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. But did you know you don’t have to go to France to see them because there are plenty of lavender fields in the UK. Read on for my list of English lavender fields and lavender farms with info to help plan your visit.
Lavender Farms in England
I’d never considered that there might be some lavender farms near me but after some research discovered that there are many home-grown English lavender fields and there’s one only an hour’s drive from home! There is a lavender field in Sussex but the aromatic Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey is nearer to me and the nearest lavender field to London. I dropped by to get a quick lavender fix until I make it to Provence. Because I will get there one day…
Mayfield Lavender, Surrey
A wonder through a field of lavender 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.
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 a shop selling everything lavender from fresh posies to organic essential oil, soap, lotions and even lavender tea. The smell when I stepped inside was almost overpowering.
English Lavender Fields – When to Visit
If you want to wander through a lavender field yourself remember that lavender usually flowers from mid-June until mid-August depending on the weather. If the weather is warmer earlier in the year then the season will probably start earlier and finish earlier. Likewise, if the weather’s cooler the lavender will take longer to bloom.
There are English lavender fields sprouting up all over England and I’ve listed the ones I could find below. Hopefully, there’s a lavender farm near you so you can visit your own piece of purple paradise.
Check out the lavender farms’ websites first (details below) 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.
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Where to find English Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields in South East England
Mayfield Lavender Farm – Croydon Lane, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3BE. Daily June – September 9 a.m – 6 p.m. Lavender flowers from June – end of August. Free entry. Parking £2.
English Hampshire Lavender – Hartley Park Farm Business Centre, Selborne Rd, Alton GU34 3HS. Open Days for 2018 will be held on Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July from 11am – 4pm. Group tours are available on request.
Lordington Lavender, Chichester – Lordington Farm, Lordington, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9DX. These lavender fields in West Sussex are open Monday 9th July – Sunday 15th July 2018. 10am-4pm (Last entry at 4pm, lavender fields to be cleared by 4.30pm). No booking required. £6 entry is paid on the gate.
Kentish Lavender, Castle Farm, Redmans Lane, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7UB. Open daily all year round, but for the best lavender the season is generally mid June – end of July. Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 5pm. Entry is free but lavender tours are £5/6 per person
Norfolk Lavender – Caley Mill, Heacham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 7JE. Best time for the lavender fields is June to August. Entry is free.
Hitchin Lavender – Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin Herts, SG5 3UA. Open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day throughout the season from mid June until the end of August. Last entry to the field is 4.30 p.m. There is a late night evening Tuesday 15th August, open until 9 p.m. Last entry into the field is 8.30
Lavender Fields in South West England
Somerset Lavender – Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset BA3 5WA. Visit the lavender garden and the lavender fields. Somerset Lavender is open May through September, Wednesday – Sunday. 10 a.m – 5 p.m. Entry is free
Lavender Farms in Central England
Cotswold Lavender – Hill Barn Farm, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JY. Open 9th June – 5th August, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with last entry to the fields at 4.45 p.m. £4 for Adults and £2 for Children under 15
Shropshire Lavender – Wellbank Farm, Pickstock Newport, Shropshire TF10 8AH. From Saturday 16 June 2018 and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. until Bank Holiday Monday 27 August 2018 at 5pm
Northern England Lavender Fields
Yorkshire Lavender – The Yorkshire Lavender Farm, Terrington, York, YO60 6PB. Yorkshire lavender has been going for over 24 years and is open June, July & August 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults £3, Children (5-15) £1.50, Senior Citizens £2.50, Family (2+2) £7
World’s Way Lavender, Wintringham, York, YO17 8HW. July & August 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sat 30th June 2018 for a family wedding. Adults £4.95, Concessions £4.50, Children (3-16yrs) £3.50, Family ticket (2+3) £15.00
Lavender Fields in Wales
Welsh Lavender – Cefnperfedd Uchaf, Maesmynis, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales LD2 3HU
Have you visited a lavender field? If not you should – it’s good for the soul!
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.