Everything you need to know about Mayfield Lavender Farm - a day trip from London

If you love flower fields (specially the very bright ones) and you're visiting London and got some extra time, then a day trip...

If you love flower fields (specially the very bright ones) and you're visiting London and got some extra time, then a day trip to Mayfield Lavender Farm is going to be a great idea! Mayfield might not be as beautiful as the lavender fields in Provence, but it will satisfy your need to visit a flower field if you're based in this big city.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

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Last updated: July 2020

Mayfield Lavender Farm has been on my list for a very long time.
I remember being quite new to London (maybe about 5-6 months since we moved here), and seeing a photo of a phone box surrounded by lavender. I searched it, and realised the trip would take me about 1h30 or a little over to get there. I knew I had to visit this place!

The thing was, we did not have a car. And of course, while it's totally possible to rely solely on public transportation, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Not only it is a long journey, but depending on where you are based at, it might require you to take 3-5 different transports, which will be very exhausting. So if you don't have a car, I would strongly advise you to hire one if you want your day to be hassle free. 
If you still prefer to visit without a car, Google Maps can lead you the way to this lovely place!

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Mayfield Lavender Farm is located in Banstead (SM7 3JA), not far from Croydon and Sutton, South London. 
If you arrive by car, there is a free parking space, which unfortunately, is quite limited. When the park becomes full (which happens quite quickly during weekends), your alternative will be to park in the nearest parking space (or private land), which will cost you £5 for the day.

While we generally associate late Spring to be the time of Lavender bloom, this can be variable depending on different factors, such as the type of lavender and the weather conditions.
In Mayfield, it generally happens between mid/late June and late August or early September, but as mentioned previously, it changes every year according to the weather conditions. For that reason, I would truly recommend you to check their website, where they give frequent updates on this, so that you can plan your visit accordingly.
Another thing you should consider about visiting, is that you should avoid weekends as much as possible, since this is when the farm gets busier. Specially when it's full bloom, you can expect the weekends to be pretty packed, as this is the time most families are free.
Oh, and before I forget, booking is not required, so you do not have to book in advance!
There is a £4 entry fee per person and children under 16 years old can go free.

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This is a no-brainer, but lavender fields were made to enjoy a nice time in Nature, and take lots of pictures! But if you are visiting Mayfield Lavender Farm, then the top thing here has to be taking a picture with a typical red phone box, surrounded by purple lavender - which by the way, might have a queue where you will need to wait to take the famous photo.
While you're there, you might as well enjoy a nice burger from their cafรฉ or even an ice cream, and visit their small shop for lavender products.
If you're in need to go to the loo, you can use their portable toilets.

There are a couple of things that are not allowed in this place, and you should know them in advance:

  • You are not allowed to pick lavender;
  • Picnics are not allowed in the farm (not anymore);
  • Professional/commercial photography is allowed upon registering and paying a fee between £50 and £100 on top of the £4 entrance fee;
  • Drones are not allowed to fly over the farm.

The famous phone box in Mayfield Lavender Farm
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Mayfield Lavender Farm from above. While you can't fly a drone over the farm, you can find a park opposite the farm, where you can fly your drone, and take some shots without flying over the field. I had no problem when flying mine and it was safe as there is no buildings nor people around (most of the time)

While I did a pretty decent research on what to do around, I did not find anything particularly interesting that I would add to my itinerary, so instead, we decided to head back to London and explore the Strawberry Hill House, a place I wanted to visit for a while in Twickenham, that would be on our way home anyways.
So if you're looking for something to explore in the area, I would recommend South London on your way back (especially South West, one of my favourite areas to explore in London) or if you have plenty of time and don't mind driving for another hour or hour and a half, you can consider some of these options:

And if you know of any other place you would include in your itinerary after visiting the lavender farm, let me know in the comments!

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We had a lovely time here, enjoyed taking different pictures in this place, and I might come back next year! I vlogged this day so if you would like to watch it, I will leave it here as well:

Budget travel hotels/apartments/guest houses: Best Western Mornington Hotel Hyde Park, Burlington Residence, Victoria Inn London, The Paramount Hotel and many guest houses that you can find on Booking.com 



Hope this helps you on planning your trip to Mayfield Lavender Farm, and have a lovely time!

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