ASHDOWN FOREST LLAMA FARM
This is something completely different! A working llama
farm in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Open to the public daily except
25/26 December, 10:00 - 17:00.
Ashdown Forest covers 6,400 acres of the High Weald although in ancient times it
spread over twice its present area. Winnie The Pooh was "born" near here more
than 70 years ago, his first public appearence being in a fete in Forest Row.
You can actually visit the Hundred Acre Wood, play Pooh Sticks on Pooh Bridge,
see the Secret Place etc. All are free but bring your walking boots and a drink.
This is totally untouched English countryside with wonderful views. No souvenir
stalls! A Japanese phrase book would be helpful as many of the visitors seem
to be from there! The website is
informative but rather over commercialised, prepare for a long download with too
many frames and lots of adverts.
Sheffield Park station,
Please see our web page about the Bluebell
on this link.
A "must see" if in this area.
Fancy "plucking" a sheep! At Burstye Fram you will find a
flock of Soays sheep, a breed dating back to Bronze Age. Soays are totally
unlike the modern big white woolly sheep. They are not shorn by
machine - they are plucked by hand! The wool is short stapled and varies
from exceedingly fine (suitable for handspinning for garments) to quite coarse
and kempy (ideal for rugs and wall hangings). Every sheep is different.
Give Ann Knowles a ring for more details.
Cats Protection, National Cat Centre,
Haywards Heath RH17 7DE
Opening hours: 10am – 4pm Mon – Sun
The National Cat Adoption Centre is the UK's largest cat rehoming centre. At
any one time, we can look after up to 200 cats and kittens at our facility at
Chelwood gate (in the ash down forest) based 4 miles away from Horsted Keynes.
Our café sells a tempting selection of hot and cold food, snacks and cakes. We
are proud of the fact that the majority of the food is cooked fresh on the
premises and that we use locally-sourced produce wherever possible. Visitors are
welcome to surf the net using our free Wi-Fi.
Our gift shop stocks everything a new cat owner could need, as well as a
selection of giftware, stationery and cards. We have a fantastic nature trail
|DRUSILLAS PARK - ZOO
the best zoos in the country with a large assortment of animals and activities
for the kids. Take the main road from Lewes to Eastbourne and you can't miss it.
Unless you are a very myopic driver! Like many attractions the prices have
increased recently by rather more than inflation! 2 Adults and 2 kids £43.00 !
|EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN MUSEUM
Open Wednesday and Saturday only. 14:00 - 18:00 Nice little
museum where you can spend and hour or two looking at the artefacts. Free.
Surrey. RH9 8LX
Tel: +44 (0)1883 742546 Fax: +44(0)1 740380
Now this really is a hidden gem. If you are in the area with children you really
should visit. The kids will love this farm where touching and petting the
animals is actively encouraged. Some of the cages open and the kids can go
inside with the animals. You will have to drag them away from the huge outside
adventure playground. Bring a towel as there is a wet sand play area and a water
slide - they WILL get wet! Still quite reasonably priced (although this is another attraction that has increased its prices by rather more than inflation - in this case nearly 20% in the last year alone). They get lots of visitors but there is plenty of room to absorb them. Kids £5.65 each and they can bring an
adult in with them for £2.
No further details as they haven't bothered to reply
Open March - September on the last Sunday of each month.
Standing in the beautiful surroundings of a traditional cottage
garden on the edge of Ashdown Forest, the Priest House is an early 15th century
timber-framed hall-house with a dramatic roof of Horsham stone. If you want
somewhere quiet to look around with some beautiful views then this is it.
Sussex Past/Sussex Archaeological Society
92 High Street,
Fax 01273 486990
The Sussex Archaeological Society have a number of
attractions in the area. If you are interested in iron smelting (lots of people
are ;-) then they are the experts!
Tel:01825 790231 Fax: 01825 791264
The nearby village of Sheffield
Park is not only the home of The Bluebell Railway but also the original home of
Lord Sheffield. The gardens were laid out by "Capability" brown and attract
visitors from all over the world. Very popular attraction.
Tel: +44 (0)1444 894018 Email:
A Branch of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place is
the home of the Millennium Seed Bank which aims to preserve more than 24,000
plant species. The whole project cost £80 million, fortunately the National
Lottery met the majority of the bill.
WEALDEN IRONWORKING CENTRE HORAM
Horam Manor Farm
Somewhere different, where you can see how iron ore was turned
into cannons and the railings outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London. There was
a huge ironworking industry around the village and many local place names
reflect this. Very Interesting for those who like industrial archaeology.
Also please see the entry for Sussex Past
A large man made reservoir with sailing, sail boarding, and other
water sports at one end with a nature reserve at the other. A large variety
of birds to keep the "twitchers" happy!
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