Family Days Out in West Sussex: Lordington Lavender

This week has been pretty crazy, but we managed to find time head up to the Downs to visit the stunning lavender field at Lordington.  We visited last year and all loved it, so we were all keen to go back this year.

Lordington Lavender is open for just one week a year, and closes this Sunday.  So get over there quick!  In 2019 Lordington Lavender will be open for a week in mid-July, keep an eye on the website for dates and put it in your diary.

The lavender field is a haven for bees and butterflies, with the clicking of crickets and grasshoppers around the perimeter and evidence of plenty of other wildlife.  We counted half a dozen or more bee varieties.  Wandering through the lavender it's lovely to see and hear the insects busy doing their thing.  The buzz of the bees is incredible.

The lavender is grown with respect for the environment and conservation in mind, using no fertilisers or pesticides. Many red-listed bird species have been spotted around the farm, including skylarks and barn owls, as well as all those bees and butterflies.

The field has many places to sit, including picnic tables and strategically placed haybales, plus the opportunity to take lots of great photos of course.  The lavender rows are close together but with room to walk between most of them and you can get some fantastic photos.

So many people there had children dressed up in perfect outfits for their DIY photoshoots.  We, as ever, were a bit more haphazard, but got some lovely pictures anyway.  This one of Sophia is my favourite:

The girls love running through the lavender, watching the bees, and seeing what else they can spot.

There is also a static tractor for children to climb on, although always a little bit of a queue for that!

Situated north of Chichester, south of Petersfield, Lordington Lavender is well signposted.  There is a large field to park in, from where you can walk down to the lavender field or hitch a ride on the free tractor and trailer which take you down to the farm.  There is still a walk over uneven ground down from here and the field is also steep and uneven, so keep an eye on small people and offer older folk a hand.  Wheelchairs may struggle.  Pushchairs and prams can be taken, but we would recommend carrying babies or wearing a wrap or sling as it is so much easier.  Dogs are welcome on leads.

Local charities offer tea and cakes for sale in a marquee beside the field, and there are plenty of home-made gifts and products available to purchase.  Bring cash as entry to the field and the stalls cannot be made with cards.

Entry to the field is £6 per person, under 16s are free.  We have found that the quietest times to visit are early (10am) or early afternoon (2pm), but you can stay as long a you like so go for the day and take a picnic.

2021 Open Days Saturday 10th July to Sunday 18th July 10am-4pm

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