Stoneywish Nature Reserve
You’ll find this 50-acre nature reserve in Spatham Lane on the outskirts of Ditchling. They say: ‘In a world of shrinking wildlife habitats, our aim is to encourage as rich a population of plants and animals here as possible’. We say: Sounds a great venue for a stress-free day out. Other attractions include a 19th century Shaker-style homestead, a large play and picnic area, and a very popular tearoom and gallery. The reserve is open daily between 10am and 5pm, and also has a camping option. More details call 01273 843498, or visit their website at:

Spring Barn Farm Park (SBFP)
Open every day from 10am – 5pm and situated just outside Lewes on the Kingston Road, SBFP is a popular destination for kids of all ages. Pre-schoolers are well catered for with their own separate play areas, whilst the maize maze and the adventure playground suits the older ones. The farm also has a wide array of animals to keep everyone amused, plus a good cafÈ besides. For more details call 01273 488450
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Wakehurst Place
Situated in the High Weald of Sussex, Wakehurst Place is owned and run by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. It describes itself as Kew’s country garden in Sussex, and offers over 180 acres of gardens and a beautiful Elizabethan Mansion to explore. Conservation is very much part of their work, and they actually house the Millenium Seed Bank, the world’s most ambitious conservation project. Open daily 10am – 6pm, it offers free entry for under 17’s! For more details, call 01444 894000 or visit their website at:

Small horses and big fun, available at SBFP