for the love of lavender

I’ve been meaning to write this post for months. Literally.

And I told myself I’m not allowed to sleep until this is up tonight. It’s now 00:41. Bugger. Oh well, I just know if I don’t post this up this week, there’s no point.

Lavender is now in full bloom. The season is well on the way! It was scheduled to bloom between early-mid June and then the poor lavender buds got frost bite (who knew?!) … and it was delayed till late June / early July.

I really wanted to create this post as resource page for those couples/ photographers/ stylists who want to do a shoot in a lavender field. I can’t put into words how exquisitely beautiful shooting in lavender is. It invigorates all your senses (sight, touch, smell and even taste – I always go for the lavender treats when I’m done lol).

And if you get to a Lavender Field at sunrise on a sunny morning … when it’s quite and still … and only the bees are awake, it’s absolutely magical.

So below are some simple lavender tips and a list of lavender fields in the UK. If you end up doing a photo shoot at any of them, be sure to post a comment with a link to your images so other can see and share your work : ) … happy lavender loving!

Some basic lavender shooting tips:

  • Don’t shoot in a lavender farm if you’re scared of bees and insects (I know that sounds obvious but you’ll be shocked how many there are!).
  • Harvesting usually starts in mid July and goes all the way through to August. The later you leave the shoot, the less lavender you will have.
  • Try to get there extra early (or an a weekday) so you can do the shoot without people in the background.
  • Always let the farmers know when you’ll be coming to shoot and offer to pay them something even if they don’t ask for anything – it’s a nice gesture of appreciation.
  • If you’re purchasing a boutique of lavender, buy a fresh bunch. They’ll look brighter in the images and will smell divine.
  • The question I get asked the most is ‘what colour should I wear?’ … I don’t have any strict rules. I do recommend people stay away from autumn colours and stick to cooler tones. I also recommend they avoid avoid heavy or tight fabrics. But really … you should just wear what you feel beautiful and fabulous in!
  • Ladies if you’re wearing heels, always bring a pair of boots or comfy shoes as you’ll be going through dirt and chances are you’ll be stepping on snails (sometimes it can’t be helped).

Picture Farm Comments
Mayfield Lavender Farm
(within M25)
Croydon Lane
Banstead, SM7 3BE
Located within the M25, this farm is also great for sunrise shoots. Free entry for general public so it gets very busy. There is a big tree and a pergola in the field and it’s very romantic! Eddie Judd has taken some great photos here!
Snowhill Lavender Field (Cotswolds)
Hill Barn Farm
Snowshill Broadway
Worcestershire WR12 7JY
Ideally situated it Cotswolds (loads of nice scenery near by) this farm has a Lavender Tea Room with the best lavender scones I’ve tasted! We were there in mid July 2007 in the morning and the field was empty (tea room was busy!).
Kentish Lavender (Hop Shop)
Castle Farm, Redmans Lane
Shoreham, Sevenoaks
Kent TN14 7U
Often featured in the media this place looks lush! It was introduced to me by Anna Au of Au Snippets and they have a Lavender Festival in July with massages in the field. Only downside is access to the field requires a guide and this place gets busy!
Hitchin Lavender Farm
Cadwell Farm, Ickleford
Hitchin Herts, SG5 3UA
I spoke to this farm last month about doing a shoot and they were very nice. Only downside, in the pictures the field looks quite long and narrow. Best to call them and get dimensions if this is important. Good thing is they encourage you to walk the field.
Somerset Lavender
Horsepond Farm
Somerset BA3 5WA
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this website. The photo featured on the right was featured in The Guardian and it looks amazing with the mist!
The Lavender Fields (Hampshire)
Hartley Park Farm
Alton, Hampshire
With 24 acres of land dedicated to growing English lavender, this farm also has special open days and it sounds like they have tractor rides so you can feature a tractor in your shoot which I think is pretty cool!
Long Barn
Lavender Collection and Shop
The Old Sheep Fair
Bishops Sutton Road
Alresford. SO24 9EJ
This farm looks quite modern and contemporary. It has a beautiful green oak barn and and a nursery (there is lots you can do here). They also have special lavender events in July.
Lordington Lavender (West Sussex)
Lordington Farm
Lordington, Chichester
West Sussex PO18 9DX
This farm is open for venue hire! How cool is that?! You can have your wedding on a lavender farm. It’s apparently surrounded by wild flowers so worth checking out if you’re in the area!
Norfolk Lavender
Caley Mill, Heacham
King’s Lynn
Norfolk PE31 7JE
This is getting a bit far for me personally but Norfolk Lavender is featured on heaps of sites and loads of google images come up – looks really beautiful!
Shropshire Lavender
Wellbank Farm
Pickstock Newport
Shropshire TF10 8AH
Only open till the 14th August on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays (10am – 4pm). If you want to visit and take a tour, you’ll need to make an appointment.
Yorkshire Lavender
The Yorkshire Lavender Farm
York YO60 6PB
Fancy lavender gardens, free admission and open daily.
Pennine Lavender
Greenbottom Farm
South Yorkshire S36 7JA
This farm allows you to pick your own lavender which I think is very sweet! Worth checking out if you’re in South Yorkshire!
Welsh Lavender (Wales)
Cefnperfedd Uchaf
Builth Wells, Powys
Wales LD2 3HU
Not 100% sure if you can visit this farm but it looks promising. I love the story behind the farm – have a read and you’ll know what I mean!
Isle of Wight Lavender
Staplehurst Grange
Staplers Roadd
Isle of Wight, PO30 2LU
This farm is open all year round (closed every Wednesday). You can visit and see the lavender being distilled in the distillation barn. They also have lavender ice cream : )
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9 Responses to “for the love of lavender”
  1. Diane Priestley says:

    Very beautiful. I feel intoxicated with the perfume just by looking at the glorious photos! I will try to convince Andrew that we should visit one of these farms this weekend! Thanks for the great info, Thao

  2. thaoski says:

    Glad you liked it Diane 🙂 Post some pics up and let me know which lavender field you went to visit : )

  3. Genius! Thanks Thaoski! xx

  4. Wenlin says:

    thanks so much for the compilation! was thinking of a place with lavender to visit near London and chanced upon your site!

  5. Mary says:

    Thank you!! 🙂 That’s so great that I have found your post – searching for lavender fields in the UK led me here 😀 I am so happy, wrote almost all the locations in my organizer 🙂

  6. Lan Huynh says:

    Thanks a lot Thao! I came across your website today while searching for a lavender field in yorkshire. Im going to take some photos for my daughter in the one in sheffiel. Nice and simple website with lots of beautiful photos. I admire your work! May I ask are you Vietnamese?

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