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August 5 2011 6 05 /08 /August /2011 13:04

Blackberry Farm is a family farm where families can interact with animals and fowl of over two hundred kinds. The emphasis is on common farm animals, but there are some more exotic species, such as llamas and some pets, such as guinea pigs, and wild animals. A variety of children's activities is available and there is a cafe.

The family market

The farm

Blackberry Farm in Sussex is not to be confused with the any one of the RSPCA centres, particularly Blackberry Farm in the West country. It consists of a family run farm containing over two hundred animals. Situated on the A22 five miles south of Uckfield, it is well signposted and offers a family day where the chance to interact with animals is available. It offers days out, but does not offer accommodation or a campsite.

The animals

Common farm animals, such as varieties of cattle [including highland and jersey] several pig breeds, sheep and goats are found, along with donkeys, llamas, alpacas and shetland ponies. A pet section appeals to younger children, where they can see rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs. There is a range of fowl, including chickens and geese. Two injured foxes which are unable to return to the wild, are kept.

Small animals

These are always popular. It is possible to bottle feed orphaned lambs, if any are available. There are some miniature varieties, including three miniature donkeys. The farm has some dexters, a miniature breed of cattle. There are also pygmy goats.

Activities

There is a daily programme of activities, including pony, tractor and cart riding and animal handling sessions. Some of these, such as plunge sliding and goat racing, are subject to the weather. Egg collecting and egg blowing are also available.

The Farm runs a pony club for children who want to learn to ride. This operates at weekends, and you book a five week block of two hour sessions. You are allocated a time, so there is no queuing. The farm offers pony owners days where owners can learn to groom and tend their ponies.

Scheme

One scheme offers the chance to be a farmer for a day. The child will be accompanied for a whole day of feeding and caring for animals. Another scheme offers birthday parties. These must be booked and the party will be organised. Pony parties and farm parties can be booked. There are play areas, a cafe and a tuck shop.

It is possible to purchase small animals from the farm, such as guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits.

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