Review // Sunflower Park, Laughton

We were left looking for something to do on Saturday afternoon and it seemed the perfect opportunity to check out Sunflower Park, although the weather was a little unpredictable we got our winter coats on and headed out. We pulled up into a visitor bay and as you enter you can see tents and caravans pitched up around the main area of the site. It is free to visit but donations to the animal fund are encouraged.

Sunflower Park is a beautiful and peaceful place situated in the beautiful area of Laughton in Gainsborough.  It is set within a 5 acre plot filled with paddocks and woodland.

Sunflower Park provides a loving forever home for numerous different animals, big and small. It’s easy to find as the site is signposted from the main road, and it only takes around 20 minutes by car to get there from Scunthorpe.

The site as a whole has a friendly, safe and welcoming vibe with families camping and socializing and the kids playing on the onsite park and stroking the animals freely. The owners of the site were also very polite and friendly and were always around if you had any questions.

The site is relatively small but there is plenty to see and the animals are all super friendly! It helps if you purchase some 50p feed from the onsite shed shop because as soon as you go to the fence with or without it the animals are interacting with you and sticking their heads through and over the fences to greet you and see what you have.

The animal pens are large and all the animals seem very happy in their home. The newfoundland dogs were one of our favourites as were the Alpacas, Pigs and The Highland Cow. There was also smaller animals like rabbits and Guinea pigs, lots of chickens and Cockerels and baby chicks. Adrian the goat was quite the dominant character, standing tall against the wooden fence waiting for the next visitor to come along and feed him.

Adrian the Goat

It would be a lovely place to camp, although I’m not much of a tent or camping person, so there is the option to hire 2 of the on site static caravans, which would certainly be the option I’d go for.

There is an onsite outdoor café and bar, with reasonably priced butties and beers. It’s a covered area and also houses a TV. I bet this is a really nice place to sit and socialize with a cold drink in the summer but unfortunately Saturday was a little wet and windy at times so we didn’t get the full summer sun experience.

I’d say it’s suitable for all ages, and I particularly like the “Den Making” part of the site. There is a small and almost secretive woodland passage leading through the bushes and you are surrounded by woodland, sticks and logs to build your own den and get to see other people’s den building attempts too.

Den Building

It is a lovely little site and we would definitely return, maybe even hire the caravan and experience it fully, not sure if I’d brave a tent.

To visit for free when a lot of farms/parks charge extortionate entry fees is brilliant! But don’t forget to support Sunflower Park by buying something from the little shop, café or leaving a donation.

The site also seems very trusting of it’s visitors and campers, which you don’t see much these days as the onsite shop relies on an honesty box, this is a nice gesture to visitors from the owners and just adds to that welcoming, trusting and friendly vibe that surrounds the place.

Published by Scunthorpe Nights

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