Mayfield Lavender Farm is a beautiful organic lavender field close to London. It is the the largest organic lavender farm in the UK and is a very special and stunning place to visit.
The 25 acre farm is located on a historic Victorian lavender production site. The current farm is committed to ensuring the lavender is grown organically and ethically and without the use of chemicals.
In the last few years the farm has become a highly popular location for photographers and bloggers. It provides a beautiful backdrop and is highly ‘instagrammable’. For this reason I was a little sceptical about visiting. However when I finally decided to visit a few weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised to find the farm definitely lived up to the hype.
Getting There: The Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey, around 15 miles from Central London. The farm has 2 sites – in this post I will be focusing on the main site in Banstead.
The farm is very easy to drive to and there is plenty of parking on site. If you are looking to get there by public transport then you can easily get a train from London Victoria to either West Croydon, Purley or Sutton Station and then a bus or short taxi to the entrance of the farm.
The second site is located a short drive away in Epsom and has the Nursery and Gift Shop.
The main farm is ideally situated close to the beautiful Surrey Downs if you want to make a whole day trip.
Price: The farm costs £2 to enter for those over 16. There is no entrance charge for children under 16. This entrance charge also covers the cost of parking on site.
Once you arrive at the farm you can wander through the lavender freely. There is also the option of a tractor tour which you can book on the day.
The farm has a lovely shop with a range of different lavender themed items from creams to candles to cookies. You can also buy freshly harvested lavender to take home with you. If you cannot get to the farm then they also have an online shop and can deliver to your home.
The lovely lavender is spread out across fields and is all shades of purple and smells incredible. The lavender of course attracts lots of beautiful bees. I would usually not be keen to be wadding through so many bees but the lavender is so incredible so its totally worth it. The bees are really not interested in the people passing through with all that lavender around anyway.
Before visiting to sure to check the harvest season of the lavender. The lavender normally starts to bloom towards the middle to end of June and the peak time is July and August however the weather can influence this so make sure you check their website before visiting to ensure the lavender is in bloom when you visit – https://www.mayfieldlavender.com/
The farm is generally open from June to September. Please note this may change depending on the weather and harvest of the lavender. During the open season the farm is open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm (last entry for cars is 5.45pm). Be sure to check opening times and days before you visit as it changes depending on the season.
Also be aware that during the peak of the season it can get very busy. I visited on a Monday morning before the holiday season and was very shocked to see how busy it was despite it being an off-peak time so cannot imagine how busy it would be during the summer on the weekend. Depending on when you visit and how busy it is can really effect your experience. I read a range of different reviews online and for some people the experience was not as enjoyable due to how busy the farm was when they visited.
You can also arrange a private tour or hire the outdoor gazebo area for private functions or parties if you want.
The farm also hosts regular photography competitions. If you are looking to use the farm for professional photography you need to register when you arrive and pay a small fee according to their website.
The farm offers disabled parking and also has specific disabled portable toilet facilities. The farm is located on a Metropolitan Greenbelt land so cannot build a permanent toilet building. For more information about accessibility check out their website.
Food from outside the farm is not permitted. Picnics are also not allowed in efforts to keep the farm free from rubbish. There is a lovely cafe which serves a range of different food, snacks, desserts and drinks with outdoor seating. We visited the farm for a special occasion and therefore decided to have the lovely lavender themed afternoon tea. The seating area is next to the lavender and so you can enjoy lovely views of lavender whilst enjoying your food.
The afternoon tea costs £20.00 per person and needs to be booked beforehand. The tea contains a range of different lavender flavoured items including a scone, fairy cake, macaron, shortbread and fudge. It also has a lavender cheese and chutney sandwich and served with your choice of tea, coffee or lavender lemonade. The tea is presented in such a cute and creative way and it was such a lovely experience. It is worth noting that the lavender flavours were quiet strong in some of the items. Overall the afternoon tea was such a lovely and special experience and really affordable.
After having our afternoon tea we were able to pray on the side under the gazebo alhamdullilah 😀
The Mayfield Farm has a number of gift packages and experiences that you can buy for someone as a special treat or gift including the Afternoon Tea – which would be such a lovely gift for someone.
Final Thoughts: The Mayfield Farm is a very special and unique place to visit. It is the perfect location for a day trip away from London. For me it was a really lovely and relaxing experience but as I mentioned before it is worth being aware that the farm can get very busy. Overall I am glad I visited the farm and would highly recommend visiting if you are looking for a nice day trip away from London.