Where to find the best lavender fields in England
My love of lavender started with the lavender fields in Provence many years ago where I worked as an au pair one summer near Valensole. On my days off, I would head to the countryside with some friends and enjoy a picnic in the sun surrounded by a sea of purple. Fast forward quite a few years to 2017 and we returned with kids in tow for an action-packed adventure week in the Verdon Gorge. With the famous Provence lavender fields only a few miles away, we had to pop along.
Let’s just say some of us were more impressed than others with the rows of beautiful purple lavender! We didn’t stay long because it was so hot and headed back to our amazing campsite and to the pool. Thankfully we don’t need to go as far as France every year to get our (my) lavender fix now as there are so many English lavender farms popping up.
Where are the best lavender fields in England?
If you’re looking to enjoy a day out on a lavender farm in England, these are the best lavender farms with additional facilities so that you can really make a day of it.
Lavender fields Hertfordshire
Hitchin Lavender– the lavender fields Hitchin are our closest lavender fields and we visit every year to get some lavender cuttings and to take the obligatory photos. Hitchin lavender farm has 30 acres of lavender fields set on a working farm in the Chiltern Hills.
Location: Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 3UA. Located about 2 miles north of Hitchin.
Opening hours: Opens May 2020 from 10 am – 5 pm daily with late opening until 9 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Entry price: Adults: £10 and children aged 5 – 14: £5. Ticket price includes cuttings.
Facilities: Gift shop, tea room, free parking and play areas for the kids. They also have a sunflower field.
Lavender fields Cotswolds
Cotswold lavender – Located just 2 miles south of the beautiful Cotswold town of Broadway. The lavender farm is a working farm and on days when the lavender is being harvested, you can watch the harvest and the distillery in action.
Location: Hill Barn Farm, Snowshil, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JY
Opening hours: Open 10th June – 5th August 10 am – 5 pm.
Entry price: Adult: £5 and Children 5 – 15 years: £2.50
Facilities: Gift shop and tea room
Lavender fields Norfolk
Location: Caley Mill, Lynn Road, Heacham, PE31 7JE.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9 am – 5 pm.
Entry price: The main site is free to visit. The animal garden is Adult: £5.50 and Child: £4.50
Facilities: Gift shops, tea room, play areas, animal garden, plant nursery
Lavender fields Yorkshire
Yorkshire Lavender – located 14 miles north-east of York with beautiful views over the Vale of York.
Location: Terrington, York, YO60 6PB.
Opening hours: Opens 21st March – 27th September 2020 from 10 am – 5 pm.
Entry price: Free admission to the shop, plant nursery and tea room. From 16th May – 31st August there is a charge to visit the gardens. Adults: £4.50 and Children 3 – 16: £3
Facilities: They have a Lavender Maze, a Lavender Garden, a gift shop selling their own lavender products, a tea room and a play area.
Lavender fields Kent
Castle Farm – this is a small lavender farm on a working farm and the lavender fields can only be visited during July on a guided tour. The shop is open to the public.
Location: Redmans Lane, Sevenoaks, TN14 7UB.
Opening hours: Lavender season is from late June until the end of July but the shop is open Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 10 am – 5 pm.
Entry price: Tours last around 1 hour 15 minutes. Weekday tours can be booked online. Adult: £8.50, children 5 – 14 years old: £4.25. This includes a glass of apple juice. Weekend tours are booked on arrival. Adult: £7.50, children 5 – 14 years old: £3.75.
Facilities: There is a gift shop but no café (although there is a coffee cart during the summer months).
Lavender fields Surrey
Mayfield Lavender Fields – about 15 miles from central London. Opens June 2020. There’s a lot going on at Mayfield Lavender and it’s an Instagrammer’s dream with an old British red phone box in the middle of a lavender field. There is a charge for professional photography and no picnics are allowed.
Location: 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA.
Opening hours: 1st August – 31st August from 9 am – 6 pm 7 days a week.
Entry price: Adult £4, Children under 16 free
Facilities: Gift shop, tea room, tractor rides
Best time to visit the lavender fields UK
Lavender will usually bloom between mid-June and mid-August in the UK but each farm will have a slightly different schedule and of course, the weather will play a factor too. During a typical British summer, the lavender should be at its best from the beginning to mid-July. You can check with each farm above before you go and ask how the lavender is looking.
Tips for visiting English lavender fields
As we’ve mentioned already, lavender fields in the UK have become very popular. During peak season, there will be thousands of visitors, usually vying for the perfect lavender photo spot. If you can, we recommend arriving early and preferably during the week.
Bees love lavender as much as I do. They are generally not interested in you, but there are a lot of them and if disturbed, they will sting. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on little ones if they’re picking lavender.
The lavender fields above are on working farms and ground can be uneven. We recommend dressing appropriately and wearing sensible shoes.
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