Now that lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease, we’re excited to get out and about this summer and enjoy the fresh open air. What better place to do that than to take a trip to one of the best UK flower fields? The perfect spot for a stroll and a picnic and, of course, all those wonderful colours make for plenty of irresistible Instagram opportunities.
Lavender, sunflowers, dahlias, wildflowers and more, there are plenty of UK flower fields across the country that you might not even know are on your doorstep. Many are operating on a pre-booking system due to restrictions, so do remember to check and book ahead before you turn up.
Pack a picnic and your camera (or just your iPhone) and head off for the prettiest day out.
6 of the best UK flower fields to visit now:
Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire
With some 35 miles of lavender rows to saunter through, Hitchin Lavender in Hertfordshire is a well-known lavender spot for Londoners due to its proximity to the city. Breathe in that unmistakable floral scent, stop by the farm shop (which will operate from outside this summer) for refreshments and some of their lovely lavender products and make sure to stop by the sunflower and wildflower fields, too. Picnics permitted; must book ahead.
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company, Worcestershire
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company are the UK’s original wedding petal growers and each year they hold a pop-up event where you can walk amongst their fields of beautiful blooms. This year you can spot delphiniums, cornflowers, sunflowers and plenty of native wildflowers. The Confetti Cafe will be open for tea and cakes but pre-booking is essential and hurry, the pop-up event ends this Sunday 16 August.
Vine House Farm, Lincolnshire
Sunflowers fan will want to head to this Lincolnshire spot. They run annual farm walks around their fields of eternally sunny flowers where you’ll also learn lots about how they manage their farm and keep it wildlife-friendly. Tickets are just £12 per person, however they’re unfortunately not running them this year due to Covid-19, but one to bear in mind for next year.
Garsons Esher, Surrey
A huge PYO (pick your own) farm, where you can pick everything from strawberries and blackberries to sunflowers and sweetcorn. The tall sweetcorn fields make for brilliant Instagram pics, as do the PYO sunflower fields (although you have to get there early in the season before they’re all picked!). Come back in autumn to pick out your pumpkin. Book in advance.
Aylett Nurseries, Hertfordshire
Aylett Nurseries in St Albans is a huge garden centre that also nurtures a stunning two acre dahlia field that boasts more than 60 varieties of the versatile flower. Aylett’s award-winning dahlia field is in full bloom from early August, along with a creative cut flower display that changes every year. They host an outdoor cafe with tea and cake and while you’re there you can visit the Celebratino Garden which is open all year round. No need to book.
RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
While not strictly a flower ‘field’, we couldn’t resist including RHS Garden Wisley for it’s stunning variety of floral borders and horticultural displays all year round. Pre-booking is essential and ticketing is limited but securing a visit is every bit worth it for these exquisitely kept gardens that will certainly brighten up the ‘gram. Right now the Rose Garden, Cottage Garden, Foliage Garden, water lilies and lavender are all looking exceptionally good.