Sunflowers are blooming beautiful and when in full bloom are always a sure sign of a good summer! And, we really have been treated to gorgeous summer sunshine in the UK this year! With this in mind, I had to visit the new Milton Keynes Instagram hotspot The Patch MK Sunflower Field to see the sunflowers in their full golden glory!
I’ve always wondered where to find sunflowers in Milton Keynes and was delighted to finally discover a sunflower field near me! The Patch MK Sunflower Field is only 20 minutes from Central Milton Keynes.
Believe me, it’s worth admiring these fields of gold while they last! Whether you are looking for a girls day in the sunflowers, somewhere to entertain the kids or are just looking for new places to visit in Milton Keynes – I’ve got all the details below!
P.S. If you’re looking for somewhere to see sunflowers and lavender in the same place, keep reading as I’m sharing another location further down this post!
How to Visit The Patch MK Sunflower Field Milton Keynes
The Patch MK on Mount Mill Farm in Deanshanger is best known for its Autumn pumpkin patch, hence why it was previously known as The Pumpkin Patch MK. Though, this year they are blessed with a field of golden sunflowers in bloom.
Due to social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions, you will need to book tickets for The Patch MK online and pre-book your timeslot. Tickets are limited for each timeslot to aid social distancing, therefore to ensure you don’t miss out make sure you book your tickets in advance!
*There are hand sanitising points on-site at The Patch MK.
It isn’t possible to pick your own sunflowers this year, though staff are on hand as you leave The Patch MK to help you find sunflowers to take home with you. I bought some to take home with me and they are a beautiful addition to my desk at home.
Sunflowers are priced at £2 each
Wheat Sheafs – £4.50
How Much Are Tickets to The Patch MK Sunflower Field?
Tickets for the sunflower field at The Patch MK start at £2.95 per person and as I mentioned above, must be booked for a timeslot online in advance.
Refreshments from ice lollies, burgers and drinks are available during your visit. The burgers and corn looked yummy, but I couldn’t really justify eating them at 10 am. However, I couldn’t resist getting ice cream!
Check out the price list below:
Sunflower entry – £2.95 per person
Under 2’s – free entry
Sunflower entry for a family of four – £9.95 (prices subject to a small booking fee)
Burgers – £5
Homegrown corn on the cob – £2.50
Ice cream tub – £2.65
Bottle of water – £1.50
*It appeared to be card payments only for refreshments.
How to Get to The Patch MK
Located on the cusp of Northamptonshire, The Patch MK is 20 minutes by car from Central Milton Keynes, just past Deanshanger.
For those travelling from Milton Keynes to The Patch MK, take the A5 and the second turning on the left on the Old Stratford Roundabout.
If you are planning a visit from London or elsewhere, take the M1, leave at junction 13 and follow signs for the A5 North (towards Northampton).
The full address is detailed below:
The Patch MK
There is ample parking at The Patch MK on a field located next to the entrance.
It is possible to get a train to Milton Keynes Central and a taxi (or Uber) to The Patch MK from the station. However, taxi prices are likely to be expensive and I recommend checking costs prior to jumping in a taxi, just in case!
For those planning a longer stay in Milton Keynes, Whittlebury Hall Spa Hotel is located nearby and is the ideal place to relax. Especially for those planning a girls weekend in Milton Keynes.
Alternatively, use the Booking.com widget below to find places to stay in Milton Keynes:
The Best Time to See Sunflowers in Milton Keynes
As I mentioned at the start of this post, sunflower season is dependent on UK weather conditions. Typically, mid-August is the best time to see sunflowers, though, if we have had a particularly wet and windy season then the sunflowers may not be in full golden glory at all.
This year the sunflowers at The Patch MK bloomed two weeks earlier than expected and the site is currently open for bookings only a few days in advance to ensure the sunflowers are in bloom. Of course, there are still beautiful sunflowers to see and once we receive a downpour of rain this will surely help keep the sunflowers hydrated to maintain their full golden glory.
Sunflowers don’t last long so don’t miss your chance to see the sunflowers in bloom!
Check out The Patch MK Facebook page to see when the sunflowers are in bloom and to keep updated about when to see the pumpkins in Milton Keynes!
To ensure you don’t get too hot in the heat, especially those visiting The Patch MK with kids, I would recommend visiting early in the morning or late afternoon.
My friend Nikki and I had a 10-11 am slot and as we were leaving just before noon it was very hot indeed!
Tips for visiting The Sunflower Field at The Patch MK
- Book in advance to avoid missing out!
- Book an early morning or very late afternoon slot to limit sun exposure (particularly important if you are visiting The Patch MK with children).
- Take sun cream and drinks to help with the heat (refreshments are available too, but it’s always handy to have your own)
- Wear sensible shoes (the paths to the sunflowers are wide to walk and are pushchair/wheelchair accessible. However, where the sunflowers are cut the leaves make the path uneven – I say this as someone who tripped in sandals!)
Things to do at The Patch MK
The wildflowers at The Patch MK make for another beautiful photo opportunity.
But, you may be pleased to know there are things to do at The Patch MK for kids too!
The Wheat Field and Maize Mountain
Presenting yet another photo opportunity, the wheat field does look beautiful with the sun shining. Though, it is rather exposed to the heat.
This won’t stop the kids climbing maize mountain!
The Maize Maze
Not so much of a maze as there are no dead ends due to social distancing. However, the Maize Maze is still an activity to keep the kids amused I’m sure!
Plus, I’ve still not gotten over the time I couldn’t find my way out of the maze at Blenheim Palace!
The Barrel Train Tractor Ride
I always remember riding the coloured tractors at Mead Open Farm and the tractor train in Linslade Station Park during my childhood, therefore there’s no underestimating how fun tractor rides are for little ones!
The tractor rides are priced at £2.50 per person and payment is by cash only.
The Sunflower Field at The Patch MK
Filled with glorious looming sunflowers, at least 7ft (they loom over my 5ft 3inches!) There are a variety of sizes to accommodate the shortest of people for a photo opportunity. Failing that, there is a viewing platform to get an aerial photo of sunflowers lining the field.
Seeing the sunflowers in Milton Keynes at The Patch MK is a glorious way to spend the day.
Other Places to See Sunflowers Near Milton Keynes
I was so pleased to find a sunflower field near me! If you’re in and around Milton Keynes, you might want to check out the other sunflower fields near Milton Keynes below:
- Hitchin Lavender Farm – the best place to see sunflowers and Lavender in one place.
- Overstone Grange Farm Kettering – Similar to Hitchin Lavender Farm, Overstone Grange Farm is also 40 minutes from Milton Keynes.
- The Pop Farm St Albans – Usually, a great choice to see sunflowers, though is unfortunately not opening for this 2020 sunflower season.
I loved visiting Hitchin Lavender Farm and Sunflower Field recently (click through on the highlighted text to plan your visit).
There are plenty of other beautiful fields across the UK to visit this summer and it a beautiful way to spend a day.
A Day at The Patch MK Sunflower Field Milton Keynes
Priced at £2.95 per person, it is well worth visiting The Patch MK Sunflower Field in Milton Keynes while the sunflowers are in bloom! The staff were all really friendly too and provided lots of information about the site. An affordable day out for all the family, don’t miss the opportunity to visit soon!
I can’t wait to explore more sunflower fields in the UK, they are the perfect place to capture some Instagram photos! I hope you enjoyed finding out more about where to see the sunflowers in Milton Keynes. Check out my other Milton Keynes posts or click through to read the posts below about fun things to do in the UK: