We popped over to Hitchin Lavender last week, it is about 20 minutes drive from Ampthill, and easy to find, the village of Ickleford is lovely to drive through also.
The Farm is a working farm with a huge field of lavender that looks magnificent as it goes up a slope. The smell and the sound of the bees was fantastic. You walk along rows of lavender cutting as you go as they provide a bag and scissors for you to trim the sides of the plants to your hearts content.
We also had a leisurely lunch there, they offer a selection of sandwiches and paninis and also quiche and salad which is what we chose. They were very busy so unfortunately some of the quiches had gone - but second choice was just as good and service quick. They also had cakes - but didn't partake :)
Along with the lavender they have planted a field of sunflowers that you could pick for 50p each - this was a challenge in itself with the supplied scissors ...but worth it, my 3 sunflowers looked great and soon perked up having had stems cut and put in loads of water.
Having spent all that time in the field getting quite hot we sat and had a homemade lavender ice cream afterwards, apparently also made in Hitchin, but cannot recall the name!
There is plenty of space to sit and have a picnic and lots of families were enjoying the sunshine and lavender.
Here they are - light was fading and they had were loads better an hours or so later: