Aldingbourne Country Centre

Chichester

Type:Parkland / Woodland Garden

Blackmill Lane, Norton, CHICHESTER, West Sussex, PO18 0JP

Tel: 01243 542075

Aldingbourne Country Centre

About

The Aldingbourne Country Centre is a ‘Great day out’ in West Sussex.  With something for the whole family to enjoy. 

You can visit their open farm where they have Pigs, Goats, Chickens, Donkeys, Ponies and Alpacas.  There is also the opportunity for animal handling with the Guinea Pigs (subject to availability).  Meet the farm team who give talks about the animals at selected times of the day.

Explore the woodland walk where you can learn about nature, and children can have fun on the woodland playground.  Try not to get lost in the maze, and have fun in the castle playground, sand & water play area, ride on tractors, and indoor soft play.  With their own onsite café serving homemade and locally sourced produce, they also have their own gift shop selling local items and gifts made by the people they support.  There is also a great indoor slide for everyone to enjoy, which takes you from the café to the shop. 

Throughout the local school holidays they also have a busy events schedule, events include their ever popular Splash about, Bounce about and Reptile days.  They also offer pre-school classes during the term time for the under 5’s.  Visit their website for up to date information on their calendar of events.

The Country Centre is one of the social enterprises which make up the award winning charity ‘The Aldingbourne Trust’, which supports adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.  The people they support are actively involved around the centre, working on the open farm, café and shop.  There is also a horticulture enterprise where you can pick up some plants for your garden, wood recycling with those ideal items for DIY, and furniture restoration.

As a Trust that supports adults with learning disabilities – we know how important it is for all families to be able to enjoy a great day out.  The Country Centre also has one of only three ‘Changing Places’ facilities in the Chichester area.  Offering a disabled toilet along with a height adjustable changing table, a tracking hoist system and shower facilities.

The Country Centre is open all year round (except Easter Sunday and the Christmas holiday week).  With something for everyone to explore in any weather.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
High Season 1 Mar to 31 Oct standard age 2+£6.81 per ticket
High Season 1 Mar to 31 Oct standard Group of 4£25.45 per ticket
High Season 1 Mar to 31 October gift aid age 2+£7.50 per ticket
High Season 1 Mar to 31 October gift aid Group of£28.00 per ticket
Low Season 01 Nov to 28th February gift aid age 2+£5.50 per ticket
Low Season 01 Nov to 28th February standard age 2+£5.00 per ticket
Low Season 01 Nov to 28th February standard Group£18.18 per ticket
Low Season 01 Nov to 28th February without gift ai£20.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - All areas are accessible, with disabled parking available in both car parks. Three disabled toilets on site, including one changing places facility. All level access from the overflow carpark. Lift access in the main building from the shop to the café.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop system in the shop, café and conference facilities.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - On site café serving locally sourced and homemade produce.
  • Picnic Site - Several picnic areas around the site, with picnic benches provided.

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities - Conference facilities available in the Quarry Building. The Quarry conference room which accommodates up to max 90 delegates in theatre style, and the lower meeting room which takes max 20 delegates boardroom.
  • Dogs Accepted - Assistance dogs only
  • Toilets - Toilets located around the site, including a ‘Changing Places’ facility offering a disabled toilet, height adjusting changing table, tracking hoist and shower facilities.

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - large tarmac parking with disabled spaces to access main building. Overflow car park, large grass area with ground matting for all weather parking.
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 4-6 hours
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 4
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside - Located in the West Sussex Countryside, just off the A27.
  • Indoor Attraction - Indoor soft play, covered ride on tractors.
  • No Smoking Attraction - Smoking is not permitted on site.
  • Outdoor Attraction - Out door open farm, sand & water play, woodland walk, maze, events field.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car SAT NAV: PO18 0JP. 

Blackmill Lane, Norton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0JP.

Located just off the A27 between Tangmere and Fontwell. 

From the East travelling on the A27 from Fontwell, take the A27 towards Tangemere/Chichester.  Take the slip road on the right sign posted for Eartham, which takes you across the A27 to Britten’s Lane.

From the West travelling on the A27 from Chichester/Tangmere, take the slip road on the left hand side signposted for Eartham which takes you onto Britten’s lane.

Once on Britten’s Lane, take the first turning on the left onto Blackmill Lane.  Follow the road to the first bend, where there is a turning on the left, sign posted for the Aldingbourne Country Centre.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Barnham Station, 2.4miles from the Country Centre.  There is a local Taxi rack located just outside the Railway Station. 

There a no direct bus routes to the Country Centre. 

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2020 Tourism South East Member 2020 2020

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30
Bank Holiday09:30 - 16:30

* Closed Easter Sunday and Christmas weekend

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