Founded in 1932, Norfolk Lavender is England’s premier lavender farm and is renowned worldwide. Last weekend was our second visit to Norfolk Lavender and we just loved it! The previous time we visited was in the Summer, when the lavender was in full bloom, however visiting in the Autumn season is still a great time to go, as even though the lavender has now been harvested, there are still many things to see and do and admission to the main site is free of charge.
The first thing we did when we arrived at Norfolk Lavender, was visit the Walsingham Farms Shop. Packed full of delicious and mouth-watering produce, this farm shop is one of the best I have seen and definitely one our favourite farm shops. It was a total foodies paradise, with everything from gourmet chocolates and beautifully packaged candy to scrumptious pies and delightful delicacies. We were literally spoilt for choice. After a good half an hour, or was that an hour of perusing everything on the shelves (and I mean everything), we finally decided on which products we would buy and I have to say we loved, loved, loved the treacle and beer bacon. Delicious! There was even a spot of gin tasting, if you fancied a little tipple.
Once we had practically bought the entire contents of the shop (well, not quite, but almost), we wandered past the lovely lavender and herb gardens and the lavender distillery, where they distill the oil used for their world famous perfume and into the amazing gift shop. Well, Christmas had come early in my eyes and I was instantly drawn to everything that glistened. From festive scented candles and beautifully decorated wreaths to shabby chic signs and delicate jewellery, I was in heaven.
Needless to say, we bought a selection of gifts, including a gorgeous Fireside scented candle for Christmas and a salted caramel blondies baking jar, can’t wait to make those, yummy!
Also at Norfolk Lavender, you’ll find The Lavender Lounge Tearooms, serving a selection of delicious foods, including lavender scones (which are utterly scrumptious), their famous lavender cake and Afternoon Tea.
You can also visit the Animal Gardens, where there is a collection of rare, unusual and cuddly animals and also enjoy the Play Park, but there is a fee to enter this part of the grounds.
After a fabulous day out, it was time to head off home to admire all of my goodies. Norfolk Lavender is great for people of all ages and is well worth the visit, even just to pick up some extra Christmas gifts at this time of the year or try some amazing festive foods. I, for one, can’t wait to go back!
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