If you've got an aspiring Attenborough in your house, check out these family-friendly animal attractions in Horsham District.
First up, and one of the biggest in the District, is Fishers Farm Park, just outside Billingshurst. Combining adventure playgrounds with animal enclosures, it's a great place for all the family. Expect to find a wide range of farm animals on your visit, and be sure to visit the Animal Encounters barn for a closer look. You can also book Animal Handling sessions and pony rides. There are plenty of places to eat and drink on site, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas, making it a good day out whatever the weather.
For a countryside walk with a difference, book a donkey walk at East Clayton Farm near Washington (pictured). You need to book these in advance, and it's well worth it - walkers learn about the donkeys' lifestyles and upkeep, and can visit the other animals East Clayton Farm is home too as well - including goats, chickens and pigs. The money from the donkey walk is used to support the farm's charitable enterprises, making it a real win-win of a gift.
If birds of prey are more your thing, Huxley's Birds of Prey Centre in Horsham is not to be missed. The centre is home to a wide range of birds and is best known for its flying display shows. Audience participation is encouraged, and it's a chance to see how buzzards, falcons and owls hunt in the wild. The staff also run animal encounter experiences. Check their opening times before you visit as they differ during the year. Combine your visit to Huxleys with a trip to Warnham Local Nature Reserve on the other side of Horsham. A 30-minute walk from Horsham town centre, the nature reserve has bird hides where you can watch for wildlife and a children's Discovery trail.