Days Out: Middle Farm, Firle.

Last week, I took T to Middle Farm with his cousins for the afternoon. Middle Farm, although is one of the smaller farms we’ve been to, is a wonderful local’s farm and boasts lots of lovely local produce in their farm shop.

It’s also one of the cheaper farms (£5 per adult and under 3’s free) which makes re-visiting easy!

In what feels like the next instalment of ‘Farms You Can Visit in East Sussex’, Middle Farm is home to a small but lovely selection of animals. From llamas and donkeys to sheep, pigs, and cows, not to mention a huge array of rare breed, sandwich stealing Chickens! As well as ‘Hebdotch House’ for your Guinea Pigs & Rabbits!

Farm

As mentioned, it is a pretty small farm animal-wise, however I’ve been coming here for years before T was born and it’s always a delightful place to have a mooch around. From a parent’s perspective it’s perfect from babies and upwards as there’s plenty to see. For toddlers, there’s lots of open space to run around – not to mention puddles!

In addition to the farm, there’s also a small hay barn for climbing and playing in, two small play areas, and decent sized picnic area with your usual broken down tractor for all your photographing needs! I resisted this time! There’s also a milking parlour that welcomes visits at milking time.

Ah. That’d be why there’s straw and hay in my car!!!

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Shopping

Although the farm is lovely, the main reason I come to Middle Farm is the shopping. If it’s not their gorgeous gift shop full of trinkets for the home, books, or stationery, it’s their toy shop that has all my T’s favourite brands such as Orchard, Hape, and Brio! I could spend a small fortune in here.

If you’re looking for something edible, there’s a sweet little tea room on site, as well as a Farm Shop that includes a butcher, a deli, a bakery, and a greengrocer’s shop. All serving their home grown produce as well as produce from local sellers. Plus, there’s also a Cider Barn where we buy our Christmas Cider mix every year. Here is where you can find local ciders, wines, beers and ales, and mead!

Middle Farm is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. It’s certainly one of the smaller farms in the area; so probably not ideal if you’re looking for whole day’s excursion, but certainly worth a visit for an afternoon mooch with cider tea and cake to finish! I love it here and will no doubt visit again by the end of the year.

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