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Days Out: Spring Barn Farm, Lewes

During the Christmas break, I realised that there are so many wonderful things to do nearby and I rarely plan a thing. We’ve got stuck in a bit of a rut of going to the same parks and cafes, visiting the same seafront spots. I suppose when Emma was a little younger and I had far more enthusiasm, she wasn’t quite as steady on her feet. But now we have no excuse! So our new mini challenge (challenge is much less of a commitment that the word ‘resolution’) is to discover a few places around Sussex and feature it on the blog every other Wednesday.

Emma has just discovered the fun in animal sounds and thanks to our favourite book ‘Dear Zoo’ – we have mastered, dog, snake, lion and monkey plus cat (thanks Postman Pat). She also shouts ‘baaaaaird’ (bird) whenever she sees anything flying in the air so I thought a trip to the farm was long overdue. Spring Barn Farm is one of our favourites; located just outside Lewes, it’s only a 15 minutes drive for us and great fun for all the family. It’s not the biggest farm but really well laid out and there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained for hours. I also love that there is an indoor soft play area and cafe, if the rain decides to descend on us.

There are lots of animals to see and Emma was completely mesmerised as soon as we arrived. The outside area of the farm has the llamas, sheep, horses and chickens up on a big hill, with the play area and trampoline at the bottom. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes though, as it can get really windy up on the hill and a little bit chilly – the farm is right in the middle of a valley so it’s very open without shelter. We always start our visit with a walk around the animals outside, and then head to the play area. I love how the play area caters for all ages, as our 13 year old loves it too. There are swings for babies and older children, go-karting, a zip wire and separate trampolines for both age groups too.

Just by the entrance, there is covered area to see the rabbits, guinea pigs and budgies, so we headed there next. Emma had great fun following the budgies fly around in their cage. She gets so excited by it! It’s in this area that the farm hosts ‘Meet the Animals’ sessions, which is always a big hit. It’s so lovely to see that as she gets older, she really recognises animals a bit more and is so interested in them. I also think it’s been great for her confidence to be with animals and learn to be gentle – there’s always the temptation for her to poke them in the eye!

Soon enough it was time for a little break for all of us so we went to see the soft play area. James was brilliant and went to play with her in the soft play, giving us parents a little break – and he also had a go on the big slide, which he loves. The soft play area is really good, and there is plenty for all ages with a little den as well as slides and things to climb on. We managed to have a bit of lunch as well while the kids played and I thought the food was really good value for money at £20 for the 4 of us.

It’s not the first time we’ve been to Spring Barn Farm and I’d highly recommend it if you are visiting the area. The cost is very similar to other farms in the area (£7-£8.50 for 2 years old+ depending on the time of year and under 2’s go for free) but I think with so much to do there, it’s a reasonable price for a lovely day out. We can’t wait to visit again soon!

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  1. January 11, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Love the bright sunny day and blue skies. Looks like great family fun.

  2. January 11, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this place and it’s on our doorstep too! Thanks for sharing! #familyfun

  3. January 11, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Ah it sounds like a love day, my two would certainly love it. Animals, swing and soft play – what is not to like!? How helpful is big bro giving you some respite. Can I borrow him for our next day out please? Thank you for sharing with us at #familyfun xx

  4. January 12, 2017 / 5:45 am

    Such a good ‘challenge’ to set yourself it’s always surprising what is just on your door step. I love the farms local to us, it’s very similar to this one except for the bigger kid play areas. Looks like you had an amazing day! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

  5. January 12, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    We just booked a weekend in Brighton in April with some friends! Might just have to pay this place a little visit…looks lovely. Good old fashioned family fun.
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub – Happy New Year!

  6. January 13, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing a bit of Brighton with #coolmumclub It’s great to play tourist in your area and showcase what the area has to offer for those interested in visiting.

  7. January 14, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Your challenge for 2017 sounds fantastic, I look forward to reading all your exciting adventures over the coming months. I bet it’s lovely watching Emma experience a farm now she’s really enjoying learning about the animals. That park sounds fab too, nothing beats a park that keeps the eldest and youngest happy at the same time! Those animals all look adorable I bet it was lovely being able to get up close and personal with some of them!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  8. January 14, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    What a lovely day out and how cute is that donkey? #countrykids

  9. January 16, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    What a lovely place for a family day out! #CountryKids

  10. January 17, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Aww it looks like a lovely place! I love farms! Those chickens freaked me out though, haha. HOW FLUFFY IS THAT WHITE ONE!?

  11. January 18, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Spring Barn Farm looks like a fab place to visit and the cost is quite reasonable too. I love that the play area caters so well for little ones and older children too. Sounds like you all had a fun day out 🙂 #countrykids

  12. January 18, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Oh I am so glad I read this I am always on the look out for new things to do locally! This farm has passed us by and I’ll be adding it to our bucket list. As we also tend to get stuck in ruts and I have a similar resolution to you! Thanks for the idea xx #CountryKids

  13. January 18, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Looks like a great place for a family day out! Love your photos, especially the one of your son jumping off the swing 🙂 #countrykids

  14. January 18, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Looks like an awesome place! Would you happen to know their business hours? I’d love to take my kids here!

  15. January 19, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Looks like a fun family day out! Love your photos. #CountryKids

  16. January 19, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Ah this looks great… the animals all look chilly! hehe. Love the nice blue sky.

    Popping by from #CountryKids!

  17. January 23, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    I’ve been here before on school trips and it’s lovely. I’m always a fan of maxing out on the stuff that’s free for under two’s, haha xx

  18. January 25, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Gorgeous Photos! This looks fab, my lot would love this! I love the look of the play area! #HMCapturingmoments

  19. January 26, 2017 / 7:15 am

    It looks lovely and it’s great that under 2’s go free on certain days! I love how your little one learnt cat from postman pat, mine learnt pig from…well I will leave you to guess that one!

    Thank you for linking up to #HMcapturingmoments lovely to have to you as a regular 🙂 x

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