It’s sunflower season in the UK, so the perfect time to have them round the house and even go sunflower picking – and you can get the most glorious pictures.
Not only can you pick the sunflower but also pose in the sunny fields. Just watch out for the bees or wasps though!
Garsons Farm – Esher
We recently went to Garsons Farm in Esher to pick some sunflowers as well as fruit picking. There was an array of things that you could pick from onions, carrots, cucumber to fruit. Strawberries, plums and corn on the cob. It’s a great day out, as well as great for fresh veg for the home.
Sunflower season starts from August to September ideally. But I think you can also visit them till early October, but it’s best going now (Aug-Sep). I went in mid August.
NB: It’s best to check in advance if the crop is good and also to see if you need to book in advance. I had to book Garsons Farm in advance due to Covid and social distancing. They asked us to come an hour before the booking time and an adult cost was £4 per person (pp) and £1pp for children up to the age of 14. The cost of the farm pass is later taken off of the price of the fruit and/or vegetables you have picked.
So where are the best sunflower fields in London to visit? Here are a few to choose from depending on what is nearby to you.
The first is of course Garsons Farm which is in Esher, Surrey – Address: Winterdown Rd, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8LS. Here you can pick both fruits and vegetables, sunflowers and they also have corn fields which also make for lovely pictures. There are three sunflower fields dotted across its 155 acres and the £4 entry is taken off your ‘pay and weigh’ bill at the end. It can be expensive, but I thought it was worth it.
See – www.garsons.co.uk.
Hitchin Lavender is accessible from London
Address: Cadwell Farm, Arlesey Rd, Ickleford, Hitchin, SG5 3UA. Hitchin rail. Tickets cost £6 per adult and, £3 for under 14’s (under fives go free). These are famous for their Lavender fields (mid June-Aug). September is the best time to visit the sunflower fields and means that they will be in full-bloom.
See – www.hitchinlavender.com/
Meopham Pick Your Own
There is also a farm in Kent which is accessible from London too. Meopham PYO has Maize fields and sunflowers. It is limited due to Covid, so it’s best to check before you visit. Address: Broomfield Fruit Farm, Ifield Rd, Meopham, DA13 0QH. Entry is £2 for the maze. They have a tea room too open for take away coffees, cakes and some other tasty bits every Saturday & Sunday 10am until 4pm.
Pop-up Farm, M1
There is also a pop-up farm near St. Alban’s – Address: M1 Junction 9, St Albans, AL3 8HT. However, this year due to covid its not open for sunflowers. I have included it here, so you can go next year, hopefully. It will be open Saturday and Sundays in October for squash and pumpkins which are also popular for the Insta-pics. It’s best to drive, so would be ideal if you are on a journey in or out of London. Entry is free, so this is a good one to visit. It’s good for kids (maybe plan a visit next year or see in October) as they have a sunflower trail and a sunflower festival.
See – www.thepopupfarm.co.uk.
More about Garsons and my visit:
We chose to do some farm picking and explore the various fields. I have some lovely pictures for you to view. There were the following things to pick as well as a price list.
This way you can check roughly how much it will cost you. Don’t forget to visit the site to book and to see what crops are on offer.
The pickings were so delicious. We managed to pick raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, apples, plums, carrots, marrows, courgettes, corn on the cob, beetroots, cucumbers and of course sunflowers.
Hope you enjoy the pictures and I entice you enough to want to go yourself? Please do let me know! 🙂