Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes

Places to Visit

Places to Visit

Abbots Wood, A22 between Hailsham & Polegate, BBQ & walks ~ 0300 067 4464 — Alfriston Clergy House, rare 15th century Wealden ‘hall-house’ surrounded by cottage garden ~ 01323 871961 — Anne of Cleves House & Museum, Lewes, BN7 1JA, medieval house, Museum of Lewes ~ 01273 474610
http://www.sussexpast.co.uk — Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail, expected to between Apr – May, call for details ~ 01323 485151 — Arlington Reservoir & Osprey Trail, 1 3/4 mile circular walk, 9am until just before dusk ~ 01634 276310 — Arundel Castle, Arundel, house & 40 acres of sweeping grounds & gardens ~ 01903 882173 — Bateman’s, Burwash, former home of Rudyard Kipling, children’s holiday activities ~ 01435 882302 — Beachy Head, walks, views & countryside centre (closed end Nov – Easter) ~ 01323 737273 — Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, walking, cycling, play area ~ 01580 879820 — Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, Halland + miniature railway, adventure playgrounds, woodland walk ~ 0845 867 2583 — Bewl Water, Lamberhurst TN3 8JH, walking, riding, cycling, family activitie, sailing, aquapark, cafe ~ 01892 890000 — Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith nr Lewes BN8 6JD, family farm, soft play barn, playgrounds ~ 01825 872912 — Blue Reef Aquarium, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW, open year round ~ 01424 718776 — Boating from the Anchor Inn Barcombe, near Lewes, BN8 5EA, summer only ~ 01273 400414 — Bodiam Castle, nr Robertsbridge, story-book castle with moat, battlements & spiral staircases ~ 01580 830196 — Boothland Wood, ancient woodland south of Uckfield for walks & cycling ~ 01825 762774 — Borde Hill Gardens & Adventure Playground, Haywards Heath, closed in winter ~ 01444 450326 — Branching Out Adventures, Halland, tree-top adventure course inc giant swing, 6-65yrs, comp prices ~ 01825 280250 — Brighton Marina, shops, restaurants & cafes, bowling, cinema and much more ~ 01273 693636 — Brighton Toy & Model Museum, over 10,000 toys! ~ 01273 749494 — British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, RH7 6LF, 40 native species including snakes, rats, wildcats etc ~ 01342 834658 — Charleston Farmhouse, near Firle, home & country meetnig place for the Bloomsbury group ~ 01323 811626 — Cuckoo Shack, Cuckoo Trail, Polegate, outdoor play area, cafe, ice cream for dogs, regular events ~ 07736 698262
http://www.priorycourtfarm.co.uk/Priory_Court_Farm/Cuckoo_Shack.html — Cuckoo Trail, bridleway running from Heathfield to Polegate ~ 01323 443126 — Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, BN6 8SP, Tue – Sat & Sun ~ 01273 844744 — Drusillas Park, Zoo & Theme Park, Alfriston, just off A27 open year round ~ 01323 874100 — Eastbourne Heritage Centre, opposite the Winter Gardens, BN21 4BT, check for opening hours ~ 01323 411189 — Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum, free entry, open everyday ~ 01323 730717 — Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park, open to beginning of November ~ 01323 520229
http://www.emsr.co.uk/ — Eastbourne Pier, bars & restaurants, gift shops & amusements, great venue for Airbourne ~ 01323 410466 — Filching Manor Motor Museum, Jevington Road, Polegate BN26 5QA, group bookings only ~ 01323 487124 — Friston Forest, Exceat, BBQs cycling, walking, mountain biking ~ 0300 067 4880 — Gildredge Park & Manor Gardens, Eastbourne, family park, playground, tennis courts ~ 01323 410000 — Go Ape!, Bedgebury Forest & Tilgate Park, Crawley, tree top forest adventures, forest segways ~ 0333 331 7158 — Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest, playgrounds, animals – closed in winter ~ 01892 861444 — Hampden Park, Eastbourne, lake, woodland, playground, bmx/skateboarding, arboretum, history garden ~ 01323 410000 — Hastings Adventure Golf, on the seafront TN34 3AJ, open year round, 3 x 18 hole courses ~ 01424 437227
http://www.hastingsadventuregolf.com — Heaven Farm, Danehill, nature walk, farm museum, camping, tea rooms etc TN22 3RG ~ 01825 790226 — Hempstead Meadow, Uckfield, local nature reserve, wetland habitat ~ 01825 762774 — Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds, magnificent moated castle, 500 acres of gardens/parkland ~ 01323 833816 (see advert)
