Mayfield Lavender Farm – a sea of purple

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For years now I’ve seen people’s photos in fields of beautiful lavender and marvelled at how beautiful it all looked. I knew Mayfield Lavender Farm was near us, but I hadn’t quite clocked just how close it was – only 30 minutes drive away! At £1 for an adult entry, I thought it would be a lovely way to spend a morning, so we headed there last Monday morning, arriving early with the intention of beating the crowds.

We arrived just after opening at 9am and it was far less busy than I’d expected – it was perfectly possible to wander in and feel like you were the only people there. It was one of those days for us – I was feeling quite down, and Max was in a grumpy mood too, and at first he didn’t want to explore at all. We ended up just sitting down amongst the lavender for quite a while just having a cuddle. But there is something so calming and restorative about the smell of lavender – you feel the fragrance filling your nostrils, the sound of the bees buzzing, and all around you are bursts of purple blooms, as far as the eye can see. As we sat there together, I could feel the scent start to work it’s intoxicating magic on me, and Max seemed to perk up too.

 

 

Sea of purple lavender close up

Purple lavender close up with bees

 

Before long, he was making friends with a little girl there with her mum – I took some photos of the two of them for her, and then Max started chasing the little girl down the lavender trails. It’s so lovely these days to see how friendly he is with other children – he’s suddenly made that leap into wanting to play with them, rather than just doing his own thing.

 

Max running through the lavender field

Smiling Max in lavender field

Pensive Max in Lavender field

Red phone box in lavender field

Max peering through phone box

 

It’s the perfect backdrop to get some lovely photos – I was so pleased with some of the shots I managed to capture of Max. I loved the completely random red phone box too – just plonked in the middle of the field, because, why not?

Mayfield Lavender Farm has numerous little places to stop and sit too – little huts are sprinkled across the fields, and a little airstream cafe and picnic area makes it a great place to stop for a drink and a sit down. There is also a little shop, selling all kinds of lavender produce from plants, to lavender oil, candles, tea, and ice-cream.

 

Information:

Mayfield Lavender Farm, 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA

Website: http://www.mayfieldlavender.com/

Opening times: 9am – 6pm, June 1 to Sept 14

Entry fee: £1

 

Monkey and Mouse

 

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91 Comments
  • Carly @acupfullofglitter
    August 2, 2016

    Gorgeous photos Katy. I really want to visit a lavender farm xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 3, 2016

      I really recommend it Carly – it was such a lovely morning out! I don’t think I’ve heard of one near you, but I know there is one in Hitchin, which might not be too far?

  • Rebecca Taylor
    August 6, 2016

    Oh this sounds so lovey Katy! And I am really pleased it perked you both up! Your photos are stunning! Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing x

  • Ava @ My Meena Life
    August 10, 2016

    What a beautiful farm! The red phone box makes it extra fun.

  • reimer and ruby
    August 10, 2016

    I always get jealous with photos on lavender farm, as they always look lovely. Need to find one near us so we can visit ad take some beautiful photos as well. Your pictures are adorable! #Whatevertheweather

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    August 10, 2016

    This is beautiful – I love the smell of lavender. Amazing pictures! #whatevertheweather

  • Merlinda Little
    August 10, 2016

    WOW! The colours are just so vivid in your every photo. The red just stands out too! I want to go there now! #whatevertheweather

  • thehelpfulhiker
    August 14, 2016

    Every year I say I’m going to visit a lavender farm-haven’t made it yet but your photos have made me even more determined! Great pics and love the idea of relaxing among the calming lavender scent! #whatevertheweather

  • TeamMomLife
    August 14, 2016

    That looks so incredibly beautiful! I can only imagine how nice the smell would be!#whatevertheweather

  • Jenny Eaves
    August 16, 2016

    It looks stunning! Reminds me of heather and how much I love to just sit down and breathe in the fresh air watching the insects buzz around. I’ve never seen any lavender fields up here but the smell must be amazing! How fantastic it’s only 30 minutes from you and only a pound to visit! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  • LydiaCLee
    August 20, 2016

    That’s lovely – but how kooky is the phone box??? #KCACOLS

  • akiwifamily
    August 20, 2016

    Oh wow, how amazingly beautiful! I must say I’m a bit jealous as I absolutely love lavender and have never seen anything like this before! Max is such a cutie! xx #kcacols

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 21, 2016

      Aww, thanks! It was only reading blogs that brought lavender fields to my attention! I’d never have known it existed otherwise!

  • Mouse Moo Me Too
    August 20, 2016

    These photos are beautiful! I love the random phone box too – looks like you were really lucky with the weather. Mmmm that smell… #KCACOLS

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 21, 2016

      The smell is just fabulous! I think it rained later that afternoon, but we struck lucky with the sun in the morning!

