Today we decided to take a trip to Hitchin Lavender. The weather forecast wasn’t amazing but we weren’t going to let it stop us… and I thought after a week of terrible naps and (at times) grumpy children, the fresh air and relaxing scent would do us all good!
Cadwell Farm is based just outside Hitchin in the village of Ickleford. There are currently around 20 acres of lavender on the farm, which has been family-run for five generations. The entrance fee for adults is £4.50 (under 14s £1, under 5s go free) and for this you are given a paper bag and a pair of scissors to cut your own lavender to bring home. Poppies and other wildflowers grow alongside the lavender, adding more colour to the already vibrant surroundings.
We pushed the buggy up the hill to look for a nice position to take some family shots. It was quite windy unfortunately, but armed with a picnic blanket and while juggling camera gear and two babies, we managed to get just a few! We’d originally planned to have lunch at a nearby pub afterwards, but decided to stay at the farm and eat at their cafe. There was a nice selection of homemade rolls and baguettes, cakes, and some hot food available. (After the boys dismissed tuna mayo, cheese and ham sandwiches, we ordered them a jacket potato to share, which they happily ate).
Also within the cafe (which is based in a 17th-century barn) is the lavender shop, selling a range of goods, from marmalade to soap! There is seating inside and out, with some wooden play equipment for children, so you really can make a day out of a visit there.
Useful info for anyone visiting with babies/children:
- There were two high chairs immediately available, which we used.
- There is a large baby changing room with its own toilet, and space for a buggy.
- The car park is adjacent to the cafe/shop and only a short walk to the field.
- Buggies can be taken into the main field. There is a safe place to park them there, or you can push it around with you as long as you use only the outer paths.
We really enjoyed our morning out and I think the boys loved being in the great outdoors and a new, multi-sensory experience. I can definitely see us coming back here, year after year.