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.

Tickets typically sell out in advance; however, a limited number of tickets might be available at the gate, which will be sold at a higher price. We cannot guarantee their availability.

Tickets are on sale now on our booking page 

What happens if there is bad weather?

A sprinkle of rain can’t dampen the spirit of a classic British day out! Rest assured, we stay open come rain or shine. Just come dressed for the occasion, as the fields might be a tad muddy after a downpour. Don’t worry, our marquee has got you covered—whether it’s shielding you from raindrops or sunbeams! 

We reserve the right to close the field if conditions become hazardous or if the car park is not accessible. Should this occur, we will notify all ticket holders via email, and offer a refund or an alternative option. If it has been bad weather, please check your emails and our social media for updates prior to your journey.

What are your opening times?

Writtle Sunflowers opens at 9.30AM and closes to all at 5PM, 8PM Thursdays.  Ticket slots are for entry time only and  re welcome to stay until the field closes.

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, although sometimes our signal can be hit and miss!

Can I swap my tickets or get a refund?

Tickets will only be refunded if we have to close the field.

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 up to 48 hours before your booked visit, please see your confirmation email for details.

How long are you open for?

We  open on July 20th 2024 and have tickets available until 11th August.  We hope to extend this but can’t guarantee we’ll be able to. 

Our season is often very short, usually around 4 weeks, and is very dependent on the weather conditions.  We try and update social media as much as possible, tickets are released in small batches so please check back

The field

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

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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?

Our prices have been frozen again this year – 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 of sunflowers where you will find the freshest and longest lasting flowers. Please do not pick from the Maze or the Walk, and all flowers picked must be paid for. We also have extra beds of mixed flowers this year as they are so popular!

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?

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. Generally, buggies and wheelchairs can travel the field without too many issues but may struggle in the maze depending on weather conditions. We recommend sensible footwear as it can get muddy if wet, or dusty and cracked if dry.

The facilities

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?

Living in the countryside has its charms, but it does mean we’re a bit remote – the nearest bus stop is over two miles away. However, you can catch a taxi from Chelmsford train station, which is around six miles away.

Can I smoke on site?

There is strictly no smoking or vaping anywhere on site, including the car park.

Still have questions?