Sunday 22 April sees the National Trust’s hamlet at Saddlescombe open to the public – a rare opportunity to visit this secluded farm on the South Downs – once owned by the Knights Templar. Visitors can enjoy specialist tours, craft and farmers market & children’s activities.
Saddlescombe will be open for just one day for visitors to come and experience this traditional downland farm that is steeped in history. Expert guides will be relating the story of Saddlescombe from the past 1000 years; local craftsmen will be demonstrating rural skills; and craft and fresh local produce will be available at the farmers’ market.
In our learning barn we will be displaying artefacts from Brighton Museum’s collection of Stone Age tools and Roman pots found around the farm over 100 years ago and probably never seen by the public before. Also on offer are demonstrations of traditional farming activities, and a family area with treasure hunts, farmyard related games and wildlife activities.
National Trust Ranger, Graham Wellfare says: “This is a chance to get a unique glimpse of a farm that time forgot, with its blacksmith’s forge; 400 year old barns and famous donkey wheel and well which once provided water to the whole farm. There’s also the opportunity to explore the Tudor wing of the manor house and see the produce of its kitchen garden and orchard”.
Those wishing to explore a little further can join our Ranger on a tour of surrounding Newtimber Hill – considered one of the best downland sites in the South Downs National Park.
The farm will be open between 10.30am and 4 pm. Charges for this special event will be £7.50 for adults £3 for children. Family ticket £16. £1 for parking (National Trust members park free). Teas and coffee’s, homemade cakes, light lunches and ice cream will be provided by the Wild Flower cafe.
Saddlescombe Farm is ¾mile east of the Devil’s Dyke. It can be reached by taking the 77 bus from Brighton to the Devil’s Dyke, and walking the South Downs Way from there. Car parking at the farm will be signposted on the day on Saddlescombe Road, between Poynings and the Devil’s Dyke Road from the A27. For more information please contact the National Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org .