Oh we do love a farm and have been so looking forward to visiting Middle Farm Lewes! Even before I was pregnant, my stepson would tell me all about it and how they have an awesome slide. So I had been keeping in on my to-do list when Emma was young and thought it was about time we go. It was predictably drizzling that day but I’m a firm believer of just getting out there whatever the weather and I’m pretty sure we’d have cabin fever 77% of the time if we didn’t. There’s nothing a splashsuit and beanie can’t protect us from!
Middle Farm is located just off the A27, a couple hundred yards closer than one of our other firm favourites Spring Barn Farm. So for us, it’s only a 20 minute journey and it was so easy to find with plenty of spaces in the car park too. We managed to put together a little picnic for Emma and got our layers and wellies on, ready to explore the farm we’d heard so much about. Emma was pretty excited to be altogether as a family, with only her big brother missing as unfortunately he was at school. It made me think that we should shift our ‘Friday Challenge’ to a Saturday on some weeks.
As we walked along the car park, it was full of puddles so Emma was in heaven. In fact there was too much choice I think, and this distraction even gave me enough time to run back to the car and get my camera (Mummy always forgetting one thing). When we arrived, we went into the gift shop to pay for our tickets and this little girl was instantly drawn to all the cars and trains, but we escaped without having to buy one.
At the entrance of the farm, there is a handy map to show you where everything is, starting with a little pond with ducks. I don’t think Emma will ever tire of looking at the ducks and she loved just peering on and seeing them swim from left to right. An added bonus to this one is that there was a barrier to the pond, so the ducks couldn’t come out to say hello – an improvement on our experience with over-friendly quack quacks the week before.
My other half knew his way round very well, so I let him lead the way and we went into the barn with the chickens, bunnies and very noisy roosters. I watched as Emma looked on at the cute bunnies and tiny chicks and was a little bit mesmerised, as was I. It was a lovely little barn and a perfect starting point for toddlers. Next we spotted the play area and just had to have a go. They had swings, a see-saw – a first experience and a brilliant climbing frame with a slide that we could both fit onto. It was great fun and so lovely to see her confidence grow in climbing up without any help.
Afterwards, we headed to the bigger barn and saw the cows, pigs and goats. It was brilliant to see – the first time Emma had seen pigs, who were fighting over food when we arrived. I always find cows so beautiful and was amazed that they stare right down the lens when you take photos of them – they were the friendliest cows I’ve ever seen. This part of the farm was really spacious so Emma could just run around and have a look too. We decided after this that we’d have a bit of lunch and a cup of tea, and I was so surprised by what was in store ahead of us.
This is what makes Middle Farm stand out above other farms in the area: it has an organic shop with lots of fruit, veg, a butcher, free range eggs and lots of sweets (which Emma went nuts for and I had to escort her out of there!). Next door there is also a Cider Barn with homegrown cider, ales and wine from in and around Sussex, it was the biggest collection I’ve seen in a long while. I thought it was a great addition to the farm, to be able to shop for a few ingredients afterwards too! Behind the shop, there is a beautiful tearoom – so popular that it was full to the brim and we decided to have our picnic outside. Maybe next time!
After our little lunch, where Emma decided she didn’t want anything to eat (it MUST be teething!?), we decided to head back to the car and have a restful afternoon. But what a lovely little farm almost on our doorstep – I can’t wait to come back and visit when the sun is shining a bit more and have a lunch in the tearoom.
Middle Farm is located in Lewes, off the A27. Entry is £5 for adults and free of charge for under 3’s