Places To Go
Activities and Attractions in East Sussex
On sunny days the nearby Cuckoo Trail is a great option for cycling or walks, weaving its way through woods, fields, without any hills! Castles at Bodiam, Herstmonceux and Pevensey provide a backdrop to 2000 years of History. The seaside towns of Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings have plenty going on to suit all ages. The South Downs National Park with Beachy Head and the Seven sisters providing dramatic coastal walks and scenic bus rides (Coast Bus) . Historic Lewes deserves a day’s exploring the shops, flea markets, pubs and ancient castle and Priory ruins next to the historic Anne of Cleves House and museum. The National Trust properties of Batemans, Scotney Castle, Alfriston clergy house, Bodiam Castle, and Sissinghurst are all 30 minutes drive from us. Charleston Farm House home of the Bloomsbury group, nestles at the foot of the South Downs near the quaint village of Firle. Ashdown forest and Winnie-the Pooh provide an exciting day exploring all the haunts of Christopher Robin and friends.
If you want to hide from the rain and somewhere to feed and entertain the family, local Blackstock Farm or Horam Manor tea rooms are just the thing. A great wet day visit is The Observatory Science Centre (01323 832731) which has an interactive educational theme, where on special evenings when you can peer through telescopes at the night sky. Drusillas Zoo is another big family day out with the bonus of a relaxing cream tea in the picturesque downland village of Alfriston.
The Brewers Arms (01435 812435) is within easy walking distance and treats guests to a friendly local country pub experience. The menu is varied and the food always fresh and (whenever possible) locally sourced. Also within walking distance is the Black Duck (01435 830 636 we advise booking in advance), a 15th Century freehouse, situated in the deep Weald next to our historic Parish Church (check the fantastic downland view at the back). Visit Hank who runs the local farm shop (again within easy walking distance) for sausages and home-cured bacon that taste delicious on the campfire. There’s also a great Butcher, Baker and some interesting independent shops and supermarkets in the local market town of Heathfield (4 miles), which also gives the option of takeaways and restaurants.
For those who like a dip in a natrual environment, there is fully sypervised wild swimming available (and other activities), organised by Lime Cross Nurseries. Or for the more adventurous, Wallers Haven between Pevensey and Bexhill, or Barcombe Mills for boating, swimming and beer! There is also Cuckmere Meanders or Cuckmere river for a tidal float up and down, find out more information at wildswimming.co.uk
Kayaking, Canoeing and Sups
A great family day out can be had with Buzz Adventure at Cuckmere Haven, with Friston Forest and the beach available for those that don’t want to Canoe.
Off The Line supplies Rose wines to Waitrose and Charlestone, with plenty of cellar door tastings, sales and vineyard tours. A truly stunning trackway leads to the winery from the Cuckoo Trail. Hidden Spring Vineyard produces award winning Bacchus, offering tours and tastings, and wonderful supper evenings can be booked.
(Bodiam Castle image by WyrdLight.com)