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FORDINGBRIDGE

Maize Maze & PYO Sunflowers

Open 22nd August -1st September 2024

Free Parking
No dogs allowed on site

What’s On Summer 2024

PYO Sunflowers

9 varieties of sunflower all growing together with various shades, hues and sizes for you to choose and pick. Single stem, tall traditional yellows to multi stem small oranges and auburns. Come and take a walk through our acres of sunflowers or have a coffee and a sit down to enjoy some ‘you time’ with nature!

Please check patch conditions for information and updates.

You pay for what you pick £1 a stem or £5 for a bunch of 6

Puzzle Maize Maze

Our Puzzle Maize for 2024 involves working together to solve the puzzles to find your way out. Spread over 5 acres our puzzle maize maze has, challenges, lots of paths and of course loads of fun to be had! Solve the puzzles correctly for the easiest route but answer wrong and you may end up going for a long walk! 

How It Works:

The puzzle maize maze has two options for getting through. There is a Munchkin Maze with simpler questions, some fun questions, aimed at the younger participants or for those who are truly lost and want to get out!

The Maze is booked in time slots, please arrive within your time slot, but stay as long as you like!

£5.50 per person

£20 group ticket (4 people)

Under 2s FREE

POP UP Escape Room 

This is a great introduction to Escape rooms for first timers, but also challenging enough for those experienced escapees that are up for a challenge. We can give you as much or as little help as you need!

We recommend this escape room for ages 10+

Bookings can be made individually and you may be put with other people, or there is an option to book the whole slot privately (fits 6 people)

Come back later for more information on this years escape room.

Graffiti Area

After a very popular repsonse to last year, “Art on the Farm” is back and allows us to bring the very urban world of graffiti to a field near you. Create your tag, your graffiti signature or move onto a throwie, your tag design infilled with colour. For the truly ambitious design a piece, a picture painted with “cannons” (spray cans)! There is so much to learn about this most ancient yet still modern art form.

How It Works:

Express yourself and become a graffitist and add your amazing style and sense of colour to our event.

Step 1- Design your tag, throw-up or piece in the design tent

Step 2- Get covered up, if you want to

Step 3- Choose your canvas and colours – A card canvas or a T-shirt

Step 4- Get spraying and enjoy!

Step 5- Take the photo and tag us @pickingpatch

Arts & Crafts

Crafty art is going freestyle at the patch this year with a chance for you to make, create and take while developing your own style. Classical sunflower portraits are par for the course but perhaps go a little avant garde with the sunflower bug house or a bit BOHO with the bubble wands. Design what you want, how you want it.

How It Works

Have a chat with our Head Crafter and select your project –

  • Decorate your own fairy wings
  • Sunflower bird box
  • Dream catchers
  • Pixie potions
  • Puppet making
  • Canvas painting
  • Decorate your bubble wands

Choose your medium – paints, colouring pens, ribbons, stickers or whatever else you can see. Get crafting!

Short on ribbon? decide to alter your style mid project?  Then come back for more!

Fairy Wings £7.50

All other crafts only £5 for your craft and materials!

Barrel Train

Take a ride round the patch on our barrel train and you can spot your favourite sunflowers!

The barrels seat 1 – small children may sit on adults lap – £3 per barrel

Games Area

Enter the games and pit yourself against your friends in this most challenging of sporting arena’s. How far can you wang a welly? Fancy a silly game of giant Guess Who? Are you a potential racing champion, of the duck kind, of course?

The munchkin games are no less competitive but will suit our younger “athletes.”

This year we are introducing some brand new Picking patch exclusive games, there is a mixture of both free and paid for games.

Collect your scorecard from the ticket booth and see what records you and your team can set!

Insta Moments

The DIY Photo shoot options look so amazing, we can all take the best photos to share. Enjoy our handmade bespoke photo opportunities, including a theatre dress up, giant flowers, a swing in the picturesque sunflowers, a pixie mushroom carriage and so much more!

Delicious Local Food

This year we are introducing make your own pizzas! All of our produce is locally sourced so we can provide the best of the best.

Buy a coffee, hot food, and snacks onsite or bring your own and use our picnic pods for a little quiet time before getting back to the action. There is also covered seating for you to sit under and while away some ‘you time’ before getting back into the action!

Opening Dates & Times:

Dates

Open 22nd August -1st September 2024

Time Slots

9.30am – Last entry 4pm

PYO Sunflowers

Sunflowers, while always beautiful, can also be fickle and unpredictable! Our seeds were planted with the hope that they will bloom through August, they and the weather may have other plans. Pleas check patch conditions for information.

Prices

£5 for 6 sunflowers or £1 each.

The Maize that we planted to make the Maze is not good for people to eat.

A Day Out To Remember

Facilities

Plenty of free parking, lots of space to run around, stroll and play. We have portaloo toilets, disabled toilets.

There will also be hot and cold food, drinks and snacks onsite.

Please note we do not allow dogs on site except registered guide dogs.

What to bring

All-weather clothes, wellies, umbrellas, sunscreen, sunhat.

Secateurs and gloves for picking and a big bag to take home your sunflowers.

Map & Address

Bickton Manor Farm
Fordingbridge
Hampshire
SP6 2HA

What3Words

Car SP6 2HA
Bus – X3 bus stops right outside!
Click here to check the X3 Bus timetable
Phone – 01425 460679

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