The Mayfield Lavender paradise is located on the outskirts of London. Situated in Croydon, this is the closest to the ‘south of France, Provence experience’ we can get on a budget. The exact address for transport options is 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA.
The weather at the Mayfield lavender paradise was warm and inviting. The sky was bright with intermittent clouds. I chose to wear white frock from ZARA and white moccasins believing the purple Lavender and I would look good together. I accessorised with my @fedon1919 back-pack.
We wanted to try out my fish-eye camera but decided on next time. After seeing the pictures, the thought, ‘Milka chocolate‘ comes to mind. LOL
On entry, the smell of lavender is engulfs and you are surrounded by purple, lilac and violet fields that seem to go on forever. The farm is 25 acres large, with an abundance of activities and food for visitors. They had so many activities for children that I highly recommend parents to take a family trip and check it out.
A selection of drinks is available. They had lavender lemonade, lavender tea, lavender cider and lavender ice-cream which is not a drink but mandatory to mention.
The food was mostly normal hotdogs, burgers, paninis and general snacks. The desserts are where anything that could be lavender flavoured, so interesting. Almost all the snacks are based on the lavender flavour from cakes to macarons. I had a lavender cream tea with a lavender macaron while my husband had a lavender tea and lavender scone. They were delicious very lightly flavoured with lavender and not over powering. I believe we have a new respect for lavender as an edible.
The fields themselves had beautiful rows of lavender and were perfect for photographs. It was a little crowded but still quite easy to get great photographs alone since the fields dip and rise, shielding photographing (couples) groups nicely from each other.
I purchased some lavender essential oil for my handmade hair-balmin the lovely little souvenir shop full of everything made of lavender. I definitely had a great time there and plan to go back next year with a group.
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What you should know
- The Mayfield lavender paradise is open from the beginning of June to the end of September.
- Entry is £2 per adult. Children and under 16s go free.
- There is a car park but on busier days you might have to park elsewhere.
- Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.
- Tractor rides cost £2 per adult and are free for children under 2 years of age.
- No picnics allowed but the cafe sells wonderful pre-made picnic boxes.
- There are portable toilets on the farm but no baby change facility. Bring a changing mat with you.
The link below is for more details on the Mayfield lavender farm website