National Trust Events in East Sussex for this summer

National Trust Events in East Sussex for this summer


Alfriston Clergy House, Polegate. Tel: 01323 871961

Barrows, belfries & Bogarde

Fri 1 Jul  10.30am-12.30pm

A walk to Lullington Church and back.

Adult £4  Child £3  B 01323 871961

Walk, talk and sketch – summer

Tue 5 Jul  10.30am-12.30pm

Connect with nature on a summer walk, sketch and get tips on drawing.

£10  B 01323 871961

Bishops, butchers and Bottomley

Fri 5 Aug  10.30am-12.30pm

Enjoy a fact-filled walk in Alfriston.

Adult £4  Child £3  B 01323 871961


Burwash, Etchingham.
Tel: 01435 882302

East Sussex Guild of Crafts

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Jul  11am-5pm

An exhibition and sale of traditional crafts.

Big Camp

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Jul  4.30pm-10am

A unique way to experience Bateman’s with family activities.

Adult £19  Child  £9.50
B 0344 249 1895     

First World War weekend

Sat 6 & Sun 7 Aug  11am-5pm

Re-enactments and activities to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The Jungle Book story day

Wed 10 Aug  11am-4pm    

A day of stories and activities.

£5 for small activities
£20 for tree climbing

Bodiam Castle

near Robertsbridge.
Tel: 01580 830196

All things herbal

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Jul  11am-4pm

Try activities such as cold water dyeing and discover the medieval uses of plants and herbs from cooking to calligraphy.

Food festival

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jul   11am-4pm

An array of tasty local food stalls, medieval cooking demos and more.

Knights and Princesses Academy

Every Wed & Thu 27 Jul-25 Aug

Sessions at  11.30am, 12.30, 2 & 3pm  

Are you brave enough to complete our training to become a knight or princess of Bodiam Castle?

Child £6.50  B 01580 831328


Mon 1 Aug  11am-4pm  

Medieval festival of wheat harvest with fun activities from bread making to the annual sheep chase.

Living castle

Throughout Aug  10am-4pm

Visit the living history encampment and meet craftsmen and men at arms who would have lived and worked in a medieval castle. 

Monk’s House

Rodmell, Lewes. Tel: 01273 474760

Paste paper workshop

Sat 23 Jul  10am-4pm

Create your own decorative papers for covering books or lining cupboards.

£65  B 01273 474760

Fiction in a Flash

Sat 20 Aug  10am-12noon

A creative writing workshop in the garden at Monk’s House.

£15  B 01273 474760

Moments of being: Live flash fiction

Fri 2 Sep  7.30-10pm

Bring a story to share, or listen to

others, at this exciting new literary event.

£10  B 01273 474760

Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park. Tel: 01825 790231

Evening wildlife walk and BioBlitz

Fri 1 Jul  8.30pm & Sat 2 Jul  10am-5pm

A night and day of fun activities looking at the wildlife on our floodplain.

Evening walk –Adult £6

Playing with perspective trail

Sat 9 Jul-Sun 11 Sep

Excite your senses on this interactive trail involving mirrors, sounds and textures and see the garden from a whole new perspective.

Big Camp

Fri 15 & Sat 16 Jul  Set up by 7pm

Enjoy a night under canvas at a wild camping weekend. Includes barbecue supper and breakfast.

Adult £25  Child £15  B 0344 249 1895

Changing seasons

Sat 23 Jul-Sun 4 Sep

Exhibition of the work involved in restoring the Capability Brown landscape.

50 Things Wild Wednesdays

Wed 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Aug  11am

Try our most popular workshops.

Child £3-£5  B 01825 790231

Outdoor cinema

Fri 12 & Sat 13 Aug  doors open 6.30pm

Experience cinema under an open sky with exclusive screenings on the historic cricket pitch.  See website for details.

Adult £13  B 01332 290606

Talk: Discovering Capability Brown

Sat 20 Aug  6pm

Author Sarah Rutherford reveals the life of this revered garden designer.

Refreshments included.

Adult £18  B 01825 790231

The South Downs Countryside (East)

Birling Gap. Tel: 01323 423197

Birling Gap & Seven Sisters

Eastbourne.  Tel: 01323 423197

Frog Firle Farm open day

Sun 10 Jul  12noon-4pm

Explore this traditional Sussex farm with crafts, games, walks, refreshments and family fun.

Donations welcome 

Big Camp – Frog Firle Farm

Sat 16-Sun 17 Jul  7pm-10am

Overnight camp with fires, moth trapping and bat walk, all in the wild.

Adult £10  Child £5  B 01323 423197

Pond dipping and bug hunting

Fri 22 Jul  2-4pm

Find crazy creatures on our family fun bug day.

£4  B 01323 423197

Berwick circular guided cycle ride

Sun 31 Jul  10am-1pm

Enjoy panoramic views and country lanes. Stop at Alfriston Clergy House for a short tour.

£5  B 01323 423197

Big beach picnic

Fri 26 Aug  12noon-3pm

Enjoy all things coastal with kite flying, beach art, games and rock-pooling.

