Coombes Farm

Coombes Farm: Hours, Address, Coombes Farm Reviews: 4/5

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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March - Mid April we have 800 ewes lambing and 80 Cows calving so come and see a real working farm and take the tractor ride to the top of the downs to see the ewes and lambs out in the fields. Through the summer we have trips around the farm lasting over 1 hour to see the animals, crops and conservation areas.
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Sophiejevans
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Family
Well what can I say?! It was amazing. The volunteers were informative and allowed us to stroke the lambs. We were lucky enough to watch a lamb come into this world, and I was so grateful for this experience. The ladies were superb with my nephews, and made them feel involved! We will definitely return on the next lambing season and will recommend you to everyone we know. Worth every money.
My nephew now says he wants to be a farmer because he enjoyed it so much! Thank you Coombes for letting us experience the farm life, and I think each one of us learnt something new.
Written January 16, 2022
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit here to see our lambs and saw some being born, look forward to seeing you here again. We have a lovely team here helping us to be able to open and share the experience.
Written February 24, 2022
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zoem1marshall
6 contributions
Couples
Had the most amazing experience with the lambs. For those who have chosen to comment on sheep being in pens with their babies that’s so they bond no other reason than that. They are well looked after. Their are ewes expecting their lambs so wonder they are panting it’s normal to be that way. Loved watching the babies running around freely and playing as babies should and do. Any ewe that isn’t comfortable with touching the young you just move. It’s far from a money making scheme they accommodated everyone who was there. There was a disabled lady there and they put her first which was lovely to see. Everyone there when I wa had an amazing time as did I. Staff really friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you for the best evening. Will be back next year
Written April 18, 2022
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Steve B
Burgess Hill, UK71 contributions
Couples
We went along on Sunday evening for the late night lambing experience and spent an enjoyable couple of hours around the ewes and lambs.

Although we didn’t witness any live births (and quite rightly that can’t be guaranteed) there were two lambs born shortly before we arrived so it was the next best thing.

The staff were all very friendly and happily answered any questions we had about the animals. The young lambs who had been rejected are a highlight and whilst you cannot hold them or go into their pens (Health & Safety ruling rather than the farm), you can still stroke them and we were able to bottle feed them.

Highly recommended!
Written April 8, 2019
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Derralyn W
1 contribution
Family
£5 to watch the sheep's and cows for 5 minutes.what a money grabber.i thought there are few things to do in that farm apart from the animals but nope thats all we got for 15 pounds for 3 of us knowing my son has disability still charged him 5 pounds entry.return my money please I pass sheep's;cows everyday at work..the reason why I/we went to your farm for the very first time was I thought its like any other farm that there are lots of activities to do but very disappointed. Never comeback I rather watch these animals for free at work

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Written May 16, 2022
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tuesday g
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Family
We paid around £25 for a family of five to visit today and were left feeling very disappointed.
We had to tell our three children that they couldn't go on the tractor because it would have cost another £20 for a 15 minute ride. There are plenty of lovely petting farms with very good facilities and this place was well over priced to walk round a couple of shabby barns to pet a few lambs.

