Our holiday in East Sussex was very much centred around days out that the children would enjoy. M loves animals and was keen to visit a farm, so we spent the day at Blackberry Farm Park, near Uckfield.
When we arrived, we paid the entrance fee and also purchased some large animal feed, as M wanted to feed the llamas. As we entered Blackberry Farm Park, we first came across the working part of the farm, with all of the animals. The girls both enjoyed feeding the pigs, sheep, goats and llamas.
Once we’d finished feeding the animals, we took a little tractor ride. I must admit, this was a little underwhelming as it was a very slow, short journey, but the girls enjoyed sitting in the tractor trailer and driving past some of the animals that they’d fed.
After that, we stopped by the face painting shed, as we’d promised M that she could have her face painted. We didn’t have any cash, so we stopped by the Tuck Shop to buy a face painting voucher, for £4. Unfortunately there was a minimum spend of £5 for cards, so we had to buy some crisps to supplement the packed lunch that we had brought with us.
At first, I felt that £4 was a bit of a rip off for a face paint. We’ve never paid for one before, though, so I have no idea what the going rate is! However, once Sarah the face painter set to work, it became clear that this was no ordinary face paint. Sarah is a true artist, and M was thrilled with her rainbow unicorn face paint, and didn’t want to take it off!
Once M’s rather impressive face paint was finished, we ate our packed lunch at one of the many picnic tables around the extensive play area. When we first arrived at Blackberry Farm Park, I had thought it was all about the animals. But really, I think the park is primarily a play park, with animals on the side!
There were so many different areas to play on, aimed at all different ages. It’s impossible for me to show the scope of the place in a photograph. The girls particularly enjoyed the ride on tractors, under-fives play area complete with trampolines, and the sandpit.
There were lots of trampolines and even a jumping pillow at the park, as well as countless swings, slides and seesaws. Even though we visited on a busy day during the school holidays, there was no need to wait to play; if one piece of play equipment was taken, there was another available to use. The girls spent so long playing, and didn’t want to leave!
Overall, while I felt the ticket price was quite high, there was lots to do at Blackberry Park Farm, and you could easily spend an entire day there. The girls had a lovely time and M is still talking about her face paint now, two weeks on! Blackberry Park Farm is definitely worth a visit if you’re visiting East Sussex with children.