If you’re looking for a great family day out, make sure you visit Mayfield Lavender Farm, it’s one of the county’s hidden gems.
This summer, visitors of all ages will be able to wander around the the beautiful family-run, 25-acre organic site and take in the pungent perfume of the purple flowers.
Located in Banstead, families would be forgiven for thinking you were in Provence when the farm is in full bloom.
Thousands of people from the UK and beyond tour the farm every year during the short three-month blooming period, enjoying its wonderful fragrance and picturesque setting.
The farm opens on June 1, welcoming members of the public every day until September 1.
The lavender normally starts to bloom towards the middle to end of June and the peak time is July and August, however the weather can influence this so be sure to check before your visit.
During the peak of the season it can get very busy on weekends, so it is recommended that visitors plan a weekday visit if possible.
Café and shop:
At the farm visitors can enjoy a delicious, fresh lunch or snack at the relaxed, al fresco café with picnic tables.
The menu includes paninis, burgers and homemade cake.
There is also a lavender cream tea for an extra special touch and food from the barbecue during July and August.
The café is licensed to sell a range of alcoholic drinks including a unique lavender cider.
There is a shop where customers can buy lavender plants for their garden, plus lavender products including toiletries, culinary treats or bunches of fresh lavender.
2019 season: June 1-September 1
Opening times: Daily 9am-6pm
Entry cost: £2.50 per person. Under 16s are free. Advance booking is not required.
Address: Mayfield Lavender Farm, Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA.
Facilities: Alfresco tea shop and a gift shop selling a variety of unique lavender goods and plants.
Useful advice: Portable toilets on site, picnics not allowed, do not pick the lavender, there is a separate registration fee for professional photographers.
The farm offers tractor rides around the site, offering a wonderful and effortless way to experience the undulating purple expanse of the gorgeous organic lavender.
At the height of the season visitors will be able to see the three different varieties of lavender in bloom, alongside happy bees and butterflies.
Tractor rides cost £2 per person (babes in arms are free) and there is no need to book as tickets can be bought from the shop or cafe.
The rides generally start from 10.30am and a circuit of the farm takes about 15-20 minutes.
The Secret Life of the Honey Bee Safari:
This three-hour experience provides both adults and children an insight into the fascinating world of beekeeping.
It takes place on selected dates throughout June, July and August and costs £55 for children and £75 for adults.
Tickets include entry to Mayfield Lavender Farm, arrival hot or cold drink and homemade lavender shortbread, introduction to beekeeping, honey tasting session, guided tour of the beehives (participants will be provided with a bee suit and gloves) and a Q and A session with a beekeeper.
And did you know that you can hold your own private party in the middle of all this loveliness?
Two gazebos seat 16 people each and are available for hire during opening hours.
Private tours can also be arranged with a minimum of 12 people.
If interested, contact email@example.com.
Casual and fun family photos are encouraged and there is no charge for this.
Those wishing to visit the farm for the purposes of wedding photography, model or landscape photography, library photography or portrait photography or any other commercial photography, will be required to register at the shop and pay a small fee before they start.