I adore lavender. It smells great and its one of the only plants that I can successfully grow, so I was really looking forward to our day out at Hitchin Lavender.
What a fantastic experience it was! Lavender stretching out ahead of us as far as the eye could see and a gorgeous fragrance filling the air. It was really child friendly too and my kids loved pottering through the wide rows of lavender, sniffing the flowers and spotting the many bees and butterflies that are attracted by the flowers.
There is also a lovely cafe set in a 17th century barn. The sandwiches we had here are all home made and were genuinely delicious. I had brie and beetroot!.There was also a gift shop of the type that I could happily have browsed for ages had I not had an impatient toddler attached to my leg!
I also noticed that the lavender seemed to have a relaxing effect on the children as they were ususually calm and well behaved!
The lavender flowers from July-August but the fields are open from May to September. Entry is £4 for an adult and free for children and the adult entry includes a bag and scissors so you can cut your very own bunches of lavender (we are going to dry ours and make lavender bags!).
You can find out more by going to www.hitchinlavender.com
Emma is a mum of two children and loves living in Hertfordshire. Her blog is all about parenting tips and opinion combined with great information about local child friendly businesses, events and days out. You can visit her at http://hertfordshiremummy.blogspot.co.uk