  • Rachel George
    August 20, 2016

    Beautiful! I can’t help but be reminded of my own son when he was about 8 though. We were at the Eden Project and he and his friend were petrified of going anywhere near the lavender due to the bees. #KCACOLS

    Rachel, Ordinary Hopes x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 21, 2016

      Aww, I’m not going to lie, there were bees everywhere! But they were so interested in the lavender that they really didn’t bother either of us.

  • Baby Isabella
    August 20, 2016

    Mayfield Lavendar Fields make for such stunning photos! Such a great price to enter too! We might see how far away it is from us too! #KCACOLS #whatevertheweather xx

  • KHogg
    August 20, 2016

    Gorgeous! I didn’t even really know lavender fields were a thing – must look up if there is anything like that in my area! #kcacols

  • Jane Taylor
    August 20, 2016

    Oh I love lavender fields. I can practically smell it as I look at all of these gorgeous shots. I remember liking some of these lovely photos on Instagram. That telephone box is random but as you say, it makes for great photos. I must see if we have a farm near us…But we are lucky to have lavender in our front garden. #KCACOLS

  • Rachel Bustin
    August 20, 2016

    It looks like great fun there! Love the photos. The red phonebox really stands out amongst the purple backdrop. xx

    #KCACOLS

  • alice NipperAndTyke
    August 20, 2016

    What lovely pictures – sounds like the lavender had a wonderful soothing effect on you and your boy. I would like to visit a lavender field – I must get around to that one of these days!
    x Alice
    #kcacols

  • Right Royal Mother
    August 20, 2016

    What a beautiful place! We have lavender fields near us and I’m always meaning to go but we STILL haven’t. This has inspired me. (And wonderful shots too btw – v. jel. of your skills – and camera). #KCACOLS

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)
    August 20, 2016

    I love these Lavender fields, I’ve seen so many lovelyphotos from there on Country Kids and would love to visit myself one day. My kids are sadly too old for the cute photos you have. #KCACOLS

  • kristin mccarthy
    August 21, 2016

    Really amazing. My very favorite scent and oil.

    #KCACOLS

  • Peachy
    August 21, 2016

    Amazing photos! Your little one looks so tiny and adorable next to that phone box. #KCACOLS

  • Claire
    August 21, 2016

    Your photos are always so beautiful. I love lavender, I had it in my wedding bouquet #kcacols

  • Back With A Bump
    August 21, 2016

    This is so pretty and gorgeous photos too. I’ll have to see where our nearest one is! #kcacols

  • topsyturvytribe
    August 21, 2016

    I adore lavender field pictures too. Some great shots! Max looks so much like you when he smiles! I need to find a lavender field too! #KCACOLS

  • Samantha Free
    August 21, 2016

    What beautiful photos! We visited a local lavender farm earlier in the summer but you weren’t able to wander around freely (you could only go on an organised tour so you were very restricted). This one looks lovely and such a reasonable price – I will have to remember for next year! #KCACOLS

  • Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    August 21, 2016

    I am so jealous – I would love to go to a lavender farm they look stunning but there are none near me. Beautiful pictures and I imagine very peaceful xx #KCACOLS

  • justsayingmum
    August 21, 2016

    just beautiful and just the perfect backdrop for stunning photos … I love the one of your little boy running up the lavender path … beautiful #KCACOLS

  • Claire Elizabeth
    August 21, 2016

    That’s beautiful, now I need to find one near me! I always have at least one Lavender plant in my garden, I think i’ll have to head to the garden centre to pick up a few more… #KCACOLS

  • Lisa (www.irishbabyfairy.com)
    August 21, 2016

    I want to go to a lavender farm now! There are none in Ireland as far as I know! It looks stunning, and your description of the calming effect of the smell sounds wonderful. You’ll be all about the lavender baths and candles now! #KCACOLS

  • Sarah - Mum & Mor
    August 21, 2016

    Lavender farms are an excellent place to take photos. Purple is one of my favourite colours, so I really have to find myself one to go to someday! #KCACOLS

  • Alex Fihema
    August 21, 2016

    I find that there is something soothing and restorative about lavender. It’s a place that I need to take my children to #KCACOLS

  • Helen @ Little Owl Gift Basket
    August 21, 2016

    I so wanted to visit some lavender fields this year after seeing all the beautiful pictures last summer but I ended up having a baby instead! Definitely next year. Sounds like you had a really lovely visit and the pictures are stunning! #KCACOLS

  • Sonia
    August 21, 2016

    Beautiful- love the smell! My girls love making perfume with lavender. #KCACOLS

  • veronicalee
    August 21, 2016

    I’ve never been to a lavender farm. I can only imagine how lovely the scent would be. Such lovely photos.

