The Hop Shop at Castle Farm
The Hop Shop at Castle Farm puts on fabulous seasonal displays but it really comes into its own during lavender season (late June through July) when you can join a tour of the purple-striped lavender fields around the award-winning – and much photographed – shop. The precious lavender oil is extracted on site.
In autumn, pumpkins pile up outside the shop, which is swathed in Kentish hop garlands, and the pretty little orchard is opened for the sweetest Pick Your Own Norfolk Royal and Cox apples.
The wooden-beamed barn is literally packed to the rafters with lavender and hop-themed souvenirs, gifts and treats – think diffusers, essential oils, candles, soaps and pretty woven baskets – and local, traceable food and drink, including the farm’s own.