Wow! The colour and the smell of the lavender fields is unforgettable. Hitchin Lavender is a real hidden gem in the Hertfordshire countryside.
I spent a lovely sunny morning here, wandering along the rows of lavender with a friend, or should I say chasing after our toddlers! The views are spectacular and there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained, like their fun little purple tractor, overlooking the lavender.
I love taking photos of nature and of my family, so when I get the opportunity to put these two things together, I get quite excited. It almost feels like I’m painting a picture. I enjoy finding just the right composition and snapping away until I capture that perfect moment.
And here it is… my favourite photo of that day. I love how the lavender perfectly frames these two having a cute little cuddle. Forget ‘puppy love’, I’m calling this one ‘lavender love!’.
I’ll leave my top tips for visiting Hitchin Lavender below and keep scrolling down to see some more photos from our visit…
Bee prepared! 🐝 – If you are scared of bees, or allergic, then this probably isn’t going to be your idea of a fun day out. They are everywhere! However they never bothered us or the kiddies. Be careful and go slowly as you walk through the lavender rows. Maybe pack some sting cream just in case!
What to bring – With this amazing summer weather you will want to pack your sun cream, hat and a nice cold bottle of water. You can walk a long way out into the open countryside, so make sure you have all you need to keep safe and cool in the heat. Also wear sensible shoes, as the ground is uneven and very dusty. If you are visiting with a baby, I would recommend using a harness, as the fields are not very buggy friendly. A bag and scissors are provided for cutting your own lavender, when you buy your entry tickets.
What else can you do here? – It’s not just lavender growing here, there is a beautiful wildflower section with bright red poppies and around the end of July or beginning of August, you can visit their Sunflower field too. There is a playground near the cafe area, however this wasn’t suitable for our little ones. I would say it is aimed for older children from around 4 years plus. If you are looking for somewhere to make the most of these gorgeous summer evenings, the farm is also open late on Tuesday and Friday nights.
Where to eat? – You can pack a picnic, but I highly recommend visiting their cafe, which is housed in a charming 17th century converted barn. It also has a large, shaded, outdoor seating area, perfect for a spot of lunch or a slice of cake and a cuppa. Here you can also try tasty treats, such as lavender ice cream or lavender lemonade. In the same area you will also find their gift shop, selling lots of lovely lavender goodies!