For a few weeks of the year thousands of people descend upon the beautiful fields of lavender just outside of Hitchin in the little village of Ickleford. The fields are full of the heady aroma of lavender and the colour is magnificent.
Hitchin Lavender is a family farm where five generations have been farming. Lavender was introduced in 2000 with the intention of just selling the essential oil from the harvested flowers, but after several years, local interest grew and they began opening up for the public each day during the Summer, They now get thousands of visitors each time they are in bloom. There is also a field of sunflowers that you can wander through and pick for 50p per flower.
For £4.50 per adult (under 14s £1 and under 5s free) you are given a brown paper bag and a pair of scissors and you can pick your own lavender and fill your bag to the brim. There is also a gorgeous coffee shop selling lovely food, yummy cakes and drinks and a gift shop full of amazing products such as candles, body lotions, oils, honey and chutneys. It's the perfect day out with the kids.
We met the lovely Sharon Cooper there for a natter and she took some gorgeous photos of us. Sharon is a regular at Hitchin Lavender and often can be seen shooting pictures of families, couples and kiddies running around amongst the breathtaking flowers. For beautiful pictures of your children, Sharon has some dates available at the end of August. Get in touch here.
Flowering season is until the end of August, but the best time is right now, it is definitely worth a visit if you have any spare days over the next week or so. For details of opening times and directions visit their website
by Anna Cascarina