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Visit England’s Beautiful Lavender Fields

Smell the fragrant lavender as you stroll through the lavender fields!

Having missed my chance of visiting the beautiful lavender fields last year (sad face), I was determined not to miss out again this year.  The lavender fields in Provence are absolutely stunning but a bit far to travel to for a day trip.  However, if you live in England, don’t worry as there are quite a few lavender fields dotted around the country.  The lavender is usually in bloom from June to August in England but I would advise to check online for updates.  Luckily the U.K was experiencing extremely good weather during the month of July and the lavender were blooming.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Love the lavender smell


Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Essence Purple

The Egyptians made perfumes with lavender and when Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened traces of lavender were found and its scent was still detectable - Hitchin Lavender

Here we’ll be sharing our visits to two beautiful lavender fields in England; Somerset Lavender Farm and Hitchin Lavender Farm.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

5 acres of lavender at Somerset

Somerset Lavender 

Driving back from our trip to Padstow, I mentioned to Ian that we should stop off at the lavender farm on the way back home.  Checking our route on the map, it was only a slight deviation from our journey.  Just our luck, we hit Friday traffic and the weather had turned.  In the back of my mind, I was hoping we would reach the farm before closing time … fingers crossed.  With 20 minutes to spare we finally reached the farm.  There was ample space in the car park and we noticed people were leaving so this meant we should have the field all to ourselves!  We stumbled out of the car and wandered through to the lavender garden.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Wandering through the lavender field


Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Cute Somerset lavender farm

Somerset Lavender Farm  is family run and smaller when compared to Hitchin and Mayfield, offering only five acres of lavender which were planted in 2004.  The lavender garden has a variety of lavender plants for you to see.  Who knew that there were over 20 different varieties of lavender plants, from deep violet purple of the Essence Purple (Lavandula Angustifolia) to the mid violet Grosso (Lavandula Intermedia) which can be used for cooking.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Grosso lavender


Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Twickle Purple lavender

From the lavender garden, head over to the two lavender fields.  I was expecting the lavender to be really fragrant as I strolled in between the rows of lavender.  Perhaps the lavender were not in full bloom since it was the start of July.  It was a delight to walk through the field with not one person in sight.  How lucky were we!  As you walk through the lavender, you can hear the bees buzzing around collecting the pollen.  The lavender not only attracts the bees to make the honey, but also a variety butterflies too.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Lavender field and garden

During the Summer months of late July to August, the lavender is harvested using traditional methods for the essential oils.  Lavender is often used for relaxation and also has antiseptic properties.  Harvesting the lavender usually takes around six weeks.  Once harvested, the lavender flowers are then distilled using steam.  The oil is released from the flowers into the steam and condensed to release the oil.  The oil is eventually left to mature for months.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Take a stroll through the garden

Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and we could see the grey clouds slowly moving across to our direction.  As we were short on time and the farm due to close soon, we made our way to the shop to see what goodies we could buy.  The shop sells numerous lavender gifts ranging from body products, essential oils, dried lavender to lavender tea.  How interesting … lavender tea, have you tried lavender tea?

If you’re feeling peckish, there’s a café on site selling cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Details  

Entrance is free, however feel free to donate towards the farm.

Opening Times: May to September 10am – 5pm

Address: Somerset Lavender, Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset BA3 5WA

Hitchin Lavender 

Hitchin Lavender can be easily accessed from London and Cambridge.  With Hitchin being only just over an hour away, we decided on a little day trip to visit their beautiful lavender fields.  It was fairly busy when we arrived and we spotted lots of people with their little brown paper bags of overflowing lavender.  There was a short queue at the kiosk to pay for our entrance and were given two paper bags and scissors to cut the lavender flowers of our choice.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Our lavender pickings at Hitchin

Rows and rows of stunning purple lavender!  With 25 miles of lavender rows, there’s enough space for everyone to enjoy and pick the fresh lavender.   There were less people towards the back of the lavender fields … so off we went walking through the field.  As we wandered deeper into the field, the lavender was thick and wild with the bees buzzing loudly.  This was perfect to cut handfuls of lavender.  Aahhhh the lovely smell of fresh lavender and the sun beaming on my face.  British summer has arrived!  There’s nothing quite like being in the countryside, walking through and smelling the lavender.  What I love about Hitchin Lavender is that they allow the lavender flowers to be cut and taken home.  

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

How pretty is the Hitchin lavender field


Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Cutting some fresh lavender

There are two main types of lavender growing in the field, angustifolia on the left side and intermedia or lavendin on the right.  As mentioned above, the angustifolia is the deep purple lavender and the Intermedia is the mid violet.  Usually the Angustifolia blooms from mid June to July and Intermedia from mid July to August.  There are over 60 different types of lavender in the field … lavender heaven!  Gazing at the field, you’ll notice the various hues of lilacs and purples due to the variety of the lavender.  I clicked away and took numerous pictures and Instagram worthy shots!

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Lavender field at Hitchin


Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Close up of the lavender

To the right of the lavender field is the sunflower field.  The sunflowers were also in bloom and offered a perfect time to pick.  I love sunflowers – so big and bright.  As I walked into the sunflower field, I could easily get lost in the flowers.  A sea of bright, bold, big sunflowers!  They stand so tall, wavering in the air withstanding the gently breeze.  Of course, I had to take a sunflower home.  Boy are they quite tough to cut.  Don’t forget to pay 50p on your way out for each sunflower you pick or you can collect one already cut at the exit.

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Getting lost in the sunflowers

Both bags filled with lavender and a sunflower in hand, we headed over to the coffee shop for a refreshing drink.  Browsing the drinks selection I noticed homemade cakes on the counter made with lavender.  What caught my eye was the lavender ice cream.  Lovely lilac creamy ice cream!  Well, I had to try the lavender ice cream in a cone and I thought it tasted similar to vanilla surprisingly.  Due to the heat outside, the ice cream was melting fairly quickly and all of a sudden the ice cream was gone.  Poor Ian only managed a lick! Ha ha!

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Lavender ice cream – you need to try this!

There’s a huge picnic area with picnic tables for people to bring their own food and drinks.  And dogs are welcome too, however not in the lavender field.

Just to make you aware that there is a photography fee of £50 if you’re looking to take portrait shots, even if they’re not to be used commercially.  The fee includes the photographer to use the field for 4 hours. 

We highly recommend strolling through the lavender and sunflower fields here at Hitchin, when in full bloom.  Check their website regularly during the Summer season, for up to date information.

Details

Entrance Fee: £6 Adult / £3 Children (aged 5-14 yrs)

Opening Times: Everyday 10am – 5pm, except Tuesday and Fridays close at 9pm.

Address: Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 3AU

Tips: 

  • If you wish to have extra bags of lavender to take home, it’s £4.
  • Arrive at the fields when they first open to avoid the crowds and to capture those beautiful shots of the rows of lavender.

Visiting the beautiful lavender fields in England makes a perfect day trip out.  Take in the stunning rows of purple lavender and don’t forget to try cake/ice cream with lavender in it.  Maybe next year we’ll visit Mayfield farm.

Have you visited any lavender fields in England?  Used any lavender products?

 

 

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Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!

Visit England’s beautiful lavender fields – WhodoIdo: Wander through the beautiful lavender fields and take in the fragrant lavender. Explore the lavender fields when in full bloom. Don’t forget to try lavender ice cream!
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28 Comments

  • Constance 02/10/2018 (18:49)

    Those are such beautiful lavender fields! I’ve always wanted to visit some lavender fields in England and these two are such great options. I love how they’re some lesser known ones so hopefully there are fewer people photobombing you! Totally need to see these, especially the one with the sunflower field too!

    • Lana
      Lana 03/10/2018 (09:45)

      We were lucky to get there before the school holidays started and not too many people were around. The fields can get super busy during the weekends. When you pop over to the UK, head over to the lavender fields 🙂

  • Tina 25/09/2018 (18:24)

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the sunflowers 💖

    • Lana
      Lana 25/09/2018 (19:14)

      Thank you for the lovely comment. Sunflowers are my favourite 🙂

  • Beth 22/09/2018 (22:36)

    How did I not realize England had such beautiful lavender fields? Bucket list item: added! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us!

    • Lana
      Lana 23/09/2018 (09:45)

      No problem! They are beautiful aren’t they. We plan to visit the Mayfield lavender field next year 🙂

  • Val 20/09/2018 (18:07)

    Wow, the English countryside is so charming and full of surprises! Those lavender fields are stunning, but sunflowers are always my favorite!

    • Lana
      Lana 20/09/2018 (18:47)

      Sunflowers are my favourite too! It’s great that Hitchin has lavender and sunflower fields to stroll through 🙂

  • Alexander Popkov 17/09/2018 (21:33)

    These colors! I don’t really photograph flowers, but these place… I would love to get there with my camera.

    • Lana
      Lana 17/09/2018 (22:30)

      This is the perfect place to capture those beautiful shots with your camera! Highly recommend getting there when it opens to avoid the crowds. 🙂

  • federica 17/09/2018 (09:45)

    I live in London and I have never heard of this lavender fields before reading your post. I will definitely check it in July next year, before school summer holidays.

    • Lana
      Lana 17/09/2018 (11:23)

      Hope you get to see them next year. Really accessible from London – just a train ride away 🙂

  • Ahoy Matey Travel Blog 16/09/2018 (22:01)

    Lavender and sunflowers! How gorgeous! I never knew about the lavender fields in England so thanks for introducing them to me.

    • Lana
      Lana 16/09/2018 (22:51)

      I loved wandering around the sunflower fields in Hitchin-so big and bright! 🙂

  • Nicole 16/09/2018 (19:28)

    The photos are lovely. I want to get lost in a field of lavender! It is nice to know that you don’t have to go to France to enjoy these beautiful flowers!

    • Lana
      Lana 16/09/2018 (20:20)

      There’s quite a few lavender fields in the UK and are just as beautiful. Maybe one day I’ll get to see the fields in Provence 🙂

  • Adrenaline Romance 16/09/2018 (15:32)

    Wow! Those are very pretty! I bet the field smells very sweet as well. Very nice for prenuptial and bridal shots. 🙂

    • Lana
      Lana 16/09/2018 (15:46)

      We did see a few professional photographers taking photos. The fields were so fragrant 🙂

  • Toti and Alessia 16/09/2018 (10:24)

    We have missed this time of the year, and now we don’t know if we can see it again, due next year we are planning to go abroad for a while. Looking on the social seems this time of the year was great and the photos are looking amazing.

    • Lana
      Lana 16/09/2018 (11:45)

      We missed them last year so I was determined to see them this year. Weather was great and the fields were beautiful. Hopefully, we’ll visit Mayfield lavender field next year. 😉

  • Kristie 16/09/2018 (03:12)

    I’ve heard so much about the lavender fields in Provence, so I wasn’t aware you could see them in England! It looks so relaxing and beautiful there. The fact about still smelling of lavender in King Tut’s tomb…incredible! Glad you got to enjoy these beautiful fields!

    • Lana
      Lana 16/09/2018 (09:43)

      There’s a few lavender fields in the UK. They are beautiful 🙂

  • Eric Gamble 15/09/2018 (20:57)

    That is totally cool. Never would have associated Lavender Fields with England. When we were there we would get lost in the hundreds of fields of gold amid the Rapeseed (Canola for americans). But we never saw any lavender fields. Guess Darcee & I need to head back to Sommerset and try some of that Lavender Ice Cream!

    • Lana
      Lana 15/09/2018 (21:38)

      Oh yes you’ll see many fields of rapeseed here in the countryside. I only knew of the lavender fields last year. 😉

  • Edwin at Regular Daddy 15/09/2018 (10:16)

    That’s so beautiful. And I’m sure you won’t find any mosquitoes in there 😀

    • Lana
      Lana 15/09/2018 (14:44)

      No mosquitoes in the lavender fields. Just bees! 🙂

  • Lindsay Joseph 11/09/2018 (18:34)

    The fields are absolutely stunning! I never knew about them before.

    • Lana
      Lana 11/09/2018 (21:04)

      They’re so pretty when the lavender is in full bloom. 🙂

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