Hands up if you’ve already completed a Google search of ‘flower fields near me’? Yep, us too. We are 100% that botanical bitch.
Now that we’re legally allowed to explore outside the periphery of our own postcodes (what a feeling), you might be thinking of going slightly further afield to get your fix of the great outdoors. Well, what better way to shake up your scenery than by frolicking amongst a sea of mood-boosting blooms?
Flower fields are one of life’s simple pleasures and luckily, you don’t need to travel quite as far as you’d think to enjoy them. From sunflower and lavender fields to wildflower meadows and woods carpeted with bluebells, here’s a list of picture-perfect spots right here on home turf.
Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire
A treat for the senses, this family-owned flower farm near Stevenage boasts 30 acres of the fragrant flower. Wander through row upon row of sweeping lilac and let the therapeutic properties of this healing herb work its magic on your mind.
In their shop, you’ll find all kinds of lavender products fro3m soaps and calming eye pillows to preserves and traditionally distilled lavender gin, should you fancy taking something home with you for the mems.
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company, Worcestershire
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company have been handpicking petals since 1997 and are the UK’s original wedding petal growers. Just like blossom, their petals are natural and 100% biodegradable thanks to carefully developed methods of planting, growing and naturally drying their blooms.
Fields are open to the public during the summertime, usually around early July when the field on the Wyke Manor Estate is a riot of pastel-coloured petals and blooms. Visitors can usually expect to see delicate cornflowers, tudor pink and magnolia wildflowers and tall and elegant delphiniums.
If you’ve got an upcoming wedding in the diary and you’re looking for an eco-friendly confetti option, you can purchase their homegrown petals straight from their on-site shop, along with a selection of fresh seasonal flowers, too.
Wait a minute, there are tulip fields in the UK? We were today year’s old when we found out about Norfolk’s best-kept secret, too. Whist tulip season has been and gone already this year, this breathtaking place near King’s Lynn, is too good not to mention for all future floral pursuits.
The blousy flowers bloom in April, creating a sea of meticulously lined pinks, purples, yellows and reds that quite frankly deserve nothing more than to be the main character in our camera rolls all year round. Bookmark immediately for 2022.
Cotswold Lavender Fields, Worcestershire
Set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham, countryside views don’t get much better than this. One amble around this charming purple maze and you’ll forget the south of France even exists.
With over 40 different varieties of lavender and 140 miles of the stuff (500,000 plants in total), you’ll have a field day with this lovely lot.
The Pop Up Farm, Hertfordshire
For happiness in floral form, sunflowers really are the best of the bunch. Head to The Pop Up Farm to stroll through their fields of gold, capture the golden giants from above from their photography deck and snap up some of your own cheery stems to take home and gift to your dining table.
Rhossili Bay, Wales
Located along the Gower peninsula in Wales, Rhossili Bay is a flowerhead’s dream. Set against the stunning coastal backdrop of the iconic National Trust site Worm’s Head, you can immerse yourself in the wild beauty of these extraordinary sun-drenched flowers whilst soaking up the sandy shorelines, too. Spectacular at any time of day but particularly magical during golden hour when the golden giants bathe in the softness of the setting sun.
Micheldever Woods, Hampshire
Technically it’s not a field but humour us for a minute. From April through to late May, the ancient woodland at Micheldever is the perfect spot to make the most of the fleeting summer bluebells. As well as these bulbous beauties, you might be lucky enough to spot roe and fallow deer and many species of butterflies.
NB: please do take care when photographing the bluebells as they will not grow back if they’re trampled on.
With 100 acres of these beautiful, scented fellas, you’re sure to get a floral pick-me-up here. Book onto one of their guided tours in the summer when the lav is in full bloom or enjoy the 50 varieties in their National Collection to get inspo for your garden. PS don’t leave without trying their famous lavender cake and scones in their tearoom. Sublime.
Castle Farm, Kent
Home to the largest lavender field in England (130 acres to be exact), Castle Farm is a historical family-run farm situated in the beautiful Kent landscape.
In July, they handpick over 50,000 bunches of fresh lavender from their fields and hang them to dry in their specialist hot air kilns so you’ll be able to take home the best kind of souvenir to remember your visit.
For a 10/10 cottagecore experience, snap up some tickets to their pre-booked walks and lavender picnic events, released mid-June.
A Sussex gem! This family-run lavender farm in the heart of Sussex opens to the public for one week only every year, so if you want to soak up the stunning views, don’t sleep on this perfumed patch. From August onwards, you can also find whimsical sunflowers here and pick your own for 50p per stem.