On our places to visit this summer is Hitchin Lavender, a family-run farm which paints one Hertfordshire hillside a vivid purple every summer. From late May to mid August, the farm’s 25 miles of lavender rows are yours to explore. Children can pick their way around the field and take bunches of the stuff home by the bag. There’s also a field full of sunflowers and another scattered with wild flowers, which makes for pretty photo opportunities. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates to time your visit.

There’s a 17th-century barn where you can get drinks, lunch and homemade cakes plus an open-fronted tipi right opposite the lavender field with a few picnic benches if you’d rather bring your own food. There is also a fortress-style play area, outside the barn.


Field entrance is adults £6, children £3 (5-14s), under 5s free (which includes free picking for all). The entry fee includes bag and scissors, while extra bags for children or eager adults are £4 each.

Opening times:

  • Monday: 9:30-17:00
  • Tuesday: 9:30-22:00
  • Wednesday: 9:30-17:00
  • Thursday: 9:30-17:00
  • Friday: 9:30-22:00
  • Saturday: 9:30-18:00
  • Sunday: 9:30-18:00

When they close at 17:00, last entry to the field is 30 minutes before closing.

When they close at 18:00 or 22:00, last entry to the field is 1 hour before closing.

Flowering time is mid June until Mid August.