I’m always on the look out for easy little day trips from London that I can do on public transport. This one is good for anyone who is a fan of the colour purple (I’m not talking about the movie, although maybe you could recreate it here) and anyone who likes nice smelly stuff.
Mayfield Lavender Farm is situated out in Banstead, Surry. To get there you need to get yourself to Sutton station, or West Croydon, and from there you can pick up a bus to take you the rest of the way. There are several ways to do it (the easiest being by car), and however you go there will be long stretches of suburban hell to go through before you are finally confronted with this big sea of purple.
I went via Sutton station. Sarah’s totally irrelevant Sutton fact: I took my driving test in Sutton. I picked it because somebody told me (erroneously as it turns out) that there were no roundabouts in Sutton. Not only is this not true, but roundabouts were never really my problem anyway. What I needed was a route with no corners, so that I didn’t have to reverse around one.
Mayfield is a nice place to spend a few hours. It’s very instagramable if you enjoy that kind of thing, although gets very busy now it’s the school holidays and every mum within a ten-mile radius has brought their little darlings, all dressed up in their best clothes, ready to be photographed surrounded by lavender.
Mayfield is open from June until September and it costs £1 to go in (plus parking if you bring a car).