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a quick guide to Mayfield Lavender Fields

a quick guide to Mayfield Lavender Fields

Today is my last summer day in England this trip. Tomorrow morning I'll be making my way to Belfast then onto Washington D.C., so as the perfect send-off, England pulled back the curtains and I had a whole day of sunshine in the Mayfield Lavender Fields. 

I got lost on my way to the fields and broke my sandal, but I survived with a smile in British sunshine. And not a single bee sting, so no complaints from me. 

Here's a quick guide to the Mayfield Lavender Fields! 

How to get there //

From London, the best way to get to the Lavender fields is via a train to Sutton {Surrey}. From Sutton train station, you can do what I did and catch bus 80. You'll walk for about 20-minutes through woods before having to climb over a fence to the fields. I don't recommend this. Instead, catch bus 166 into Banstead and then catch bus S1 to the Lavender fields. You'll be dropped off at the front entrance.

Admission //

The cost of admission is £1 and can be paid with cash only! 

What you'll find there //

Mayfield Lavender Fields provide portable toilets near the entrance free of charge.

There is an open- air shop where you can buy a plethora of lavender products from candles and perfumes to bundles of fresh lavender and reusable purple tote bags.

There is also a cafe. The cafe offers lavender sweets {like scones and macarons}, a variety of lavender teas and lattes, and ice creams. You can also buy organic lavender soda! I opted for the hand-bagged lavender tea and was not disappointed. Make sure you bring cash as there is a minimum to debit or credit purchases. 

And, of course, you'll find an abundance of photo opportunities! 

 

Final advice //

As mentioned above, Mayfield is the perfect spot for some snaps! However, like any popular blogger/tourist/visitor destination, you'll need to keep a few things in mind.The fields were almost empty of other people when I arrived at opening on a Monday. The fields open at 9 a.m. and I hopped over the fence at 9:12 a.m. I had also checked the weather ahead of time. Ideally, you'll want to go when it's sunny. Not only will you have a better time taking photos, but there aren't any places to take cover other than the cafe tents near the entrance. If you've purchased lavender, you need to keep it dry. In other words, get there early and check your Weather App! 

The Mayfield Lavender Fields is something not to be missed. Sure, it's cliche. But the smell of the lavender and the rows and rows of flowers are well-worth the £1 entry fee to experience for yourself. 

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