frequently asked questions
Please keep an eye on our Instagram page as we have lots of updates going on there, or please get in touch if you’re still unsure of anything after reading this page.
We look forward to seeing you in the field at Writtle Sunflowers!
Tickets & Timings
Do I need to book to visit Writtle Sunflowers?
Yes, tickets need to be bought in advance here from our BOOKING PAGE.
We may have a small amount of tickets available on the day but cannot guarantee that and most sessions sell out in advance.
What happens if there is bad weather?
A bit of rain never stops us from enjoying a Great British day out, and we will remain open in most cases. Please dress appropriately as field conditions may be muddy! We do not offer refunds or exchanges outside of our usual policy unless we have to close.
We reserve the right to close the field if conditions are dangerous or the car park is unusable. If this happens we will email all ticket holders and a refund or exchange will be offered. Please check emails and social media for updates before traveling.
What are your opening times?
We are now closed for the 2023 PYO season
We hold special events outside our regular opening hours, including our popular Sunday Sundowners evenings. Check our booking page for details of this and other offerings in the field
Do you take card payments?
Yes, we take cash or card in the field.
Can I swap my tickets or get a refund?
Tickets will only be refunded if we have to close due to bad weather and unsafe conditions
We know however that sometimes life gets in the way of plans, so we do offer an exchange for another slot or a gift voucher if you contact us here up to 48 hours before your booked visit.
How long are you open for?
We are now closed for the 2023 season, and hope to open again late July 2024.
Our season is often very short and is very dependent on the weather conditions – due to the heat in 2022 we were only able to open for just over two weeks! We try and update social media as much as possible, tickets are released in small batches so please check back
Where are you?
We are located opposite Pooty Pools Farm just outside Writtle and Chelmsford.
Address: Radley Green Road, Roxwell, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4NW.
What 3 Words: stove.create.twigs
Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/QnrtaZNRRHNUk3JP9
Can I take photos in the field?
Family snaps are welcomed. Feel free to share on social media and tag us @writtle_sunflowers
We also love to work with professional photographers but do not allow this during our usual opening times. Sessions must be pre-booked, all info here
No drones allowed.
How much do the flowers cost?
Sunflowers are £5 for a bunch of 6, or £1 a stem, regardless of size! Mixed flowers are £5 for a good handful.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, friendly dogs on leads are welcome during our usual opening hours – please act responsibly and take any mess home. Unfortunately, we cannot accept dogs during our Sundowner events when the field is busier.
How many flowers do you have?
We plant the flowers sequentially so never have a whole field in bloom at once but there are always lots of fresh ones to pick. We have planted an area of 1.5ha this year, equivalent to two football pitches!
Can I pick the flowers?
We have dedicated picking patches, where you will find the freshest and longest lasting flowers. Please do not pick from the Maze or the Walk. All flowers picked must be paid for.
Do I need to bring scissors or secateurs?
Sunflower stalks can be tough so secateurs are the best option, or strong scissors. The wild flowers are easy to snip by scissors.
We do have scissors for sale or secateurs for hire at the flower hut but cannot guarantee availability.
What's the ground like?
Is the ground uneven and is it buggy/wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly?
We do our utmost to make the site as accessible as we can and have laid grass paths around the flowers. However, this is a field on a farm and weather conditions may make it harder going. We recommend sensible footwear as it can get muddy if wet, or dusty and cracked if dry.
Are there refreshments?
The Tin Canteen or My Little Drinks Van should be visiting us every day, serving hot and cold drinks, toasties and tasty treats.
Can I bring a picnic?
Feel free to bring a picnic and use our shaded picnic area, or refreshments are available on site from our catering vans. We ask you to keep our farm tidy and take any litter home with you.
Do you have toilets or baby changing facilities?
The sunflower patch is in a field and facilities are therefore basic, with no running water or electricity. We ask you to go before you leave home but understand with small kids this is a challenge, so we do have a portaloo for emergencies. We are working on a solution for baby changing and disabled toilets but can’t offer facilities at present.
Is there parking at the sunflower field?
Parking on the grass field is included in your ticket price.
Can I get to the sunflower field by public transport?
Unfortunately we are over two miles from the nearest bus stop – one of the joys of the countryside! Taxis are available from Chelmsford train station, about 6 miles away.
Can I smoke on site?
There is strictly no smoking or vaping anywhere on site, including the car park.
Still have questions?