Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Days Out: Middle Farm

It's been on our list of places to visit for ages and last week we finally decided to visit Middle Farm on, what turned out to be, one of the most glorious days of the year so far. So, although I sincerely doubt it needs me to write about how great it is, I thought I'd share our day out with you here on the blog.
Located in the South Downs, Middle Farm is an absolutely stunning working farm that is perfect for days out with the family and, although our little one isn't walking yet, the set-up makes it very easy to get around and join in all the activities on offer. Although we visited out of school holidays, there was still plenty of farm activity going on so we arrived just after rush hour to make the most of it.

From the moment we were out of the car, our little one was pointing out the chickens roaming freely around the yard and was enthralled by the different breeds in the Animal Barn, especially as there were several newborn lambs and kids which we got to feed later on.

The Animal Barn is also a great way of introducing your children to lots of the other animals on the farm, including the horses and more chickens who had us giggling away.

We loved watching Charlie feed the guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens in Hebditch House; the fact that he was able to stand on a chair to pass the food over himself kept him busy for ages and I think he'd have climbed right in with them given half the chance!

Next up was Piggin' Out in the pigsties where we got to drop more food in for the pigs and watch them snuffle it up as fast as they could.

During the break in activities, we spent some time enjoying the sunshine in the playground and picnic areas which are perfect if you want to bring your own food. Beware of the cheeky chickens though as they don't miss a trick and quickly gather around your feet in the hope that you'll drop something! If you're worried about hygiene, don't: there are handy signs reminding you to wash your hands at the outdoor sinks after you've fed or touched any of the animals.

One of my favourite areas is the Hay Playbarn which is designed for under 12s to clamber among the bales and certainly kept us entertained for some time, as well as giving us a gorgeous spot for some family pictures.

Our final stop was for lunch in the courtyard of Plough Monday, the farm's restaurant, where we picked some homemade bits for lunch and quenched our thirst with some of Middle Farm's freshly pressed apple juice. Although we bought our own food for Charlie, they do some lovely looking food boxes for children so we'll probably get him one on our next visit.
Our bubs was shattered after all the excitement (he fell asleep minutes after we left), so we didn't get time to visit the farm shop which means we have to go back for another visit soon, especially as, next time, I'll be able to try some of the local tipples they have on offer!


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