In October last year Libby’s Pumpkin Patch was born, nestled in the idyllic countryside village of Gawsworth near Macclesfield.
Libby’s Patch was established in memory of Dan Thornicroft’s mother (Libby Thornicroft), who lost her battle with breast cancer around 12 years ago.
Thousands of pumpkins were planted across a five-acre plot, and the spectacle proved so popular that it will be returning again later this year to the fields off Shellow Lane – but we’ll bring you more information on that nearer the time!
For the summer season, the family had the idea of establishing a sunflower patch and they set about planting ten acres of farmland with sunflower seeds earlier this year.
The wheels were set in motion following the appearance of a random sunflower last September which was growing in the middle of the (at the time, not-quite-ready) pumpkin field.
Now, there are two five-acre fields full of the bright summertime blooms.
The fields are separated into two sections – with a large sunflower maze in one, leading out to numerous meandering pathways in the other where visitors have the option of picking their own sunflowers.
The rural attraction is situated on farmland that has been tended by the Thornicrofts for generations.
For those who visited at Halloween, the sunflower field is actually situated in the former pumpkin patch – and there are now more than three times as many pumpkins growing in a larger field, nearby, in readiness for October this year.
The new sunflower patch offers the opportunity for families to explore and enjoy time outdoors as well as a chance to take home their own sunflowers to brighten up windowsills and living rooms across the area.
There are hidden letters to be found within the sunflower maze, and you can also purchase one of the gorgeous pre-prepared sunflower bouquets, or arrange your very own sunflower photo shoot with a local photographer.
As well as this, there’s a converted horse trailer which is all set up to sell tea and coffee, cakes, soft drinks, crisps and hotdogs.
Bookings via the website are open now through until the end of the month.
Organisers advise wearing long trousers and wellies, as the site is based on working farmland. If you want to buy a sunflower stem you should also bring your own secateurs.
Info and prices
Entry fees on the gate (cash only)
– 16 and over… £5
– 5 and over… £2.50
– Under 5s… free
– pick your own sunflower… £1 per stem
– sunflower bouquets and refreshments… prices available on site
Cash and card can be used for payment of pick your own sunflowers and the cafe trailer.
Venue postcode: SK11 9RR