This post was first published by My London on 29/05/2019.
The amazing hidden lavender field you will never believe is just outside Croydon
Escape the city and wander through a sea of beautiful lavender.
Does anything smell quite as good as lavender?
Take a trip to Mayfield Lavender Farm to immerse yourself in the calming scent of the field, not to mention the stunning views into London.
Not only can you wander through 25 acres of lavender fields, but you can fully immerse yourself in the world of lavender, trying out the farm’s lavender ice cream and lavender cider.
If you don’t get a chance to visit in the summer there is a nursery and gift shop year round, offering 12 acres of lavender, fruit trees and glasshouses, plus a shop selling plants, garden accessories and lavender products.
Don’t feel up to walking? You can take a tractor ride around the farm, looking out for the three different varieties of lavender along with bees and butterflies.
Lavender Farm also has a gorgeous al-fresco café selling a delicious range of light lunches such as sandwiches, burgers and paninis, and of course lavender cream tea.
Where is Mayfield Lavender Farm?
Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA. There is a free car park although it has limited space.
You can get the number 166 bus from West Croydon Station or from outside Tesco opposite Purley station.
When is Mayfield Lavender Farm open?
It’s open from Saturday, June 1, to Sunday, September 1, seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. Last entry for cars is 5.45pm.
The owners expect the lavender to start to blossom towards the end of June, perhaps the third week if the weather is hot.
How much does it cost to get in?
Entrance is £2.50 per adult and children aged 16 and under get in free.
When should I visit?
The lavender normally starts to bloom towards the middle to end of June and it is at its peak in July and August. The weather can influence it though so it’s a good idea to check the Mayfield Lavender website for updates.
The farm does get busy at weekends during peak season so you might want to visit on a weekday if you can.
What else can I do?
Tractor rides: A red tractor will take you on a tour through the fields in its trailer – rides are £2 per person (babies in arms go free) and can be bought from the shop or café.
Book a party: You can celebrate a birthday or another special occasion in the middle of the field. There are two gazebos each seating 16 people which are available to hire.
Mayfield Lavender Bee Safari Experience: Stuck for a present for someone? You can buy a voucher for this experience which includes a guided tour of the beehives – gloves and a suit will be provided – and a honey tasting session.
Treat someone to the Afternoon Tea Happy Days Experience: This voucher will get one person into the farm for free where they can enjoy Lavender Cream Tea afternoon tea with a home-baked lavender scone, jam, clotted cream and butter, lavender fairy cake, lavender macaron, lavender shortbread and lavender fudge, lavender cheese and chutney sandwich served with tea, coffee or lavender lemonade.
There is also a delux version and a Mayfield Lavender VIP Experience. Regular gift vouchers are available.
Take home your own lavender from the shop: You aren’t allowed to pick lavender but you can buy a bunch or plant from the shop and even toiletries and food.
What else do I need to know?
Picnics are not allowed at Mayfield Lavender Farm.
You can bring well behaved dogs which must be on a lead at all times.
There is disabled parking and full details about disabled access is on the website.
Where is Mayfield Lavender Nursery & Gift Shop?
This is at 139 Reigate Road, Epsom, KT17 3DW and it is open 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturdays. In July and August it is open on Sundays as well. At Christmas it is open until noon on Christmas Eve and reopens on Monday, January 7, 2019.
What is the website for Mayfield Lavender?
For more details and to keep up to date with news you can visit www.mayfieldlavender.com.