As Spring is well underway we thought we’d share some of the things we feel are part of a fantastic family lifestyle in Sussex. Whether you live here already or are thinking of moving to Sussex, with another Bank Holiday and spring Half Term coming up, you’ll have plenty of time to explore some of these lovely outdoor attractions
Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith, Nr Lewes
Blackberry Farm near is set beautifully within 18 acres of Sussex countryside in Whitesmith, which is on the A22 not far from Lewes. This is a day out designed for young children, with well-natured animals, Clucky’s Playbarn, a sensory zone, a farm walk, picnic area and baby area too. There are pony rides, tractor rides and face painting on certain days too. It’s open year-round so you can make good use of your wellies here after summer too.
Middle Farm, Firle, Nr Lewes
The other side of Lewes is Middle Farm, just on the A27 in Firle, easily accessible from Brighton. Middle Farm has a fantastic farm shop and butchers, for fresh food and homemade cider. There are some friendly llama, live chickens for sale, pigs, ducks, goats and you can see the cows being milked. There are special lambing days during season.
Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham
Knockhatch is a full day out, perhaps more of a zoo than a farm as there’s a greater selection of animals. There’s an owl sanctuary, wallabies, emus and racoons as well as all the usual farm critters. There are also bungee trampolines, crazy golf, quad bikes, a boating lake, go carts, a paddling pool, a giant waterslide and large indoor play area.
Arlington Bluebell Trail and Primrose Farm, Polegate
During bluebell season (usually end of April – Mid May) the Arlington Bluebell trail is a fantastic place to see nature at its most awe-inspiring. The carpet of bluebells in the woodland will definitely wow. There are farm animals at the entrance to greet you, including some very friendly kids (baby pigmy goats) and lambs. There are various trails to follow, one of which will take you through the
Washbrooks Farm is packed full of fun things to do. Not far from Brighton, it’s just a trip up the A23. There are animals aplenty including shire horses, highland cows and a spring baby or two, tractor rides with Farmer John to see the animals grazing in the fields, indoor play area for the under 5s, and 2 acres of outdoor adventure area which is packed with fun for all ages from zip wires to trampolines to climbing frames and sandpits. The comfy tearoom offers home cooked food though there is ample space to enjoy a picnic too.
Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green
Fishers Farm is one of the larger attractions and worth the extra travel to Wisborough Green in West Sussex. There are lots of opportunities to get up close with the animals including animal handling experiences. This attraction is also open year-round and has extra rides like a train ride and barrel bug safari in addition to the usual tractor rides. During the summer there’s an outdoor splash pad for the children to run riot and cool off.
working farm Primrose farms to see the cows and horses at home, round past the beehives and around the lake, where if you’re lucky you’ll see mallard duck chicks swimming.
There are so many reasons to live in Sussex and these family farms are just a small snippet of the wonderful things to see and do! If you’re looking for a new home in Sussex, browse our properties for sale and to rent and do contact us so that we can help you with your search.