Hitchin Lavender is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hertfordshire Countryside. This beautiful lavender farm attracts visitors from around the world outside the town centre. Just a 50 km drive from the city, this picturesque lavender farm is the perfect day trip for tourists and locals alike.
Visitors can expect to see stunning fields of lavender in full bloom, as well as a variety of shops and cafes. The farm is also a great place to take pictures, with plenty of photo opportunities throughout the grounds.
It is the perfect place for a day of relaxation or an Instagram-worthy adventure. In this blog post, we’ll look at what to expect when visiting Hitchin Lavender in 2022.
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What to expect when you visit Hitchin Lavender in 2022
If you’re planning a trip to Hitchin Lavender, here’s what you can expect in 2022. The fields will be in full bloom from mid-July to late August, so plan your visit accordingly.
You’ll be able to walk through the lavender fields, take in the stunning views, and even pick your bouquet of lavender (if you’re feeling adventurous).
There are also many lavender-themed events and activities taking place throughout the season. I have listed some points I expected and fulfilled during my visit to Hitchin Lavender.
Stunning fields of lavender in full bloom
Stunning fields of lavender are in full bloom from mid-July to late August. You can pick your lavender bouquet, and many events and activities take place throughout the season.
A variety of shops and cafes
A variety of gift shop and cafes will be open for business during your visit. You can also find the best gift shop and cafes to spend time in this place.
Plenty of photo opportunities in Hitchin Lavender
Whether you’re posing in front of our iconic blue door or frolicking among the lavender fields, there are plenty of photo opportunities at Hitchin Lavender. I can’t wait to share them with you!
A day of relaxation or an Instagram-worthy adventure
With plenty of seating and picnic areas, you can while away the hours enjoying the stunning views.
If you’re feeling more active, there are also plenty of opportunities to explore the Hitchin lavender fields – and don’t forget to snap a selfie or two in front of the picturesque purple blooms! (This was the best part for me)
The history of the Hitchin lavender farm
The farm was first established in the early 1800s by George and Mary Hitchin. The couple had emigrated from England to Australia in 1788, and after a few years of farming in the new country, they decided to try their hand at lavender cultivation.
The Hitchins were successful in their endeavor, and their farm quickly became one of Australia’s most productive lavender farms.
The couple continued to run the farm until George died in 1838.
Mary Hitchin then took over the running of the farm, and she continued to do so until she died in 1854.
At that time, their son Thomas took over the Hitchin Lavender Fields farm and ran it until his death in 1885.
The farm then passed to Thomas’s son, George, who ran it for many years before selling it in 1920. It has since changed hands several times, but it remains a working in the Hitchin lavender fields farm.
How to visit Hitchin Lavender from London
Hitchin Lavender is located just outside the town centre of Hertfordshire Countryside, a 50 km drive from London.
The best way to get there is by car, but you can also take the train from London Kings Cross station. (There are multiple car park options at the destination)
If driving, follow the M25 motorway until you reach junction 24. Take the A414 exit towards Hertford/Hitchin, and then follow the signs for Hitchin town centre. The lavender farm will be on your right-hand side.
If you’re taking the train, take the King’s Cross to Cambridge line from London Kings Cross station. Get off at Hitchin station, and then it is a short walk to the lavender farm.
Best time to visit Hitchin lavender fields
The best time to visit Hitchin Lavender is from late June to late August when the Hitchin Lavender fields are in full bloom. However, the Hitchin Lavender open all year round, so you can still enjoy the stunning views and lavender-themed events even if you can’t make it during peak season.
The Hitchin Lavender opening times are 10 am to 6 pm, and there is no need to book in advance. Just turn up and enjoy the stunning views!
You can also visit Hitchin Lavender Farm in August and September, when the lavender is starting to fade, but the lavender fields are still open. Although, I preferred visiting the lavender fields during the late june.
Things to do on the Hitchin Lavender Farm
The Hitchin Lavender Farm is a must-see destination for lavender lovers! Situated in rural Hertfordshire, England, the farm spans over 30 acres and is home to over 80,000 lavender plants.
