Great Sussex Animal Attractions Now Open!

With the school holidays almost upon us its time for new ideas and new places to visit! We’ve decided to expand I Spy Fun to include some great local businesses that are beginning to re-open.

 

Sussex has fantastic local attractions, but not all of them are open yet. So we’ve taken some of the hard work out of tracking down who is open and what the current arrangements are for visiting.

 

Our daughter LOVES animals, so this week we’re focussing on family farms and zoos. If you’re looking for a day out with animals - read on!

 

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Updated: 9th July 2020

BRITISH WILDLIFE CENTRE

The BWC team and all the animals are looking forward to welcoming visitors once again from Sunday 5th July. This small zoo is home to over 40 different species of native wildlife and has large natural enclosures that reflect wild habitats.

Although small indoor exhibits (such as the Nocturnal House) must remain closed at this time, much of the Centre is outdoors so visitors will still see most of the wonderful wildlife.

 

The Coffee Shop will be offering a limited selection of drinks, pre-packaged foods and ice-creams. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and use the socially distanced picnic areas.

Near East Grinstead, West Sussex

Re-opening Date:​ Sunday 5th July; open 10.00-17.00 daily

Admission Charge? Yes

Online Pre-booking Required? Yes

Visit Safely Details: Can be found here

Photo credit: Matt Binstead, British Wildlife Centre

LLAMA PARK

Not just llamas but a great assortment of animals can be found at this 33-acre park on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. Discover reindeer, goats, alpacas, pigs, sheep, donkeys, horses, turkeys, ducks, geese & chickens and explore the grounds on one of the woodland trails.

Re-opening Date: Saturday 4th July, open Weds-Sunday, 10.00-16.00

Admission Charge? Yes

Online Pre-booking required? Yes (no-walk-in’s or phone bookings)

Visit Safely Details: Can be found here

Wych Cross, Nr. Forest Row, East Sussex 

FISHERS FARM

This family run Adventure Park is our daughter’s favourite! A great mix of farm animals, rides and play areas; from Saturday, the majority of the outside rides and attractions will be open. The indoor soft play areas remain closed at this time.

Re-opening Date: Saturday 4th July, open 10.00-17.00 daily

Admission Charge? Yes

Online Pre-booking required? Yes

Visit Safely Details: Can be found here

Near Billingshurst, West Sussex

TABLEHURST FARM

Forest Row, East Sussex 

From Saturday 4th July the farm café will be open with a special outdoor service in the garden. In addition to the usual breakfasts, lunches, cakes and light refreshments, delicious barbecued food will be available on Saturdays and Sundays and wood-fired pizzas on Fridays. A tractor and long-drop slide will keep the kids amused in the garden whilst you soak up the sun.

The farm and farm shop are open to visit. Visitors can see some animals (sheep, pigs, cattle, turkeys and chickens when we visited), though at this time of year, many of them are dispersed across the farm, so are a bit less accessible than in the colder months. Even so, the farm is a nice place to wander around, with wonderful Ashdown Forest scenery. Our suggested walking route, taking in the farm and surrounding countryside is 2.8 km – see map.

Opening Hours: 10.00-4.00, Weds to Sunday inclusive.

Admission Charge? No

Pre-booking required: No

DALES FARM

Follow the trail to explore the farm and meet a large range of animals – Shetland ponies, donkeys, pigs, goats, alpacas, ducks, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, small furries and birds. Then relax with a coffee whilst watching the kids run off some energy in the outdoor play area.

Re-opening Date: Monday 22nd June, open 10.00-17.00 daily

Admission Charge? Yes (small)

Online Pre-booking required: Yes

Visit Safely Details: Can be found here

Refreshments: Take-away food is available – card payments only.

Part of Ferring Country Centre, Ferring, Near Worthing, West Sussex

DRUSILLAS

Alfriston, near Eastbourne, East Sussex

There are a huge range or animals to see and some brilliant rides and play areas to discover at this great family zoo. Whilst the animal exhibits re-opened last week, from Saturday 4th July a lot more of the park will be open, including many of the rides and play areas! A few attractions will remain closed at this time – click here for details.

Re-opening Date: Monday 26th June, open 10.00-18.00 daily

Admission Charge? Yes (online tickets have been temporarily reduced in price)

Online Pre-booking required: Yes

Visit Safely Details: Can be found here

BLACKBERRY FARM PARK

Near Uckfield, East Sussex

Another of our favourites! There is a great mix of animals and play areas to enjoy at this family farm park. Visit the small animal barn to see the small furries, or take a stroll around the farm to interact with the larger farm animals. The outdoor play area is large and varied with areas for children of all ages to enjoy (all currently open, with social distancing measures in place) – click here for details.

Re-opening Date: Wednesday 8th July, open daily

Admission Charge? Yes

Pre-booking required? Book by telephone (01825 872912); Online booking coming soon. A limited number of tickets will be available at the main gate.

WASHBROOKS FAMILY FARM

There is an emphasis on play at this family farm, with 2 acres of outdoor adventure play areas. There are animals too – Highland cows, Shetland ponies, donkeys, llamas & alpacas, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, rabbits & guinea pigs - which visitors can see in the modern animal barn or out grazing in the paddock

 

The outdoor play area, Animal Barn and the Banyard Peddle Area will be open. The indoor play area remains closed at this time and the tractor and trailer ride will not be operating. A full menu takeaway service will be available from the tearoom.  

Re-opening Date: Monday 6th July, open 9.30-17.00 daily

Admission Charge? Yes

Online Pre-booking required: No pre-booking system. All tickets can be purchased on arrival. Click here for more information

Visit Safely Details: Can be found here

Hassocks, West Sussex

NOT OPEN YET...

Middle Farm Open Farm (nr. Lewes) - opening Tuesday 14th July

Knockhatch Adventure Park (Hailsham)

Tilgate Nature Centre (Crawley)

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare (Ringmer, Nr. Lewes)

National Cat Centre (Chelwood Gate, Nr. Haywards Heath)

Aldingbourne Country Centre Open Farm (Nr. Chichester)

If you would like your animal-based family attraction to be added to the list, please get in touch: alison@ispyfun.co.uk

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