Sussex Guide-Things to do
Brighton needs little introduction as the most exciting city on the South Coast. The annual Festival, first held in 1967, showcases a world of talent and attracts visitors to venues throughout Brighton and Hove. Established as a fashionable seaside resort in the Eighteenth Century when the Prince Regent built his extravagant Palace, Brighton has many attractive residential squares and crescents along the seafront. There are wonderful shopping opportunities hunting for antiques in The Laines or seeking the latest trends in fashion and design in The North Laine.
Tel: 0300 029 0900
Address: Brighton Pavilion, BN1 1EE
De La Warr Pavilion
The modernist De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill is an architectural delight, fully restored to its Deco glory and hosting musical and artistic events.
Tel: 01424 229 111
Address: De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 1DP
Eastbourne has all the hallmarks of a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a pier, colourful municipal gardens and grand hotels facing the promenade but every year it stages spectacular world-class events that have wide appeal. Tennis lovers should head for Devonshire Park where the annual pre-Wimbledon Tournament takes place in June. During August Eastbourne Airbourne stages a thrilling air show over the seafront.
Tel: 01323 412 000
Address: Devonshire Park, Winter Garden, 14 Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
You will never run out of things to do and see in the ancient Cinque port of Hastings. The largest beach launched fishing fleet in Britain ensures that there is always fresh fish to tuck into. The history of fishing, shipwrecks and smuggling is vividly recreated in several museums, while the aquarium brings you nose to nose with the creatures that lie beneath the sea.
Tel: 01424 451 052
Address: Hastings Museum & Art gallery, Bohemia Road, Hastings, TN34 1ET
Littlehampton has responded to appeals for more seafront seating by commissioning the longest bench in Britain - an innovative and practical solution that is also a work of art. For the more active, a powerboat ride at full throttle will set the adrenaline rushing for all thrill seekers.
Tel: 01903 737 844
Address: Long Bench, Eastern Promenade , BN17 5LL
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve forms a mixed habitat of shingle, salt marsh, saline lagoons, reed beds and grazing marsh that attracts thousands of nesting seabirds and supports many colourful flowers, rare plants and animals. It is a wonderful place to walk and discover the interesting wildlife that thrives in the sometimes harsh conditions. There are several footpaths to follow including a ramble that takes in the ruins of Camber Castle.
Tel: 01797 227 784
Address: www.wildrye.info, TN31 7TU
Ashdown Forest in East Sussex is perfect for walking, with 6500 acres of mainly heathland to explore. Pony trekking is available, or you can walk a friendly Llama in the park. The forest is home to Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood, and children will love to play Poohsticks on the bridge and visit Pooh Corner in Hartfield.
Address: The Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JP
Batemans was the home of Rudyard Kipling, where you can see his Rolls Royce, the mill and gardens. It is in the pretty village of Burwash, which offers wonderful views across Sussex. Nearby is the hamlet of Brightling where the most famous resident (Mad Jack) John Fuller built a collection of follies — The Sugar Loaf, Brightling Needle, The Temple, The Observatory and The Watch Tower.
Tel: 01435 882302
Address: Bateman's Lane, Burwash, East Sussex, TN19 7DS
Battle Abbey was founded to commemorate the Battle of Hastings and the visitors centre with its hands on exhibits and film brings the Norman Conquest to life. The market town of Battle also has museums, many restaurants, cafes and independent shops.
Tel: 0370 333 1181
Address: Butter Cross, High St, Battle TN33 0AE
Bodiam Castle was built in the late 14th Century by Sir Edward Dalyngrygge. You can see the original wooden portcullis and explore the battlements. The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway runs from Bodiam to Tenterden or you can cruise the River Rother on the Bodiam Ferry to Newenden. If all this makes you hungry, the Curlew, formerly a coaching inn is now a Michelin starred restaurant. Alternatively, the award winning Weald Smokery can supply special picnic hampers.
Tel: 01580 830196
Address: Bodiam, Robertsbridge TN32 5UA
Drusillas Zoo Park in Alfriston is a fun day out for the whole family. There is an adventure playground, indoor play centre and a Thomas & Friends train. It is home to many small animals - including a colony of Meerkats - and has a restaurant, and cafes. Nearby is the restaurant where Banoffi Pie was invented, so those with a sweet tooth should be sure to visit The Hungry Monk.
Tel: 01323 874100
Address: Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS
Walking in Sussex
John Harris has setup a fantastic website with hundreds of walks throughout the wonderful Sussex countryside. Their walk descriptions are available free of charge and they have information on group walks. Hundreds of FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking clubs in the county.