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“Nice ideas, poorly executed”
Review of Wolds Way Lavender

Wolds Way Lavender
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Our unique Attraction is on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. A wonderful and relaxing place to visit! A 12 acre site with Lavender Fields, Displays, Nature Walks, Giant Games Maze and Narrow Gauge Railway! New for 2018; The Timber Trail play area! We have the only Wood Fired Lavender Distillery in the country, in summer we extract the 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil. Our “Wolds Way” range of products can be found within our Shop. Our Tea-room serves our speciality Lavender Scones, we also have a Plant-sales area. See website for opening & admission details.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We started the day with a 'breakfast' in the café. The menu was limited, the food was poor and it was REALLY expensive for what we got. The entrance fee was similar to other attractions we had been to during the week. Although the lavender looked lovely, all other plants looked a bit dead (meadow flowers on the walk and the trees in the maze). The train trip was a bit of fun, but can't believe they charged extra for it! They made a big deal out of an enormous bee hive, but it was in a sorry state on the inside and not actually that big. 'Harry's walk' was a nice idea with statues and things the kids could sit on/in, but all the meadow flowers were pretty much dead. The games in the maze were great fun too, but it was such a shame the trees used for the walls of the maze were pretty much all dead (and very low). With some attention this could be a lovely attraction, but they will need to put a lot of effort in to get it back on track.

Thank chumleyofguiseley
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

A great day out. The lavender is in full bloom and looking and smelling absolutley divine! We had a lovely walk around the farm (small but perfectly formed) There are a lot of games for children to play - big ones can play too :). It's lovely place to sit and watch wildlife, rare to see so many bees nowadays!
We had a lovely cream tea and came away with some presents from the shop. The range has been extensively increased since my last vist. They make a lot of products from the lavender oil and I probably have about a third of my Christmas presents now!

1  Thank JaneAshenden
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Steve_Jaques, Manager at Wolds Way Lavender, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Thank you for your comments, the Lavender is looking lovely at the moment. We have an exciting new range coming to the shop soon involving our products, it is certainly worth looking out for!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Pleasant enough lavender 'farm', but small and quite amateurish.
Not worth paying £4 or so for looking at the field of lavender... The lavender field is essentially the size of one football pitch and the hazel maze does not work because the hazel has died a slow death. Exhibition on lavender oil extraction leaves much to be desired and mini train is tacky. On the plus side, lavender scones are delicious and overall cafe and toilets are clean.

Overall not worth any extra miles for someone to purposely visit

2  Thank JonkerFamily
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Steve_Jaques, Owner at Wolds Way Lavender, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thank you for your comments, I have also read your review of Yorkshire Lavender that was also not favourable. Lavender as with any plant is natural and comes into flower based on the season, we do not maintain that the lavender is in flower all year round. In fact on our website on the front page we give a statement of what is in flower on the site at that time. It is also noted on a board before entering the site.
Over the winter of 2009/10 when the temperature got down to -17 degs and never got above freezing for 6 weeks, we lost around 15000 out of 35000 lavender plants. It was a major hit for ourselves. 15000 plants equates to around £100000 of stock. The main fields have some dead plants within them and some missing plants. It takes us around 5 years to establish the field lavender and we have a further 700 plants to plant after flowering / harvest to bring the field back to full strength. A week on from your visit and the site is in full flower due to two weeks of lovely sunshine and heat. There are lots of photos on our facebook page that I have posted over the last week. The wild flowers have gone back but that again is the season and the weather, they have given their best and they were excellent when they were out.
We are the only lavender farm in the north of England to distil the lavender to extract the pure essential oil, We have always believed in running the site as a fully functioning Lavender farm, not as the many farms, that buy in the oil and have their own label put on it. We have our own range of products, grown in Yorkshire, distilled in Yorkshire and made in Yorkshire. Not many other lavender farms in the country and non in the North of England can say that.
To run the lavender farm at this level we make a charge to the lavender fields to support the distillation of pure English Lavender oil, as without it, the cheap imports from Bulgaria and India make running the farm un-viable. If you would like to visit over the next couple of weeks as our guests and see the lavender harvest and distillation hem please email us from our website.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I would like to visit a Lavender Field in such a good weather, and the fields in North Yorkshire is the closet with my current location. This is not our first choice to visit but another lavender field in the same area not allow dog to get in, so we drived half an hour from that lavender field to this dog welcome lavender field.

They charge nearly 5 pounds per person to enter the field, literally it was really expensive because when we got in, the lavender was not full blossom and the maize was abandon with die plant. It cost you 1.50 pounds for a mini train trip but there was nothing to see at all! die plant is everywhere in the nature walk, i think we just stayed for less than 45 mins in the lavender field and it spent us nearly 10 pounds!

There is very limited choice in the gift shop and the food in tea room was ... ... not very nice indeed.

I can feel that the lavender field is lack of maintance and management because dead plant is everywhere and they just try their best to take money from your pocket. I won't deny they got a large area for lavender, but just about 20% is fully blossom, it's not worth to visiting a place like this with paying 4.25 pounds to entry.

1  Thank Edith_Wong
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Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Nice place to visit but not really worth the cost of entry. The kids enjoyed the maze, and the nature walk.
It was a really hot day and there was no cover at all, so we all ended up with sun stroke...

Thank Ironmammoth1
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Steve_Jaques, Owner at Wolds Way Lavender, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thank you for your comments. We have tried too keep the entry costs down but after three years we were left with little option but to increase it this year due to all the rising costs that are being passed onto ourselves. We have tried to ensure that 2 for 1 vouchers are readily available in the area and have listed the publications that carry them in previous responses

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