Aldingbourne Centre

Visiting Aldingbourne Center

Hello, and welcome back to Rarars Adventures blog.

Today we are visiting Aldingbourne center, which is based in Chichester to share with you what to expect while visiting this location.

I came here today with my Sister Hayley, and we decided to come by car, as it was the easiest way to travel for us, and the fact that there isn’t a bus or train station close by, but you are able to get a train to Chichester, and then get a taxi from Chichester to the Aldingbourne Center.

We will be sharing with you today not only the location, but also what they have to offer, for example, toilets, parking, hearing loops, interactions and discounts.

We knew this would be a great place to visit as their vision as a trust is to

“help people with disabilities to become full and active citizens.”

Which is what we are all about too.

The Aldingbourne Trust supports people with learning disabilities and/ or autism to reach their potential across Sussex. They provide real skills, care and jobs in a very 21st century way.

And if that wasn’t enough it’s also a great day out!

At the Aldingbourne Center they have a farm, that is open 7 days a week 10 am – 4 pm on Wednesdays they open at 11 am so please bare this in mind.

You can also buy animal feed for £2.00. they have lots of different animals there for you to meet, Goats, Shetland ponies, Donkeys, Alpacas, Turkeys, Guinea Pigs, Chickens, Pigs and Ducks.

They also have a maze there for you to get lost in, which I will admit is grate fun!!!

They opened the Maze in September 2016 after a whole year of work. Where they planted 1.500 Privet hedging to create the Maze, which in 2016 was considered the biggest Maze by units of plants in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

Today its now around 4 years and 4 months old and it looks fantastic.

At the Aldingbourne Center, they have a wood recycling and buying project so weather you’re a builder or a crafts person or you just need supplies for your project they have regular collections so they always have new stock in, so you can always pick up a green Burgan.

Because the Aldingbourne Center is located in beautiful Sussex Countryside close to the South Downs, when you visit you can enjoy the tranquil woodland walkways wildlife spotting. and the natural woodland playground. (unfortunately due to our latest weather with the storms they had to close off the woodland walk for safety reasons ,so we weren’t able to get any pictures, but if you go and it’s open and would like to share your pictures with us, please contact me and I’ll add them to the album.)

Also, another thing to look out for in the woodland area is a Natural Brothy, which is crafted from sustainable materials and has a grass roof.

It was built by Ben Law grand designs fame. You can also hire this as a venue or meeting room! (Let us know if you spot it!)

They have loads to offer at Aldingbourne Center, and a 100% worth a visit, there is so much to do and see for all the family, there is a cafe, and a gift shop as well.

I do also have to say, me and Hayley got to remind our self’s what it was like to be a child again, because they have a slide from the cafe that takes you down to the gift shop, which is amazing and we where aloud to go down it!!!! So, if you would like to see us acting a little silly, pop over to watch the video on you tube for a little giggle.

They have disabled parking, and disabled toilets, even the toilets that aren’t disabled have hand rails to help you which I thought was brilliant.

There cafe also has some lovely food, and covers different diets which also is helpful to know.

They also give you a map when you pay so that you don’t miss anything!

Hayley and I really enjoyed our day at the Aldingbourne Center, if you go and visit please let us no your experience.

Don’t’ forget wellies if it’s wet!!!


Aldingbourne Center

Opening times


Cafe 09.30 – 16.30

Actives 10.00 - 16.00

Shop 09.30 – 16.30

Last entry farm 15.30

Last hot food 15.30

Center closes 16.30

Car park closes 17.00


Entrance Fees

High Season

Individual (ages 2+) £7.50

Group of 4 £28.00


Low Season

Individual (ages 2+) £5.50

Group of 4 £20.00


Additional charges include

Guinea pig handling £3.00

Animal feed £2.00

Free entry to cafe and shop excluding activities entrance fees now include all events planned during our high season with the exception if special events.

High Season 1st March – 31st October

Low Season 1st November – 28th February


Annual Membership

Benefits of becoming an annual member

· Visit us all year round as many times as you like

· No additional charge for school holiday events

· Priority booking fir special events (meet and greet Santa, prepaid workshops)

· Special offers and vouchers throughout the year

· Supporting a local charity and making a difference to people lives


Single Annual Membership (age 2+) £40.00

Group of 4 Annual Membership £120.00


Address

Aldingbourne Country Center,

Black Mill Lane,

Norton, Chichester

West Sussex

PO18 0JP


Contact Details

Central Office (01243) 544607

Country Center (01243) 542075

weekends contact no. (01243) 546033


Web Address:

www.aldingbournetrust.org/greatdayout


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