Norfolk Lavender Festival
Published: Saturday 18th Jun 2016
Written by: Laura Foster
With blooming June in full swing - Why not head to the beautiful Royal coast of Norfolk and visit Heacham, home to Norfolk Lavender.
Norfolk Lavender is the holder of the first National collection of Lavender with over 50 varieties arranged in planted beds showing the difference between the types. Founded in 1932, the place has grown and grown!
It offers a great day out for all the family, open all year round and as the lavender blooms from the middle of June until the end of August it is currently at its best……
You can enjoy a walk over the bridge and across a network of paths to see how wonderful the grounds and gardens around the river are, which have been entirely revitalised with large beds showing the use of the lavender with other plants. The sight and scent of the lavender is well balanced by the selection of accompanying plants, which are also selected to provide stunning all year round viewings.You can even book a guided tour to learn everything you could possibly want to know about the tradition of growing this plant in Norfolk. Also spend time exploring the herb garden with around 50 different types many of which, along with the varieties of lavender are available to buy in the plant centre.
Enjoy a rest in The Lavender Kitchen Restaurant which again is open all year round serving tea & coffee, delicious homemade scones, cakes, hot meals and a very popular carvery every Sunday.
For more goodies, head to the award winning Walsingham Farm Shop, which offers a wonderful selection of local Norfolk produce, including the fantastic Norfolk Sloe Company, meat from local butchers, locally caught fish and a delicious selection of freshly made cakes, pies, pastries, soups, fishcakes and more.
The children will love the rare breed animal centre with a wide range of animals including wallabies, alpacas, goats, sheep, hens and pigs to see, also the outdoor play area with ride on tractors will be a guaranteed big hit.Should the weather not be great head indoors to the fantastic Farmer Fred’s Playbarn which is a firm favourite with children of all ages.
Finally end the day with a trip to the gift shop to be tempted into spoiling yourself and take something home from the wonderful lavender range.
If possible visit on the 9th or 10th July for the Norfolk Lavender Festival!From 10am to 5pm on Saturday & Sunday there will be live music, a bouncy castle, food tasting, tombola, craft stalls, miniature ponies, beekeeping, BBQ, face painting plus lots more family fun!
For a great selection of cottages in the Heacham area - please view here.