Flower Power: England in Bloom

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It’s finally starting to warm up in England after months of dreary weather. Spring may be famous for its blooms, but this year the weather was hardly up to it. Don’t fret, though, you haven’t missed your chance to frolic amongst the flowers: don your best summer outfits and head to these delightful flower fields. What better way to embrace summertime than to head out and smell the roses?

London Fields


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If you’re based in East London, we highly recommend a stroll through London Fields. Pretty year round, this gorgeous park has segued from the pink blossoms that lasted all of a week to swathes of blooming wildflowers. Not only does this create a little oasis in the midst of hip pubs and Danish bakeries, it also gives the bees a helping hand. Save the bees! As an added bonus, those pubs and bakeries are actually fab: check out Pub on the Park for reasonably priced drinks and terrace views of the park, or stop by The Bread Station if you’re feeling peckish. 

Mayfield Lavender Farm


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Another London-based favourite is Mayfield Lavender Farm. It’s so lovely to be able to escape the pollution and bustle of the city, and from London Bridge station it should only take you an hour or so before you’re dancing amongst the blooms. The perfumed air floats along on the breeze, and just to make it even more photogenic, the farm is home to a quintessentially English prop: a red telephone box. Bring your camera and be ready to relax! If you’re up north and not ready to trek all the way down here for a bud or two, check out Yorkshire Lavender Farm instead.

Mottisfont House


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That smell the roses line wasn’t a gimmick, by the way: head out to the National Trust-owned Mottisfont in Hampshire to wander through its beautiful rose garden. The blooms reach their peak in June, so it’s best to head out soon! We couldn’t help but swoon at the thought of wandering through newly opened buds, pretending to be in an Austen novel… just us? Why not make a day of it and visit the house and the rest of the gardens, too? There’s even an adorable café where you can stop for lunch or a very English afternoon tea!

Belmont Nurseries


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We might have missed the boat a bit on this one, but we’ll mention it in case you’re already planning next year’s trips: the tulip fields of Belmont Nurseries in Norfolk rival those in beautiful Holland. Mile upon mile of the darling buds of May greet you – but unfortunately they’re harvested as soon as they’re fully grown, meaning April and May is the best/only time to see them.

Confetti Flower Field


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Head over to the gorgeously named Confetti Flower Field in Worcestershire, which is only open to the public for one week a year. This year’s dates are the 21st – 30th June, so if you’ve been trying to decide what to do on the sunny Saturday coming up, why not head here?  Just like confetti, the fields are flooded with colour, and they’re surrounded by gorgeous countryside. Stroll through and then head out for a country walk, or check out nearby Stratford-upon-Avon for some charming cobbles and literary history. 


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