Norfolk Lavender

Visit Norfolk Lavender - a great family day out

Norfolk is a beautiful park of the UK to visit at any time of the year, with its stunning scenery, miles of unspoilt coastline, quaint villages and little flint stone cottages. Whenever I am in Norfolk, I always visit Norfolk Lavender at Heacham. Acres of beautifully fragranced lavender fields set in the countryside are a treat to see. Norfolk Lavender is ideal for a great day out for all the family, with something for everyone, and best of all - it's free to enter. There is a large free car park with ample space, so no need to worry about where to park.

One of the many lavender fields in Norfolk.
One of the many lavender fields in Norfolk.

Attractions at Norfolk Lavender

There is certainly lots to see and do on your visit to Norfolk Lavender, including:

  • World famous colourful and fragrant Lavender Fields. Tours are available to see the many different varieties grown.
  • Display gardens
  • Kids Playground - features swings, slides, and climbing frames to keep the little ones amused.
  • Garden Centre - Here you can buy a wide variety of lavender plants which are all grown on site and are reasonably priced.
  • Rare Breed Animal Centre - see a selection of rare breed animals from around the world. There is a small fee charged for entering this centre.
  • Gift Shops - there are two gift shops crammed full of wonderful and unique gifts and souvenirs. A vast array of Norfolk Lavender products can be bought here too e.g. pot pourri, candles, room atomisers, skin products and much much more.
  • Lavender Kitchen Restaurant - whether it is a meal or a snack that you are after, the large restaurant caters for all. Their traditional cream teas are delicious and the scones contain lavender! Again it is reasonably priced and very spacious, with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating.
  • Farm Shop - Here you can purchase locally grown produce to take away with you.
  • Kids Play Barn - Relax and watch the children enjoy themselves in the soft play area while you put your feet up and have a coffee from the well stocked cafe.
  • Distillery Museum - see how the lavender is distilled.

A mail order plant catalogue is also available from the gift shop, which allows the opportunity to order a variety of lavender plants and herbs.

One of the rare breed animals at the centre.
One of the rare breed animals at the centre.
Norfolk Lavender
Norfolk Lavender

The history of Norfolk Lavender

The story of Norfolk Lavender began in 1932 when two men Linn Chilvers and Francis Dusgate decided to grow lavender on a large scale. No-one thought that their venture would succeed as it had never been done before. In fact, the quality of the Norfolk grown lavenders is excellent, and once distilled it produces the highest quality of oil and is exported to many countries today. Dried lavender is used in the restaurant in ice cream, pastries, scones and hot meals. Lavender is big business and a large proportion of the distilled lavender oil is used in the production of aromatherapy treatment and fragrance oils.

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Blond Logic 5 years ago from Brazil

I have driven by there but never stopped. Now I wish I had, it sounds ideal. It is nice to see that some things are still free to enter. I also would have liked to try the scones with lavender.

Good idea for hub, thanks for sharing.


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kriti dugar 5 years ago

Lovely place. . . Would luv to visit, next time I visit London.

Here is one of beautiful places I had visited http://hubpages.com/holidays/CHAIL-HOLIDAY-THE-DRE... . Hope you like it.


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Brilliant Hub Jacqui, I have often driven past Norfolk Lavender on my way to the coat, next time we will stop and have a look. the idea of lavender scones is making my mouth water.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Blond Logic - Thanks for stopping by. There aren't many places around that are free to enter. Thank you for your comment.

@ kriti dugar - Thanks so much. Will check out your hub too.

@ Steph Harris - Well worth a visit. I still think of the lavender scones - delicious! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

It sounds like a fabulous day out, in fact I might try talking my husband into making a weekend of it!

Really enjoyed this, voting up.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Movie Master - Glad you liked. That's a wonderful idea about making a weekend of it. I'm gonna start dropping hints to my other half as I have a few days off work in October! Thanks for the idea.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Lavender is wonderful. Thanks for this look at such a beautiful place!


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi RTalloni, Glad you liked it. I love lavender too, its so useful for lots of things. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Those lavender fields are gorgeous. The fragrance must be magnificient!


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ ktrapp - It's a wonderful scent as soon as you drive up to the fields. The lavender scones in the restaurant are fantastic. Thanks for your comment.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Lavendar scones? I cannot even imagine how good those must be!


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi ktrapp, I wasn't keen on the thought of lavender scones at first, but the smell is amazing and the taste is wonderful. They were served warm so they just melt in your mouth. Mmmmmm!!


Textured Ideas 5 years ago

Oh my gosh I would love to go there. The smell of Lavender is beautiful and those purple fields look stunning! I've never been to Norfolk but this makes me want to go and visit now =) Thanks for sharing, this is a great article.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Textured Ideas - It really is a gorgeous place. Norfolk has a lot of beautiful coastal villages, but the lavender fields are one of my favourite parts. Thank you so much for your comment.


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MaryCola 5 years ago from Georgia

Those purple fields are beautiful & to imagine to go walking through the fields & the smell of lavender.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

It's a wonderful place to visit. Not so good for my daughter as she is terrified of bees, and there are plenty of them on the lavender! The smell is wonderful. Best wishes.


sharon 4 years ago

whats the name of the other gift shop at norfolk lavender.

It sells furniture


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ sharon - There is a gift shop that sells furniture at Norfolk Lavender called Unique. Hope this helps.

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