For the last couple of years we have got our tree from Goddenwick Farm near Ardingly. When monkey was eighteen months old we started a new tradition of cutting our own Christmas tree. We visited several farms in the local area all of which claimed to provide lots of choice. Only to be disappointed and end up empty handed. Not much fun with a toddler in tow! Then we found Goddenwick farm and we have been back every year since.

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On site they have 60,000 growing trees to choose from, the first year we took our own saw and did just that. The following year we discovered they had a chainsaw and will happily cut on down for you. Which helped with Hubby’s back and is so much quicker! This year the weather was pretty horrid on the Sunday we allocated to getting our tree. Monkey wasn’t in the best of moods despite meeting some friends which would normally cheer him up. So we opted to take one of their pre-cut trees.


They have a large open sided barn on site which they keep well stocked. So if you don’t fancy cutting your own or the weather is bad and your children are less than enthused then it gives you more options! The pre cut trees were generally proved between £47 and £52 depending on the size. I appreciate that does not make them the cheapest option, but we normally have ours up from the 1st Dec to the 12th night and as long as its watered it hardly drops.

This is Monkey with the one he picked out! I also like that there is a fair bit for the kids to get up to at the farm. As well as reindeer there are a host of other animals to have a look at. Including alpacas, pigs, and goats. It does mean that there is something for them to do while the tree is packaged up and then put on the roof or in the boot. It always makes me chuckle how many people come for a tree and haven’t given much thought to how they are going to get it home. Or then end up with a tree much bigger than they intended!!

In addition to the animals there is a little shop which sells nordic looking Christmas decorations, as well as refreshments. All proceeds from the refreshments go to a local charity. You have the option to eat your mince pies in the shop or on a double decker bus.


Now as a couple of three year olds you can imagine where we ate ours! The boys loved running up and down the stairs and generally pretending to be conductors. Although you can’t actually get into the driving seat this didn’t seem to put them off.

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It generally means we end up staying for a couple of hours but its a lovely tradition and we will be doing the same again next year. You can find out more information on the Sussex Trees website


We were not compensated in anyway for the purpose of this post, we have just had such a great time and love their trees so wanted to share. Where are you getting your tree from this year?


A Cornish Mum
Life Unexpected


  1. I’ve seen this in so many american christmas films, I didn’t know we did this over here too!! What a fun and memorable day out for all the family

  2. This is great, it sounds like tree farms are a pretty big deal over there and they look cool! Here in NZ we generally pick something off the back of a truck for $10! #picknmix

  3. I’ve never had a real Christmas tree, ever! (I’m not originally from the UK and back at home they are not available) so this year we contemplated getting one but I’m afraid I got cold feet lol The cost, the cleaning of the carpet involve, the disposing of it. .. excuses! 😉 I’ve decided we’ll get one next year x

  4. Angela Milnes Reply

    This looks so fun. I mentioned on my Christmas tree post how I want to go out and choose one next year… it does add a lot of excitement. I love all the fab things you do with monkey. The bus looks so fun!

  5. That’s such a lovely tradition to have. I like the idea of making it a day out, something of an event to get the tree too (and I’d definitely be taking the option to have someone else cut it for me!)

  6. Sounds like great fan picking out your own tree and cutting it I can see MOH doing just that whereas me I would go for pre cut one

  7. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    What a great tree picking experience. I used to have a live tree every year in NY. We have an artificial for the past 7 years. I miss the excitement of selecting the perfect tree. Good point about being prepared to bring it home! x

  8. I have never had a real Christmas tree before but have been to a tree farm before. It really is quite magical would love to go again.

  9. I wish we had something like this around here. I would love to go and choose our own tree to use and get to cut it down too, how fun!

  10. This looks like a lot of fun! We don;t get a real tree, but I almost wish we did. Have a fabulous Christmas lovely,

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

  11. Such a sweet little tradition for the little one to make memories of! You guys chose an amazing tree. The place looks so fab! Merry Christmas!

  12. How lovely to get the chance to pick your own tree like that. I grew up with the family tradition of going to dig up our own tree from a plantation in the West County. In Oxfordshire though I’m yet to find something similar – you’re lucky if you get a proper look at the precut tree and this year there were absolutely no pot grown trees to be found (well, ones that weren’t twigs anyway). I have to get something sorted for next year – nothing quite like finding your own. Thanks for bring back happy memories. #whatevertheweather

  13. There are a few Christmas Tree Pick Your own places around here and I really wanted to do it this year. However with our tree destroyer (Ava) we decided it wouldn’t be a good idea, definitely next year though it looks like so much fun. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

  14. What a beautiful place to be, I love that theres so many different ways for you to pick your favourite trees for your family. Mine always loved going to the pick your own cut your own farm but it just got more and more expensive this year and the magic’s started to wear off with mine. It’s great that the kids got the chance to play on the double decker and meet the animals too! Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids and for supporting it throughout the year. Merry Christmas!

    • Coombe Mill Reply

      Read all the way through thinking I’d seen this before somewhere and I had! #CountryKids

  15. We also go to a Christmas Tree farm in Devon to pick our own Christmas tree. But it’s only a tree farm, no animals at all. They do have a small little cabin though where you can buy some hot chocolate and mince pie and a few decorations but that’s about it! I love going to Christmas tree farms. There’s just something magical about walking around a sea of pine and choosing that one “perfect” tree for your family 😉 #countrykids.

  16. chloelifeunexpected Reply

    I love nordic decorations. They’re so beautiful. I’d definitely opt to eat on the bus, it looks so cute. This is such a lovely place. We love going to pick our own tree, it’s such a special family tradition. This looks like the perfect place to go as a family. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather this year and supporting our linky! We love reading about your family adventures. I hope we see you next year. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas! xx

  17. I love that you cut your own tree each year, that’s a fab tradition to have! We have an artificial tree (despite my hubby being a forester/arborist!) ever since having kids as we never seemed to find one that would keep it’s needles well and I felt sorry for them when they get old and sad looking. I would like to start doing this when A is a bit bigger and the boys are less likely to keep knocking it and shaking needles off. The jaggedness might stop the decoration removal though… It looks like you all had a wonderful time, thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather and have an amazing Christmas and New Year! 🙂 xx

  18. What a brilliant way to spend the day after choosing your own tree; we always get a real one too but it’s not half as much fun as going to an actual farm and getting to choose and chop down your own. I’m off to see whether Christmas Tree farms exist up in the north now ready for next year! Looks so brilliant.

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