9 stunning summer flower fields to visit near you
Fancy wandering through a glorious flower field? Head for one of these dazzling floral pop-ups in Cornwall. From luscious lavender to carpets of sunflowers and dahlias, plan one of these trips in.
JUNE – POPPIES
West Pentire, Nr Newquay, TR8 5SE
On the cliffs at West Pentire, just above Polly Joke beach, the fields come alive with poppies and cornflowers, managed by the National Trust. Park in the NT carpark (cash only) or over at nearby pub, The Bowgie, where you can get a pre- or post-walk drink with a beautiful sea view.
JUNE / JULY – LAVENDER
Meaders Farm Lavender, Nr Callington, PL17 7NL
You’ll find Meaders Farm nestled between the hills of Bodmin Moor and the heritage site of Kit Hill – they hold one off open days where you can walk the lavender fields, take photos and so on. The next is on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 10am-5pm (weather permitting). Also enjoy a cream tea, pick your own bunch to take home with you and let the children search out nature with the children’s nature trail. £3 entry, children free and dogs on leads welcome.
Cornish Lavender, Nr Perranporth, TR6 0JF
Between Mithian, St Agnes and Perranporth you’ll find Cornish Lavender, where you can walk in the lavender fields and enjoy a Lavender Cream Tea (or Sausage roll). Open 10am – 5pm from Wednesdays to Sundays. Also look out for one-off pop up events including feasts with Canteen Cornwall at long tables in the field.
Roskorwell, Nr Helston, TR12 6PR
Roskorwell was Cornwall’s first lavender field and also is home to a six-acre apple orchard, destined to become delectable Cornish cider and juice. Open Tuesday to Sunday (closed 2nd & 3rd July for a private party) for pre-booked visit slots of 1030, 1130, 1230, 1400, 1500 and 1600 only, choose to either walk the fields or also visit the barn for cakes and drinks.
JULY / AUGUST – WILD FLOWERS
The Flower Field by Roskilly & Henwood, Pengover Green, Nr Liskeard, PL14 3NH
Walk around the flower field, which is planted with a mix of wild flowers including Black Eyed Susans, Cosmos, Marigolds and much more. The flowers are just starting to bloom and will change throughout the season right the way through until mid-September. Occasional refreshments at weekends and pick you own bunches. Donations to charity, check FB page.
AUGUST – DAHLIAS
National Dahlia Collection, Kehelland, Nr Camborne, TR14 0DD
The National Dahlia Collection grows 1600 + varieties of dahlias, many of which it also sells. It also used to have a two acre display garden located close to the A30 just outside Penzance with views overlooking St Michael’s Mount, which was free to visit and perfect for scoping out ideas for your garden – in May 2021 the collection was relocated to the Kehelland Trust near Treswithian Downs, Camborne after it was rescued by Louise Danks.
Productive Garden, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewen, Nr St Austell
Twenty five years ago, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered from the brambles of time. Today, Heligan remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for its beauty and mystery as for the ground breaking restoration project.
Find the dahlias in the productive garden and also near to the Steward’s Cottage, the best blooms are into August.
SEPTEMBER – SUNFLOWERS
Eden Project, Nr St Austell
Don’t go just for the sunflowers, but come September there is usually a beautiful patch to admire – alongside many other gorgeous outdoor plantings and the new Pollinator Pathway which is an installation created by artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg using an algorithm that makes the planting appeal first and foremost to pollinators.
Hard Pressed, St Erme
2020 and 2021 saw sunflower oil producers Hard Pressed Cornwall and nearby St Erme farmer Nick Dymond collaborate to open 18 acres of sunflower fields for charity. There is no word yet as to whether it might happen in 2022 but one to keep an eye on social media.