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We’ve visited Mayfield Lavender Farm every year since the twiglets were born! Last week we went on our annual trip there, so I thought I’d share some of my top tips, such as the best time to visit and so on. Hopefully they will help you to make the most of your visit to Mayfield Lavender Farm! I’ll also share some of the photos we took. (Everyone loves a bit of lavender spam, right??!)
Mayfield Lavender Farm is a 25-acre lavender field with a cafe and shop. It’s the perfect place for a lovely family trip to capture some beautiful memories.
Where is Mayfield Lavender Farm?
Mayfield Lavender Farm is located in Woodmansterne, near Banstead in Surrey. It’s approximately 15 miles from Central London, and can be accessed easily by car or public transport. For full directions, check the website. We’re lucky that we live pretty locally so it’s not far for us to travel 🙂
When should you visit Mayfield Lavender Farm?
The lavender usually starts to bloom towards the middle to end of June, but is at its best between July and August. Mayfield Lavender Farm is open every day from 9am until 6pm, until August 31st.
I would definitely advise you to avoid weekends if at all possible, as it gets sooo busy. We went on a Friday, which may well have been busier than other weekdays.
The most important thing I would advise is to go as early in the day as you can! The lavender field opens at 9am, so get there as close to that as possible. When we went, we arrived at 8.45am and there was already a queue of cars waiting to get in! The field did feel pretty quiet to begin with but it rapidly got busier.
And by the time we left at around 11am, it was really quite busy, with a long queue for the cafe. At this point, they were turning cars away. According to the website, staff will direct visitors to a nearby sports club if the car park is full. I’m not sure if they were doing this or just limiting numbers due to Covid-19. (It does say on their website this may happen at the moment).
How much does it cost to visit Mayfield Lavender Farm?
Entry to Mayfield Lavender Farm costs £4 per adult. Parking is free once you’ve paid for entrance. Children under 16 go free.
If you’re arriving by car, a member of staff will just take your money through the window then you just go and park. Simple!
Covid-19 safety measures
In accordance with current guidance, face masks must be worn in the shop. When queueing for the shop or cafe, you have to maintain social distancing and wait 2 metres apart from other customers. The cafe are serving a more limited menu than usual, with no hot cooked food. The picnic tables are wiped down very regularly.
Mayfield also ask that you respect other people’s space when exploring the lavender field.
Dogs are allowed but must be on a lead.
Picnics are not permitted anywhere at Mayfield Lavender Farm. In fact, you’re not allowed to bring your own food at all, as it produces too much rubbish.
There are portaloos in the car park, which are not entirely ideal but clean enough. (Mayfield aren’t allowed to build permanent toilets as the land is on the Metropolitan Green Belt Of London).
The farm is fairly accessible for disabled visitors/wheelchair users – obviously it is a field so there is some uneven ground etc. There is a track around the perimeter of the farm and a footpath through the centre of the lavender with a grassed surface. (Also useful to know if you’re bringing a buggy). Getting between the actual rows of lavender isn’t really possible though. There is also disabled parking close to the entrance.
You can take a tractor ride tour around the lavender farm. Rides cost £2 per person (babes in arms are free) and tickets can be bought from the shop or cafe. A circuit of the farm takes around 15-20 minutes.
Refreshments at Mayfield Lavender Farm
There is a relaxed, al fresco cafe under a marquee with picnic table seating. At the moment the seating is fairly limited and socially distanced. Usually the cafe serves light lunches – sandwiches, burgers, paninis etc. Even barbecues! But at the moment there isn’t any hot food due to Covid-19.
The cafe serves coffees, teas and a variety of cakes, biscuits etc, including lavender treats. I tried a lavender muffin and it was so yummy! They do a lavender cream tea which sounds lovely, as well as ice creams.
There is also a little silver van at the opposite end of the field from the main cafe, which serves hot drinks. This is sometimes open – I’m not sure when though! It wasn’t open when we visited but it provided some fun photo opportunities!
Kids love running around in the lavender!
The twigs had such a great time running up and down between the rows of lavender. We started off taking a few more posed photos. Then when they got bored of that (pretty quickly!!) we just let them run around and play, and took some more natural shots.
We were careful to keep our distance from others but having arrived so early, that was very easy to do. In fact, we were nowhere near anyone else! Even when it was getting a lot busier, it was still easy to keep your distance. Not so easy to take photos with no-one in the background though!!
We managed to get a family photo but you can’t see a lot of lavender in it oops!!
Top tips for lavender photos!
1. From the car park at the bottom, if you head up towards the left of the field, we found that the lavender there was thicker and taller than elsewhere. Great for getting some in the foreground of photos!
2. The phone box is a great photo prop!!
3. It’s the perfect place to work on your Instagram poses! Here’s me perfecting my gazing-wistfully-into-the-distance pose, like a proper Insta w*nker 😉
Mayfield Lavender Nursery and Shop
There is also Mayfield lavender nursery a little way up the road towards Epsom. They have a lovely gift shop there too if you fancy a browse somewhere a bit quieter! It sells a range of plants, garden accessories and lavender products including toiletries, sachets and culinary treats. It’s open all year round and they also sell fresh fruit and veg.
We were lucky enough to be able to have a photoshoot with photographer Rachel Thornhill there a couple of years ago. You can read all about it here. If you’re looking for a Surrey-based photographer to take beautiful lavender photos of your family, she’s amazing and great with kids!
Mayfield Lavender Farm is well worth a visit!
In conclusion, I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Mayfield Lavender Farm. It’s such a lovely place to spend time with family and get some beautiful photos to treasure.
I really hope you enjoyed reading about our visit, and I hope my tips are helpful if you decide to go too!
Thanks for reading! Til next time,
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