The Beare Family
The farming business at Tulleys was started by Bernard Beare. Originally from Devon, Bernard's family.
Beare & Sons, had a successful agricultural engineering business. Bernard started farming in 1911 but, over the next 25 years, he gradually moved East, ending up in 1937 at Worth Hall Farm. With his young family, Bernard turned a fairly average dairy farm on the edge of the Sussex Weald into a successful farming enterprise that, as well as the dairy herd, produced salad crops for the London markets, vegetables for pickling firms such as Epicure and herbs like mint and parsley for contract.
In the early 1970s, Bernard's son Denis saw the potential for Pick Your Own and, with his wife Marion, set about turning Tulleys Farm into one of the largest Pick Your Own farms in the area. Growing over 40 different crops on 120 acres, the name Tulleys quickly became synonymous with the freshest possible produce.
Denis and Marion's son, Stuart, joined the farming business in 1991, the farm shop was opened in the summer of 1992 and the tearoom followed in 1996. Stuart is not a conventional farmer and his passion for creating an experience has led to the establishment of attractions such as the Pumpkin Festival, The Giant Maize Maze and, more recently, the Halloween Festival. Stuart and the team that now run Tulleys are passionate about creating a memorable experience, whether it getting lost in the giant maze or a scary night out at the Shocktober Fest in October.
We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we enjoy welcoming you to Tulleys Farm.