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The best places to see sunflowers in the UK

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Susan Devaney
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Sunflowers bring instant cheer wherever you may find them, which is why we’ve found the best places to see them grow around the UK 

There’s something about sunflowers that just bring out the best in people. Maybe it’s because they look like they’re dancing together as the wind blows, or maybe it’s simply because they’re a cheery shade of yellow. Either way, they’re just as much associated with summer as ice-cream.

If, like us, you’ve tried to grow your own in recent months without reaping any rewards this season, then fear not, as we’ve found the best places to spot them across the country. Across the entire United Kingdom, we’ve covered all grounds so you can easily take a trip to see (and pick) some this summer. 

Here are a few sunflower fields that are definitely worth stopping to see. 

Hitchin Lavender

Nestled between Cambridge and London in the village of Ickleford, Hitchin Lavender may attract visitors all year round due to its stunning lavender fields, but in the summer the sunflowers come first.

Each year the flowers are due to bloom from mid-July to August. So, not only can you take a photo with the brightly-coloured blooms, but you can also pay to pick some, too. It’ll cost you £6 to get in (£4 for children) and 50p per sunflower picked.

However, they’re in their prime for around 10-14 days, so don’t hang about.

And the best part? You can make a day of it. Not only will you find a licensed bar (prosecco, anyone?) but you’ll also be able to grab a bite to eat and take part in a fun workshop, too. 

You can find more information here

Rhossili Bay 

Sometimes the best way to be at one with nature is through spontaneous discovery.

Located near Swansea, the sunflowers at Rhossili Bay in Wales have been snapped by tourists in surprise this summer as they’ve passed through the countryside.

It’s easy to see why the National Trust has described the spot (located near the Vile walk) as “fields of gold” – the area is full of the yellow-hued bud.

And the added bonuses? Not only is it free to see them, but the beach has been voted Wales’ Best Beach 2018, making for a truly stunning scene. 

Vine House Farm

If you’re looking to go further afield to soak up the sunshine and take a few snaps of sunflowers then plan a trip to the village of Deeping St Nicholas in south Lincolnshire.

Every August Vine House Farm offers visitors tours of the farm which includes the beautiful sunflower fields. But don’t hang around as it fills up fast.

However, you can also see the sunflowers from the roadside, and the staff in the Farm Shop are more than happy to provide directions to the field.

Note: a donation to The Wildlife Trusts is greatly appreciated.

You can find out more information here

Cairnie Fruit Farm 

Found in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Cairnie Fruit Farm grows an abundance of sunflowers you can pick and pay for. It’ll cost you £6.50 to get in (£7.50 children and £5.50 for concession).

Open seven days a week, the farm offers up a shop full of seasonal delights, a funyard for kids and a quaint tearoom where you can wine and dine.

You can also pick strawberries, raspberries, cherries, brambles and pumpkins (hello, Halloween) while you’re there, too.

You can find out more information here

If you do plan to take a trip to see the sunflowers make sure to call farms beforehand to avoid disappointment as the flowers may no longer be in bloom. More importantly, be careful not to stand on the flowers or harm them in any way while taking photographs.

Go on, take a snap or two of some sunflowers (while the sun is still shining).

stylist.co.uk has had a yellow makeover on 15 August, to celebrate our Yellow Issue and pay homage to the colour of the season. Read more about the most playful shade of all here.

Images: Unsplash / Instagram / Vine House Farm / Cairnie Fruit Farm 

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