lavender activities this summer

Provence is decked out in its most beautiful summer colours! The lavender and lavandin fields offer breathtaking landscapes...

Page updated on 02/07/2024

An enchanting, soothing fragrance, landscapes that invite you to relax... an impressive, captivating canvas of this blue Provencal gold... that awakens the senses!

Why not discover the history of fine lavender through guided tours, workshops or fun activities with your partner, friends or family? Create your own memories and let your creativity do the talking!

Tours and workshops at the Lavender Museum

  • Traditional audio-guided tour - The beautiful story of Lavender from Provence

Take a self-guided, rhythmic tour and immerse yourself in the world of fine lavender from Provence, discovering its history, uses and benefits. You'll be welcomed with an information leaflet and audio guide (and a quiz for children).
To begin your visit, take a seat in the projection room to watch a beautiful 10-minute documentary on the Château du Bois lavender-growing estate, which will allow you to follow the summer lavender harvest, from flowering to cutting and distillation. You'll be given a clear explanation of the difference between lavender and lavandin.

In the exhibition room, let yourself be carried away by the history of lavender through 25 points of explanation from the 16th century to the present day, discovering marvellous collections of copper stills, bottles and perfume labels.

You'll finish your visit to the museum with a discovery that will appeal to your senses: head to the shop to smell and test the essential oil of Haute Provence PDO lavender, perfumes and organic cosmetics. The children will then correct their quiz with the Lavender team and receive a young lavender grower's diploma.

Average length of the traditional visit: around 1 hour. Free admission for children under 10.



  • Electric bike tour of the Lavender fields

It's time for a unique experience... yes, UNIQUE!
Explore the lavender fields on an electric bike at the top of the Monts de Vaucluse, facing the Luberon in Lagarde-d'Apt, in the heart of the lavender-growing estate Le Château du Bois. Smell, breathe and enjoy this moment of pure happiness in an unspoilt setting of 110 hectares of lavender. An expert guide will guarantee you a revitalising experience as you wander from one lavender field to the next, discovering the culture and traditions of fine lavender.

So, are you ready to discover breathtaking panoramas? This is an exceptional opportunity to visit the Le Château du Bois estate!

Accessible to all levels (VAE). 10km route with a 200m vertical drop, until 28 July.



  • Sensory workshop and traditional audio tour

Awaken your senses! For children (aged 11 and over) and adults alike! A true sensory experience, immerse yourself in a range of sensations... Touch, smell, look, listen and taste. Finish off the experience by creating your own scented filter at the end of the workshop. Continue your experience with a traditional tour of the museum. Experience this exceptional sensory adventure, a moment of discovery and creation that will delight young and old alike!

From 4 July to 24 August, from 10.15am to 11.15am, every day except Thursday 11 July until 23 August.
Average length of workshop: 1 hour - Traditional visit: approx. 1 hour



  • Children's workshop: lavender sachet and traditional audio-guided tour

This workshop gives children of all ages the chance to make their own sachet of aromatic plants. You know, those little sachets of lavender we like to keep in our cupboards? A fun activity, children can personalise their lavender sachet (choice of fabric and fastening ribbon) alongside their leader, who will introduce them to the Lamiaceae family, lavender's cousins... They can then add a handful of rosemary, sage, thyme, basil or mint to their composition. And, of course, they'll go home with their own sweet creation! The prize: a quiz and a young lavender grower's diploma for your little ones!

The workshop will be followed by an audio-guided tour where you can find out all about the history of Provence fine lavender!

Until 23 August, 2.25pm, 2.45pm, 3.40pm, 4pm, 4.25pm.
Average duration of the lavender bag workshop: 15/20 minutes - Traditional tour: approx. 1 hour - Children accompanied by an adult.



