87. Hitchin Lavender Farm

Holding happiness

Holding happiness

Lovely lavender

Lovely lavender

At the beginning of this week some blogging friends came along to the first Meet Up, at Hitchin Lavender Farm, Hertfordshire (for more Meet Ups see the sidebar). The sun was shining, there were blue skies, it was a great day to be out and about. 

There's over 15 acres of lavender that visitors can wander through along with a wildflower meadow and sunflower strip. We were a little early to see the whole field in bloom sadly, but I reckon in another week it's going to all be out and looking staggeringly beautiful. There were a few rows in bloom for us though and today I'm sharing some photos from the meet up there.

 

The smell as you walk through the lavender is immense, lovely and relaxing. As you walk between rows you are treated to a visual treat as butterflies dance around you and the low hum of bees who are enjoying the plants.

Entry to Hitchin Lavender Farm costs £4 for adults, children free. For your £4 you get access to the lavender fields and a large paper bag, and a pair of scissors to borrow, you can then help yourself to lavender, and if you totally fill a bag (which would take a heck of a lot) you can always purchase another bag. The children loved cutting the lavender and bagging it up, Ozzy spent literally hours doing it.

50 shades of lavender

50 shades of lavender

Hitchin Lavender Farm, Herts.

Hitchin Lavender Farm, Herts.

A field of lavender

A field of lavender

Hitchin Lavender Farm, Herts

Hitchin Lavender Farm, Herts

Butterfly on lavender

Butterfly on lavender

Walking in lavender

Walking in lavender

The photo below gives you an idea of just how much of the lavender was flowering when we were there and also  just how epic it will look when in full bloom.

Looking down on Hitchin Lavender Farm

Looking down on Hitchin Lavender Farm

Walking up the lavender hill

Walking up the lavender hill

Lovely people who came along were: Helen from ActuallyMummy.co.uk, Victoria from SouthbourneGardens.com, Kirsty from DamsonLane.com, Charly from Podcastdove.com, Penny from BeingMrsC.com, Sarah from Grenglish.co.uk, Helen from TheGoodLifeMum.com and Blue from Bluebirdsunshine.co.uk - not to mention a few children! (You can click on any of the blog links above to visit their blogs - sorry my links are unhelpfully in the same colour as the text!)

Sarah and Helen not quite unable to let go of social media completely...

Sarah and Helen not quite unable to let go of social media completely...

Helen getting arty

Helen getting arty

Helen and Ella

Helen and Ella

Penny keeps an eye on the scissor weilders

Penny keeps an eye on the scissor weilders

Victoria enjoys a moment of peace

Victoria enjoys a moment of peace

Kirsty, Penny and the children cutting

Kirsty, Penny and the children cutting

Ozzy, scissor master

Ozzy, scissor master

Poppy concentrates

Poppy concentrates

Master C loving it

Master C loving it

A takes it all in

A takes it all in

Looking back at the meet up

Looking back at the meet up

Ozzy enjoying himself

Ozzy enjoying himself

Lavender Field

Lavender Field

There's a 17th century barn at Hitchin Lavender Farm too where you can purchase refreshments and all manner of lavender products, myself I bought lavender and lime lip balm and of course, lavender fudge (which is amazing btw). A variety of lavender plants can also be bought.

A glorious day out, thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a special and relaxing day. I can't express enough how I strongly I feel that Meet Ups really are the way forward, joining the online offline.

Exploring wild flowers

Exploring wild flowers