Living in London is a dream come true for me. Every weekend I find something new and exciting to do & explore. This time I went to the Mayfield Lavender Farm only an hour out of the city. I loved all the pretty purple hues and the delightful smell of lavender as well as the little bumblebees everywhere (when they weren’t swarming me after having a lavender scone with jam at the cafe up front haha).
Mayfield Lavender Farm is a stunning 15-acre lavender farm located in Banstead, Surrey. Only a 30-minute train ride from Victoria Station in London there’s no excuse to not go! With its rolling fields of vibrant purple lavender and tranquil surroundings, Mayfield is the perfect destination for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Here’s a complete guide to Mayfield Lavender Farm, including the best time to visit, opening times, admission fees, how to get there, and the farm’s special features.
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Best Time to Visit Mayfield Lavender Farm
The best time to visit Mayfield Lavender Farm is during the summer months, from June to August, when the fields are in full bloom and the lavender is at its most fragrant. During this time, the fields are perfectly bloomed, and the aroma of lavender fills the air. Visitors can stroll through the fields, taking in the stunning views and capturing the perfect picture.
Mayfield Lavender Farm Opening Times
Mayfield Lavender Farm is open from mid-June to mid-September, with opening times depending on the blossom season. During the summer months, the farm is open from 10 am to 5 pm and the last entry is at 4 pm.
Admission to Mayfield Lavender Farm is £5 per person. FREE entry for children under 14. Parking is free. Advance booking is not required. However, it can get very busy on the weekends so it is better to visit on a weekday if possible.
How to Get to Mayfield Lavender Farm from London
Getting to Mayfield Lavender Farm from London is easy and straightforward. The easiest way to reach the farm is by train, with the nearest station being Banstead, which is a 30-minute train ride from Victoria Station. From Banstead station, it’s a short taxi ride or a 30-minute walk to the farm. Visitors can also reach the farm by car, with plenty of free parking available on-site.
If you decide to drive and need to hire a car, I recommend renting one with Discover Cars as it finds you the best deals across various rental companies in London.
Special Features of Mayfield Lavender Farm
Mayfield Lavender Farm is much more than just a field of lavender. Here are some of the farm’s special features that you can enjoy:
- Lavender Fields: Mayfield Lavender Farm is one of the largest in all of England, with 15 acres of fragrant lavender fields. I loved seeing the stunning views and smelling the sweet aroma of the lavender during my visit.
- Farm Shop: Mayfield’s farm shop offers a range of lavender-based products, including essential oils, soaps, candles, and more so be ready to take home some amazing things.
- Cafe: The farm’s cafe serves a range of light bites and drinks, including freshly brewed coffee, tea, and lavender-infused treats. I sat in the cafe’s peaceful garden when I visited and loved the scones I tried but watch out for all the buzzing bees that will swarm you if you get something with honey!
- Picnic Area: Mayfield has a picnic area too which is perfect for lounging with friends.
- Workshops and Events: Mayfield regularly hosts a range of workshops and events, including lavender-themed workshops, outdoor yoga sessions, and more. You can find out more about these events on the farm’s website.
Photo Tips for the Mayfield Lavender Farm:
- Get there early: To capture the best shots, it’s recommended to arrive at the farm early in the day when the light is soft and the fields are relatively quiet.
- Experiment with angles: Lavender fields are best captured from different angles, so try capturing shots from a low or high angle to add variety to your photos.
- Use a tripod: A tripod can be useful for capturing sharp, stable shots, especially in low-light conditions. 🤳Check out this tutorial from my Instagram Reel of how I use my tripod (linked here) to take photos traveling alone.
- Play with depth of field: Experiment with different aperture settings to control depth of field and create an interesting foreground and background.
- Include people: People can add scale and interest to your photos, so consider including them in your shots.
- Focus on details: The small details of the lavender, such as the delicate petals, can be just as interesting as the fields themselves.
- Use the golden hour: The golden hour, just before sunset, is the perfect time to capture warm, golden light and create stunning photos.
- Edit your photos: Don’t be afraid to edit your photos to enhance the colors and contrast. A simple filter can make all the difference. You can buy my presets here and edit like me with some simple steps.
These tips should help you get the most out of your visit to Mayfield Lavender Farm and capture beautiful photos to remember your experience. Happy shooting!
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