In the UK lavender fields are currently in full bloom. The calming plants bloom from July to September and give the areas of the countryside that they grow in a gorgeous lilac hue. Not to mention the amazing scent that the plant gives off!
Last week a couple of friends and I hopped in the car and took ourselves on a 40-minute road trip down to Hitchin Lavender Field for the evening. And we had so much fun! We spent an hour walking up and down the various pathways through the field, laughing as we played around with taking photos within the lavender, and picking some of our own lavender to take home!
Visiting Hitchin Lavender Farm:
Located in Hertfordshire and easily accessible via train from London or via car from Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire, Hitchin Lavender is great for those looking to enjoy a few hours out in the fresh air.
The fields are currently open from 9am to 7.30pm each day for those with a pre-booked ticket only. Time sessions are set as 9am-11am, 11.30am – 2.30pm and 3.30pm – 7.30pm.
There is free parking on site for visitors.
What is Hitchin Lavender?
Located in Hitchin, the place really does what it says on the tin and is a whopping 30 acres big lavender field. Visitors are free to wander throughout the field and can purchase a bag from the cabin on site to pick some lavender to take home. The lavender is looking at its best between May and late August.
To the far right of the main lavender field is a sunflower patch, which visitors are also welcome to walk through. These are best to see after they begin to flower in mid-August and September.
Eating at Hitchin Lavender
There is a café on site selling a range of food from simple sandwiches to savoury snacks, cakes, ice creams, plus hot and cold drinks. We personally chose to take our own picnic and there are some benches you can sit at if you wanted to do the same, or you could take a picnic blanket and chill out on the grassy areas.
If you’re tacking a little four-legged friend with you, the café also sells doggy ice creams!
Visiting the gift shop
No day out is complete without a little browse in the gift shop and the one at Hitchin Lavender is adorable! Full to the brim with locally produced jams, pickles and chutneys, as well as handmade gifts, dried flowers and, of course, plenty of lavender themed items. From lavender filled eye pillows, to gift boxes, wheat bas, candles, essential oils and the farm’s own gin, there’s plenty to pick from if you’re looking for a little souvenir to take home.
If you’re not like me and you’re green-fingered, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are also a variety of plants available to purchase from the shop too.
How much is it and how do I book?
- Adult: from £7.00
- Child: from £5.50
- Disabled: from £5.50
- Under 4s: Free of charge
Tickets are released weekly and can be purchased online from www.hitchinlavender.com/visit-us/
How do I get there?
Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin
Hertfordshire, SG5 3UA
If you're travelling from London, the nearest train station is Hitchin which can be reached from London King’s Cross or St Pancras. It’s then just a short taxi ride from the station.
Pin and save this post for later: