As much as visiting the lavender fields of Provence is the ultimate #FieldGoals (is that a thing? Let’s make it a thing), not all of us have the time or the money to whisk down to the south of France right this moment. Thankfully there’s a fair few farms around England waiting to satisfy our desire for a sea of purple, whether you’re wanting to get some shots for the Insta or just get a taste of the English countryside.
Sophie (from Luggage Tags and Ticket Stubs) and I have made it our new annual tradition to visit a new one every year. It’s a bit of a work in progress as this is just our second year of this ‘annual tradition’, but it definitely helps to set goals, right? I’ll definitely be working off of this list though, so please do let me know if I’ve missed out anywhere good!
Lavender flowering season is from mid June until the end of August, so you’ll need to be quick if you’re planning a trip this year. Otherwise, bookmark (or Pin) this page for next year so that you don’t forget!
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Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire
How to get there: 30-minute train journey from London Kings Cross to Hitchin; then a 10-minute cab
Entrance fee: £5 adults / £1 under 14s / Free for under 5s
Last year was our first time at a lavender field, and we decided to head out to Hertfordshire to try Hitchin out for size. It’s super easy to get to from London, and it’s incredibly peaceful once you get there. There’s a cafe on-site where I had the most *incredible* brie sandwich, and rows and rows of lavender where it was easy to find a quiet corner to take pictures.
The £5 entrance fee may seem a bit on the steeper side, but that includes the chance to fill up a huge brown bag with lavender which you cut yourself. Therefore, if you’re intending to get some fresh lavender while at a farm, this probably works out a little cheaper! Plus, as an added little bonus, Hitchin even has a sunflower field next door too.
How to get there: 30-minute train journey from London Victoria to Sutton; then a 10-minute cab
Entrance fee: £1 adults / Free for under 16s
For somewhere that sits so close to London (just 15 miles from central!), Mayfield takes a surprisingly long time to get to on the train – make sure to get the quick 30-minute train to Sutton, and not the 50-minute++ one! However, from there it’s a cinch, with the cab ride from the station costing us around £12 each way.
The 25-acre farm benefits from some pretty photo props, including a red phone box and an Airstream caravan. Full marks to the team for going all-out with the theme by infusing everything – from the cakes to the teas – with lavender. Delish.
Cotswold Lavender, Worcestershire
How to get there: 1 hr 40 mins from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh; then a 15-minute cab
Entrance fee: £3.50 for adults / £2.50 for under 15s / free for under 5s
Lavender in the Cotswolds – could you get more British than that? Located close to Cheltenham, Cotswold Lavender also has a tea room and a comprehensive farm shop on site, while visitors can also take a trip into the distillery (which is only in full swing on days they actually harvest, but still.)
The Hop Shop, Sevenoaks
How to get there: 35 minutes on the train from London Victoria to Otford; then 7 minutes in a cab
Entrance fee: Tours cost £6 for adults; £3 for 5-14 year olds
Down in Kent (aka The Garden of England), there’s The Hop Shop. This working farm does things a little differently, in that access to the lavender field is by group tour only. I’ve yet to visit, but by the sounds of it this would be perfect for those people-free shots. Plus, the 1 hr 15-min tour actually sounds pretty decent, with an expert covering all the processes of lavender production. (Believe me, there’s only so many lavender fields you can see before your mind starts asking all these questions).
By far the big USP of The Hop Shop, though, is the fact it does AROMATHERAPY MASSAGES in the middle of the lavender field! Because, tbh, if you don’t find peak relaxation while surrounded by the aroma of lavender, where are you going to?
PICNICS || New Lavender Picnic dates announced! The weather at the end of the week is looking lovely, so on Friday 7th July and Saturday 8th July, from 6:30-8:30pm, you can BYO Picnic and enjoy watching the sun go down over our beautiful fields of Kentish Lavender. All details and prices see link in profile. Call 01959 523219 to book (9am-5pm). . . #picnic #lavender #lavenderoil #lavenderfarm #lavenderkent #kentishlavender #familypicnic #picnicdate #picnicfood #thehopshop
Long Barn, Hampshire
How to get there: 14-minute cab from Winchester train station
Entrance fee: Free!
