Blooming great fun at Sam’s Sunflowers

Is there anything more cheery than a sunflower? Kids love them, they brighten up any home, and they make the perfect backdrop for family photos.

You’ll find hundreds of them, and have the chance to pick your own to take home, at Sam’s Sunflowers at Hayling Island. It’s run by the people behind Stoke Fruit Farm Shop, but while the shop is on the main road onto the island, the sunflower farm is tucked away off St Peter’s Road, Northney.

There’s lots of free parking and you pay an entrance fee to get in, which includes the opportunity to snip off five yellow blooms to keep. You can also buy a VIP wristband which allows you take home more unusual sunflowers – you’ll be surprised at how many different varieties there are.

A couple of tips! Take your own secateurs, as there are some available to borrow but they are limited. And be sure to check the website before you go, as the farm only opens during good weather.

You’ll be greeted by friendly staff and then you’re free to wander the site. The star of the show is the pick your own field, where sunflowers of all shapes and sizes can be found, happily dancing in the breeze. There are props around – including a tractor and an old bathtub – that you can pose on to take the perfect social media snap!

It’s not just about sunflowers, though. There are festival-style stalls for coffee, bacon butties and burgers, and a bar serving alcoholic drinks including orchard cider.

There is a wonderful little covered marquee where you can enjoy food and drink purchased at the farm, and on the day of our visit we were entertained by a sea chanty choir!

For £4 extra per person, you can tackle the Maize Maze – get lost wandering among giant crops while trying to find clues for the space-themed treasure hunt.

The whole thing makes for a perfect chilled-out summer morning that is bound to put a smile on your face.

Make sure you go while you can – the fun stops when the sunflowers stop blooming, and that can be unpredictable, although the farm hopes to keep it going until the end of August.