The breathtakingly beautiful lavender farm 6 minutes out of Croydon with 25 acres to explore

A visitor walks through the lines of Lavender at Mayfield Farm on July 8, 2022 in Banstead
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If you’re running out of ideas on how exactly to enjoy the influx of nice weather London has welcomed this week, then located within an easy reach of Croydon you’ll find something quite wonderful. Nestled only a six-minute drive away from Purley, lies a serene haven waiting to be discovered.

Mayfield Lavender Farm & Fields is found in Banstead and is home to 25 acres of lavender fields. It really is a stone's throw away from the borough; simply head towards Foxley Lane and take the first exit on the roundabout onto Carshalton Road - it’s remarkably close.

As summer has finally started to make an appearance, this picturesque lavender farm has opened its gates once again, inviting visitors to make the trip and immerse themselves into its sea of organic purple and soothing fragrance of lavender.

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Women take selfie photographs in a field of lavender at the Mayfield Lavender field in Banstead
You can also pay £3 per person to take a tractor ride through the fields and really take in the sights and smells of all the different varieties of lavender -Credit:Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

The farm offers city residents the perfect escape into nature without the need to venture for miles to find countryside. At the farm, you will be met with rows upon rows of lavender to explore and take in. Although picnicking is not permitted, you can find a shop and café with their signature specialities of lavender cream teas, unique lavender cider and a selection of oils and hand creams.

You can also pay £3 per person to take a tractor ride through the fields and really take in the sights and smells of all the different varieties of lavender, as well as the bees and butterflies, as reported by Surrey Live. On that note, the farm do make visitors aware of their many honey bees who love their lavender hopefully as much as you will.

However, not to worry, as these bees are not aggressive and will only harm in self-defence. If you live in Croydon and you fancy this well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the city then take the 166 bus from West Croydon bus station and arrive directly outside the gates of this tranquil sanctuary.

With the lavender usually blooming towards the middle to the end of June, peak time is July and August, so now is the perfect time to experience the benefits of nature and find yourself amongst the lavender-infused air of Mayfield Lavender Farm & Feilds.

Planning your visit:

Location : Mayfield Lavander Farm, 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA.

Entrance Fee : £5 per person with FREE entry for children aged 12 and under.

When : Now until August (keep checking their website for when they’ll harvest the farm).

Opening Times : Monday- Sunday 9am- 6pm, but do note that it can get very busy on weekends.

Parking : Entrance fee included parking.

Dogs : Yes, but they must be on a lead at all times.

Accessibility : The farm has disabled parking close to the entrance but some unsteady ground which may require care.

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