A TOP East Sussex visitor attraction has used Lockdown to make a series of improvements in preparation for a bumper summer.
Sharnfold Farm – situated on the Hailsham Road at Stone Cross – has installed a new adventure playground.
It has also enhanced its popular Farm Trail with three new Swiss Lodge playhouses, interactive panels and many more activities for the children.
A new menu has launched in the cafe, which has more than doubled in space in the past year after huge investment, including a special Afternoon Tea offer seven days a week and revamped breakfast offers.
And there are plans for live entertainment for the kids later in the summer.
Sharnfold Farm has also launched a new fresh logo.
Business Director Donna Bull from Kent Entertainments is excited about Sharnfold Farm.
She said: “Over the past year, we have all been faced with many challenges and we have had to learn to adapt and change so we can carry on and live side by side with Covid 19.
“Like many other businesses, we sadly had to close our doors in January, and this provided us here at Sharnfold with an opportunity to take a look around the farm and give us time to plan changes to improve our offering.
“We are continually looking at ways to enhance our attraction, and we all hope everyone has a wonderful time down on the farm.
“We are open seven days a week so there is ample opportunity to put us on your ‘must visit list’ and we look forward to welcoming you soon.
“We’ve had a very busy time since fully reopening – and we would thank our loyal customers and new faces for their support. Now we are focusing on making summer fun for everyone by giving everyone the chance to have a really nice time during their visit with us.”
The new adventure playground is ‘an assault course for the under 10s’ and is in addition to the popular existing play area already on the farm.
Phase one of the enhanced Farm Trail includes three new Swiss Lodge playhouses, a woodland fact and spotting station, hidden letters, tree people, and a selection of activity panels and play shop fronts.
There is a new activity sheet for the youngsters to fill in as they go around the short, medium or long route, which can take up to one hour.
The cafe has more doubled in size and – along with the new menu – there is an exciting Afternoon Tea offer for everyone. It’s only available for a maximum of 16 people daily so to avoid disappointment, pre-booking is essential.
There is also a new breakfast offering, and the cafe opens 9.30am daily.
Donna said: “Stay and play all day is our motto. There really is so much to do at Sharnfold Farm for the whole family.
“For families with older children, the parents and friends can enjoy a coffee while the kids are playing.
“We have enhanced what we have on sale in our shop so there’s now a wide attraction of gifts, cards and other attractions.
“We have animals to see, including Highland cows, pig, goats and sheep, and Pick Your Own strawberries is coming soon, and that is always very, very popular.
“So too is our Butcher’s and our fresh fruit and vegetables.
“We are trying to improve what we can offer so families feel like they can come here and stay the day.”
Families wishing to use the play areas and farm space need to buy a wristband in the shop. It’s £2.50 per person aged three and over, or £8.50 for two adults and two children or indeed four adults.
Pre-booking is not required and wristbands can be purchased on arrival for the farm shop or cafe.
Go to Family Days Out Eastbourne, Hailsham, East Sussex (sharnfoldfarm.co.uk)