Middle Farm, Lewes

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

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  1. April 2, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Beautiful shots – I especially love the one of Emma with daddy! I’m with you hun – never mind the drizzle get some good clothes on and you’re fine. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot Great to have you join us.

  2. April 25, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Sounds lovely, we have a gorgeous farm called Mini Meadows near us and it’s a really great day out, they have a giant sand pit area too which it’s difficult to drag Miss O away from! #DreamTeam

  3. April 25, 2017 / 9:26 am

    This sounds like a lovely little farm. I love a good farm shop! #DreamTeam

  4. April 25, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    This is beautiful! We go that way to visit family every so often so I’ll suggest it as a place we can go. Thank you 🙂

  5. April 25, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Oh how I miss the farm visits……I need to borrow a pre-schooler for the day! Beautiful post and great photos! #DreamTeam

  6. April 25, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Aaaw I love the photo of the little cow! And of course Emma is as cute as ever! My kids both love visiting our local farm too. #dreamteam

  7. April 25, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    It’s amazing how you discover all these little treasures:) And I love your go-ahead-and-do-it-anyways spirit! Well done!
    #DreamTeam

  8. April 25, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    What a great place. I love that you can buy organic produce after! So much for the kids to learn and talk about. #dreamteam

  9. April 25, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Sounds like a fab day out for the whole family, good luck with the teeth (Zach’s just won’t grow! none for 4 months…) #dreamteam

  10. April 25, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Oh looks like you had a lovely day. We have some farms near us but not been to one that looks as good as this! Great photos too. #DreamTeam

  11. April 25, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Aw I love those type of farm experiences. There was an awesome one near York, my step-daughter loved it when she was little. It had the most awesome farm stall too. Nothing really like that here that I’ve found. Pity, my girls would love it.
    #dreamteam

  12. April 25, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Hi, this looks like a great place to visit. I shall be adding it to my places to visit. I like be the Ellis picture #dreamteam

  13. April 25, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Ah what a lovely day out. Farms are our go to days out, we love them! #dreamteam

  14. Nige
    April 25, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    This looks fantastic the twins love farms and we are lucky enough to have quite a few around us which we have visited at twice to all of them fab post thanks for hosting #dreamteam

  15. This looks like such a fun day out. We went to a similar farm near us but Little H got distracted by some ride on tractors and was in a mood from the moment we made her leave…after she’d been on them 20 mins! Toddlers…. Hope you make it back soon with your step-son! #DreamTeam

  16. April 25, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I love farms at this time of year. There’s so much new life and I love seeing all the baby animals. How gorgeous is that cow? Looks like Emma had a wonderful day. Thanks for being such a fab co-host lovely. #DreamTeam xx

  17. April 25, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    This looks like lots of fun. My kids would love it. Love your pics x #DreamTeam

  18. April 25, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Fab time had by it all seems! #dreamteam

  19. April 25, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely day. We love farms too! However recently feeding the lambs was…. messy!
    #dreamteam

  20. April 25, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I love the look of this, I’m just about to do a Google map (because my Geography is shocking, and I have no idea if this is anywhere near us!) and potentially add it to our list of Summer daytrips! Glad you all had such a lovely day, and I totally agree with getting out whatever the weather! #DreamTeam

  21. April 25, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Looks like a great day out and I love the sound of the organic shop! Beautiful images #dreamteam xx

  22. April 26, 2017 / 12:06 am

    This looks amazing! We love a farm too!
    #dreamteam

  23. April 26, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I love a family visit to a farm, even better when there is a farm shop too 🙂
    #DreamTeam

  24. April 26, 2017 / 11:58 am

    I can’t believe I never went when I lived down there! The picture of the cow is stunning! #dreamteam

  25. April 26, 2017 / 11:58 am

    I can’t believe I never went when I lived down there! The picture of the cow is stunning! #dreamteam

  26. April 26, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Ah looks lovely. And I’m loving the Cider shop next door… could be handy for summer gatherings! #DreamTeam

  27. April 26, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    This sounds and looks great! I used to work in the vicinity and would drive past it occasionally but never made it. That was before kids… looks like it’ll actually be even more fun now I have children. Though I’m interested in trying the cider as well!

  28. April 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    We have lots of farms near to us. I love visiting if only to buy goodies from the farm shop! #DreamTeam

  29. April 26, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    Looks lovely! Farm visits are on my list too. We even have one around here that has bison! #dreamteam

  30. April 27, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Lovely pictures shared and a nice write up of your day out – I love that you braved it even in the rain! #dreamteam

  31. April 27, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Lovely pictures shared and a nice write up of your day out – I love that you braved it even in the rain! #dreamteam

  32. April 27, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    That looks like a lovely place to visit and the pictures are fab too! We have lots of farms around where we live. Some are just on the doorstep and the kids love them! #DreamTeam xx

  33. April 27, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Sounds nice. We love little farms! looks like really good place for family days out
    #DreamTeam

  34. April 27, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Gorgeous shots! We love visiting the farm, it reminds me of my childhood. My Grandad was a farmer and so we were brought up on the farm every weekend, I have some amazing memories that I love to share with the children on our own visits to local farms. #dreamteam

  35. April 28, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Beautiful farm right there for you, very lucky and thanks so much for giving me a glimpse. Really lovely photos too:)
    Mainy
    #dreamteam

  36. April 28, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic farm and yes it sounds like a mixture of Fridays and Saturdays would be welcomed. #DreamTeam

  37. April 29, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Beautiful pictures. We went to a farm last week #dreamteam

  38. April 29, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Ah lots of fun there! A farm is such a nice day out with the kids. #Dreamteam

  39. April 29, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    What an incredible price to get in! So many places are so overpriced it can put you off going. My Little Man would love this. Gorgeous pictures as always lovely. #dreamteam

  40. April 29, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    oh this place looks lovely! i love it when their shops have their own local produce being sold. thank you for sharing this lovely place with us all! #dreamteam

  41. May 1, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Your pictures are really beautiful! Sound like a lovely place 🙂 #DreamTeam

  42. May 3, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    This looks like a lovely farm to visit, and it’s not very expensive either which is a bonus. What gorgeous photos ! It’s quite inspired me to dig out our list of farms to visit. Thanks for hosting the #DreamTeam with me xxx

  43. May 3, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    It looks lovely! I’m really looking forward to taking Autumn to a farm in the spring when she’s a toddler! #dreamteam

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