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.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

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.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

And it was worth the trip. Never had I thought to find such a view here in London, I mean this is a major city after all. The farm consists of 25 acres of lavender rows which is, as you can imagine, a sight well worth seeing. We snaked around the narrow path ways criss-crossing the field.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

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.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

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.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

As was the queue for the loo and the queue for the ice creams. And for the till in the shop.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

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.

Comments

  1. There's a lovely one in Hampshire a bit further out of london. I visited a couple weeks ago and posted about it yesterday. Can't comment on how busy it gets as I took Friday afternoon off in order to visit.
    http://jenikya.com/blog/2015/08/lavender-fields-hampshire.html

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    1. Is there? It might not be as busy since it's a bit further away from London. Might check it out.

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  2. I love lavender, the fields look so gorgeous and the smell is amazing

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    1. I know. Every time I look at this post I can almost smell it.

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  3. Always fun to find something unexpectedly "out of place" and close to home.

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    1. I know. And London seems to be full of them. Great place to live.

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  4. omg lavender! i love the smell of it :D

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    1. Me too. I used to rub it between my hands every time I walk past a bush when I was little. Actually still do.

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  5. Good thinking to have a picnic and avoid some of those queues. The pictures are lovely, want one of those scones. Hehee.

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    1. I didn't actually try those, but the sounds of lavender scones sounds rather amazing.

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  6. Lovely pictures.. I think over the years more and people have heard a out Mayfield, you're right. I've been the last 2 years, and saw more people the 2nd time, but I've not seen the queues like you have.

    The main thing is you still got lovely pictures and a spot for a picnic. I kept trying to get photos with no tourists last year! :-)

    Sarah x
    www.morethanjustacupcakelover.co.uk

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    1. haha, yeah that was the tricky part, getting pics with no people. It was still a nice place to go to though.

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  7. So glad you enjoyed the lavender fields too! They're gorgeous aren't they, and the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon :)

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    1. They sure were. We were so lucky with the weather when we went.

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