  • Watercolour workshop and traditional audio-guided tour

Nathalie Maire, a professional watercolourist, shares her passion for painting using scented watercolours from the Lavender Museum. These buckets of pigments scented with the natural essences used in perfumes have been created exclusively by the Conservatoire des Ocres de Roussillon. Let your creativity and that of your children express itself in a fun and unforgettable workshop! Paint the lavender and create your own scented picture... You're in for a great time with your little ones!

The workshop will be followed by an audio-guided tour where you can find out all about the art of True Lavender in Provence!

Children aged 10 and over. Tuesdays and Sundays at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm or 5pm from 09 July to 29 September.
Average duration of the watercolour workshop: 1 hour - Traditional tour: approx. 1 hour.



  • Old-fashioned distillation & Traditional audio-guided tour

Around their authentic open-fire still, visitors immerse themselves in the fascinating alchemy of steam extraction to obtain the precious lavender extract known as essential oil.

Guided by the distiller's fascinating explanations, visitors experience a scene from yesteryear, with the aromatic scents escaping from the still's cap and the hydrolat mixed with the essential oil flowing into the Florentine vase (essence sorter). Local gardeners bring their freshly harvested flowers, which they distil on site, and leave with their own lavender essence.

You're in for a real treat!

Important information for choosing your reservation time:

- The still is filled in the morning at 10 a.m.
- The still is emptied twice a day at 12.30pm and 4.50pm
- The essence is drawn off at 5.20pm (separation of water and oil)
- Distillation and explanations of other times

The workshop will be followed by an audio-guided tour where you can learn all about the art of True Lavender in Provence!

Times: 10am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.40pm, 4.15pm, 4.50pm, 5.20pm until 23 August.
Average distillation time: 1h30 - Traditional tour: approx. 1h.



Réservations des prestations sur www.museedelalavande.com/fr/ 

Lavender outings and workshops at the Aroma'Plantes distillery

In the shoes of a lavender grower
Come and harvest and distil your own lavender. Discover the traditional cultivation of lavender, guided by the producer.

Programme:

- On the way to the field, discover the history of Lavender
- Learn how to cut lavender with a sickle and a saquette
- Return to the distillery to weigh the harvest
- Watch your harvest being distilled

You'll be lucky enough to leave with a bottle of your own distillation!

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2.30pm from 02 July to 14 August 2024.
Duration: 2h30. Ages 6 and up.
Activity in French and English.


  • Soap workshop

Make your own soap. Come and learn how to create soap in their laboratory, discovering the ancestral method of cold saponification and leave with your own bar of soap.

Programme:

- Accompanied by one of their soap-makers, you will learn the cold saponification technique.
- You'll make your own soap using the organic ingredients of your choice.

From 09 July to 13 August, 22 & 29 October 2024
Duration: 2 hours. From 14 years old accompanied by an adult.
Activity in French and English.


  • The soap-making apprentice

Make your own shower gel. Discover the secrets of soap-making in the heart of their laboratory and take home your own shower gel.

On the programme:

- Accompanied by one of their soap-makers, come and discover the magic of cold saponification in a real laboratory.
- Make your own shower gel using the organic ingredients of your choice.

From 11 July to 08 August and on 24 and 31 October 2024
Duration: 1 hour. Unaccompanied children aged 8 to 14.
Activity in French and English.


Spindle workshop (for groups only, booking required)
An ancient and original tradition!

Programme:

- Pick sprigs of lavender in a field near the distillery, then make your own spindle with the help of a guide.
- You'll go home with your own creation, so you can enjoy the legendary scent of Provence all year round!

From 08 July to 09 August 2024.
Duration: 2 hours. Price on request.
Workshop open to adults and children.
Activity conducted in French and English.


Information and bookings: info@aromaplantes.com or 04.90.64.14.73 or Sault and Montbrun-les-bains Tourist Offices

You'll probably want to take to the roads of Provence to discover the lavender and lavandin fields... you can photograph the fields, admire them, contemplate them, but don't trample the plans, don't cut the sprigs and respect the work of the growers.

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