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It’s lavender season! The colourful fields of crop comes into full bloom between the months of June and August in England. It fills the air with a beautiful aroma and makes the vivid fields worth capturing. Luckily the British countryside has some of the most stunning lavender fields which give the lavender fields in the Provence of France a run for their money.
We have compiled some of our favourites lavender fields in and around London which are definitely worth a visit this summer.
Where: 1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA
Best time to visit: The Lavender fields here start to bloom towards the end of June and the peak time is between July and August
Located just under 15 miles from London in the North Surrey Hills is the Mayfield lavender farm. Lined with organic lavender, this 25 acres of field is a great place to wander through the sea of vivid aromatic flowers during the summer months.
It also has a cute gift shop where you can find lavender toiletries made with the organic lavender oil from the farms, lavender teas, shortbread and much more! There is also a relaxed al-fresco café on the farm which is famous for its lavender ice cream and cream tea.
If you are feeling a little adventurous Mayfield Lavender Farm also offers a tractor ride around our farm.
Where: Redmans Ln, Sevenoaks TN14 7UB
Best time to visit: Between Early June and August
Kentish Lavender Farm is the largest Lavender farm in the UK. Growing up to 95 acres of the fragrant crop, the farm has its own steam distillery where the oil is extracted. The most exciting and unique thing about this farm is that it offers Aromatherapy Massage right in the lavender fields ( yes! that’s right ) not only that there is Lavender-themed food tastings, wreath workshops, and tours. Keep an eye on their events page for the events page for more details.
Before you visit do note that this lavender farm gives you the opportunity to experience an actual working farm, because of this access to the fields is restricted and has to be done as part of a group tour.
Where: Hill Barn Farm, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7JY
Best time to visit: Early-mid July but it can differ year to year with the weather.
Set in the beautiful hills of Cotswold overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham is the Cotswold Lavender Farm. 53 acres of lavender fields are harvested and distilled by traditional methods and aged for a year before use. The most amazing thing about this field is that you can actually visit the distillery and experience how the distillation takes place. Cotswold lavender fields also have a cute barn shop and tea room. Be sure to try their popular Lavender & Lemon cake!
Photo by Andrew Lockie on Flickr
Where: Cadwell farm, Arlesey Rd, Ickleford, Hitchin SG5 3UA
Best time to visit: Mid June – end of August
Hitchin Lavender is a 25 miles long lavender field which gives you the freedom to walk through the purple paradise and pick your own fresh flowers. It has some spectacular views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
There is also a 17th-century barn where you can treat yourself to delicious homemade cakes and take some lavender goodies home with you. The most exciting thing about Hitchin Lavender field is the outdoor Sundown Cinema – what better way to spend your summer evenings!
Where: Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Nr Radstock BA3 5WA
Best time to visit: June – August
Somerset Lavender Farm is a piece of heaven on earth and a perfect day out in the summer. There are two 5 acre fields of lavender both are grown for lavender essential oil and dried lavender flowers. Different types of lavenders are grown in each field and the fields flower at different times of the year. The first field flowers in June and July and the second field flowers around July and August. Walking through the fields taking in the sight and smell of the flowers with bees humming is a must-do experience.