Long Barn has been growing and distilling lavender for over a decade, so it’s the perfect spot for picking up a few gifts if you’re over this way. Their oak barn is set in 2 acres of lavender fields; while it’s a lot smaller than other fields on this list, you have access to a plant nursery as well as a cafe. They’ve also got a shop with lots of decently priced products in, like jelly, toiletries and cake. Cake is always a good shout.
Shropshire Lavender, Pickstock
How to get there: You’re probably best off getting here by car, as it’s a little out of the way. The nearest large train stations are in Stafford, Shrewsbury and Telford, but they’re around 20-40 minutes away.
Entrance fee: Free
During the lavender season, you can stroll around Shropshire Lavender every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Their lavender gardens have over 40 different varieties of lavender (who else totally didn’t know that was a thing?), plus as a nice little bonus their wild garden is a quiet haven for a bunch of wildlife. A tea shop is on site as well, which is always welcome.
Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington
How to get there: 35-minute drive from York station
Entrance fee: Free admission March, April, May and September. During June and August, garden admission is £3 for adults / £1 for 5-15 year olds / £7 for two adults & two kids / £2 per person for groups of 15 or more
Who said lavender was only for those down south? North of York you’ll find Yorkshire Lavender, a 60-acre farm which is about more than just the lavender. There’s a lavender maze, themed gardens, a sculpture park, deer…and a tea shop. Oh, and it’s all set within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so it’s extra beautiful.
Wolds Way Lavender, Yorkshire
How to get there: 30-minute drive from Scarborough
Entrance fee: In June, July and August, the charge is £3 for adults / £2.40 for concessions / £1 for 5-16 year olds
Not too far from Yorkshire Lavender is Wolds Way Lavender, which features a range of things to do on its 12-acre site – like wild flower meadows, a giant games maze and a giant bee hive. There’s also a miniature railway which runs tours for £2 per person and which sounds like the most fun ever. And yep, there’s a tea shop. Don’t worry.
Inglenook Farm, Saint Helens
How to get there: 30-minute train journey (with one change) from Liverpool, and then 6 minutes in a cab
Entrance fee: Free
Inglenook Farm grows both organic lavender and chamomile, and welcomes photographers ‘at no more charge than to see and share the spectacular images’. Try and coincide your visit with the monthly craft and farmers market which features stalls selling locally made items and food.
Lavender Fields, Hampshire
How to get there: 11-minute cab from Alton train station
Entrance fee: £4 for adults / Free for under 12s
In the heart of the Hampshire countryside there’s Lavender Fields which, while only open for a few days each summer, has an adorable shop on site. Group visits and tours are still available though, so it’s worth getting in touch if you fancy a day out. Plus, if you *really* fancy a cool photo shoot with a difference, you can hire a one-hour commercial pass for £50.
Lordington Lavender, Chichester
How to get there: 11-minute drive from Bosham train station (or 16 minutes from Chichester)
Entrance fee: £6
Lordington Lavender in the South Downs National Park is a field after my own heart – they take order very seriously, and this year only opened the field to the public for 7 days. And even then, entry was only in small groups which had to be booked in advance, so that the calmness of the field was maintained for everyone. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets next year, local charity teams will be on hand to provide tea and cakes, with proceeds going to chosen charities.
Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make this 2017 LORDINGTON LAVENDER OPEN WEEK so memorable. We have had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you all back to the field in bloom next year! Thank you to @shaylabloomphotography for this gorgeous photograph! X #lavender #locations #lovesussex #lordington #lordingtonlavenderfarm #lordingtonlavender #westsussex #chichester #countrylife