For 10 days each summer, an area of farmland in the shadow of the Bredon Hills in Worcestershire is decorated in a pastel-coloured palette of blues, whites and pinks, as the Cotswold Confetti Flower Fields open up their fields of tall, elegant delphinium flowers to the public.
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company was started by local landowner Charles Hudson in 1997, after he noticed soggy paper confetti making a mess of the local village churchyard. He was looking for ways to diversify his farm, so experimented with using dried flowers to create an eco-friendly alternative to paper, foil or plastic confetti, eventually choosing delphiniums and cornflowers.
The flowers are handpicked, dried and sorted by hand to create their confetti. It’s small and light so floats really well, as well as being completely biodegradable. So it’s no surprise it’s been hugely popular, used at tens of thousands of weddings across the world, including a few royal ones!
You can buy their confetti online, but the fields are also open to the public for a short period each summer before the harvest so you can see the blooms in person. Like the Cotswold Lavender farm near Snowshill, the confetti fields make for some beautiful photo opportunities.
So if you’re planning a visit to the Cotswold Confetti Fields, here’s everything you need to know, from how to get there and how much it costs, to what else to do and where to stay nearby.
Where are the Cotswold Confetti Fields?
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co is based on the Wyke Manor Estate, in the small village of Wick near Pershore in southern Worcestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds. The estate covers over 1000 acres of arable land and has been farmed by the Hudson family for over 250 years.
The exact position of the fields varies as they’re replanted every year, but the general postcode for the Confetti Flower Fields is WR10 3NZ. Once you arrive in Wick village you’ll see yellow signs which point you towards the entrance, running along some rough, stony single-lane farm tracks. Then there’s plenty of parking space in a big grassy area next to the entrance.
If you’re travelling by public transport, the nearest train station is in Pershore (just north of the actual town itself), 3.5 miles away. There’s no bus service out to the confetti fields, and no taxi rank at Pershore station, so you would need to pre-book a taxi to get there and back.
If you’re visiting the confetti fields later in the day, beware that no vehicles (including taxis) are allowed into the site after 4pm, so you would need to walk into Wick village for your pick-up.
What is there to do at the Confetti Flower Fields?
The flower field covers a huge area, with colourful stripes of white, pink, lilac and indigo blooms stretching out in front of you. The flowers are primarily delphiniums but there are also some patches of cornflowers and wildflowers like poppies to add an extra pop of colour.
There are pathways so you can walk right through the flowers and get an up-close look at each of the colours (visitors are asked not to walk between the rows though in case the plants get trampled). And a raised viewing platform lets you see the stripes of different colours from above.
The Cotswold Confetti Fields are a hugely popular place to take photos, whether it’s a mini family photo shoot or some scenic shots for Instagram. Keep an eye out for the bees and butterflies who’re feeding on the flowers too for some good macro shot opportunities.
There’s no extra charge if you’re taking photos for personal use, but professional photographers must pre-register and buy a Professional Photography Pass (£49 per day). You can also hire a local pro – the confetti fields website lists photographers who’re booked to visit.
A whole temporary event springs up around the fields for the 10 days they’re open, with portable toilets, a café and shop. The pop-up Confetti Café sells hot and cold drinks, cakes and ice cream. You’re also welcome to bring your own picnic, with hay bales and picnic tables to sit on.
You can’t pick flowers around the site, but there is a flower stall where you can buy a bunch for £10 to take home, with a hard-working team next door preparing bunches ready to go.
There’s also a shop tent where you can pick up pouches of the dried delphinium and wildflower petal confetti to take home, as well as confetti flower seeds and local honey (if you miss out you can also buy the confetti online). And they have an artist in residence who creates flower-inspired artworks, from hand-painted greetings cards to colourful paintings, which are all for sale.
When’s the best time to visit?
The Confetti Flower Fields are only open for a limited period each summer, so make sure you don’t miss out. The exact dates change from year-to-year as they’re set to coincide with when the blooms are looking their best, but they’re normally open for 10 days in early July.
This year the Pershore Confetti Fields are open from 30 June and 9 July 2023 between 10am and 5pm, with the last entry at 3.45pm. Tickets normally go on sale in mid-June, and they sell out quickly for the weekend slots so you need to book well in advance – following the Real Flower Petal Company social media accounts is a good way to find out when tickets go on sale.
If you want to avoid the crowds, the quietest times are late in the day on weekdays. Though the site covers a big area so you can usually find a quiet spot to yourself, even at busy times.
How much does it cost?
Entry to the Cotswold Confetti Fields costs £7.50 per person (including parking). There’s just one standard price with no concessions, but entry’s free for children under five.
You can only buy tickets in advance online and they’re not available on the door. And when you book you need to choose a time slot – they’re available every hour from 10am–5pm. You don’t need to get there right on time though and can arrive anytime within a 45-minute window.
On arrival, you need to show the QR code from your confirmation email to the ticket inspectors on the way into the car park – you can either do it on your phone or on a print-out.
Tips for visiting the Cotswold Confetti Fields
- Dogs aren’t allowed in the confetti fields, and you’re also not allowed to leave them in cars.
- Although it’s not actively enforced, they suggest you stay a maximum of two hours so the site doesn’t get too busy, which is plenty of time to explore.
- Non-commercial photography is welcome, but drones aren’t permitted.
- There are portable toilets in the car park (with hand sanitiser but no running water).
- There isn’t much shade around the fields so bring a hat and sunscreen on sunny days.
- The fields stay open except in severe weather so bring an umbrella or raincoat in case of rain.
- The ground is uneven underfoot so wear comfortable, flat shoes (avoid high heels) – and wheelchair and pushchair users might find it difficult.
What else is there to do near the Confetti Flower Fields?
The Georgian market town of Pershore is just two miles away from the confetti fields. It’s located on the banks of the River Avon and has a Norman Abbey, The Almonry Museum and a good selection of independent shops. Bredon Hill is also nearby with remnants of an Iron Age hill fort and a stone tower known as Parsons Folly at the top, built in the mid-18th century for a local MP.
It’s also only a 15-minute drive to the National Trust site Croome House, which was used as a secret airbase in the Second World War. And 25 minutes to Broadway, which has museums to visit, great restaurants and a lovely 4.4-mile circular walk from the village to the Broadway Tower.
And if you’re a real flower field fan, you could combine a trip to the confetti fields with a visit to Cotswold Lavender, 15 miles away near Snowshill, which is open from mid-June to August.
Where to stay near the Pershore Confetti Fields
If you’re looking to make a weekend of visiting the Cotswold Confetti Fields, The Angel Inn Hotel* in Pershore dates from the Tudor period and was built using old ship timbers. It has lots of historic features, 20 cosy bedrooms and a restaurant using produce from their own farm.
Woodlands 159* is a friendly, traditional bed and breakfast in Pershore town centre. There are three guest bedrooms – two doubles and a family room – and a big cooked breakfast is included.
Or Eckington Manor* is a country house hotel six miles south of the Pershore confetti fields. Rooms are split between the 12th-century manor and former barns with a mix of original details and contemporary décor. It’s known for its food, with a renowned restaurant and cookery school.
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