I’d seen many of my blogging buddies showcasing some beautiful photos of their children running through lavender and I thought I wanted a bit of that!
The closest lavender farm to us in Solihull is the Cotswold Lavender farm and it takes about an hour to get there. I’m informed from the website the lavender flowers can start to come out in June but mid-July tends to be the best, weather permitting. The farm is currently open from Saturday 10th June – Sunday 6th August this summer, from 10am-5pm.
The farm is described online as
“A third generation family farm set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham.”
All this is true; it was stunning.
We picked a beautiful, sunny Friday as hubby was off work and headed over. It was quite a straight forward journey with the girls, who snoozed.
We decided not to take any food as there is a lovely tea room and gift shop in The Barn. We arrived around 11am and were all so hungry we went for a sandwich and a cuppa when we arrived. There was lots of space to sit in and outside and highchairs for little ones. Sandwiches were about £4 and we shared two with the girls. There were other options, including plenty of cakes and scones.
There is a lovely little gift shop for all things lavender! Soap, oils, body butters, soothing muscle rubs and even slumber spray to aid sleep. As lavender is edible there are lots of food options to try too, including teas, chocolate and culinary lavender. I had no idea you could eat it!
After food and a browse, we headed over to the main attraction; the lavender field. To go in it is £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for children under 15 years and under 5s went free. This was good for us, as only hubby and I paid to get in.
As well as the fields, there is the distillery but nothing much seemed to be happening when we visited. It is only open when the lavender is being harvested and completely weather dependent.
We had a wonder around and aimed to get some pictures. I will warn you if you have children who are not too happy being around bees, this may be an issue. The lavender of course, is full of them and the gremlin is not too keen. I’m usually not but seem to have got over this fear. She would not walk through it and it made getting natural pictures of her a little more difficult.
The views were just beautiful. The colour and the smell was amazing.
There is not only lavender but a patch of red Field Poppy with blue Corn Cockle and refreshing white Cornflower. Just beautiful. You are free to take pictures of course, unless you are a professional photographer and there is a £25 charge.
Overall we had a lovely time. It was a bit of a drive out but it was truly beautiful and we got some lovely photos.
If you fancy a weekend trip out with the little ones to capture some memories, this is great place to go.
Disclosure – this is not an official review. I enjoyed the trip out and wanted to share it with my readers.
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