Midsummer bloom at Yorkshire Lavender farm

In summer, a sea of purple awaits you in the heart of the Howardian Hills. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Yorkshire Lavender farm offers the largest collection of lavender and herbs in northeast England

In the heart of the spectacular Howardian Hills lies Yorkshire Lavender. The multi award-winning lavender farm, gardens and specialist plant nursery cover 60acres of land and form one of Yorkshire’s most loved attractions.

With the largest collection of lavender and herbs in northeast England, what better time to visit than Midsummer, when the fields are awash with magnificent blues, lilacs and deep purples. A free attraction, open 7 days a week, visitors can take in the fragrant smells of the lavender fields and wander the gardens. Take a stroll through the Mediterannean Dry Garden, the trickling Stream Garden, the therapeutic Sensory Garden, Bog Garden and Natural Wild Flower Grassland Meadow. For the children there is possibly the largest hillside game of Snakes and Ladders, a grass pyramid to climb and lavender maze to get lost in.

Yorkshire Lavender has won a host of awards including Visitor Attraction of the Year 2011 in the Visit Yorkshire Tourist Awards. It has also been featured in Ch4 Best Gardens and won the prestigious Gold Award for Yorkshire in Bloom four years in a row.

Purchase one of the varieties of plants for sale in the specialist plant nursery and head on over to the growers to gain some tips on planting your own lavender. After a day exploring the farm, take a break in the Tea Rooms with panoramic views of the Vale of York; they offer a delightful selection of treats, lunches and coffees. Ever tried freshly baked lavender scones or blueberry and lavender cheesecake? Well this is your chance!End your day in the Gift Shop where a selection of Lavender related momentos await you; from soft furnishings, books and beauty products to biscuits, conserves, honey and beer.

Visit www.yorkshirelavender.com for more information.

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