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Professional photography shoots are available at our open days! Beautiful mini-sessions for families, couples, pets and more. Pre-book for advance booking discounts!

Event details:

Here at Lordington Lavender, we want our visitors to really experience the lavender to the full so we welcome you to wander amongst the flowers, take your time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife and capture those special photographic memories to take home.

Light refreshments are available, our naturally-produced products and plants are on sale and there will be daily talks with founder Andrew Elms.

Adults and children alike are always captivated by the beauty of the lavender. For little ones, we have our brilliant ‘Hay Play’ returning as well as the ever-popular tractor and trailer rides down to the field (availability limited). For the grown-ups, a glass of Pimm’s or perhaps some fresh strawberries to enjoy whilst you relax and admire the views.

FAQs - Things to Know Before You Go!

Getting here:
Lordington Farm (postcode PO18 9DX) is situated just off the B2146 between Petersfield and Chichester. Access to the lavender and parking is ONLY via Lordington from the B2146. Some satnav systems wrongly direct vehicles up Monument Lane or up Park Lane past Sindles Farm. These are both dead ends and there is NO ACCESS for vehicles or pedestrians along this route!

Refreshments:
Refreshments are on sale all week. Choose from a mouthwatering selection of cakes, traybakes and savoury snacks, with hot and cold drinks available. Popular last year, we are once again offering Pimms and lemonade (the quintessential drink of English summer!) plus fresh local strawberries and cream. The fantastic @thetricycle will also be back with their delicious selection of homemade ice creams – including lavender flavour! Refreshment sales help to raise money for our chosen charities, with the fantastic support of the Chichester and Havant Inner Wheel Societies.

Products and Payments:
Our pop up shop will be open all week selling a wide range of our lavender products, including our high grade,100% pure essential oil and the ever-popular pillow spray. Plants will also be available, while stocks last. Due to our rural location, signal for our card machines can be unreliable at times so bringing cash can be quicker and easier for you.

Charities:
This year, we are proud to once again be supporting some brilliant local charities, all of which do amazing work and support so many people.
My Sister’s House - https://www.mysistershouse.info/
Chestnut Tree House - https://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/
Fordwater School - https://fordwatersch.co.uk/

Entrance Fees:
Adults £8 / Children £2 / Under 3s FREE / Registered Carers FREE. There is no charge for the twice-daily lavender talks, hay play or tractor and trailer ride from car park to lavender field.

Accessibility:
There is a disabled car park available: please make marshalling staff aware on entry if you are a blue badge holder and they will direct you to the right place just 150 metres from the field. Please note that access to the lavender field is still via a steep and uneven slope that may be unsuitable for wheelchairs and some disabled visitors.
The walk from the main car park to the lavender field is approximately 800 metres via a steep, grassy slope that is uneven in places. This may be unsuitable for some pushchairs: we have a tractor and trailer service available to assist with this.

Toilets:
There are toilet facilities available on site. An accessible toilet with baby change facilities is available in the disabled car park.

Dogs:
We welcome all our four-legged friends on leads and just ask that dog owners are respectful of others. Please be aware that shade is limited. Dog bowls with fresh drinking water will be available near the refreshments stall and we love to see your brilliant doggy pictures!

Photography:
We encourage our guests to embrace the perfect photo opportunities at Lordington Lavender. Cameras are a must when visiting!
We also have professional family photographer (and lavender shoot expert!) Lucy Merritt with us all week to capture those special moments and memories, with the best backdrop you could wish for. Mini-shoots are just £29!! to pre-book, with on-the-day slots available for £39. Lucy's photographs are stunning and with years of experience she has developed the perfect knack of capturing little ones' expressions and those special family connections. Visit online to pre-book: https://mybeautifulphotography.pixieset.com/booking/lordington-lavender-open-week-mini-sessions
Please note that professional photography and drones are not permitted during Open Week and photographs are not authorised for commercial use. To make an enquiry about private hire for photography, please contact Victoria at victoria@lordingtonlavender.co.uk

Weather:
Our lavender loves growing on its sunny, south-facing slope. Please be aware that shade is limited. We recommend sun cream, hats, parasols and full-length clothing if the weather is hot - especially for children! In wet weather, areas of the field can become slippery. Please take care and wear appropriate footwear in any weather.

Tractor and Trailer:
We are delighted to be able to bring back our beloved tractor and trailer trips to and from the car park this year for those that prefer not to walk. The short ride is included in your admission price. Please note that waiting times may vary due to demand and please give priority to those with most need, including young children and pushchairs.

Lavender talks:
Andrew or another of the team will be giving informative talks about the lavender in the marquee at the top of the lavender field. These will be at 11 and 2 daily. Come and find out about how Lordington Lavender started as well as the growing and harvesting process. You will also hear about our wildlife protection and promotion work as well as having the chance to ask questions - and pick up some tips about growing your own lavender at home!

Hay Play:
Back due to popular demand - we are very excited to offer our hay play area for children under 12. Rural play at its best! Adult supervision is required at all times.

Picnics:
During Open Week, visitors are welcome to bring picnics. We have some picnic benches available but bringing a picnic rug is also a good idea.

First Aid:
There will be a medic on site all week. Please go to the first aid tent or speak to a member of staff for any assistance.

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