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Lavender Fields in England

Fields of flowering lavender decorate the landscapes of England with enchanting shades from smoky-lilac to blue-purple

Best time: mid-June/July–early August

Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields
Cotswold Lavender
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Lavender ornaments the English countryside during the summer season. The top location for taking in the purple beauty is the Cotswold area, which may be fairly called a completely different part of England. It's known for cozy small towns that experienced the peak of their development during the Renaissance, and also for the typical English "sleepy" villages. During the lavender season, this is a real English "Provence."

When does lavender bloom in UK?

Lavender farms in England usually open in June, however, lavender flowering season starts at least around mid-June. The best time to visit lavender fields in the UK is early-to-mid July through early August when the lavender is in full bloom. In late summer, the flowers fade away.

Where are the lavender fields in UK?

Hill Barn Farm near Snowshill, Cotswold Lavender

England has plenty of lavender farms where this plant grows in abundance. Hill Barn Farm near Snowshill (Cotswold Lavender) is the most well-known location within the Cotswold area. Local lavender is used for the production of lavender oil. You can buy a wide range of varieties of lavender, dried lavender, as well as aromatherapy products and souvenirs from the farm. Also, try some lavender tea with a lavender bun while you are there.

Lavender farms near London (South East & East of England)

Apart from celebrated Cotswold, England has other stunning spots to marvel at lavender fields. If you are looking for some places close to London, check out Mayfield Lavender Farm nestled in Banstead, Surrey, or Castle Farm growing lavender in Kent. Other relatively close locations include Hartley Park Farm (Hampshire) and Lordington Farm (West Sussex) south-west of the capital, and also Hitchin Lavender (Hertfordshire) north of London.

More lavender fields across England

If you don't mind exploring further, consider going to Somerset Lavender Farm in South West near Bath. Norfolk Lavender on the east coast also boasts vast purple-painted patches of land. And finally, Yorkshire Lavender is a winning destination if you're up to the north of the country.

Practical info

When are lavender farms usually open in England?

Usually, lavender farms in England are open in June. Nevertheless, the lavender flowers usually start to bloom around mid-June, with the full bloom occurring between early July and early August. By the end of the summer season, the flowers wilt away. Show more

Which places in the UK have lavender fields?

There are many UK locations that possess lavender fields. Examples in the Cotswold Area include Hill Barn Farm and Snowshill in addition to Cotswold Lavender. Lavender fields around London include Castle Farm in Kent and Mayfield Lavender Farm near Banstead in Surrey. There are other locations like Norfolk Lavender on the east coast, Somerset Lavender Farm, and Yorkshire Lavender in the north. Show more

What defines the Cotswold area?

The Cotswold area contains approximately 800 square miles of magnificent natural beauty. This iconic region spreads over 5 counties in the Southwest and West Midlands of England and boasts charming historic architecture made of Cotswold stone. You can experience enchanting rolling hills and take picturesque walks through cozy small towns and villages offering culinary experiences, art galleries and museums, and individual artisan shops and galleries. Show more

What can you produce using lavender?

Lavender is a versatile plant that can be used to produce essential oils, candles, perfumes, tea, soaps, lavender honey, lavender syrup, among other things. Several lavender farms in England display locally grown lavender and provide tours where visitors can learn more about the plant's cultivation and uses. Hill Barn Farm in Cotswold is one such farm that provides tours and sells products made from their locally grown lavender like oils, dried lavender, and aromatherapy products. Show more

How long do lavender flowers last?

In the UK, lavender flowers generally bloom for about 6 weeks between mid-June and early August. Although slight variations of flowering periods may happen based on the weather and field location, mid-July to early August is the period with the highest chance of spotting the blooming lavender fields at their most exquisite peak purple colors. Show more

Is it possible to have a guided tour of lavender farms in England?

Indeed, a few lavender farms in England offer visitors guided tours, during which they can go through the farm history, cultivation methods of lavender, and the product uses to experience. Hill Barn Farm near Snowshill found in Cotswold is an example of a farm that offers guided tours. Other lavender farms, such as Lordington Farm, Hartley Park Farm, and Norfolk Lavender, have guided tours too, which include tours of lavender fields, lavender oil distillation workshops, lavender jams and chutney tastings, lavender sachet making, and other lavender-based items. Show more

Apart from visiting the lavender fields, what else can you do in the Cotswold area?

Aside from the lavender fields, there are various activities that tourists can participate in while in the Cotswold area. These activities include touring historical towns and villages, exploring local cuisine, visiting art galleries and museums, taking strolls, cycling through the countryside, and discovering local artisan shops and galleries. Must-tour towns and attractions within the Cotswold include Stow-on-the-Wold, Cirencester, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Castle Combe, among others. You can also visit various beautiful gardens and stately homes like Hidcote Gardens and Sudeley Castle. Show more

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