August-September is when sunflowers usually bloom in the UK — and plenty of farms and fields near London invite you to pick your own. If you're making a special journey, check ahead to ensure the flowers are out. British summers are anything but predictable.
Pick your own sunflowers at Garsons Farm, Esher, Surrey
Consisting of a farm shop down in Hampshire, and a huge PYO farm in Surrey, Garsons has most of the pick your own market covered. Among the myriad fields of fruit and veg — many over by the time the sunflowers are in bloom — you'll find a couple of patches dedicated to the yellow blooms.
Check the website for latest season information and picking availability — and be aware that for all crops, there's a minimum spend of £4 per person in peak season (late June, all of July and August (when the sunflowers should start coming out)).
Pick your own sunflowers at Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire
If you've seen any photos of Hitchin Lavender, they've probably been of the eponymous purple crops. But in among those lavender hues are patches of yellow, where the sunflowers are grown (with sweeping countryside views to boot).
As one of the UK's most famous lavender farms, it's unsurprising that Hitchin now charges an entry fee — it's £6 for adults and £3 for children, which includes a bag to fill with lavender. For sunflower seekers, it's 50p per stem.
Pick your own sunflowers at The Pop Up Farm, Hertfordshire
Yep, London's fetish for pop-ups has reached the fields of Hertfordshire. The Pop Up Farm is there all year, but only opens to the public for certain seasons, with focus very much on educating people about farming.
There's no entry fee, and taking photos in the fields and around the farm is very much encouraged. A small selection of soft and hot drinks available to buy.
Pick your own sunflowers at Stanhill Farm, Kent
Fruit is the primary focus at Dartford's Stanhill Farm, but come August, when much of the fruit has gone, it's sunflower season.
Secateurs are available to borrow from the hut (adults only!), and sunflowers are priced on number of stems — in the past it's been 40p each or 3 for £1, but this year's prices have yet to be announced.
Pick your own flowers at Blooming Green, Kent
If you love flowers — of any kind — you need to know about Blooming Green. The flower farm, located near Maidstone in Kent, is open to the public one day a week, when you can fill a bucket from the acre of flowers for £15. Here's a video from our 2018 visit — we went in June, so too early for sunflowers, but they are usually available later in the season.