We’ve been a bit slack with the Friday days out inspiration challenge lately. Like almost every goal I have set myself over the past 33 years, I get really enthusiastic and then sort of regress into the lazy old me. But we’re back on the saddle this week and have visited the adorable Blackberry Farm near Lewes. It was a bit of a miserable day and I thought we’d cheer ourselves up by seeing the chickens, goats and sheep.
Blackberry Farm is located on the A22 towards Hailsham and only 10 minutes drive from the Lewes town centre turnoff. It was an easy half an hour journey from Brighton, which is pretty perfect for us. As we arrived at the farm, I asked Emma what she was most excited to see. She said quite clearly “tigers, raaaar”. Ah, disappointment from the start then! Thankfully this didn’t put a dampener on things and I was relieved to say the least.
The farm is a great size for young toddlers – as you enter there is a cute cafe where you pay for tickets and you can then enter the farm through the back door. Beyond a well fenced off gate, there is a walkway to see the chickens, goats and sheep, which leads nicely onto a large play area. Emma was in her element as she saw they had two toddler trampolines plus a playground with climbing frames perfect for her age. There was also a larger play area with drop slide that I’m sure my stepson would have been excited about too. Although we didn’t try them out this time, the farm also offers pony rides and tractor rides at an additional cost upon entry.
The best part for us was yet to come, as we stumbled across the barn. We entered and saw bunny rabbits with their little babies, kittens, guinea pigs and little chicks too. Emma absolutely adores small animals and just loved staring at them, saying “they’re so cute”. She was so excited that she was narrating to strangers passing by too! It was such a lovely end to our time at the farm to see her so animated about it all.
One of the things I loved the most was the picnic area they have, just behind where the chickens are kept. It’s a beautiful green area, with a vintage cart engraved with ‘Blackberry Farm’ and plenty of picnic tables. Here they had a crescent of inflatable animal hoppers, which Emma loved especially as we were the only ones left in the area. How wonderful to have somewhere you can sit and give the toddlers a snack and a drink.
It was soon time to head back home, but we made sure we visited the cafe for a coffee and a snack before we left. We shared a scone with cream and jam and mummy had a coffee too. The cafe was spacious and also had lots of toys to look at while we waited for our food and drinks. I’m sure it won’t be long til we visit Blackberry Farm again; even without seeing the tigers, it definitely didn’t disappoint!
We paid £10 per adult and under 2 year old’s enter for free. There is also a 2 for 1 deal on a Tuesday and Thursday during term time.