This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 06/07/2018.
This is when the stunning Mayfield Lavender Farm is open and what you can see and do
You can wander through the purple fields, eat a lavender cream tea and drink lavender cider.
Just outside of Croydon is an idyllic scene which could look every bit like a postcard from Provence in France.
These are the fields of Mayfield Lavender Farm, just outside Banstead and west of Purley.
The farm is open every summer from June 1 through to September and visitors are allowed to wander through the 25-acres of its purple haze as well as eat and drink lavender-infused treats in the café and browse the shop.
Here is all you need to know about what you can see and do when you visit.
Where is Mayfield Lavender Farm?
Its address is Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA, and there is a free car park although it has limited space. If you aren’t driving 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 is open from June 1 to Sunday, September 16, seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. Last entry for cars is 5.45pm.
How much does it cost to get in?
Entrance is £2 per adult and children aged 16 and under get in free.
Can I actually walk through the fields of lavender?
Yes you can and it provides a backdrop for stunning photos so this is a beautiful place for taking pictures of your children.
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 and you will be able to see the three different types of lavender and all the bees and butterflies which happily buzz among it. Tractor 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.
Tuck into a lavender cream tea or cool down with lavender cider from the café: Here you can eat alfresco at the picnic tables with gorgeous vies of the lavender fields. Food also includes burgers, paninis and cakes and there is a barbecue in July and August.
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 deluxe 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 are 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.