If you’re struggling to pick somewhere to go for a day out this week - why not pick yourself some sunflowers?

A field of radiant flowers is in full bloom in Ardstraw, Co Tyrone this month.

The bright yellow sea has become quite the attraction for young and old travelling from all over the north west to bag a bunch.

Charity sunflower field at Deerpark Road, Ardstraw

Pick your own sunflowers at Deerpark Road, Ardstraw

This special site was opened to the public by the local Russell family, who invite visitors to pick their own flowers in return for donations to The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

The charity, based at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, is currently supporting a young relative of the Russell’s and it provides specialist treatment for up to 70 children in Northern Ireland who are diagnosed with cancer each year.


With a great cause to support, a visit to the Ardstraw field is a real feel-good event.

Thanks to the hot summer this year, the flowers have grown over 6ft high and have beautiful big faces that are sure to brighten up your home.

We’d recommend bringing scissors and wearing shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty on the paths.

The sunflower field at Ardstraw will be open for another week and there are plenty of flowers left for the picking. 

Find it just off the A5 at Deerpark Road, Omagh, with directions here: https://www.google.com/…/@54.7296944,-7.42958…/data=!3m1!1e3

Charity sunflower field at Deerpark Road, Ardstraw

And if you’re looking for another location for some picture-perfect flowers, check out the Sunflower Field of Portglenone, Co. Antrim, where Money is being raised for Macmillan in Northern Ireland. Find it on the Gortgole Road, with directions here: https://goo.gl/maps/VPQNt7hGVJ5XesZYA