It was the weekend; our chicken pox confinement was finally over and we wanted some fresh air. We didn’t want a big day out or a long journey so after a little internet trawling we decided on a trip to Hitchin Lavender at Cadwell Farm.
Cadwell Farm has been family run for more than a hundred years but lavender was only introduced to the farm in 2000. The lavender is grown for agricultural use but in recent years the lavender fields have been opened to the public during the summer months.
You’re visiting a working farm so you might see horses, machinery…and mud. But the reason you’re there is the luscious lavender rows. For £5 an adult you can walk through the lavender field and pick a bagful of lavender flowers to take home with you. Depending when you go, there might also be wildflowers and sunflowers – if you want to pick the sunflowers they are 50p a stem. It’s best to check out the Hitchin Lavender Facebook or Twitter pages to get updates on how the flowers are blooming.
If you work up an appetite during your picking, you don’t have to leave the farm for a bite to eat – in a 17th Century barn next to the fields there’s a café that serves light lunches and cakes. Or you can bring your own food and eat at the picnic tables by the lavender field. In the barn you can also buy a range of natural products (paraben free, no artificial colouring) and lavender plants.
I’d definitely recommend the Hitchin Lavender Fields for a little nature fix. We had a lovely few hours…despite the rain arriving! Word of warning though, if you’re got a bee allergy there are a lot of bees in the lavender.
Now I just need to do something with the two bags of lavender we brought home.
Accessibility – wheelchairs and pushchairs will struggle to get in between the lavender rows but there is a track to the side of the field if you want to see the lavender in all its glory.
Opening hours: from now until around the end of August the lavender fields will be open between 10am and 5pm every day (last entry is 4.30).
Costs (all payable on day, no need to pre-book)
– Adults £5 (this includes a bag for picking)
– Under 14’s: £1 (you will need to pay for an extra bag if your child wants to pick as well)
– Under 5’s: FREE
– Concessions: £4
– Extra bags: £4
Address: Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 3UA