EDIT 21/03/20: All lambing events cancelled due to COVID-19
With spring finally(!) upon us, it's heart warming to begin to see baby lambs frolicking in the Sussex countryside!
Although lambing season is the busiest time of the year for a sheep farmer, there are several working farms across Sussex who open their doors to the public so visitors can meet, greet and (in some cases) even feed the newest arrivals.
This post highlights six super Sussex farms with lambing events this spring - great for families to enjoy a day out.
Here's to spring!
P.S. The farms listed here are real working farms so visitors should wear suitable clothing (wellies!!!). NHS advice is that pregnant women should not attend lambing events (I didn't know that either!).
P.P.S. Try repeating six super Sussex sheep farms as fast as you can after a glass of wine or two!
Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8TG
Thur 12th - Sun 15th March 2020; 10am - 2pm.
In the heart of the beautiful Sussex High Weald lies Tottingworth Farm, a traditional, family run farm. Baby lambs, a bouncy castle and an Easter Egg hunt awaits you! Visitors can enjoy a range of hot and cold food in the cafe or a selection of fast food, served outside.
Price: Free entry - includes bouncy castle. Easter Egg Hunt £3 each (£5 for two).
Latest information: https://www.tottingworth.co.uk/lambing-days.html
Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0RS
14th March - 19th April 2020; 9:30am-4pm daily.
With around 1,200 lambs and 80 Sussex calves expected at the farm this season, visitors to Coombes have a good chance of seeing a birth!
Enjoy hot food between 12 and 2pm Mon-Fri, 10am til 3pm at weekends and during Easter holidays. Or bring a picnic to enjoy in the barn, and treat yourself to a cuppa!
Price: Adults £4, children £3. Tractor rides to the top of the Downs £3pp. Card payments accepted.
Latest information: https://coombes.co.uk/lambing/
Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DP
Saturday 21st March + Saturday 28th March 2020; 10am-4pm
Enjoy a relaxed day out at this awesome family-friendly biodynamic farm! Tablehurst have a barn with lambs and ewes, planned activities for children, live music, and great food and drink! Their super farm shop is open all day offering local produce for visitors.
Price: Free entry
Latest information: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/lambing-day-1/177793443563497/
Brighton, BN45 7DE
28th & 29th March + 4th & 5th April 2020; 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm)
Close to the city of Brighton, this working, family farm run by Camilla and Roly offers visitors the hustle and bustle of the farmyard during the busiest time of the year. See newborn lambs and if you're lucky - a lamb being born! Di and Paula run the Wildflour cafe on site, offering hot and cold drinks and light lunches. Those with lots of energy can also enjoy bale climbing, visiting the pigs, & tractor and trailer rides (weather permitting).
Price: Adults £8, Children £4, Family (2 adults 2 children under 16) £20. Cash only.
Latest information: http://www.camillaandroly.co.uk/saddlescombe-farm/63-lambing-open-days
Slindon, West Sussex, BN18 0RS
28th March - 26th April 2020; 10am-4pm daily.
Open over the East holidays, close to the Sussex downland village of Slindon, and with wheelchair and pushchair friendly paths - Gaston offers a real working farm experience for the whole family! See the newborn lambs, chicks and ducklings, and budding tractor enthusiasts can enjoy a tractor ride at no additional cost! Relax with a cuppa in their cafe and gift shop afterwards.
Price: £6 per person, 2's and under are free. Cash only.
Latest information: http://www.gastonfarm.com/gaston-farm/
West Firle, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LJ
1st - 30th April inclusive; 10am-5pm.
Visitors to this lovely Open Farm can participate in a range of activities, from bottle feeding lambs, to feeding, handling and grooming a variety of other animals (small and large)! Tire the kids out in the hay play barn and outdoor playgrounds.
Price: £6.50 per person (under 3's are free), includes all activities. Tickets must be purchased online in advance!
Latest information: https://www.middlefarm.com/lambing-event/