Escape the city: why Londoners are loving lavender fields this summer

Haven’t managed to get away this summer? You can pretend you’re on an idyllic minibreak in Provence with a day trip to one of the South’s loveliest lavender fields. Mayfield Lavender in the Surrey Downs, and Hitchin Lavender in Hertfordshire are easily accessible from the city and with deliciously fragrant baked treats and natural cosmetics on offer, it’s not hard to see why the crowds are flocking to the British countryside.

 

Mayfield Lavender field

Mayfield Lavender field

Mayfield Lavender
Less than 15 miles from central London, Mayfield Lavender is situated in Banstead, in the North Surrey Downs.
There are Instagram ops aplenty – though be prepared to wait if you want a selfie with the London phone booth – and you can take a tractor ride, browse in the gift shop, or indulge in a delicious lavender afternoon tea. The cafe sells a range of alcoholic drinks – including their own lavender cider – and if you really want to push the boat out, you can even hire a private gazebo!

Mayfield Lavender Afternoon Tea

Mayfield Lavender Afternoon Tea

Entry is £1 and the farm is open every day from 9am to 6pm until mid-September.
Trains run from London Victoria to West Croydon and Purley, where the 166 bus will take you to the farm. Alternatively, take a taxi from Sutton or Cheam.
For more information, visit www.mayfieldlavender.com.

 

Hitchin Lavender Fields

Hitchin Lavender Fields – Photo by www.hitchinlavender.com

Hitchin Lavender
Offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, Hitchin Lavender has 25 miles of lavender rows, as well as sunflowers and a wildflower area. You can pick your own fresh flowers or enjoy a homemade cake in the 17th century barn.
Check out the farm’s event pages for details of Summer Sundown Cinema nights, and music events – including a barn dance with hog roast!
Entry is £5 and the farm is open 10am to 5pm every day – and until 9pm on Tuesdays and Fridays – until early September.
The nearest station is Hitchin, where you can take a bus or a short taxi ride.
For more information, visit www.hitchinlavender.com.

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