The Pick Your Own Sunflowers is an exciting new venture for Rougham Estate (owners of Blackthorpe Barn) and it offers a chance for visitors to enjoy a wonderful field of sunflowers in full bloom and to 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
Opening date: July 29th (to the end of August, hopefully)
Opening times: Thursday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm
The sunflowers are growing well and we’ll be opening on July 29th, as anticipated. We’re monitoring the growth of the sunflowers on our social media channels, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram, to see how they are doing.
The picture here was taken on 3rd July.
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: 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: turn right at end of the slip road. Turn right at end of the wood 200m.
What Three Words location: shipyards suitably canny
SatNav: IP30 9JA
When you come to visit the sunflower field you will drive up beside an ancient wood to reach the field at the far end. There will be a car park with overflow parking if required. There will also be toilet facilities, including an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities.
Car parking and admission are free
Dogs are welcome to come and visit the sunflower field, as long as they are well-behaved and kept on a lead. We don’t want any dogs getting lost inside the sunflowers, and since the sunflower stems can be delicate, we want to protect the flowers from being broken, leaving them for you to pick and take home.
Our plans are to have a straw bale pyramid to climb and view the sunflowers from. There will also be a small sandpit to keep the little ones entertained and finally in the heart of the sunflowers will be a clearing with a wonderful swing creating the most brilliant of photos. The place will be full of selfie opportunities – a brilliant day out like this needs to be shared!
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The sunflower field
We have cut pathways through the sunflowers to make it easy for you to explore the whole area.
This sunflower was the very first one to bloom in the whole field.
There will be 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.
We are very excited to have the wonderful Tricia from Mobile Brew Co mobilebrewco.co.uk providing catering at weekends and she will be offering a full range of coffees from her coffee machine, using the best locally roasted Butterworth’s coffee. She will also be offering cakes and other delicious treats.
As an alternative you can visit the nearby Courtyard Cafe at Blackthorpe Barn 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. Finally, if your day is not complete without ice cream, then this will be available too!
“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
Picking your sunflowers
You will be able to 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. We will charge 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.
Stems will be charged: £2 each, or multi-buys: £8 for 5 stems, £12 for 10 stems
Payment will be entirely cashless so please remember to bring your card. Payment will be made in the entrance area, where the refreshments can also be found.
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.
Opportunity for Professional Photography
We are happy to encourage professional photographers to use our wonderful sunflower field for photoshoots. If you are interested please contact Amie.
T: 01359 270238
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” Helen Keller
This event is brought to you by Rougham Estate