What’s on

Scroll down to see a few highlights of local events taking place throughout the year.  Visit www.visitsussex.org to find many more.

APRIL

‘Magnolias in Bloom’: Borde Hill Garden

Easter Racing at Plumpton

Easter fun Day at Michelham Priory

Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens

MAY

Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts

Mayfield Mayfair

Heathfield Country Show

Brightons art festival England’s largest international arts festival

Ladies day at Plumpton Races

JUNE

Aegeon international tennis, Eastbourne

Roses in Bloom, Borde Hill Garden

South of England Agricultural Show

Mayfield gardens open as part of the NGS gardens open for charity scheme

SEPTEMBER

Mayfield Bonfire Boyes and Belles: processions, bands, floats, troupes, fireworks. Approx. start 6.30pm.

DECEMBER

Mayfield Live Crib

Sports

Paintball and Laser Games

Shootout Paintball, Hailsham. 12yrs+ 0845 3386225

Woodland Adventures: outdoor laser combat, Bentley, 8yrs+ 01825 764344

Snow Sports

Bowles, Eridge 01892 665665

Knockhatch Ski Slope. On A22 at Hailsham 01323 843344

Fish and Fishing

Merrieweathers Stables has its own lake which stocks carp. Please feel free to fish but throw back in (bring own fishing rod)

Arlington Reservoir fly fishing. 10yrs+ prebook tuition 01634 276310

Bewl Water Fly Fishing, day ticket fishery and junior courses 01892 890352

Brick Farm, Herstmonceux trout fishery. Learn to fish sessions. Kids may fish on guardians ticket 01323 832615

Horam Manor Fisheries 01323 840889

Junior fishing on the children’s fishing pond at Bewl Water 01892 890000

Climbing

Evolution Indoor Climbing, nr Crowborough 6yrs+ 01892 862924 www.evolutionclimbing.co.uk

Nuts 4Climbing, Harrison’s Rocks, Groombridge, 8yrs+ 01892 860670 www.rockclimbingstore.co.uk

Bowling

Bowlplex at Tunbridge Wells 01892 619161 www.bowlplex.co.uk

Football

For a game of indoor football:

Heathfield Lesiure Centre (4 miles)

Golf

Dale Hill  www.dalehill.co.uk

Piltdown www.piltdowngolfclub/co.uk  01825 722033

Royal Ashdown forest  www.royalashdown.co.uk

East Sussex National www.eastsussexnational.co.uk

Horse Racing

A good days racing can be found at Plumpton race Course

Quadbiking is one of the most popular activities enjoyed by guests 

Three different companies organise quad biking at the same track in East Hailsham (12 miles)

1) Quad Nation (08447455007)  £51.99 pp with a £4.99 deposit pp & balance due 31 days before (no flexibility). 

2) Extreme (01273 732399) : £45 pp 25 % deposit upfront and 75% payable 30 days before 3) Amazon (0844 257 0433) : this is a direct booking. £50 pp with a £50 deposit and balance 30 days before

Walking and Cycling

There are miles of footpaths around Merrieweathers and we provide walking routes and OS maps.

Abbots Wood, A22 between Hailsham and Polegate: BBQ and walks 01323 870911

Arlington Reservoir and Osprey Trail, 2.5 mile circular walk 01634 276310

Beachy Head, walks, views, countryside centre

01323 737273 (10am-4pm)

Bewl Water (10 miles), Lamberhurst, walking, cycling and family activities 01892 890000 cycle hire 01892 891446

The Cuckoo Trail. This picturesque trail follows the former ‘Cuckoo Line’ railway track and stretches from Heathfield (5 miles) to Eastbourne Park. The 14 mile surfaced path takes you through the Sussex countryside and is mostly traffic free making it a safe route for walkers and cyclists of all ages.

Friston Forest, cycling, walking, mountain biking 01580 213044

Ashdown Forest, Hartfield, Pooh Sticks Bridge, and Pooh Corner shop 01892 770 456

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, working woodland for walking, picnics, childrens activities, play area

01825 830 509 www.wildernesswood.org

Footpath accessed from the Stables.