    #KCACOLS

  • Wendy Hughes
    August 21, 2016

    That phone box is so random, I actually laughed at the photo..I wonder why it’s there? This looks beautiful, I’ve not been to a lavender field before but now I really want to go!lovely photos of your little one running around xx #KCACOLS

  • CrazyJoggingGymLady
    August 21, 2016

    It looks so pretty there. I have never been anywhere like that. Lavender smells lovely. Beautiful pictures of your boy x
    #KCACOLS

  • Rebecca U
    August 21, 2016

    this looks stunning. It really isn’t far from me either so i need to make a trip there this summer #KCACOLS

  • Amanda CP
    August 21, 2016

    What a beautiful place. My Mum sent me up some lavender from her garden last week and I made delicious lemon and lavender cookies.
    Amanda. #kcacols

  • Winnettes
    August 21, 2016

    These photos are amazing. I am planning to go here next year now as I’ve never been. I would love to take Hubby places like this but never suggest it as he has horrific hay fever… He recently informed me that lavender actually helps him rather than making it worse… Would have been good to know that as I don’t even plant it in the garden! Never mind. So next year! And I can’t wait.

    I love when the little ones start playing with their peers, it’s so sweet

    #KCACOLS

  • Crummy Mummy
    August 21, 2016

    We went to a wedding at a Lavender farm this summer & got some amazing photos too – love the smell! #KCACOLS

  • Beta Mummy
    August 21, 2016

    This looks lovely! I’d like to visit a lavender farm one day – I love the stuff and have got about 8 or 9 plants in my garden 🙂
    #kcacols

  • me and b make tea
    August 21, 2016

    wow it really is the perfect backdrop for pics! what a beautiful place and a pound to get in! bargain! #KCACOLS

  • reimer and ruby
    August 21, 2016

    visiting again from #KCACOLS.

  • Kim
    August 21, 2016

    Lavender is so relaxing, I think I am more calm just from reading your post 😊 #KCACOLS

  • The Mum Reviews
    August 21, 2016

    I’ve been wanting to visit this for years but the summer always goes too fast and I miss it. It looks like a lovely day out and I love the look and smell of lavender. It’s nice to hear about the little huts and the cafe too as I didn’t know about those. #KCACOLS

  • Cathryn Daws
    August 21, 2016

    Oh this looks amazing. I would love to take photographs there!

    #KCACOLS

  • The Speed Bump
    August 21, 2016

    Gorgeous pictures, I bet it smelled absolutely lovely! I’d have been asleep walking around; I love the smell of lavender! #KCACOLS

  • Lady Cotswolds
    August 21, 2016

    This is gorgeous, I absolutely love lavender and have some in my garden (nowhere near this much though) it deters our dog from digging near it too which has been a great side effect. I think we have a few of these lavender farms near where we are. Fingers crossed we get a bit more summer so I can go take a look. #Kcacols

  • The UnNatural Mother
    August 21, 2016

    I wish we had something like that here. I can smell the lavender through the pictures. Totally brilliant #KCACOLS

  • Mother Hermit
    August 21, 2016

    This looks like an absolutely beautiful place and your photo’s are gorgeous. I love lavender but I think this is a bit far away from me- I’m thinking this could be an excuse for a short break away next summer though! x #KCACOLS

  • The Motherhub Blog
    August 21, 2016

    Looks like a really beautiful place to visit – and a total bargain too! Lavendar is so photogenic ! #kcacols

  • mummydaddymia
    August 21, 2016

    This looks like a lovely place to spend the afternoon and so cheap too! Mia always seems to be having ‘one of those days’ whenever I take her out anywhere! 🙂 Lovely photos!
    #KCACOLS

  • sarahbel
    August 21, 2016

    Ooooh this looks faba nd I think it’s not a million miles from me too. Looks like a great day out and very well priced!! Lovely photos too. #kcacols

  • Emma (Upside Mum)
    August 21, 2016

    It looks like a lovely place. Love the photos snd the beautiful colours. #kcacols

  • Louise
    August 21, 2016

    The lavander fields are so beautiful and I love your pictures. I must hunt out somewhere near me for a visit soon. #KCACOLS

  • Tooting Mama
    August 22, 2016

    It looks simply beautiful, I bet the fragrance was amazing. I am really missing the lavender from my garden – just the best smell of summer! BTW gorgeous photos!

