Mayfield Lavender Farm is Insta goals, summer goals, flower goals… You know what? It’s just GOALS.
Picture this: it’s a gorgeous summer’s day, and the wind gently ruffles your hair as you wander lazily through a field of lavender. Does that sound like perfection to you? If the answer is yes, you need to get yourselves down to Mayfield Lavender Farm. (If the answer is no, you clearly need to rediscover the joy in life, so head there anyway.) This perfectly purple paradise reopens for 2019 on June 1, and it really is the place to be this summer.
You can guarantee one thing when Mayfield Lavender Farm opens for the summer: you’re going to see it all over social media. The place is hella ‘grammable – with photo shoots getting more creative each year – and it’s also the destination du jour for folks in need of a new Facebook profile picture.
Drawing the eye, and drawing the crowds with it, is the red London phone box standing proud in the heart of Mayfield Lavender Farm. You can’t make any calls here, but it makes for a dramatic centrepiece for your photoshoot. Having said that, it’s worth putting the camera down for a spell to drink in the beauty of this place. Cue cries of “if you didn’t take a picture, did you even go?”. Seriously folks, just appreciate this place with your eyes, not your lens.
If your meanders through the lavender leave you feeling a little peckish, you’re well catered for. Mayfield Lavender Farm operates a cute-as-a-button al fresco restaurant, overlooking that sea of purple. On offer here are burgers, paninis, cakes, and a range of alcohol, including a rather unique lavender cider. Mayfield Lavender also lay on a picture-perfect afternoon tea, exploring the flavours of – yep, you guessed it – lavender.
Currently, Mayfield Lavender Farm are buzzing about their recently-launched bee safari. Aspiring apiarists will want to join this tour, which features an introduction to beekeeping, and a taste of lavender honey, fresh from the comb. Really, it’s the dreamiest way to experience a charming English summer – although the farm’s tractor rides will surely provide an unbeatable throwback experience!
Before all of that, the first thing you need to tick off your Mayfield Lavender bucket list is simply taking a deep breath. The welcome whiff of lavender makes this easily the best-smelling place in London, and you can take the scent home with you by visiting their nearby shop, which sells more lavender products than you can shake a stick at.
To conclude; it’s great for the ‘gram, and even better for the soul. Mayfield Lavender might just be heaven on earth.
Location: 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA. See it on Google Maps. (Mayfield Lavender provide directions here)
Opening hours: The 2019 summer season runs from June 1st to September 1st. Opening hours are 9am to 6pm, every day.
Entry: £2.50 for adults, free for young people 16 and under. Afternoon tea starts from £20, the bee safari begins at £55.
More information: on their website.
Featured image: @travler1334
Also published on Medium.