley Farm have over 20 different fruits and vegetables for picking, and have a big sunflower field too, as well as a farm shop and play park. If you’re into flower picking, they also grow gladioli as well as their sunflowers.
Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Farmer Copleys have PYO sunflowers and strawberries for picking, as well as a farm shop and beautiful looking Moo Cafe. Sunflowers are charged at £2 per stem or 3 for £5, so not the cheapest, but lots to do as well, including a corn maze (August – September)
Lot’s of sunflowers available for picking at Craigie’s PYO farm in South Queensferry. Minimum spend of £3 per person, and lots of other crops also available for picking.