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During the summer holidays families from across Suffolk have flocked to a popular sunflower patch on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds.

This is the second year that the Rougham Estate have run a pick your own patch, planting more than 100,000 sunflower seeds.

Amie Deane, Farm Events Coordinator at Rougham Estate, said: "This year our sunflowers are quite small, due to lack of rainfall and the heat but they are the perfect size for picking and great for vases."

Leah Bartlett (12) enjoying the sunflowers. Picture: Mecha Morton
Leah Bartlett (12) enjoying the sunflowers. Picture: Mecha Morton

If you are planning a visit to pick some sunflowers or get a stunning shot for Instagram, have a read of our everything you need to know guide.

Where is it?

The sunflower field is in a different location to last year but it is still in Rougham - just east of Bury St Edmunds and easily accessible, and clearly sign-posted, from Junction 45 of the A14.

The mini sunflower field at Rougham. Picture: Mecha Morton
The mini sunflower field at Rougham. Picture: Mecha Morton

How much does it cost?

Entry to the sunflower field and parking is free and there are plenty of spaces.

Stems are charged at £2 each, £8 for five stems and £12 for 10 stems, you can also borrow a pair of secateurs for a small deposit.

The team at Rougham Estate prefer you pay by card but will accept cash.

This year children can also have their photograph taken amongst the wild flowers. Picture: Mecha Morton
This year children can also have their photograph taken amongst the wild flowers. Picture: Mecha Morton

What is new at the sunflower patch this year?

There are pathways cut through the mini sunflowers making it easier to explore the area, including the beautiful new wildflower section - the perfect photo opportunity.

For the children face painting from Face it Face Painting has been introduced this year, and a fully enclosed tractor run.

The Willmott, Whitehurst and Archer families at the Pick Your Own sunflowers patch near Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Willmott, Whitehurst and Archer families at the Pick Your Own sunflowers patch near Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

Is there anywhere to eat?

Rougham Estate have once again teamed up with Wrights who will be offering their delicious toasties and coffee.

There is also an ice cream hut on site and families are welcome to bring their own picnics.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome to visit the picnic area of the mini-sunflower field, as long as they are well-behaved and kept on a short lead at all times.

At quieter times dogs are allowed onto the mini-sunflower pathways but must be carried for the safety of the dog and the mini-sunflowers.

When is the PYO sunflower patch open?

The sunflower patch is open daily between 10am - 5pm, any updates about the patch will be shared on the Rougham Estate's Facebook page.

Miss Deane said: "We have been very busy and anticipate closing around mid-August."

Will it be back next year?

Miss Deane said: "The sunflower patch works well, it is hard work to set up but it will always happen and always continue to be a free event."

Rougham Estate will also be running a PYO pumpkin patch later in the year.

The patch will be open each weekend in October and during half term.