THE LAVENDER FIELDS

“I decided to squeeze in a visit to Cotswold Lavender (while the rain was holding off!) along with my willing mum and sister. The influx of pictures of the pretty Lavender fields on Instagram this year have been tempting me for far too long, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about.”

Is it just me or do flowers instantly make you think of summer? As the weather has taken a turn for the worst lately, I decided to squeeze in a visit to Cotswold Lavender (while the rain was holding off!) along with my willing mum and sister. The influx of pictures of the pretty Lavender fields on Instagram this year have been tempting me for far too long, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. And, as I was back home in the Cotswold’s last weekend, it was the perfect opportunity! Good job too, as we went on the last day Cotswold Lavender fields were open to the public – sorry to be the bearer of bad news if you were still hoping to make it!

Being rated as one of the best lavender fields in the UK to visit, I was excited to see it for myself. We arrived, paid entry and walked in ready to be blown away by the sea of purple lavender. Which…didn’t exactly happen. The fields of lavender was actually just one field (albeit a rather large one), and that was about it. If you’re hoping this will be a full day out (or even a couple of hours), you’ll be a little disappointed. We were finished after 20 minutes, which was longer than it would have been if I wasn’t taking photos. We did find a distillery there, which educated you on the process of making lavender. Interesting? Yes. But again, there wasn’t much to this except for a few images with text on. That being said, for what you see (and you can see the fields stood the other side of the fence), entry at £3.50 for each adult seems a little steep.

Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh. I know £3.50 is nothing in the grand scheme of things, but I can’t help feeling it’s still a little overpriced. A family of adults turned up and had to pay £17.50 entry! I even heard someone say, “There must be something else to see, we’ve just had to pay to come in here”. Ouch. 

Maybe I had built up too high expectations after seeing its ratings. It is just visiting a lavender field after all, but I was still expecting there to be something more to this trip out. Perhaps it’s because of all the hype around visiting lavender fields at the moment..? I don’t know, but I can’t help but feel the reality of visiting a lavender field is a little…underwhelming. 

Don’t get me wrong – it is a nice place to visit, and the smell of lavender hits you instantly when you enter the fields (great if you love the smell of it, not so great if you’re not a huge fan like my mum). It’s pretty. It’s something different to go and do. It would be great if you had kids with you. And, you can get some lovely photographs. So, if you’re into your photography, this is an ideal spot. 

They also have a lovely shop and tea room here that’s well worth checking out for a little look around or a bite to eat afterwards! The surrounding areas of the Cotswold’s are absolutely beautiful, so if you’re interested in visiting the lavender fields, I’d highly recommend extending your trip into Broadway (a 10 minute drive away) to make this a full day out. This is one of my favourite Cotswold villages; full of tea rooms, pubs, boutique shops and amazing houses that are my definition of house goals! They also have some lovely walks around here – a walk up to the Broadway Tower to take in the stunning views of the countryside is a must! Our trip to the lavender fields, combined with afternoon tea and a leisurely stroll around Broadway made for a Sunday well spent. 

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