Donations welcome




Handcross. Tel: 01444 405250

Art workshop with John Thompson

Thu, Fri, Sat fourth week in Jun, Jul & Aug  10.30am-3.30pm

Monthly themed, relaxed and informal painting workshop for all levels.

Adult £65  B 01444 405250

Head Gardener’s summer highlights

Thu 14 Jul  11am

Take a stroll with our Head Gardener.

Adult £5  B 01444 405250

Jazz in the garden

Sun 19 Jun & 24 Jul
6-8pm (gates open 5pm for picnics)

Enjoy a relaxed evening of jazz set in the beautiful surroundings at Nymans.

Adult £12  Child £6  B 0344 249 1895

Wuthering Heights

Sun 14 Aug  6.30-8.30pm
(gates open 5.30pm for picnics)

Performed by Chapterhouse.

Adult £15  Child £10  B 0344 249 1895

Much Ado about Nothing

Sun 21 Aug  6.30-8.30pm
(gates open 5.30pm for picnics)

Performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

Adult £15  Child £10  B 0344 249 1895

Petworth House
and Park

Petworth. Tel: 01798 342207

The Capabili-Tea Party

Sun 21 Aug  2-3.30pm

Celebrate the Capability Brown tricentenary in the Pleasure Grounds.

The South Downs Countryside (West)

The South Downs Office, Slindon. Tel: 01243 814554

Slindon Estate

Slindon.  Tel: 01243 814730

Wildlife breakfast at East Head

Sat 2 Jul  7.30–11am

Explore the early morning dunes for furtive creatures then join them and us for a bacon roll and coffee.

£9  B 01243 814730

Brilliant Bignor wildlife

Sat 16 Jul  2-4pm

Discover butterflies and wild flowers on the downs in high summer.

Adult £4  Child £2  B 01243 814730

Beach bonanza days
at East Head

Sat, Sun & Thu 23 Jul-4 Sep  11am-3pm

Come on a beach safari, catch a crab, fly a kite and much more.

Free  B  01243 814730

Wild beast safari

Thu 28 Jul  2-4pm

Bring your best exploring hat to discover mini beasties.

Child £3   Adult free  B 01243 814730

Bats in the belfry

Wed 3 Aug  8-10pm

Join our Ranger for a talk and gentle walk in search of these mysterious creatures.

Adult £4  Child £2  B 01243 814730

A teddy bear’s picnic

Fri 12 Aug  11.30am-2pm

Fun family event with children’s  activities and light refreshments.

Child £4  Adult free  B 01243 814730

Crafty little creatures

Wed 24 Aug  1-3pm

Get creative with nature, painting and decorating. Refreshments available.

Child £5  Adult free  B  01243 814730

Woolbeding Countryside

Midhurst. Tel: 01730 816638

Harting Down nature walk

Wed 6 Jul  2-4pm

Discover the wildflowers and animals found at this downland spot.

Adult £3  Child £2  B 01730 816638

Bat, moth & stargazing night

Thu 14 Jul  9-11pm

Enjoy a short nighttime wildlife walk finishing with a look at the stars.

Adult £3  Child £2  B 01730 816638

Woolbeding revealed

Thu 4 Aug  10.30am-2pm

Take in the changing landscape of river, wood, farm and heath. Includes a stop at Woolbeding Gardens tea room.

£3 (not including tea)  B 01730 816638

Woodland art & campfire cooking

Thu 11 Aug  11am-1pm

Make your own natural art and enjoy a campfire lunch. Everything provided.

£5  B 01730 816638

Picnic in the park

Sat 20 Aug  6-9pm

Bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy music in a beautiful parkland setting.

Dog fun day

Wed 31 Jul  10.30am-3pm

A must for all dog lovers – dog show, working dog demos, agility and
much more.

Free  B 01730 816638

Swan Barn Farm

Haslemere. Tel: 01428 652359

Countryside crafts day

Sat 23 Jul  10.30am-4pm

A fun family day with traditional woodworking and countryside crafts, bats, falconry, amphibians and refreshments.

Uppark House
and Garden

South Harting, Petersfield.
Tel: 01730 825415

Antiques valuation days

Sat 2 Jul & Sat 10 Sep 11am-4pm

Local auctioneers Jacobs and Hunt value your small portable items.

£2 per item

Jazz and picnic evening

Sat 23 Jul  6-8pm

Bring a picnic and listen to jazz and blues from the 1920/30s.

£12.50pp  B 0344 249 1895

Jazz Saturdays

Sat 27 Aug  12noon-3pm & 3 Sep  2–4pm

Relax on the lawn with vintage jazz.

Medieval falconry display

Sun 6 Aug  11am-4pm

Local experts ‘Hawking About’ present this show dressed in authentic costume.

Woolbeding Gardens

Midhurst. Tel: 0344 249 1895

Propagation for beginners

Fri 22 Jul  10.30am-12.30pm

Hints and tips covering soft-wood cuttings, seed sowing, leaf cutting and semi-ripe wood.  Refreshments on arrival.

£18  B 0344 249 1895

Vegetable growing

Fri 26 Aug  10.30am-12.30pm

Learn about direct seed sowing, crop rotation, soil improvement and pest and disease control. Refreshments on arrival. 

£18  B 0344 249 1895