Hitchin is a small town in Hertfordshire, around 50 km north of London. The pretty town 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 most popular attraction, one that draws in day tripping tourists from all over the world. That attraction is Hitchin Lavender.
In this post, we’ll tell the story of our most recent visit to Hitchin Lavender, before then going on to tell you how you can visit yourself.
tl:dr: Skip ahead to our practical information how you can visit Hitchin Lavender.
Enjoying the sights & smells at Hitchin Lavender
Jade and I live a short drive away from the lavender fields, so we try to visit at least once a year to soak in the tranquil atmosphere and to enjoy the sea of purple flowers. We always try to coincide our visit with the best blooming time, which is normally late June to mid-July and sure enough, we were there at just the right time.
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.
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Help yourself to as much Lavender as 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 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.
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How to visit Hitchin Lavender
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.
How to visit Hitchin Lavender from London
Day-tripping from London by train is definitely a viable and easy option. Great Northern and Thameslink services call at Hitchin, departing from London Kings Cross and St Pancras International.
Both stations are across the road from one another. If you’re not sure which service you’re taking, head to Kings Cross first as departures from St Pancras International are displayed on the electronic boards alongside those from Kings Cross.
Upon arrival at Hitchin station, you’ll find a taxi rank outside the entrance. Make sure you grab a business card or a phone number 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.
Alternatively, Uber drivers are increasingly operating in the area, so it’s worth checking your app to see if anyone’s close by. Uber rates are normally cheaper than regular taxis.
Find out more: For full details, including opening hours, visit the Hitchin Lavender website.
When does Hitchin Lavender open for the 2019 season?
Hitchin Lavender opened for the 2019 season on Monday 27 May. It will remain open until late September.
When is the best time to visit?
Blooming is obviously weather dependent, but the main field is normally looking its most photogenic from late June to Mid-July. Before then, the flowers are still developing and after then, the display begin to slowly dwindle as visitors take cuttings. The official Twitter account is normally a good place to check how things are developing.
Events at Hitchin Lavender in 2019
Hitchin Lavender pays host to a series of events throughout the season. Why not couple your visit with an event to really add to your experience.
Here’s a selection of events that we like the look of. You can find lots more on Facebook, where you can also book tickets.
- Outdoor Yoga at Hitchin Lavender
Tuesdays until 17 September & Sundays until 29 September
- Outdoor Meditation Class at Hitchin Lavender
Saturdays until 21 September
- Beekeeping Experience Sessions
4 June & 25 June
- Sundown Cinema
Several outdoor screenings throughout August & September. A full schedule and ticketing information here.
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Why not visit Hitchin itself too?
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 to explore.
Discover: 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.