These lavender fields are just outside of Hitchin, in the village of Ickleford. I went last year with my 3yr old grandaughter and returned today with a girlfriend. On arrival we paid £4 each, which entitled us to a pair of scissors and a plastic carrier bag with which to cut and keep as much lavender as would fit into the bag plus 4 beautiful sunflowers. It is such a relaxing thing to do, there were lots of people there but the fields are large enough for that not to be a problem, apart from a few guidelines there were no rules or regulations and the beauty of the place is amazing. After we had put our harvest into the car we returned the scissors and browsed the shop before having a cup of coffee and some cake sitting at a table in the open air. The cafe is large and all the food looks to be freshly prepared. The staff are friendly and helpful and I received knowledgeable advice on which plants to buy for my own garden. There is a variety of lavender related products on sale such as honey, toiletries and decorative items plus a few other things such as ceramic pots. We were probably there for about two hours and enjoyed every minute of it, it is excellent value, the cafe/shop is in a lovely rustic situation and the fields are stunning and well worth visiting.
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