Parts of the sanctuary, lakes area and aviaries will be closed to the public until further notice
The Government introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole UK at 5pm on Wednesday 3 November. We do NOT have this virus at Raystede but we are required to put in place a range of measures to protect our birds. We are still open and welcome visitors to the rest of the site – please book your ticket. Our animal rehoming services remain unaffected and will continue as normal; our bird rehoming service will be limited
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Come and visit us:

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare,
The Broyle, Ringmer,
East Sussex, BN8 5AJ

Contact us by phone: 01825 840252

or email us on: info@raystede.org

You are very welcome to visit and get a unique glimpse into our work. We are open every day between 10am and 4pm.

All visitors must book a ticket – it’s really easy to do online or you can phone our Visitor Information team.

Booking was introduced during the pandemic and we found this to be beneficial to the welfare of the animals in our care, many of whom are very shy and nervous and cannot cope with large numbers of people and noise. It also keeps our site safe for the animals, staff and volunteers and enables visitors to enjoy their visit and get a real insight into the day to day work of an animal welfare charity.

Seasonal opening times

24 December, Christmas Eve - Arrival from 10am, Last Entry 1.00pm. We close at 2.00pm

25 December, Christmas Day - CLOSED

26 December, Boxing Day - CLOSED

31 December, New Years Eve - Arrival from 10am, Last Entry 1.00pm. We close at 2.00pm

1 January, New Years Day - CLOSED

How to find us

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare and Peaceways Pet Crematorium are situated on the B2192, between Ringmer and Halland, opposite the East Sussex Gliding Club.

From Lewes

Raystede is five miles north-east of Lewes. Shortly after leaving Lewes on the A26, signposted “Uckfield”, bear right onto the B2192 signposted “Heathfield/Ringmer”.

From A22

At the Halland Roundabout, take the B2192 exit signed “Ringmer”. Raystede is two miles along this road on the right-hand side before reaching Ringmer.

If you have any queries or need to get in touch please fill out the form below and we will get back to you.

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