5 places to pick sunflowers in Yorkshire

Cute girl in white t-shirt smelling sunflower in the field on the sunset. Child with long blonde bra

Wake up and smell the sunflowers! Pick your own is great idea for a fun day out - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sunflowers have to be the cheeriest of summer flowers and now more and more growers are making flower-picking an activity worthy of a day out - to be fitted between strawberries and pumpkins on your gardening adventures calendar! 

The season is short but the joy is long-lived once you've armed yourself with armfuls of the big yellow blooms. 

For families it's a lovely outdoorsy activity to be teamed with a picnic, an ice cream and maybe a tempting farm shop to visit. 

Here's our pick of Yorkshire's finest sunshine sunflower spots to head to in August - some blooms are ready now, some dates for the diary in a week or so - do check before you travel.  

Eastfield Farm, Tickhill  near Doncaster 
Sunflowers to pick and sweet treats and home bakes to enjoy in the tearoom. Browse the farm shop and take home some goodies too -  does life get any better? 
Find out more about Eastfield Farm

Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge
Wander through a sunflower mini maze at Birchfield Farm at Summerbridge near Harrogate where the blooms are just starting to open. This is where you can get lost in a big corn maze and even spend a bit of time with the resident piglets. Remember your wellies!  Oh, and there's an ice cream parlour to indulge in too. 
Find out more about Birchfield Farm

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Kemps, Horsforth, Leeds 
The sunflowers on this friendly farm in this Leeds suburb are on their last growth spurt  and should be ready for picking mid August. Check the website for opening times.
Find out more abour Kemps 

Farmer Copleys, near Pontefract
The sunflower field is opening any day now that the yellow lovelies are starting to bloom. This place has a big maize maze too and one of the country's best farm shops, including full butchery, deli counter, cheese, bread, confectionery, home grown meats and fresh vegetables. Everyone's happy! 
Keep your eye on the Facebook page for the big pick get-go. They've also got a squad of corn rangers for fun and games in the fields.  
Find out more abour Farme Copleys

William’s Sunflowers
Yorkshire’s ‘Sea of sunflowers’ has opened to the public, this unique sunflower field in the Yorkshire Wolds has 120,000 sunflowers and is specially designed to create a wave effect as the wind blows. This event is a ticketed event and you will need to pre book your ticket online. The farm is open every day from 10am.
Find out more about William's Sunflower's

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