As Easter is approaching, I’ve been seeing lambing events dotted around the local farms in Brighton, so thought we would give it a go. We often go to farms at the weekend so I thought this would be lovely for a change and with our NCT group happy to come along too, it shaped up to be a real event!
I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive at first. I’d never seen baby lambs before but was intrigued to check it out. Saddlescombe Farm is a working farm at the top of Devil’s Dyke and is only across the roundabout as you leave Hove. I couldn’t believe how quickly it becomes countryside and within minutes it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. It was easy to find and had loads of parking, although the car park area was covered in sheep poo as that’s where they sleep.
It was so lovely to see everyone and some of the partners too, but one thing I didn’t take into account is that Emma seemed very scared of the sheep. We entered the barn, which was a little dark but no different to other farms we have visited and she immediately started crying. I thought it might be the lambs but then wondered if it might be hunger or thirst or tiredness or maybe she just didn’t fancy it. I will never know and later that day, she seemed a bit poorly so I won’t take it personally. I thought the lambs were so cute and it was amazing seeing one born, if not completely surreal.
The farm is run Camilla and Roly and the site is part of the National Trust too – it was a gorgeous area. The space was perfectly laid out for toddlers with bales of hay in one part and the sheep and lambs in another part. There is plenty of space to walk around and no steps to worry about at all. After a while, with Emma still a bit unhappy unless she was staring at the two border collie dogs, we had a snack and decided to try the tractor ride.
Instantly she perked up, hoorah! I had a hunch she would as Emma loves seeing tractors and diggers. We all climbed a little hill and onto a big tractor trailer to enjoy the ride. The tractor driver took us up the hill to see the cows and sheep in the fields, and the entire time Emma kept saying “woooow”. What a relief and so lovely to see her enjoying it. Afterwards we decided to see the pigs and chickens before heading home for the day – she enjoyed seeing these too and was chasing the chickens around. I guess we’ll never know if she’s a fan of sheep until the next time, but it was lovely to do something under the Easter theme for the day.
Entry to Saddlescombe Farm was £6 per adult and free for children under 3 – the lambing open days are taking place on 1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th April.