Learn how to bake bread al fresco in a clay oven the old fashioned way on Tuesday 30th May 2017 from 10:30–14:30. We’ll be baking directly on the clay oven floor so there won’t be a tin or thermometer in sight. All ingredients to make the bread are provided, but feel to bring your own additions to eat it warm afterwards. Please bring an apron. Children are welcome with adults. Please park opposite Saddlescombe Farm entrance, walk into the farm and follow sign opposite the pond. Booking details.
Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden. Displays and demonstrations of traditional work including hurdle making, shepherding, carpenters’ workshop and more. Watch out for newly born lambs and the sheep dog Belle. Tea and home-made cakes available.
Sunday 23rd April, 10:30am–4:00pm, adult £5, child £2, family £13.
A guided walk exploring the woods and ancient downland of one of the most remarkable hills on the South Downs. Here you will discover ancient beech trees, a mysterious history and a bizarre lunar landscape created by billions of ants.
Sunday, 15th January 2016, 10:00am — 1:00pm, all tickets £3. Meet at Clayton recreation ground, just off the A273. Children and dogs on leads welcome. Booking essential: call Graham Wellfare, 01273 857712, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create your own Christmas wreath with materials collected from the downs. Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas decorations in front of log burning stoves. Mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will be included.
Booking essential. Four sessions available: Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th December 2016, 10:00–12:00, 14:00–16:00; admission £6.00, all ages. More info here.
Join mycologist Martin Allinson for a day of recording as many species of fungi as possible across Newtimber Hill on Friday 7th October from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Wear suitable clothing and bring lunch. Tea and cake will be served upon return to Saddlescombe. Supervised children are welcome. Booking essential. Click the image for more information.
Orchid expert Peter Lovett is offering a unique experience at Saddlescombe Farm this year where those interested in orchids as a species can learn more about these amazing plants. Details here.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:00–16:00pm — early booking essential, 01273 857712.
A morning walk around one of the best hills on the South Downs to find these fascinating plants. This is a chance to see up to nine species of orchid and discover the ancient history of this enigmatic hill. More details here.
Sunday, 12 June 2016 10:00–13:00pm — early booking essential, 01273 857712.
Discover this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templars. Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden. Displays and demonstrations of traditional work including; hurdle making, shepherding, carpenters’ workshop and more. Tea and home-made cakes available.
Sunday 24th April, 10:30am–4:00pm, adult £5, child £2, family £13.