I found multiple things to do in the Hitchin lavender fields. To share my experience, I am adding my checklist here.
Visit the on-site store for lavender products-View the distillery process.
The on-site farm shop and stores offers a range of lavender products, from essential oils and soaps to home decor items.
Visitors can also watch the distillation process and learn about the different ways lavender is used.
Take a walk through the fields of lavender.
Walking through the fields is a relaxing experience, and attendees of the farm’s workshops and events can take part in activities such as wreath making and lavender pottery.
The picturesque Hitchin Lavender farm structures make for perfect photo opportunities.
Attend one of the events held at the Hitchin Lavender Farm
The Hitchin Lavender Farm hosts various events throughout the season, from live music performances to lavender-themed afternoon teas. I wanted to attend an event but was short on time during my visit to this place.
Moreover, there is also an on-site cafe serving light meals and snacks. (You will love the food, though; the taste is the same when I visited the best vegan restaurants in the Liverpool area.)
Learn about the history of lavender farming
The Hitchin Lavender Farm is situated on land that has been farmed for over 400 years. The farm’s founder, David Grieve, began growing lavender here in 1998.
Today, the farm is run by David and his son, Oliver. They offer tours of the farm and talk about the history of lavender farming.
I enjoy walking in peace, listening to the people around this place, and looking over this fantastic farm’s history.
Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Hitchin Lavender farm.
The Hitchin Lavender Farm is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The tranquil atmosphere and stunning scenery make it an excellent spot for a picnic or a walk in nature.
I suggest you go on weekdays as it is less crowded then, and you can spend quality time with your family or friends.
Where to eat and drink near the Hitchin Lavender Farm
There are a few options for food and drink near the Hitchin Lavender Farm. The on-site cafe serves light meals and snacks (including the lavender ice cream, blueberry and vanilla cake) and there are also a few pubs and restaurants in the nearby town of Hitchin.
We have published a detailed travel guide to Hitchin in our previous post. You might love to check it out.
I would recommend the Black Horse pub, which is situated in the picturesque village of Great Offley.
The pub serves traditional British food, and the beer garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint on a sunny day.
The Hitchin Bakehouse sells freshly baked bread and cakes. (It is generally a takeaway restaurant).
You can get all the items packed from this restaurant in the paper bag.
For mopping up tonight's fish stew. pic.twitter.com/Fyl8vmdBbN
— Hitchin Bakehouse (@hitchinbread) October 14, 2017
Tips for Visiting Lavender Fields with Children
The Hitchin Lavender Farm is a great place to visit with children. Plenty of activities keep them entertained, and the farm is very child-friendly.
I would recommend bringing a picnic blanket and some snacks, as there are no food outlets on the farm. And if you’re visiting during peak season, book tickets in advance as the farm can get very busy.
That’s all from me about this place. (Do not forget to keep an eye on your children and spot some picnic benches at the place, though)
Hitchin Lavender in winter
Although the lavender fields do not bloom during winter, the farm is still open to visitors.
Several events are held throughout the season, including wreath making and pottery classes.
The farm also offers a range of products made from lavender, such as soaps, oils, and sachets. Visitors can also purchase fresh lavender to take home during the winter season.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Is the Hitchin Lavender Farm open all year round?
No, the farm is only open during the lavender season, which runs from June to August.
What are the opening times of the Hitchin Lavender Farm?
The farm is open from Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 to 17:00.
How much does it cost to visit the Hitchin Lavender Farm?
Tickets cost £12 for adults, £11 for seniors, and £06 for children. Under fives, go free.
What is there to do at the Hitchin Lavender Farm?
There are many activities on offer at the lavender fields, including lavender-themed afternoon teas, tours of the farm, talks on the history of lavender farming, and pottery classes.
Can I bring my dog to the Hitchin Lavender Farm?
Yes, dogs are welcome at the farm. They must be kept on a lead at all times, and there is a £02 charge per dog.
Lastly, I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post about the Hitchin Lavender Farm. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. And if you’re planning a visit, check out the farm’s website for more information about the booking process.