Nestled in the heart of the West Sussex countryside is Fishers Farm Park – a truly great day out for all the family. We visited on Wednesday, which started out sunny and warm but was grey and raining intermittently by the time we arrived. Travelling by public transport from Worthing proved time consuming and costly; we had to take a train to Ford, another to Billingshurst, and then hired a taxi to travel the remaining three miles to the farm. It is a shame that there is not a shuttle bus between the train station and the farm as I am sure this would get a lot of use. It can be really difficult to venture out to countryside attractions without a car so reliable public transport would definitely have been a bonus. Alas, we made it relatively unscathed and headed to reception to make a note of the day’s itinerary. First up was a magic show, which the children enjoyed, followed by pony rides. The latter incurred an extra charge of £1 per child, though it was definitely worth it.
Following the pony ride, we headed indoors for lunch, followed by soft play, escaping just in time to get up close to some weird and wonderful creatures in the animal barn. The boy decided not to participate, whereas Miss J couldn’t get enough!
After the animal handling, we had a quick play outside where the boy surprised me with some super climbing:
Next up, we enjoyed a hay ride, which involved going out into the fields on a feeding run. I think this is a great way of turning one of the more mundane farming tasks into something fun and interesting for all the family. The children really liked seeing the animals rush over for their food and learned lots about them on the way.
We made it back from the hay ride just in time to meet some cute and cuddly animals back in the barn. Again, the boy preferred to watch from afar whilst Miss J got stuck in. She really enjoyed telling the staff about her new guinea pig friends and they were only too happy to listen!
Having said goodbye to the lovely animals, we headed outside where it was, unfortunately, starting to rain. The weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the children, however, and Miss J did some rather fabulous climbing on the wall, an activity which was completely free. Meanwhile, the boy enjoyed a few fairground rides, which were also included in the admission fee.
Finally, we headed over to the big pirate ship climbing frame, for a very quick play before the park closed at 5.
All the children were disappointed to have to leave, which I think is a sign of a good day! They had an interesting tea of sushi and sausage rolls on the way home, and slept really well all night!
If you would like your own adventure at Fishers Farm, tickets during August will set you back upwards of £12.25 per person. We definitely think this is great value for money as there is so much to see and do, as well as a large number of interactive opportunities, which the children always love.
We received complimentary entry for the purposes of this review.