REVIEW: A Day Out at MayField Lavender Farm

August 18, 2020

Mayfield Lavender Farm Banstead
I’ve wanted to visit Mayfield Lavender Farm for a while so jumped at the chance to go a couple of weeks back. My friend and I decided to take a girl’s trip and make the most out of the 'UK staycation' outings.

I’m so glad we went and it was totally worth the trip but there are a few things to consider when you go especially with kids, a big group and COVID restrictions. Here are the main things I experienced along with tips on how to make the most of your time there:

Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead
      Mayfield Lavender Farm is seasonal: This popular 25- acre family run business opens seasonally from the 1st June to the 31st August, so be sure to make it part of your Summer plans.

2.      Arrive EARLY… as early as possible: This farm gets thousands of global visitors during peak season so if you’re planning a trip, go early and on a weekday if you canMy friend and I were the first ones to arrive at 8:30 am, ready for the opening at 9am. This was the best time because we got a parking space (which gets filled up quick), and at least 15 mins of the farm to ourselves before the crowds started arriving. Once it gets to 10am it’s completely crowded. If you want to get decent photos (whether fashion or lifestyle), it’s best to go early, get your photos done and then enjoy the rest of your time there. If you can, go on a weekday because weekends get even crazier.
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M   Don’t expect to eat a full meal: I would highly recommend eating before you go, or make plans to eat after your visit. The only food and drink available is at the onsite café where you can grab tea, coffee, juice, a pastry or a sandwich if you're lucky. That’s pretty much it. If you are coming with kids or have a special diet, bring some snacks to keep you going as the café doesn’t have a huge choice of food. Due to COVID-19 and waste, you’re not allowed to bring a picnic or prepped meals so snacking will come in handy if you get peckish. Also bring water.

4.      Make plans for the rest of the day: As beautiful as it is, Mayfield Lavender Farm can be done in a couple of hours – three at the most. Once you’ve had a look, walked around, taken a few photos, gone to the gift shop and grabbed a hot drink, you’re done. I would make plans to visit nearby attractions be it local museums, historical parks or animal farms. Visit Surrey Live for up to date ‘what’s on’ information, but always check post lockdown opening times.

  Be aware of the bees and insects: This is something I wish I had known before. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lavender field is going to be full of bees, but this was something I hadn’t properly considered beforehand. Perhaps don’t overdo the perfume, wear something long sleeve (or bring a hoodie or cardigan), and bring some antihistamines just in case. The same goes for hay fever sufferers as you’ll be spending some time with your good old friend pollen, which may leave you sneezing and scratching your eyes if you’re not prepped. Be warned. 
Mayfield Lavender Farm plants

That’s pretty much it aside from keeping an eye on the weather forecast. It's best to go on a bright sunny day to get the most out of it. My friend and I went by car which I would recommend (especially if you’re in a big group or with small kids) but you can go on public transport.  I’ve put together more details on how you get there etc, but any other information can be found on the Mayfield Lavender Farm website. Enjoy!!!

Address: Mayfield Lavender Farm, 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead SM7 3JA

Opening Times: Open from 1st June to 31st August, 7 days per week from 9am to 6 pm. Please get there as early as possible (between 8:30-8:45am)

Entry Fee: £4 for adults and children under 16 go FREE (please bring ID for teenagers) Bring cash.

How to Get There:
Car: Use Sat Nav using post code SM7 3JA for exact address
Public Transport: Take a train from London Victoria to West Croydon and then catch the 166 bus from the main Bus Station. Bus takes you to the Mayfield Lavender Farm gate .

Facilities: Portable toilets, al fresco café, gift shop and car park. Please note that car park is free, but spaces are limited.
Mayfield Lavender Farm EDT
     The lovely EDT bought at the Gift Shop. If you love Lavender, this is the Eau De Toilette for you!

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