Pick Your Own Sunflowers is an exciting new venture for Rougham Estate (the owners of Blackthorpe Barn). Come and enjoy a wonderful field of sunflowers in full bloom, pick some and take them home to decorate the house.
We have planted 88,000 sunflower seeds so prepare yourself for a spectacular display!

“If I were a flower… I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.” Pam Stewart

Now closed for this season – pumpkins coming soon!

Picture taken on 12th August

  • Free admission and parking
  • Picnicking encouraged
  • Cold drinks and ice cream available
  • Toilet facilities
  • No booking needed
  • Last day: 29th August

The sunflowers are now fully open and we don’t know when they will finish flowering. We’re monitoring the sunflowers on our social media channels, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram, to see how they are doing, and to hear when the field will close to the public (until it reopens for the pumpkins in the autumn).

Directions

The entrance is very near to Blackthorpe Barn, directly opposite the entrance to Ravenwood Hall Hotel, Sow Lane, Rougham, just off junction 45 of A14, east of Bury St Edmunds.

From eastbound carriageway (from Cambridge towards Ipswich):
Exit junction 45, turn left at the roundabout at end of the slip road. Drive under the bridge and turn right 400m at end of a small wood.
From westbound carriageway (from Ipswich towards Cambridge): Exit junction 45, turn right at end of the slip road. Turn right at end of the wood 200m.

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SatNav: IP30 9JA

Arriving here

When you come to visit the sunflower field, you drive up beside an ancient wood to reach the field at the far end. It is well signposted. There is a car park with overflow parking if required.
Bring shoes suitable for walking around a field. The ground can be uneven and, if it rains, it can become muddy.

Car parking and admission are free. There is no need to book.

Facilities and attractions

We have cut meandering, maze-like pathways through the sunflowers for you to wander amongst the tall stems and explore the whole area.
At the heart of the sunflowers there is a big swing for you to swing gently, surrounded by blooms; a wonderful opportunity to dream away and be a child again.

By the side of the flowers is a large pyramid built from straw bales, to climb up and view the flowers from above, and also a large gold frame, which is perfect for taking family photos and selfies in.
For small children, a small sandpit has been provided to keep them entertained.

There are toilet facilities at the field. An accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are available at Blackthorpe Barn, a short walk or drive away.

Please note: The swing is for adults and children who can hold on by themselves. Parents and carers are responsible for their children on the swing and the straw bale pyramid.

Food

There is a choice of picnic spots, including secluded areas within the sunflowers themselves, as well as benches and a grassy area, so bring along your blanket and hamper for a lovely day out. A covered marquee with rustic straw bales as seating is available, if needed, to take shelter from sun and/or rain. A selection of cold drinks and ice cream is available for purchase at the field.

As an alternative, you can visit the nearby Courtyard Café at Blackthorpe Barn, a short walk from the field, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm, where there is a wide range of savoury and sweet delights to tempt your palate and which can spice up your picnic.
An Afternoon Tea Menu can be preordered from Liz at Courtyard Café, to pick up before you arrive at the sunflower field.

 

“I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.” Vincent Van Gogh

Tag us: #RoughamSunflowers

The sunflower field is full of selfie opportunities: a brilliant day out like this needs to be shared!

We are loving seeing all your gorgeous pictures of your visits to the sunflowers. Do continue to share your images on social media; please tag us using #roughamsunflowers

Instagram: #RoughamSunflowers
Facebook: #RoughamSunflowers
Twitter: #RoughamSunflowers

Dogs

Dogs are welcome to come and visit the picnic area of the sunflower field, as long as they are well-behaved and kept on a short lead at all times. Don’t forget to bring poo-bags, which must be used when required, and to take any waste away with you.

At quieter times, dogs are allowed into the sunflower pathways but must be carried for the safety of the dog and the sunflowers; at busier times dogs may not be allowed into the sunflower pathways.

This is a family-friendly location and we are expecting many families with small children, who need to be and feel safe here. Dogs can be intimidating to people not used to them.

Picking your sunflowers

You can pick the sunflowers from the sunflower field using your own secateurs if you have brought them. If you don’t have any or have forgotten to bring them, we will be happy to lend you a pair for a small deposit, which will be refundable when you come to pay for the sunflowers that you have chosen to buy.
Do remember to bring some gloves too, if you need them.

(Notes on cut sunflower care below)

Payment

Stems are charged:

  • £2 each
  • £8 for 5 stems
  • £12 for 10 stems

Payment is entirely cashless so please remember to bring your card. Payment is taken at the entrance area to the sunflowers.

 

Leaving the sunflower field

We are operating a one-way system for all visitors arriving by car, so look out for the exit signs which will guide you back onto the public road. Your return route to the A14 will be clearly signposted and is very short.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” Helen Keller

Sunflower Care

How to look after your sunflowers:

  • Remove excess leaves
  • Cut the stems so they are fresh
  • Make sure your vase is big enough for your sunflowers
  • Place the flowers in a vase full of lukewarm water as soon as possible
  • Keep them away from sources of heat
  • Replace water daily

Professional Photography and Drone Flights

We are happy to encourage professional photographers to use our wonderful sunflower field for photoshoots, including drone operators.

For the comfort and safety of all our visitors, and considering the fact that the sunflower field is part of Rougham Estate which is private land, all professional, commercial, for-profit or paid-for photoshoots must be pre-booked and authorised by Rougham Estate and may be subject to a fee. This includes all drone flights, whether commercial or not.

Rougham Estate must be credited on all professional/commercial images sold or used for social media.

Unauthorised professional/commercial photographers or photoshoots, or drone operators, may be asked to leave or stop, as determined by Rougham Estate staff.

If you are interested in holding a photoshoot or flying a drone at the sunflowers, please contact Amie:

Amie Deane
T: 01359 270238
E: amie@roughamestate.com


This event is brought to you by Rougham Estate