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.
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.
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.