In West Sussex almost directly on the Surrey border just an hour from London, Canfields Farm is a beef farm that also has lambs and chickens you can help feed. The farm offers a tent for groups of up to 10 people as well as the classic tents. The tents are sited on the edge of woodland, while Canfields itself nestles between the North and South Downs. Another special feature is the outdoor water-play area with a waterfall shower and sandpit.
Canfields Farm has a tradition of sale from the farm gate. The entire friendly herd of 30 suckler cows can be traced back to three foundation mothers, Peggy, Fox and Delight, whose well-being is noted by inspectors as being excellent and stress-free. Unfortunately, guests’ dogs can’t be accommodated at Canfields. There are animals such as cows, calves, horses, donkeys, sheep and chickens you will be able to meet!
The fantastic bluebell woods are perfect for den-building, stream-damming and deer, butterfly and woodpecker spotting. On the farm, you can collect eggs from the Loman chickens and get to know the Goodwood lambs. The cows in the field next to you and horses at livery will be happy to keep you company. A great timber undercover area at the camp’s centre means wet weather won’t inhibit spending time together or devouring delicious barbecue food. The pizza evening together around the wood-fire oven is another dinner time treat. In front of the tents, a playground and play pitch is ideal for football or badminton, or whatever games you and your children can think up!
Excellent walking and cycling adventures start right from your doorstep on the South Downs Way. Scenic towpath walks and canal boat trips can be taken locally.
Fishing can be enjoyed at Furnace Lakes Fisheries nearby. The village of Rudgwick boasts four local pubs, the closest of which, the Fox, is just ten minutes’ walk away. Try racing at Glorious Goodwood, Fontwell or Ascot, or golf at any of five courses within five miles. The market towns of Chichester and Horsham are also nearby.
We are Tim and Sarah Bargman and we live and farm at Canfields with Erica, Tim’s mother, and our children Toby and Charley, not forgetting the farm cat Tinker. We are nestled between the North and South Downs in the country village of Rudgwick, where we believe we have one of the most beautiful family farms in Sussex.