Mayfields, Lavender farm
I first visited Mayfields last summer but I knew I had to make it an annual visit.
This year I convinced a group of friends to come along persuading them that they would love it. Unfortunately, Mayfields is out of the realms of the tube network so we had to catch a bus to take us a bit closer. After an hour long bus journey we had to trek through country lanes, lacking a footpath, narrowly missing oncoming traffic. It sure was an adventure trying to make it alive to the end.
On our way there we found a pristine field which we knew we had to make use of. So we had a quick photoshoot whilst the sun was out.
We paid a pound at the gates and then we were in purple heaven as far as the eye can see. Took the cameras out and began to fill our SD cards with pictures of lavender. Eventually we moved onto doing model shoots with each other. We unwrapped the reflector, positioned it somewhat correctly, attached the lens and we were off. A few minutes pass and an official comes along and tells us to purchase a £50 photography pass. We refused to pay explaining we were students and the photos weren't for profit. We did however offer him a free photo shoot. We were told it was the £10 reflector and not the thousands of pounds worth of camera equipment that set the alarms off. So we agreed to put the reflector away and continued with firing the shutter for hours.
A few thousand shots later and the batteries almost empty we were all very hungry. The cameras were put to rest whilst we investigated the menu. Lavender tea, lavender beer, lavender everything but we opted for some unexciting hot dogs and burgers. After refuelling we explored the souvenir store which obviously had lavender incorporated into every thing. We tried some lavender infused chocolate which tasted very much like normal chocolate with a subtle after taste of lavender. We then embarked on the wild adventure back to the bus stop. Making a few stops to jump fences to get cool shots.
Mayfields Lavender Farm is definitely a worthy visit, would recommend everyone to plan a day trip!
Check out their website for more info https://www.mayfieldlavender.com/
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