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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!
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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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 are toilet facilities in the field. An accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are available at Blackthorpe Barn, a short walk or drive away.
There will be 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 as be full of other selfie opportunities. A brilliant day out like this needs to be shared!
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.
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Your dogs are welcome
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.
The sunflower field
We have cut pathways through the sunflowers to make it easy for you to explore the whole area.
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 with our selection of cold drinks and ice cream.
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.
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.
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. If you are not ready to go home yet then why not visit the Courtyard Cafe at Blackthorpe Barn which is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 10am – 4pm.
Opportunity for Professional Photography
We are happy to encourage professional photographers to use our wonderful sunflower field for photoshoots.
All professional, commercial, for-profit or paid-for photoshoots must be pre-booked and authorised by Rougham Estate, who own the land on which the sunflowers are growing and there maybe a charge for its use.
Rougham Estate must be credited on all professional/commercial images sold or used for social media.
Unauthorised professional photographers/photoshoots maybe asked to leave/stop as determined by Rougham Estate staff.
If you are interested in holding a photoshoot at the sunflowers, please contact Amie:
T: 01359 270238
This event is brought to you by Rougham Estate
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