The lavender fields of Provence have been calling me ever since I clapped eyes on a gorgeous photo on Pinterest. Row upon row of plump purple haze paled into the horizon on a misty summer’s dawn. I was instantly enchanted and knew I’d have to see them for myself one day.

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English Lavender Fields

Cutting back to reality and three years on I still haven’t got myself to Provence. Such is life. But then I discovered that there are home-grown English lavender farms and there’s one only an hour’s drive from home. I paid a visit to the aromatic Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey last weekend to give me a quick lavender fix until I make it to Provence. Because I will get there one day you know…

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A visit to a lavender field is an assault on the senses. The sight of billowing blue and purple rows disappearing into a hazy horizon took my breath away. Next, stepping between the rows of lavender, I was enveloped by the aromatic scent that permeated the air. And then I became aware of the gentle buzzing of happy little bees bumbling away in their sweet little world.

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The lavender fields at Mayfield are selfie heaven. I’m not big on selfies (well when you get to my age…) but people were posing, pouting and posturing amongst the purple. A classic red telephone box in the middle of the field made the perfect prop for many a facebook profile pic and the red against the purple looked amazing. Little gazebos can be rented for private parties amongst the lavender.

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There’s a café at Mayfield and also a pop-up shop selling anything from fresh posies of lavender to organic essential oil, soap, lotions and even lavender tea. The smell when I stepped inside was almost overpowering.

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So, you might want to visit a lavender field yourself before the season’s done – there’s still time. Lavender usually flowers from mid-June until mid-August depending on the weather.

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Visiting and English Lavender Field and a list of lavender field locations in the UK

There are quite a few English lavender fields popping up all over England and I’ve listed the ones I could find below. Hopefully, there’s one in your area that you can visit.

Check out the lavender farms’ websites first because some farms will only allow visitors as part of a tour. Also the flowering and visitor seasons vary between each one with some finishing mid-July and others staying open until the end of August and even up to September.

If there’s a lavender field or farm near you that I’ve missed please let me know and I can add it to the list which I’ll update every year.

Have you visited a lavender field? If not you should – it’s good for the soul!

Where to find English lavender fields

Mayfield Lavender Farm – Croydon Lane, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3BE

English Hampshire Lavender – Hartley Park Farm Business Centre, Selborne Rd, Alton GU34 3HS

Lordington Lavender, Chichester – Lordington Farm, Lordington, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9DX (finished 17 July)

Somerset Lavender – Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset BA3 5WA

Norfolk Lavender – Caley Mill, Heacham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 7JE

Shropshire Lavender – Wellbank Farm, Pickstock Newport, Shropshire TF10 8AH

Hitchin Lavender – Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin Herts, SG5 3UA

Cotswold Lavender – Hill Barn Farm, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JY

Yorkshire Lavender – The Yorkshire Lavender Farm, Terrington, York, YO60 6PB

World’s Way Lavender, Wintringham, York, YO17 8HW

Pennine Lavender – Greenbottom Farm, Hoylandswaine, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 7JA

Isle of Wight Lavender (no website) – Staplehurst Grange, Staplers Road, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LU

Welsh Lavender – Cefnperfedd Uchaf, Maesmynis, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales LD2 3HU