AMF provide a fun, family-orientated bowling experience in Ashford and Maidstone.
Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era? A visit to The Canterbury Tales, one of Kent’s most popular attractions, with its stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, you can do just that.
If you are looking for a fantastic fun day out for all the Family, Diggerland is a unique adventure park where children and adults can drive real diggers and so much more.
Over 30 rides and attractions… Outdoor action… Indoor fun… It’s for everyone! Visit The Hop Farm for maximum fun at Kent’s biggest and No 1 family attraction. Our award-winning family park is packed full of new features, rides and undercover wonders to entertain and fuel imaginations – come and enjoy one of life’s biggest adventures.
An exciting, new & environmentally friendly Lapland Christmas Experience for the whole family. A traditional visit to the mystical home of Father Christmas, but without the need to fly to Lapland.
An exciting game of Quasar LaserTag, pick up your phasor and enter the darkened maze filled with stunning lighting effects and atmospheric music. Shoot other players with your phasor while avoiding being hit yourself. Hide and shoot unsuspecting passing players, or go in phasor blazing. Suitable for anyone aged 6 upwards.
Lazer Rush is played indoors so is suitable for any weather, you have unlimited lives and shots so you never get eliminated from the game.
Pirate Cove Adventure Park in Bluewater is a great day out for all the family. With two 18-hole mini golf courses, an aerial assault course, pirate pedalos and remote controlled galleons, Pirate Cove is probably the best adventure golf centre in Europe.
A lovely sandy beach in a natural setting. Botany Bay, Broadstairs is a winner of the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, this is a prestigious award which guarantees this beach is one of the best in the world. It is ideal for families, especially children with plenty to explore. Bathing is particularly good and safe. There are also coastal/cycle routes to be enjoyed in either direction to Margate or Broadstairs, where secluded bays can be discovered.
Joss Bay is a winner of the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, guarenteeing this beach is one of the best in the world. A popular sandy beach, which backs onto scenic cliffs which provide shelter all year round. Visited by both amateurs and professionals as classic surf spot, this bay has been enjoyed for over forty years. All level of lessons available www.jossbay.co.uk
With its large sandy bay and secluded character this beach offers the perfect mix of seaside facilities in a relaxed atmosphere. Minnis Bay is a winner of the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, this guarantees the beach is one of the best in the world. A safe family beach Minnis Bay is ideal for bathing, with its patrolling lifeguards and separate areas for bathing and water sports. Young children are also well catered for with a well-equipped children’s area and a lost children’s centre.
The impressive stretch of soft sand is perfect for sunbathing and there are deckchairs and sunbeds for hire. With many traditional attractions such as donkey rides, amusement arcades, funfair and children’s playground, coupled with a good choice of restaurants, shops and pubs nearby, there is enough to keep the whole family entertained. Ramsgate Main Sands is also a winner fo the 2010 Blue Flag award scheme making this beach one of the best in the world.
St Mildred’s Bay is a small, sandy beach with a tidal pool at the far end. Winner of 2010 Blue Flag award scheme, guaranteeing St Mildred’s Bay is one of the worlds best beaches making it very popular with visitors and locals, there are lots of beach chalets and deckchairs for hire.
The cliff-top lawns of Tankerton Slopes roll gently towards the sea and provide an excellent view of ‘The Street’ and the Tankerton Huts, while also becoming a vantage point to watch the nautical world go by. A stroll around the harbour will show you the delights of fresh caught seafood to take home or to be enjoyed in the specialist restaurants nearby.
A popular water-sports bay with long sandy beach, a promenade and stunning tidal swimming pool for children and adults to enjoy. Popular facilities include chalets for hire for those who like to relax, and Jet Ski hire for those who prefer to be adventurous.
West Bay and Westgate-on-Sea are sandy beaches that run into each other and provide safe shallow bathing, making this a perfect family destination. West Bay has recently been awarded a 2010 Blue Flag award which gaurantees it is one of the worlds best beaches.
Book a Kent Greeter, Kent
What better way to learn about the history and culture of an area than by talking to a local resident. Rather than expect you to knock on the doors of every resident in Kent, Visit Kent have come up with a novel way of introducing visitors to the county. Kent “Greeters” are volunteers who are passionate about a certain subject or area, and are there to help you soak up the local culture and activities in the best possible way.
The first Church of England, this historic gothic-style cathedral dates back to 597, which served as a rich and powerful monastery of Benedictine monks in the 12th century.
Chapel down, Tenterden
The largest producer of English wines in the country.
Take a lamp lit tour and hear about the Druids, Romans and Saxons. Visitors also see the tunnels made famous as a shelter during the World War 2 when the Caves became the largest air raid shelter outside of London. See the Caves Church, Druid Altar, Haunted Pool and much more!
