Half Term across the Ashdown Forest




Half Term has arrived and there are so many exciting things to do across the Forest! If you love animals there are lots of exciting things to do!

Visit the Llama Park and meet the Llamas and Alpacas and also see the new born piglets and woodcock and donkeys. You can feed many of the animals and arrange to take a Llama for a walk either on site or a longer walk across the fields. While you are there browse the shop and pick up a bargain in the sale then enjoy lunch in the restaurant. (www.llamapark.co.uk)

The National Cat Centre in Chelwood Gate has lots of cats waiting to find their forever home and entrance is free. Visit the cats and think about whether you could take on one of their cats. Then go outside and visit the donkeys and explore the lovely wildlife reserve and lake. The newly refurbished cafe is a lovely place for lunch or afternoon tea. Don’t miss the lovely cat cookies (NB No cats are harmed when cat cookies are made!!) (www.cats.org.uk)

Have you been to Tilgate Park near Crawley? The park is a lovely place to walk around with a beautiful lake where you can feed the ducks and lots of play areas for the children. There is also a large animal area where you can see Hornbills, Wallabys, rabbits, lizards, cattle and so much more. Its also one of the first places in the area to have daffodils out! www.crawley.gov.uk/Tilgatepark

Visit Heaven Farm and see the beautiful chickens wandering around the site. Visit the lake and feed the ducks and look out for wallabies! Browse the shop and enjoy food in the lovely tea rooms! (www.heavenfarm.co.uk)

Tablehrst Farm in Forest Row is a Community farm where people come from around the world to work and live on the farm. They grow a wide range of vegetables as well as raising cattle, sheep, chickens and pigs. You can walk around the farm and see the animals, visit the farm shop and enjoy lovely home made soups, quiches and cakes in the cafe. There is also a lovely childrens play field where lots of farm equipment has been made safe for the children to play.on. Look out for the biggest dovecote I have ever seen! (www.tablehurst.farm)

The British Wildlife Centre in New Chapel is a lovely place to explore. There are endangered species such as Wildcats and pine martins as well as foxes and badgers. Learn about the animals during regular animal talks and then enjoy snacks in the cafe. Look out for the rats – they will be running around in their special tubes!(www.britishwildlifecentre.co.uk

The Forest Centre does not keep animals at the Centre however it is a great place to visit to find out about the animals on the Forest. See the exhibitions in the Forest Centre, visit the huts and play area outside. There are also events on each day of this week from 11-3.00 in the Education Barn. Find out where the sheep and cattle are grazing and go and see them out on the heathland. Please ensure dogs are kept on leads to ensure they don’t worry pregnant sheep! (www.ashdownforest.org)

There are so many exciting things to do across the Forest. For more information visit our website www.ashdownforest.com and then click through to the individual members websites. Have fun meeting and learning about the animals across the Forest!