This morning we got up early and went to visit Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead. I use to work in Epsom and would quite regularly drive past and see this amazing purple haze on a hot Summers day. It always looked so inviting. I took Monkey there not long after he had started walking and we got some lovely photos, so where better to go to get some more now he had just turned three.
When you arrive you need to pay £1 to park, there is a man collecting on the gate. You get the £1 back if you spend £5 or more in the cafe, shop or nursery. We parked up in the shade and then headed into the purple fields. It has grown considerably since we last visited. They have added another gazebo structure and you can take cover in shade under the large oak tree.
Initally Monkey was a little put off by the bumble bees, although he soon got use to them and had fun running up and down the rows.
We stopped for a nose in the nursery area which sells the different types of lavender that the farm grows along with a small selection of other plans. There is a also a large number of lavender gifts. When we visited they had a sale table where all plants were £2 so very reasonable.
The cafe sells a good assortment of sandwiches, snacks and lavender flavoured items including shortbread, punch and fudge. We stopped for a snack and can recommend the cheese and ham toasted sandwiches. I like the fact that there is plenty of shade to sit under.
They also offer tractor rides every half an hour or so for £2 per person, as we were there early and needed to leave to get back for a gym class we didn’t get an opportunity to try out the rides. They also offer jam jars for kiddies to catch Rosemary Beetles which eat the lavender – we will definitely be giving this a go next time we visit.
The address is – Croydon Lane, Banstead, SM7 3BE. It is open from 9am – 6pm from the 30th May to the 20th September. The best time of year to get photos with the lavender is from early July through August.
Their website can be found here – http://www.mayfieldlavender.com