It’s been a while now that I’ve been envious of everyone’s lavender pictures on Instagram – the vibrant purple just pops onto the screen. I’ve been eager to take Emma to see it for ourselves, but whenever we plan to go, the weather is not quite right. Emma is at nursery from Tuesday til Thursday each week and for some reason the weather was not on our side. But then our luck changed, and as my other half was working nearby in Croydon, we all went together to have a look.
Mayfield Lavender can be found just off the A23 near Coulsdon, about an hour’s drive from Brighton. I’ve often driven this way when visiting friends in Streatham so the route was very simple and we got there in no time. As it was 24 degrees that day, the car park was already almost full with lots of people wanting to do the same thing. It was only £1 to park for the day and although it looked busy, there was plenty of room.
We took a little walk through the lavender farm and I was amazed by the colours, it really is as breathtaking as I imagined. The only problem was that the lavender is so close together with narrow pathways, so before long both Emma and I were a little scared of the bees! But one look around and we saw how ‘instagrammable’ the place was with people of all ages taking their photos next to the lavender.
Afterwards Emma got a bit of a hankering for shortbread so we grabbed a cup of coffee and I bought her a pack of lavender infused shortbread to try. I was amazed that she gobbled the whole biscuit in no time and it was lovely to sit in the sunshine together. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re in the area, a spectacular place just outside of London – I can’t wait to go again!