Coming Soon in July / August 2021
The Pick Your Own Sunflower is an exciting new venture for Rougham Estate 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!
Our opening date
As sunflowers are natural plants, we don’t yet know exactly when they will be in flower enough for us to open the field to the public. We will be monitoring the growth of the sunflowers over the coming weeks, so if you want to keep an eye on this page we will give a progress report each week and nearer the time we will give the actual date.
Our opening times
10 am – 5 pm
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 slip road. Drive under bridge and turn right 400m at end of small wood.
From westbound carriageway. Turn right at end of the slip road. Turn right at end of the wood 200m.
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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. Car parking and admission are free. 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.
There will be a straw bale pyramid to climb and view the sunflowers from. There will also be a small sand pit 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 as be full of other 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.
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 why not consider visiting the nearby Courtyard Cafe at Blackthorpe Barn on Fri/Sat/Sun 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!
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. All stems will be charged at £2 each, with multi-buy deals available. 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 signed 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 Amie. Contact details are at top of the page.
This event is brought to you by Rougham Estate