In a nutshell
A family-run farm with a 12-acre blanket of lavender that paints one Hertfordshire hillside a vivid purple each summer time. From late May to the top of August, the farm’s 25 miles of lavender rows are yours to discover. Children can decide their method across the area and take bunches of the stuff home by the bag. There’s additionally a area stuffed with sunflowers and one other scattered with wild flowers, which makes for fairly photograph alternatives. The top of flowering season is late June to mid-July (so early guests shouldn’t anticipate peak purple) but it surely’s value keeping track of its Facebook web page for updates to time your go to.
Thanks to being featured on a Chinese web site, the farm noticed an enormous rise in worldwide guests searching for a quintessentially British expertise final 12 months.
Photograph: Lisa Foreman for the Guardian
Best factor(s) about it
It’s seasonal, which makes it much more particular. Just decide up a paper bag and a few scissors on the gate, and off you go – dodging the bees and gulping lungfuls of aromatic air as you go. There’s sufficient house, so kids aren’t a trouble to extra serene guests, whereas younger children specifically (dwarfed by the lavender rows) are in awe of the environment. Ours, who had been two and 4 final summer time, walked far additional than they ever would at home and stuffed a bag every, buoyed by the very fact they had been entrusted with a pair of scissors. The view from the highest is definitely worth the legwork.
What about lunch?
There’s a 17th-century barn the place you may get drinks, lunch and do-it-yourself desserts. It’s not low cost (tea £1.95, espresso £2.25, cake £three.50, mild lunches from £four) however there’s additionally an open-fronted tipi proper reverse the lavender area with just a few picnic benches should you’d reasonably deliver your personal meals. It additionally provides some much-needed shade on a sunny day. Also, new for 2018 is a fortress-style play space, outdoors the barn.
Play space and picnic benches outdoors the barn and reward store
Exit via the reward store?
The reward store is within the barn and is stocked with lavender merchandise, from important oils and pores and skin lotions to 60 kinds of lavender plant.
By automobile is best: Cadwell Farm (its official identify) is within the village of Ickleford, two miles north of Hitchin. Take junction 10 off the A1M in the direction of Stotfold, then observe the A507. It makes a terrific stopoff should you’re heading to Cambridge. Or take the prepare from King’s Cross to Hitchin, then a taxi to the farm.
Lavender merchandise on the reward store of Hitchin Lavender in Hertfordshire, UK.
Value for cash?
Field entrance is adults £6, kids £three (5-14s), below 5s free (which incorporates free choosing for all). The entry price contains bag and scissors, whereas additional baggage for youngsters or keen adults are £four every.
10am-5pm each day from 26 May till the top of August, with late nights till 9pm on chosen dates in August.
Parent, grandparent and child-friendly, 9 out of 10.