It was a gloriously sunny day on Tuesday so I decided to take Emma and her brother James to Spring Barn Farm in Lewes, just outside of Brighton. She’s getting so intrigued by everything around her and it’s so lovely to watch – and James was really excited to show her around too.
It was a day to remember as it is the first time we have had a day out without my other half there too – and that made it extra special.
As we arrived, we were given wristbands and James showed me that the farm is separated into an indoor and outdoor part. The sun was still shining brightly but the only trouble was it was super windy and the outdoor animals are up on a hill, so it was a little tricky with the buggy…mainly due to my (lack of) upper arm strength! But we got to see some amazing animals – Pygmy goats, a llama, shetland ponies and horses too. Emma was laughing away at her brother who was doing a sterling job of entertaining her; she watched James stroke the ponies and was so intrigued.
Outside there was loads to do for kids of all ages – baby swings as well as regular swings, a zip wire, go karting and a jumping cushion, which looked AMAZING but I was very disappointed that babies under 1 aren’t allowed on! We had great fun in the sandpit, although we discovered that Emma is not a fan of sand…a hilarious moment. Sometimes I forget how weird all these textures must be..so we sat her in a little digger and slowly wheeled her across the sand, and that seemed to go down much better – phew, meltdown averted.
We then ventured inside and saw the guinea pigs, the most gorgeous bunny rabbit, budgerigars and a goat. I loved this bit, there was loads of space to push the buggy round and we were pretty much the only ones there so could really mooch around as we liked. Emma loved the budgerigars and was so taken by the noises they were making – I think it’s the first time she’s heard those kind of high pitched noises.
It was then time for a little break and we found the picnic area to settle down for something to eat. There is also a restaurant which is very quiet and more appropriate if you want a sit down meal, but James was very excited to try to drop slide so we sat on the picnic table. The area also had a regular slide and plenty of soft play for under 5 year olds which looked fun. We ordered the food from a hatch and then they bring the food out to you – it was pretty quick and easy! The only downside is that there aren’t any high chairs and Mrs Wriggly (Emma) began to get a bit antsy as she’s not walking yet. The food was great and freshly made, James had a cheeseburger and I had a sausage and caramelised onion ciabatta.
So would I go back again? Absolutely! I thought it was a beautiful farm with plenty to do for the whole family. It made me very excited for the years to come when Emma is more mobile as I’m sure we could spend the whole day there. And it has an amazing shop with everything you could ever need which was a bonus (seriously, from Organix gingerbreads, to Ella’s Kitchen pouches, to Calpol and even fresh veg!), I do love a good shop.
This post is not sponsored – I happily paid entry to the farm for my family and all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Spring Barn Farm is located just off the A27 towards Lewes, via Kingston, directions to the farm and more info can be found here