Hitchin Lavender Farm is on the outskirts of Hitchin on the Arlesey Road just past Ickleford, and is great place to do some informal portrait photography, or some landscape photography.
The Lavender fields are divided into many rows and cascade down a westward facing slope with some fantastic views over the Hertfordshire countryside. Lavender production has been part of Hitchin’s history since the 17th century although Hitchin Lavender is a working lavender farm it’s open as a tourist destination too.
There’s plenty of parking and a café, shop and tiny museum.
Hitchin Lavender is open every day from May to September (the exact opposite of the Hitchin Camera Club season), from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, although from June to August they are open until 9:00PM which allows some spectacular views of the sun setting over the fields.
It’s worth noting that Hitchin Lavender recognise they have a great venue for photography and hence offer access to the fields for professional photography e.g. bridal, fashion, portrait, etc. however this is at a charge of £50 and must be arranged in advance.
I suspect there’s a grey area between being an enthusiastic amateur and a professional photographer. However, if you’re being paid to shoot expect to pay.
You pay on entrance to the field where there is a small kiosk where you’ll be issued with a bag to collect lavender and a pair of scissors (picking is part of the entrance). Prices correct for 2016.
Under 14’s FREE
*This includes a bag to pick lavender.
Just a quick update. You can also visit the Lavender fields on Tuesday evening in August to enjoy the sunset. Standard ticket prices apply but the Sunflowers will be in bloom, so you can also pick some of those too.