Hitchin is a small town in Hertfordshire, around 50 km north of London. Its pretty centre boasts cobbled streets, fantastic independent cafes, a one thousand year old church and a market square that hosts a variety of interesting events.
Just outside the centre though is Hitchin’s biggest attraction, one that draws in day tripping tourists from all over the world. That attraction is Hitchin Lavender.
Jade and I visited the farm recently after seeing a tweet proclaiming the fields were in full bloom. Sure enough, we were treated to a dazzling and spectacular floral and aromatic display.
Visitors enjoy the sights & smells at Hitchin Lavender
Word had seemingly spread and we were joined by a hundreds of fellow lavender fans keen to experience this stunning, colourful natural show. Visitors strolled through the long stems, taking deep breathes of the sweet, herbal aroma and running their hands over the sturdy flower tips. Despite the numbers, the fields were a tranquil, happy place. Some had brought a picnic and blankets and had set themselves up for the day around the field’s periphery.
The visitors weren’t alone. Thousands of bees, hypnotised by the purple radiance were busily flying from bloom to bloom collecting nectar.
Help yourself to as much you can carry
The wonderful and unique thing about visiting Hitchin Lavender (apart from the jaw-dropping scenes) is that you can harvest as much of it as you like.
With your entrance ticket, you can claim a pair of scissors and a large paper bag, which you can then use for cuttings. We dutifully snipped away, not really knowing what we were going to do with our freshly collected purple loot, but enjoying it all the same.
Others were making immediate use of their spoils, fashioning elaborate headdresses and bouquets on the spot. Most though, like us, were content with selectively harvesting the best blooms and worrying about what to do with them all later.
How to visit Hitchin Lavender
Hitchin Lavender is now open for the 2018 season.
Entrance for adults is £6.00 each (picking included).
There’s no need to pre-book. The fields are outside of the town centre, so getting there by car is the easiest option. There’s plenty of free on-site parking.
Day-tripping from London by train is definitely a viable option. A weekend return from London is £13.20. Great Northern and Thameslink service call at Hitchin, departing from London Kings Cross and St Pancras International.
Upon arrival at Hitchin station, you’ll find a taxi rank outside the entrance. Make sure you grab a business card from the driver so that you can call them to collect you when you’re ready to head back to the station. If you forget, staff at Hitchin Lavender will be able to help you out.
For full details, including opening hours, visit the Hitchin Lavender website.
Why not visit Hitchin itself?
Hitchin is a fabulous place to visit at any time of year. We recommend coupling a visit to Hitchin Lavender with Hitchin itself. The town centre boasts more than its fair share in independent cafes, restaurants and shops and the pretty, cobbled streets are lovely the explore.
See our complete guide to Hitchin to start planning your visit.
Have you any ideas for what we can do with all the lavender we collected? Or do you have any questions about Hitchin Lavender? If so, drop us a comment in the box below.