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The best time to visit Dorset’s Poppy Field’s

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June 24, 2020

Last July, when my husband was working in Blandford, he stumbled upon a gorgeous poppy field next to Badbury Rings, in Dorset.

On a visit to Badbury Rings at the end of May, we could see that the poppy’s were starting to bloom and made a plan to visit again.

Poppy Field

Although the poppy field is in the same location as last year, they have closed off the parking we used, so you need to park at Badbury Rings and make the 15 minute walk along the Blandford Road to get there.

Poppy Trail

They have mowed a path to follow, which is clearly sign posted up to the entrance to the field. It is wide enough for a buggy or wheelchair, but as it is not paved it might be quite hard going, especially on the inclines.

Poppy Trail

The changeable weather here in the UK can mean that the poppy season in England can be quite long, lasting the whole summer, but July is usually the best month to spot them.

Poppy Field

If you want to see the freshest blooms, mornings are when the buds open and the poppies are at their best as they can start to fade by the evening.

Poppy Field

I have to admit that we saw more on our visit last year, but we went much later in July, so I am hopeful that these poppies are just the beginning as the flowers only last a single day when fully open


Our evening visit was fairly quiet, but there were a few people there including photographers and families, but all kept their distance.

It is important to try and follow the natural pathways in the field to not trample on the poppies and be prepared to walk more centrally for the best, undisturbed blooms.

After visiting the poppy field, we headed back to Badbury Rings to watch the sunset which was beautiful, although beware, as soon as the sun goes down the May Bugs come out to play and were everywhere!!!

Have you been out to see your local poppy fields?

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    June 25, 2020

    I love exploring the outdoors and it must be amazing to be able see a vast amount of poppies, it’s ashame that there weren’t as many as last year but hopefully there will be a lot more later on in the month

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    Liam | Whatthedadsaid

    June 25, 2020

    I didnt know this was a big thing, it looks such a lovely idea and with the trail and walk its probably a beautiful relaxing thing to do.

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    Linda Hobbis

    June 25, 2020

    We don’t have any poppy fields near us, sadly, but they are such a beautiful and uplifting flower aren’t they. Best not mention the opium aspect 😉

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    Samantha Donnelly

    June 25, 2020

    I love poppies and what they symbalise, I never knew there was a poppy trail definitely something I would love to do x

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    Rhian westbury

    June 25, 2020

    I’ve noticed more poppies in fields in general lately, i think because less people are about they’re being protected more. I’ve not been to a proper poppy field before though, it does look stunning x

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    Rebecca Smith

    June 25, 2020

    Wow, those poppy fields are absolutely gorgeous! Wish we had some round here that we could go and visit.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    June 25, 2020

    I love Poppys but never been to a Poppy field before. I am definitely bookmarking your site as we are heading to Dorset and would love to see the fields in person

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    Melanie williams

    June 26, 2020

    One word stunning!! How pretty are these poppy fields and we would love to visit when lockdown is all lover x

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    Eva Katona

    June 27, 2020

    Oh this is great idea, and looks like we still have a few days left to visit! The kids will love this.

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    Hollie Burgess

    June 27, 2020

    This is gorgeous! There’s a wild poppy field near where I live and it’s just stunning.

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    Playdays and Runways

    June 29, 2020

    I love poppies but we have never visited a poppy field. They look so pretty

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