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This is the place to keep up to date with news of special events, culinary innovations and new arrivals among our herds of deer.

 

Why nature and play mean smiles for school holidays

28.07.2021

Friday 23rd July marks the start of the school for our local children as schools break up for the summer. After a fractured year of complicated schooling and staring at screens, now is the time to get outside, let off some steam and connect again with nature and the simple pleasures in life. 

“Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing” source: Mind

At Sky Park Farm we have something for everyone to reboot, reconnect and bring a smile to your face. Long summer days and warmer weather mark the start of picnic season – revel in the beauty of our glorious Hampshire parkland, find a secluded spot and listen to the chattering of nature and gentle burbling of the River Rother. Connect with your senses and let your thoughts drift away. 

Interacting directly with animals can bring deep rooted joy – join the daily deer feeding and experience the magic of meeting these mythical creatures – can you count the spots on our Sika deer coats? Or see if you can see them frown – a pale V on their foreheads often looks like a frown! Or perhaps let your imagination run wild when you meet our magnificent white deer and create a story like J.K. Rowling who used the mythical white deer as Harry Potter as Harry’s Patronus Charm! 

“Role play games can help your child make sense of the world, aid in their emotional and physical development. Outdoor play and nature is beneficial to your child as they learn about the world around them and helps their sensory needs too”. source: Family Lives

Our magnificent red deer stags are casting a watchful gaze over the children as they frolic in the Adventure Playground. Set within a shaded, wooded area of the farm, the playground has a dedicated area for the Under 5’s and a larger play area for older children. Many children have already scaled new heights on the climbing wall, created adventures in the fort, traversed the rope tunnel and travelled down the fireman’s pole. Since opening, laughter has filled the air as children piled onto the swing seat. 

Sky Park Farm is open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.  Sky Park Farm is an avid supporter of the local community. Education, nature and play for all ages is at the heart of Sky Park Farm’s mission and the dedicated centre, The Deer Hub, is available to extend understanding of deer farming and farmland management. 

Visitors can enjoy freshly made sourdough pizza on the Terrace at The Grazing Rooms weekend pop-up while enjoying a unique view of the deer paddocks and both the South Downs and The Hangers. Freshly made sandwiches, savoury and sweet treats, healthy snacks and a selection of drinks are available from our Visitor Centre, along with a selection of deer themed gifts.

Nature & play at Sky Park Farm

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