The conditions for the sheep were awful. Over crowding being a massive issue. Some sheep were in small single pens with two lambs that they could barely turn in. There were sheep in Pens panting so fast that they looked ill or in state of stress. Many of the sheep couldn't bare weight on some of their legs, they had sores on their heads and you could tell that the mother sheep were detressed by having people touching their young babies. These animals should be allowed to birth and feed their young in peace and quiet. This to us was a money making scheme. In their promotional videos and photos you see these loverly quiet small groups of people. Today the farm was packed!
Written April 16, 2022
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johnandmichelleessam
Brighton, UK3 contributions
A friend and I visited the farm today with our children, and we were so excited to be going. We were lucky enough to see a couple of lambs born, but also we saw some things that I would never want any children to see ever again.
The staff seemed totally uncaring and unaware of sheep with prolapses and one in obvious distress for nearly two hours wasn't checked by anybody and resulted in the lamb being stuck for a good half hour, then it was dead when they finally got it out. We told several members of the farm team who weren't bothered at all.
The friend that I went with is a farmers daughter who was disgusted by the farm and as upset and angry as I was.
The RSPCA have been told!
Written March 20, 2013
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I am really sorry you had a bad experience at our farm, I am pleased you saw lots of live lambs. but unfortunately occasionally we do lose one. We are all very caring and members of our family are on duty 24 hours a day, we also have Vet students learning, most are very keen and quick to learn and help. Due to the weather this year we have had to put a lot more straw in the pens to keep the ewes warm and dry, but the sheep also eat it which can make them fat and prolapse, we have black prolapse harness that only experienced members of staff can put on. When the ewes are ready to lamb they are normally fine and have healthy lambs. When a ewe starts lambing we keep and eye on her and keep checking them, as soon as we feel there is a problem we help them as you say we did , if there is a lamb stuck it can take some time to get it out. If we jump in and pull lambs out of the ewes to quickly that can cause problems in itself. As we are open to the public we have farm staff and others who do not touch the animals for hygiene reason, but they will call some one or let you know who to inform.
Written March 25, 2013
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osgood09
Worthing, UK1 contribution
Friends
Little to see except some bare and dreary downland and sheep and cattle which can be seen on a walk anywhere nearby rather than via an overcrowded tractor pulled trailer. Unfriendly staff.The whole enterprise seems a rather cynical money making operation.. Overall a very disappointing experience best avoided.
Written April 1, 2012
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Elizabeth N
2 contributions
Family
Visited today and thought that £4 or £5 entry wasn't too bad, but then to find out you paid the same again to go on a 15 minute tractor ride felt ridiculous. We paid nearly £40 to walk round 2 barns and be driven round a field.
Written March 28, 2022
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Tarrant1982
Worthing, UK2 contributions
Family
Ok, today was our 7th trip to Coombes this season ( yes, that's right, in just over 3 weeks we've been seven times ), Why?, £2 per child, £3 per adult can be afforded by any family on any budget, there is no greed here!, and of course because this farm, it's dedicated owners and staff make your day simply wonderful. The farm consists of two main lambing barns and a cow shed, there are 800 Ewes within these expecting 1200 apx lambs so as you can imagine it's a bit like a bustling maternity ward. Your able to get up close to all the sheep and lambs and there's an enclosure in which you can enter with the pet lambs, perfect for those must have photo moments. You can almost guarantee you'll see at least one new arrival on your visit.
The cow shed is full of Sussex cows and their calves, we have been fortunate to see a few born over the years of visiting. There are tractor rides running every half hour apx, and what I actually love about this is its affordable at £2.50 a head. Your not just chucked on and off either, you recieve a well informed talk before your departure which is very interesting and to a degree, educational, to me that's a win win situation. The ride lasts a good 20 minutes and the views you will see are breathtaking, who knew we had such a beautiful countryside up there?! It does get a bit chilly on a blustery day but that's where the barn comes in to play, a good selection of hot drinks, cuppa soups and snacks as well as souvenirs, perfect for warming those hands up. Another thing I love here is that you can take your own food and eat either inside or outside, this is something you don't find everywhere and in my opinion, it works. They have also got an outside caterer in to sell hot food such as burgers, hot dogs, trust me when I say this, you've never tasted burgers or sausage rolls and pasties like it, proper food.
Accessibility is brilliant here, I've seen many wheelchair users easily navigate around the farm, good size toilets too so again accessible to the less able or those mummies who have to have an audience when needing the loo!
There is an a church on the grounds too which is also open to the public, be sure to take a look in here, so quaint and beautiful.
Lastly, the owners and staff make this place what it is, they are very attentive, happy to answer any questions, and friendly. Some of the other reviews I have read apppear to slate this place but we must not loose sight that this is not a commercialised money grabbing adventure playground, but a REAL working family run farm that opens its doors to the public so as we can see what REAL life on a farm is like. Those who want an adventure playground need to go elsewhere. .. and pay the price! I'd choose Coombes over the alternative every day x Emma x
Written April 6, 2016
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Thank you, you've made our lambing with these comments and look forward to seeing you again here soon.
Written April 8, 2016
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Rabea G
London, UK2 contributions
Family
We were very disappointed by the experience which was hugely overpriced! Tractor ride was £4 per person and entry was also too expensive for what it was. We also found some of the staff quite rude. Won’t be going again!
Written April 25, 2022
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