Things To Do

Lewes

Our nearest town is Lewes, which is a delightful 5 mile walk across farmland and alongside the River Ouse.

Lewes has Europes most extravagant fireworks festival, it’s own currency, the October Feast food festival, and a strongly independent streak. But better still, it has an independent cinema, a farmers market on the first Saturday of every month, a Friday food market, heaps of antique shops, and a number of unique independent cafes and grocery stores. It is the headquarters of Harveys beer, it occasionally floods, and is also home to Chaulas, a must for connoisseurs of Indian Cuisine. There is a wonderful outdoor freshwater swimming pool as well as a number of historic buildings to visit including the castle. This is just to whet your appetite, please just ask if you have specific interests as we can normally find someone locally who can help. In the local events section we link to the Viva Lewes monthly What’s on Guide which is full of unique ideas for local entertainment.

 

Brighton

Brighton is 13 miles away over the South Downs.

It has a fantastic promenade and a city centre beach, shopping, sushi, a race course and a busy marina. Like Lewes, Brighton has an independent zeal and elected the first Green MP. You can catch a train into Brighton from Lewes or from Cooksbridge (but not at weekends). Once there you can visit The Royal Pavilion, or take a trip on the Brighton Wheel and for lovers of the sea and wildlife there is the Sea Life Centre and the Booth Museum

Outdoors

The Secret Campsite is surrounded by fabulous countryside, a National Park and numerous exciting places to visit.

The South Downs National Park is 3 miles away at Offham. There you can cycle, walk, bird and sheep watch, picnic in the sunshine with unbelievable views to the sea, or just explore Devils Dyke, and amble down for lunch at a sleepy downland pub such as the Half Moon at Plumpton

The Ashdown Forest is 9 miles away where you can enjoy Pooh sticks on Winnie the Poohs own bridge, or cream teas at The Duddleswell Tea Rooms, followed by wildlife spotting across the open heath.

The beaches, coastline and beautiful scenery have many other distractions some of which I have listed below. To have a real adventure you should contact Nigel and Maria from So Sussex who arrange trips and tours of the area for individuals and groups. You can go hiking, fishing, mushroom walking, mountain biking or canoeing.

Middle Farm is an exciting open farm on the A27 near Firle, and Drusillas Zoo Park is a little further on towards Eastbourne and has lemurs, meerkats,  monkeys, reptiles, and birds. En route you could stop off for a quick tour  at Charleston the Sussex home of the Bloomsbury set

Lewes and Burgess Hill both have great leisure centres with brilliant swimming pools, and Plumpton has a national hunt racecourse

Finally, on Wednesdays you can sign up for a days volunteering at the Barcombe Nurseries box scheme, and in return you get a free box of vegetables and enjoy a communal meal at the end of an invigorating days packing.