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Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

Set in 186 acres of lakes, secret gardens and woodland trails - within the magical Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for A. A. Milne’s delightful Winnie-The-Pooh stories - Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club is ideal for a stylish and luxurious summer sojourn. With award-winning dining and outstanding leisure facilities, it’s hard to beat for an East Sussex getaway amidst the glorious countryside.

On Sunday 14 July, from 11 am – 3 pm, the hotel will host a Forest Bathing Experience and Sunday Lunch. Helena Skoog, a seasoned forest dweller with nine years of off-grid living in Sussex's ancient woodlands, leads a transformative journey, guiding you through Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing, proven to alleviate anxiety, depression, and tension. Afterwards, indulge in a delicious three-course Sunday Lunch in the Anderida Restaurant at 1.30pm, continuing to savour the tranquillity of the day amidst warm company. The cost is £47.50 pp.

On Sunday 18 August, experience the ultimate tribute to ABBA at Abba in the Park. Live entertainment from the sensational ABBA Chique promises an evening of timeless tunes, taking place in a dreamy setting on Ashdown Park’s extensive lawns. With stunning costumes meticulously crafted to replicate ABBA's original designs, and a stage presence bursting with energy and fun, revel in the golden era of disco. An extravagant barbecue spread, plus your choice of a glass of wine, beer, or a soft drink, is included in the ticket price – £51 pp.

At nearby Penshurst Place & Gardens - one of the best examples of a fortified medieval manor house in England – families can gather in the formal gardens to listen to the tale of The Wind in the Willows, recounted imaginatively by Aardvark Productions. Storytelling sessions will be at 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3 pm on Sundays from 28 July – 1 September.

Make the most of the hotel’s Exclusive Summer Family Escape, from £99.50 per adult and children go free (based on two adults and two children, aged 16 and under, complimentary upgrade to a Junior Suite), including overnight accommodation, breakfast for all the family, and full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities, including the indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and walking trails. Offer valid Sunday – Thursday from 22 July - 31 August. To top off your glorious getaway, you may wish to pre-book a beauty treatment or a massage in the hotel’s spa.

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