Sunflowers in the Cotswolds
This year, we’ve all slowed down, and taken the time to appreciate the beauty of nature, the magic of what’s on our doorstep. With staycations the only truly safe option for travel at the moment, many are looking for lovely things to do without travelling too far from home. Luckily for us, the Cotswolds has an abundance of beautiful places to visit; including Broadway Tower and the Lavender fields, and something else thats a wonderful experience at this time of year is a trip to a sunflower patch. Charlie and I have visited 3 sunflower patches this year, but we are fortunate enough to say that the best of the three is within walking distance of our home!
First, we visited the sunflowers that grow in Milton-Under-Wychwood, a sleepy cotswold village surrounded by farmland; one farm of which is Bruern farm, with fields that surround a network of public footpaths, and at this time of year the fields are blooming with sunflowers – meaning you can meander through and of course it’s totally free. They’re a little past their peak now, so perhaps a good one to visit next year now instead.
There’s also the Confetti Fields in Wick, Worcestershire. Not technically in the Cotswolds, but well worth a visit during the one week a year that they’re open to the public, before the beautiful flowers are harvested for petal confetti. Keep an eye on their instagram to make a note of when they’re open, the sunflowers are fabulous and grown in rows which make it perfect for exploring and taking photos, but the rest of the fields are equally dramatic too with the colourful cornflowers creating a rainbow on the fields. (My blog post about this place is coming soon!)
Finally, our local, and in my potentially biased opinion, the best sunflower patch; Glebe Farm Sunflowers. Run by the farming family, Martin and son Matthew planted the sunflowers earlier this year after the weather meant the ground wasn’t in perfect condition for some of their usual crops – oh boy I’m glad they did! With a lovely set up including a tipi tent at the entrance and hay bales dotted around for resting on or picnicking, this farm allows you to pick your own sunflowers, and they truly are spectacular blooms! Where the ground is so fertile thanks to the usual farming that is done here, these are without doubt the best sunflowers I’ve ever seen, so naturally I walk down on a daily basis to pick some for the house, or for friends and family. £5 for 6 sunflowers or £2.50 for 3, don’t forget your own clippers (and maybe a gardening true too!) to snip and carry your blooms. Open from 10am – 7pm every day, no booking needed!
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