Adventure

Fort Fun Adventure Park , Eastbourne. Aquasplash Land and Rocky’s indoor Adventure Land , softplay for under 11’s 01323 642833

Go Ape! Bedgebury Forest and Tilgate Park, Crawley, high wire forest adventure 0845 643 1732

Groombridge Place Gardens and Enchanted Forest, playgrounds, animals inc. a zedonk! 01892 861444

Paradise Park, Newhaven, Planet Earth, dinosaur safari, playzone, 01273 512123

So Sussex, outdoor activities for all ages 07739 050816

Arena Pursuits, near Bewl Water: adventures for 6+

01580 879614

Bewl Water Outdoor Centre, Lamberhurst, 8yrs+

01892 890716

Blackland Farm, near East Grinstead: climbing, zipwire, abseiling, canoeing, archery, orienteering, etc 01342 810493

Farms and Animals

Drusilla’s Park, zoo and adventure playground

A great place to see meerkats, lemurs and penguins close up.  Alfriston, 01323 874100  http://www.drusillas.co.uk/

Blackstock Farm, Hellingly, animals, trails, play area, soft play and café 01323 848006

Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith nr. Lewes, family farm, soft play barn, playgrounds, 01825 872912

Middle Farm, Firle, animals, nature trail, playground, 01323 811411

Shamfold farm, Stone Cross, farm trail, animals, play area, PYO, coffee shop, farm shop, 01323 768490

Spring Barn Farm Park, Lewes, animals, playareas, café, 01273 488450

The Llama Park at Ashdown Forest, Wych Cross, Forest Row 01825 71204

Beaches

Camber Sands

Surely one of the best sandy beaches in the UK? 7 miles of sand and dunes and not one single amusement arcade in sight.

Eastbourne

Award winning seafront, clean seas, pebble beaches. Visit the sovereign harbour marina for lunch and enjoy an exhilarating power boat adventure to the Sovereign lighthouse.

Brighton

The pebbled beach, Brighton Pier’s amusement arcade and the Royal Pavilion are the main sights, but you’ll also find hundreds of pubs and clubs catering to an energetic crowd.

Shopping & Entertainment

Mayfield is generally accepted to be one of the finest villages in East Sussex with its elegant main street full of attractive medieval buildings. It is a village bustling with activity with its wide variety of shops including a delicatessen selling local produce, butchers, fine wine shop, tea rooms and two pubs.

The spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells (10.5 miles) has the delightful Pantiles, famous for its grand architecture and cobbled streets; the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a light lunch at one of its delightful coffee shops or restaurants.

Battle (15 miles), the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, is steeped in history with a multitude of castles and historic sites to visit. 

Have fun with History!

Anne of Cleves House, (20 miles) perfect for children learning about Henry V111 at school, 52 Southover High Street, Lewes BN71JA

Bateman’s, Burwash (8 miles) home of the author Rudyard Kipling, 

01435 882302

Bodiam Castle, nr. Robertsbridge, a story-book castle!

01580 830196

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, 01273 844744

Redoubt Fortress and Military museum, Eastbourne,

01323 410300

Eastbourne Heritage Centre, opp. Winter Gardens,

01323 411189

Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum, free entry, 01323 730717

How we lived then, Museum of Shops, Eastbourne,

01323 737143

Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds 01323 833816 (childrens woodland play area, and have fun doing the castle quiz)

Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum, 01273 486290

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, moated gardens, playground, interactive activities, 01323 84422

Newhaven Fort, explore the tunnels, gun emplacements, blitz shelter simulation, playground, café, 01273 517622

Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum at Paradise Park, 01273 515404

Pevensey Castle, 16 centuries of history, 01323 762 604

Rye,  (27 miles) medieval town, nature reserve, Heritage Centre,

01797 229049

Seaford Museum in the Martello Tower, 01323 896222

Yesterday’s World, Battle (15 miles), life-size street scenes and shop displays, 01424 775378

Trains, Boats and Cars

The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park (16 miles) to East Grinstead is fun for all the family.  http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/ 01825 720800

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park, reopens 5 April, 01323 520229

Eastbourne Speedway, Arlington Stadium, 01323 841642 (track)

Stock Cars, Bangers and Hot Rods, Arlington (April-Sept.) 01252 322920

Sussex Voyages, boat trips from Sovereign Harbour,

01293 886 780

The Lavender Line, preserved railway, Isfield nr. Uckfield, 01825 750515  ( open Sundays, Bank Holidays, Wed and Thurs in Aug and Oct. school holidays)

Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5QY 01892 537715

National Trust Properties

Petworth House and park

Standen, near East Grinstread

Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge

Bateman’s near Burwash

Monk’s House, Near Lewes

And for something different:

Hands on science for all the family with active experiments involving sound, water, light electricity etc. Telescope tours daily: Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre,

Herstmonceux, 01323 832731

Or try curling at England’s only dedicated curling ice rink: Fenton’s Rink, Dundale Farm, Dundale Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9AQ 01892 826004