  • Twicemicrowaved tea
    August 22, 2016

    I wish this place was closer to us. It looks lovely, and your photos are beautiful. I love the colours. #KCACOLS

  • Mainy - @myrealfairy
    August 22, 2016

    It looks wonderful and bet the smell is amazing!!
    Mainy x
    #KCACOLS

  • One Messy Mama
    August 22, 2016

    This is just beautiful! Wow! #KCACOLS

  • Emma Easton
    August 22, 2016

    Gorgeous photos. I’m so sad that we don’t have any lavender near us 🙁 x

  • Tammymum
    August 22, 2016

    Ya know until I started blogging I didn’t know a great deal about lavender fields but i see them all over the blogging shop. They do look like a fab sensory day out for the kids though xx #KCACOL

  • sam r
    August 22, 2016

    How lovely and very scenic. I love the vivid purple X #kcacols

  • Rebecca Taylor
    August 22, 2016

    Absolutely stunning!! Beautiful photos. Popping back over from #KCACOLS.

  • Pickinguptoys
    August 22, 2016

    I love the photos taken in lavender fields they always look so pretty,unfortunately i’m in the minority of people who really don’t like the smell!It’s a shame because I’d love to go x #kcacols

  • Suzanne Treharne
    August 23, 2016

    Wow that looks beautiful – I’ve never thought of visiting a lavender farm before but I think my daughter would love it. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a really simple day out. #KCACOLS

  • The_tale_of_mummyhood
    August 23, 2016

    How beautiful, I would love to visit somewhere like this. I can just imagine how relaxing it would feel, I’m off to google my nearest one – hoping that there is one!
    #KCACOLS

  • The Collage Queen
    August 23, 2016

    I think I have read your post before but can’t find my comment. These lavender fields are lovely but we know of none around here. #KCACOLS.

  • Tori Hamilton
    August 23, 2016

    I also have a field of lavender nearby – what a perfect place to have some family photos done! Love the English-style phone booth!
    #KCACOLS
    Tori @ The Mama Nurse

  • Geraldine Walsh
    August 23, 2016

    I would love love love to run through either a lavendar field or a poppy field. Absolutely beautiful and the pics are stunning #KCACOLS

  • Min
    August 23, 2016

    I walked through this very same lavender farm a few years ago (pre-child). I was walking the London Loop and wasn’t expecting it at all as I don’t know the area well, so it just suddenly seemed to come out of nowhere. I didn’t see the phone box though. Your pictures are fab! #KCACOLS

  • Cheryl / Tea or Wine
    August 24, 2016

    I’ve seen so many photos this year of people in lavender fields and feel envious, I’d love to go! It looks so beautiful and I can imagine the smell must be calming. I’m going to investigate if there’s any others close to me. Looks like you had a good day. Fab photos. #KCACOLS xx

  • Jules
    August 24, 2016

    This looks like a lovely, calming place to visit – and some great photos, too! #KCACOLS

  • Charlotte
    August 24, 2016

    How lovely, it really does make for a beautiful backdrop #KCACOLS

  • Madeline Littlejohns
    August 25, 2016

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! I’ve always wanted to go somewhere like this, and just checked the map to find it’s less than an hour away from my parents’ house, so I might have to convince my husband to take us there one day when we’re visiting my family! x #KCACOLS

  • Shelly
    August 26, 2016

    Looks absolutely beautiful, and your little boy looks just like one of my sons looked at that age. Precious! #KCACOLS

  • Blissful Domestic
    August 28, 2016

    It looks so beautiful! Lovely photos. I don’t think we have a lavender farm near by, but I may have to have a look as I love places like that! #KCACOLS

  • Not Just The 3 Of Us
    August 28, 2016

    I felt really relaxed reading this, so beautiful and such a lovely place. Gorgeous pictures and I love the phone box – what a find in a lavender field. Thanks for hosting #KCACOLS

  • The Pramshed
    August 30, 2016

    When I first saw this post, I thought that this must be out of London somewhere. But it is within the M25, amazing! I really want to go here now and it’s pretty close for us too. The pics of Max look amazing, and I love the red phone box against the back drop of purple lavender. Claire x #KCACOLS

  • Suburban Mum
    August 31, 2016

    Ahhh we must not live too far from each other! We also visited for the first time this year and loved it. Some really lovely photos here x #KCACOLS

  • Mrs Morgan Plus 3
    September 1, 2016

    Love the pictures you have taken and what a fab place to go for £1! #KCACOLS

  • Silly Mummy
    September 1, 2016

    What beautiful pictures! I dislike the smell of lavender but I love the colour! #KCACOLS

  • tracey bowden
    September 3, 2016

    Aww this looks beautiful. I love the colour and your pictures are fabulous xx #kcacols

  • Mummy & the Mexicans
    September 6, 2016

    How lovely! Beautiful photos and it sounds so calming. I wish we had somewhere like that here! #KCACOLS

  • Nadia - ScandiMummy
    September 9, 2016

    Your photos are always so beatiful. I really want to go here next year as we live fairly close by. Great, inspiring post. Thanks for co-hosting #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

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