OWNERS of a popular tourist attraction which covers 79 acres are planning to expand after celebrating their first anniversary.

Kent Entertainments, run by Donna Bull and Ray Grant, has already invested heavily to improve Sharnfold Farm at Stone Cross near Eastbourne.

Now they want to create an enchanted forest, including pixies, fairies in trees and a complete fairy village.

They also want to make the farm bigger with more crowd-pleasing animals

Donna, pictured left, said: “We are pleased with how the first 12 months have gone and aim to increase the farm’s appeal to customers of all ages.

“Sharnfold Farm is an extremely popular place to visit, not just during the summer but all year round.

“Now the school holidays are here, we see more families with young children but we really want our appeal to be as wide as possible.

“We estimate people come from a 45-mile radius and we are only around 40 minutes away from Brighton. Lewes is about half an hour.”

Attractions at Sharnfold Farm include a farm shop, butchers and revamped coffee shop.

There is also a farm trail and play area for youngsters, including a tractor, slide, swings a secure garden, plus an activities sheet to complete.

Animals to see include pigs, sheep, cows, lambs, chicken and goats and there is also a fishing lake, caravan park and pick your own area.

Donna said: “Our coffee shop has had a complete makeover and the floor is now five times the size that it was.

“We have revamped the menu and built a large new patio area outside. We are delighted with how it looks now.

“Once life gets more back to normal, we want to offer it out as a place to have parties, weddings and other events.

“Our shop is so popular because so much of what we sell is locally sourced and also because we bring in fresh fruit and vegetables daily.

“We are doing our bit to reduce carbon footprint and our policy is to keep everything local and we are proud of that.

“We always strive to be family friendly but we also want to attract people of all ages for some of our offerings.

“We like to think that people can come to Sharnfold and enjoy just a short visit or up to half a day as there is so much to do.”