A day out in Scaynes Hill... ideas for families

We’ll be celebrating the arrival of Spring with our special event in Scaynes Hill on the 4th April. If you’re planning on making a day of it, Scaynes Hill and the surrounding area has plenty on offer. Of course, we also hold our weekly messy play sessions here too so if you can't make it to our Party, do come along another time to a session.

Our giant bird's nest - making an appearance at our Party into Spring!

Our giant bird's nest - making an appearance at our Party into Spring!

The venue for our Party into Spring is the Millennium Village Centre which is situated next to the village’s recreation ground, meaning there is plenty of space for picnics or playing games. There’s even a play park where you can work up an appetite for your sandwiches!

Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre

Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre

Scaynes Hill is surrounded by beautiful countryside so taking a walk to soak up the Spring-time vibes is an excellent idea. If you’ve got a buggy you might be a bit restricted, but if you’re a competent walker (not all of us are!) or you have a baby carrier, why not try one of these suggestions.

Bluebells in Scaynes Hill. Image courtesy of scayneshill.webplus.net

Bluebells in Scaynes Hill. Image courtesy of scayneshill.webplus.net

Costells Wood should be accessible to most and makes a great place to go bear-hunting! It’s a site of ancient woodland and has been designated an area of wildlife importance - that’s not to say you’ll see any if you’re accompanied by a tribe of small people making big noises! Pay attention as there are several small ponds around. Given the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see bluebells too!

Costells Wood can be seen from the Millennium Village Centre, although the Woodland Trust suggest accessing it from Costells Edge at the end of Vicarage Lane.

Scaynes Hill pond. Image courtesy of Sussex Living: sussexliving.com

Scaynes Hill pond. Image courtesy of Sussex Living: sussexliving.com

If you fancy a more challenging walk, why not try this circular walk from The Argus? It’s 4.5 miles - which they reckon will take about 2.5 hours - and it’s easy going though not possible with a buggy.

Of course we’re not far from the Bluebell Railway and there are various walks that enable you to see it. This walk is around 6 miles in total - and probably not suitable for buggies - but could be shortened to about 3 miles. Although you wouldn’t reach the point to see the railway you’ll still get to pass at least two farms and some wonderful countryside (oh, and a pub…).

Bluebell Railway. Images courtesy of www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Bluebell Railway. Images courtesy of www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Sheffield Park, the National Trust site, is also close by. It features the Ringwood Toll which is free to the public and has lots of opportunities for den making, tree climbing and tree swinging. For details on how to find it (it’s on the other side of the road to the actual park) see the National Trust’s website.

If you’re not so keen on a picnic, the Inn on the Green is a family friendly pub and opens at midday. It has a lunchtime menu and sources many ingredients from local suppliers.

The Inn on the Green, Scaynes Hill. Image courtesy of theinnonthegreen.pub

The Inn on the Green, Scaynes Hill. Image courtesy of theinnonthegreen.pub

Alternatively, and a short drive away, is Trading Boundaries which has a café (verdict from Rhiannon: “Yummy!”) with kids’ menus, as well as a small play park and shops.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Scaynes Hill on Monday 4th April for our fab Party into Spring, and we hope these suggestions help you make a day of it. See you soon!