The sunflowers are blooming at Lorn Turf, and everyone is invited to join in the fun. This weekend (10 – 11 April 2021), you can head down to wander through the sunflower field, have a bite to eat and entertain the kids on the jumping castle and petting zoo!
Newy With Kids was lucky to have a sneak peek this week, and we saw so many stunning flowers in bloom, and lots more that are just about to open up.
It’s magical to wander through the paths cut into the sunflower field and watch the busy bees at work collecting pollen.
There are lots of photo opportunities along the way, with seats scattered through the field so you can stop and take in the view. This weekend you will also be able to buy bunches of sunflowers cut fresh from the field.
Sunflowers are truly amazing flowers, and there are lots of fun facts your kids will enjoy. Did you know that sunflowers track the sun’s movement across the sky each day, from east to west?
They are also amazing soil decontaminants and were used to soak up hazardous materials after the Chernobyl disaster. Sunflower seeds have even travelled into space, to the International Space Station!
But the sunflowers aren’t the only attraction. Next weekend, you will be able to set up your picnic blanket or chairs on the lawn area and enjoy lunch. There will be food vans in attendance on both days, or you can bring your own picnic. Those with a sweet tooth will be able to buy gelato or a snow cone, and tired parents will no doubt appreciate the on-site coffee van.
The kids can bounce off some energy on the jumping castle, which will be on-site on both days. If you go on Saturday morning, the kids can also check out the petting zoo with lots of cute animals to pat.
It’s an easy drive to Lorn from Newcastle, only about 45 minutes. Our kids enjoyed looking at the many cows and sheep in paddocks along the side of the road. It’s worth driving through the main streets of Bolwarra and Lorn along the way – there are beautiful old houses and quaint shops to look at. Morpeth is also close by if you’re looking for somewhere else to visit to round out the day.
APRIL SALE: The Sunflower Sale festivities are happening on Saturday 10 April and Sunday 11 April 2021 from 9am – 2pm. The petting zoo will be there on Saturday morning from 9am-12pm.
Sunflowers will be available for sale in various arrangements from bunches of sunflowers, small to large potted dwarf sunflowers, and vases with various sunflower quantities.
Lorn Turf is also offering private sessions the week prior to the sale and the week after the sale, but these must be booked in advance. Sessions run from April 3 to 9 and then April 12 to 18. In this private session, you can enjoy the sunflowers by yourself or in a group up to 8 people per booking. This costs $50 for a 30 minute session. If you would like to make a booking please send them a message on Facebook, email or call 4934 8770.
Good to know
Parking: There will be plenty of designated, free parking on site. Disabled parking areas will also be available. There will be toilets on-site (including disabled access toilets).
Allergies: If you are allergic to bees, please take care and consider whether the event is suitable for you. When we visited, there were many bees all through the sunflower field.
Cost: $5 entry per person (kids under 12 free). Bring cash with you for entry and purchasing sunflowers. EFTPOS is available for all food and beverages.
Bring: Bring a picnic rug or chairs, drink bottles, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent and enclosed shoes. If it has been raining in the week prior, it would be best to wear gumboots.
How to keep your sunflowers fresh: If you buy sunflowers on the day, we have the low-down on how to keep them fresh. When you get home, remove enough green leaves so that none of them end up inside the vase. Cut off the ends of the sunflower stalk to the desired length, run them under hot tap water and then plunge into cold water. Put a little bit of sugar in your vase to help the flowers last longer!
Getting There: Lorn Turf is located at Hicks Road, Lorn NSW.
Alex moved to Newcastle with her family in 1998 and has called Newcastle home ever since. Alex is a mum to two busy boys who keep her on her toes. She has worn a few different hats over the years but is currently working part-time as a practice manager for an engineering consultancy. Alex loves travel, indoor plants and exploring rockpools at the beach with the kids.