I always thought family fun at the farm involved feeding goats and meeting pigs, cows and sheep.
But our recent trip to Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey has broadened my horizons and I wanted to share with you a little about our experience because we really had the most fabulous trip there!
This pretty farm flowers for just a few weeks over the summer and, best of all, it’s family friendly.
The lavender farm blooms from the end of June to the start of September. We visited at the start of July and I think my jaw dropped when we turned into the car park because the field of purple is just so breathtaking.
As well as being an absolutely gorgeous setting to take some family photographs, it was also a fun and peaceful place to just wander and take in the lovely smell of lavender.
Is it suitable for children?
My girls (age one and three) adored running up and down the rows of lavender. They could play hide and seek or just see how fast they could run away from mummy!
This kept them entertained for quite a long time. Although there is no play area here, my two toddlers were more than happy to spend two hours at the farm.
I saw plenty of people there with buggies, however the rows of lavender are a little narrow to get buggies down. You can easily walk around the perimeter however, and you can get to the cafe with buggies.
What is there to do at Mayfield Lavender Farm?
Wandering through the rows and rows of lavender is a gorgeous way to spend an hour or two.
There are little points of interest that make lovely places to take a few pictures. When we visited the farm had a cutout of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which was fun to take a selfie with.
There’s also a red telephone box, a couple of shady bench areas and a homage to the unknown solder in tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War.
Tractor rides operate around twice every hour. This is a brilliant way to see the entire farm! Tickets cost £2 per adult and can be purchased at the shop/cafe or from the tractor driver, as long as you have cash!
The gift shop is small but has lots of products made using the lavender grown at the farm. I had to buy a bunch of lavender so I could bring a little of that gorgeous scent home with me.
What is the food like?
Picnics are now banned from the farm as there were growing issues with litter.
However the cafe has a lovely seating area and lots of choice. I bought the girls a picnic box which was £6. In this there was a cheese roll, some Haribo, crisps, chocolate lolly, apple and a little badge to remember their special visit.
I had a ham and cheese sandwich which was tasty, but the best part was the cake which all come flavoured with a little lavender.
I love how Mayfield has managed to get a hint of lavender in many items on its menu, including drinks such as lavender lemonade.
If you are a fan of lavender and beautiful scenery then you must take your family to Mayfield Lavender Farm! Don’t forget to take your camera!
What you need to know
Entry is £2 per adult. Under 16s go free.
The car park is a decent size but on busy days you may have to find parking elsewhere as there is no overflow.
The farm is 25 acres.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.
Tractor rides cost £2 per adult and are free for under 2s.
No picnics allowed, but the cafe has a great selection.
The peak flowering time is from the middle/end of June to the start of September. This can vary depending on the weather and some years it may start as early as the second week of June and may stop flowering before the end of August.
There are portaloos at the farm but no baby change facility. Remember to bring a little changing mat and you will be fine!
The address: 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA
For more information visit https://www.mayfieldlavender.com.