We headed south over the Easter weekend and spent a lovely few days visiting relatives and reliving childhood memories on the south coast downland in East Sussex. Although we didn’t have particularly great weather, E had a blast and we spent as much time as possible outdoors.
The majority of our time was spent on the farms of relatives, hunting for (hens!) eggs, feeding the ducks and chicken, wandering on the downs and just investigating, investigating, investigating! However we did get out and about each day too.
We’d been talking about buying E a magnifying glass as she’s spent our last couple of trips to Kew Gardens holding up pieces of wood or big leaves to her eyes and pretending she’s looking for bugs! A cousin told us about an amazing toy shop in Seaford which she thought would have one and it didn’t disappoint! Toy Town is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area, with lots of good quality wooden and outdoors toys as well as more usual ones and lots of space for browsing. E loved the flower magnifying glass we found so we spent the rest of the day in the garden on a bug hunt!
The following day, having had lots of fun playing with cousins on their farm all morning, we headed to the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre. What a great place with a huge range of sheep as well as other farm animals. There were plenty of newborn lambs, some not even a day old, to ooh and aah over. We helped feed a amb with a bottle, went on a tractor ride and had a lovely time. In fact, we loved it so much that inspired some crafty fun when we got back home!
On our last day, we decided to visit Cuckmere Haven for a walk along the banks of the River Cuckmere meanders.
Now by this point, E was exhausted after her busy and exciting weekend. So, having spent a few minutes watching the canoeists practicing manoeuvres on the meander, she walked, ran and sang her way towards the sea for about 10 minutes before gratefully curling up under a blanket in her pushchair and falling asleep for an hour. And, to be honest, it was quite nice as it meant the OH and I could enjoy our wander along the path, listening to skylarks and watching the ducks, geese, seagulls and many other birds in the sky and water!
We all enjoyed our weekend SO much and can’t wait to visit the lovely Sussex coast and countryside again!
Did you visit the country over Easter?
I’ve linked this post to the linky on the Country Kids at Coombe Mill blog – there are some fab posts there, why not go and have a read?!