• Downs Barn

      The Downs Barn is part of the Sompting Estate.  It is used by the trustees and the family owning and managing this farmland Estate, for meetings and as a base for inspections and practical conservation work.   It is also hired out occasionally to organizations such as the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, who use it to put on environment education courses.  Course topics include the farmland’s economy, history, culture and its wonderful flora and fauna.  Courses are advertised by course organisers and on this site's Courses and Events page. If you would like to ask a question, or send feedback, please use the Contact page.

      Click here for Courses & Events

       

       

      Hiring the Downs Barn

      If you would like to know when the Barn might be available for hire, please first check the list of already-booked dates published on the Courses & Events page, and then email your enquiry using the details on the Contact page (the Barn may also be booked for Estate purposes on dates not shown).  Please note that the Barn is only available for hire when not required by the Estate and for events related to the environment and farming.

      If you are interested in  hiring the barn, just complete and send us a Booking Enquiry Form

      We will aim to return a Booking Confirmation Form to you within 14  days.  

      if you would like to know when the Barn might be available for hire, please first check the list of already-booked dates published on the 'Courses & Events' page, and then email your enquiry to the email address given below (the Barn may also be booked for dates not shown).

      Other Information useful to hirers can be found by clicking on these links:

      Information  Sheet for Users
      Directions to the Downs  Barn 
      Educational  Visits Code of Practice (= Bookings policy, Children, Health &  Safety)         
      Fire Safety Risk Assessment
      Premises Risk Assessment