http://www.herstmonceux-castle.com — Knockhatch Adventure Park, A22 at Hailsham, farm, birds of prey, water slides, adventure playgrounds ~ 01323 442051
http://www.knockhatch.com — Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum, Climb to the top of this 1000 yr castle for stunning views ~ 01273 486290
http://www.sussexpast.co.uk — Masterpiece Studio, Holmes Hill Estate, Whitesmith, playground, cafe, pottery painting, decopatch ~ 01825 872225 — Michelham Priory, Nr Hailsham, BN27 3QS, moated gardens, cafe, playground, historic house ~ 01323 844224
http://www.sussexpast.co.uk — Middle Farm, Firle, animals, two playgrounds & play hay barn, restaurant & farm shop ~ 01323 811411 — Motcombe Gardens, Eastbourne Old Town, duck pond, lawns ~ 01323 410000 — National Trust at Burling Gap, National Trust land, a haven for wildlife, High & Over, chalk horse ~ 01323 423197 — National Trust Standen, West Hoathly Rd, E.Grinstead, arts & crafts house, woodland play area, walks ~ 01342 323029 — Newhaven Fort, explore tunnels, gun emplacements, Blitz shelter simulation etc ~ 01273 517622 — Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, 100+ interactive exhibits, workshops, shows, tours ~ 01323 832731
http://www.the-observatory.org — Paradise Park, Newhaven, Planet Earth, Dinosaur Safari, Play Zone, Sussex models and gardens ~ 01273 512123 — Parham House & Gardens, Storrington, Pulborough, house, deer park, gardens ~ 01903 742021 — Partyman Fort Fun, indoor soft play; outside playground & adventure golf, weather dependent ~ 01323 642833 — Pevensey Castle, 16 centuries of history, open daily until 5pm (weekends only Nov-Easter, 10am-4pm) ~ 01323 762604 — Pooh Sticks Bridge & Pooh Corner Shop, on Ashdown Forest, Hartfield on B2026 ~ 01892 771155 — Princes Park, Eastbourne, putting, playgrounds, Splashtastic (seasonal), model boating lake, cafe ~ 01323 410000 — Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, Ringmer, nr Lewes, 1000 rescue animals, visitor centre ~ 01825 840252 — Route 66, hop on and explore Hastings on the open-top bus, adults GBP4.50, add a child for only GBP1
http://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/south-east/hastings-open-top — Rye, visit the medieval town, Heritage Centre, Ypres Tower, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve ~ 01797 226696 — Scotney Castle, estate walks open all winter, house, garden, tea room, restricted opening ~ 01892 893820 — Seaford Museum in the Martello Tower, local history, Sun & bank holidays, 11am – 4pm ~ 01323 898222 (24hr ansaphone) — Sealife Centre, Brighton, world’s oldest operating aquarium with 1500+ creatures ~ 01273 604234 or 0871 4232110 (booking line) — Seven Sisters Country Park, walking, beach, rock pools etc ~ 0345 6080193 — Sharnfold Farm & Farm Shop, Stone Cross, farm trail, animals, play area, PYO, coffee shop, farm ~ 01323 768490
http://www.sharnfoldfarm.co.uk — Sheffield Park Garden, TN22 3QX, gardens, play trail, parkland, lakes ~ 01825 790231
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden — Shinewater Park, Eastbourne, playground, lakes, all-weather court, BMX & skate park ~ 01323 410000 — Stadium Tours at the Amex, Brighton, 7 days a week. Call for availability ~ 0844 327 1901 — Stock Cars, Bangers & Hot Rods, Arlington Stadium, all year round ~ 01252 322920 — Sussex Horse Rescue Sanctuary, Uckfield, Sundays 11 – 4 (selected dates) ~ 01825 762010 — The Helen Garden, Eastbourne, putting, boules, playground ~ 01323 410000 — The Llama Park, Wych Cross, Forest Row, RH18 5JN, meet the animals, enjoy the play areas and shops ~ 01825 712040 — The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, exotic royal palace ~ 03000 290900 — Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ, free family activities ~ 01323 434670
http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/ — Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, RH17 6TN, Royal Botanical Gardens, lots of lovely walks & play spaces ~ 01444 894066 — West Park, Uckfield, local nature reserve, can be wet in winter! ~ 01825 762774 — Wilderness Wood, working woodland for walking, picnics, BBQ, wild camping, children’s activities ~ 01825 830509 — Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Arundel, nature reserve with guided boat safari ~ 01903 883355 — Windmill Hill Windmill, open most Sundays & Bank Hols, Easter – Mid October, 2.30 – 5pm ~ 01323 833033 —