Fragrant, colourful and hardy, lavender has been popular in the UK since Roman times. Known as the herb of cleanliness and calm, lavender can be used to help people sleep, to add a touch of freshness to a wardrobe and to bring an interesting aroma and flavour to drinks, cakes and preserves.
Lavender growing in the UK
Did you know, Lavender is thought to have been introduced by the invading Roman army around 2000 years ago and grew to become an essential part of traditional remedies, lotions and potions. Known for its calming affect and insect repelling properties, the plant has been used to ward off infection, flavour preserves and add a fragrant scent to clothes, homes and meeting places for generations.
As well as being incredibly useful, lavender is also lovely to look at and a visit to a farm that grows the plant can make a great day trip for all the family. We’re lucky that Norfolk is home to one of the largest and most beautiful farms in the country. Just 1.7 miles away from The King William IV, Norfolk Lavender is overflowing with intoxicating aromas and stunning sights thanks to the purple produce.
Lavender was brought to the lavender farm in Heacham in 1932 by green-fingered entrepreneur Linn Chilvers. Originally planted as a nursery and florists, the farm grew from just six acres in 1932 to almost 100 acres today and now includes a gift shop filled with gorgeous gifts and sensational smelling souvenirs, a café and ornamental garden as well as the National Collection of Lavenders.
Things to do during your visit
If you’re staying in the local area, a visit to Norfolk Lavender is a must. Located in the pretty village of Heacham, on the stunning Norfolk Coast. Once there, visitors can explore the spectacular gardens, the lavender distillery, the herb garden and the landscaped grounds. Tours are available during the peak season, giving visitors the chance to learn all about lavender, its uses and its history in Norfolk.
Outside of the summer season, visitors can pick up a selection of luxury lavender based products from the farm’s gift shop or enjoy a tasty meal of home-grown treats in the on-site café.
Relaxing, intoxicated and eye-opening, a trip to this colourful Norfolk attraction is guaranteed to be an unforgettable part of your trip to the area. The King William IV Country Inn and Restaurant is surrounded by spectacular sights and is the perfect base for an East Anglian adventure to discover the many treasures Norfolk has to offer.