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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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