Mayfield Lavender Farm
You will be forgiven for thinking that this post is about the Provence. No, I didn't jet off to the South of France for a Saturday afternoon, I hopped on a train and a bus to Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead.
Technically this farm is located within the greater London area and you can get there by using your Oyster card. However close as that might sound, it took us probably just as long as a flight to the South of France to get there. The train and bus we needed to get there didn't run very frequently. Also for some reason this farm is incredibly popular among Asia visitors as a queue of which was queuing at the bus stop when we got there. Unfortunately, TFL hasn't caught on that this is a popular attraction and the bus that took us there was a single decker. But magically, we all fit in.
We walked through the rows of lavender towards to other end of the field, carefully trodding as the flowers were buzzing with bees. And other tourists.
We walked over to the massive oak tree in the middle of the field, which gave us some respite from the sun rays that were beating down on us. We spread out our picnic blankets and enjoyed our BYO lunch. In hindsight an uber smart plan as the queue for the BBQ and beverages was rather long.
As was the queue for the loo and the queue for the ice creams. And for the till in the shop.
When we were ready to go back, we headed back to the bus stop, where we found yet another queue. We had to five the first bus a miss, before we were able to get on our way back to Croydon.
I had a lovely afternoon day tripping to Mayfield Lavender Farm, however it's a shame that it has been discovered by the guide books. Although Mayfield Lavender Farm might disagree with that. Naturally.
For more info, check out the farm's website.