Crabble Corn Mill, Dover
One of the most complete and working examples of a Georgian watermill in Europe.
Fact or Fiction Tours
Discover Fascinating Facts and Famous Places in Fiction with Sue Duckworth – a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, who can show visitors the best this area has to offer. Bespoke Guided Tours throughout Kent and Sussex, created just for you.
The Friars, Aylesford
An ancient religious house of the Order of Carmelites dating back to the 13th Century. Over the centuries and now today The Friars has become a place of peace for thousands of visitors and friends.
The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
Tel: 01227 769075
Historic Chatham Dockyards, Chatham
For over 400 years, this was where many of the British Navy’s ships were built.
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Tel: 01227 787787
Old Brook Pumping Station, Chatham
The station has a dual role as an interesting former public utility of the 1920’s and as a building to house a collection of exhibits relating to the industrial history of Kent and especially the Medway Towns.
Richborough Roman Fort
An important Roman site located in East Kent Marshes.
Rochester Cathedral, Rochester
Built in 604AD, Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest Cathedral in Britain. The Cathedral became a major place of pilgrimage in the 13th century, following the death of William of Perth, a Scottish baker who was murdered nearby. With its glorious Norman architecture and stunning Romanesque facade, it makes for a truly inspirational day out.
Roman Painted House, Dover
The best preserved Roman town house in Britain. There are a total of five rooms with walls from 4-8 feet in height. Of special interest are some 400 square feet of in situ finely painted wall plaster.
St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury
One of the most important religious centres in the country.
St Martin’s Church, Canterbury
This church is the oldest church in England still in use. It is a fascinating building with an important history.
Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours, Faversham
Take a tour around Britain’s oldest brewery.
Tel: 01795 542016
South Foreland Lighthouse
Fascinating and distinctive Victorian lighthouse.
Theatre Royal, Margate
Tel: 01843 293877
Littlestone is a unique and atmospheric Championship Links Course laid out on the natural undulating links land between the famous Romney Marsh and the English Channel in the South East corner of Kent. The coastline enjoys a unique microclimate that makes it one of the driest places in Britain.
Prince’s, with its 27 holes of championship Links has hosted the Open Championship and is currently an Open Qualifying Course. Prince’s offers all that is best in modern links golf: a centrally located clubhouse offering magnificent views over the course and Pegwell Bay and helpful, attentive staff who understand your needs.
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, scene of the Open Championship only 50 years after the first ever Open; patronised and regularly played by royalty; trodden by the greats – Vardon, Taylor, Ray and Braid before the first war; Duncan, Mitchell and Hagen between the wars; and by Locke, Nicklaus and Garcia in more recent times.
Royal St. George’s has a distinguished golfing history and is proud to have hosted many amateur and professional tournaments.
Mentioned in The Doomsday Book (1086), this picturesque village with its wealth of attractive period properties sits quietly on the edge of Romney Marsh surrounded by wonderful walks. Appledore is situated on the B2080 just on the edge of the Romney Marshes, where until the 13th century the river Rother used to reach the sea.
Brenchley is a beautiful “showpiece” village full of picturesque Tudor cottages, complimented by houses from the Regency and Victorian periods. The village has many very attractive old timbered and shuttered buildings with a beautiful high street and village centre by the church. The view across the Medway valley earlier this century displayed hop gardens running as far as the eye can see. The view is still spectacular on a clear day when the North Downs are visible.
At almost every corner of this popular resort are reminders of the towns association with the famous novelist, Charles Dickens. There is a delightful small harbour and swimming from the sandy beach is both safe and a pleasure.
Experience Canterbury’s history and heritage, see our stunning architecture and world famous buildings. Enjoy a day out in Canterbury and visit the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, have a relaxing short break or longer fun filled family holiday on at the seaside in Herne Bay or Whitstable.
Fascinating village, owned by the National Trust which is crammed with beautiful properties from the 16th and 17th-century probably built with iron-industry money.
Chilham is chocolate box pretty and perfect to go to for the day or to stay for a romantic weekend and is used regularly for filming of costume dramas – the latest is Jane Austen’s Emma ideal for a romantic weekend.
Cranbrook is an old rural town of numerous streets and alleys with boutique shops, excellent resturants and pubs. The surrounding countryside has beautiful views and wonderful walks.
Today Deal enjoys the reputation of being a quiet seaside resort, its quaint streets and houses the only reminder of its fascinating history, for it was once the busiest port in England, 2 castles, fish on the beach, excellent golf.
The view from the white cliffs of Dover has stirred the hearts of English travellers for centuries. Dover Castle with WW2 tunnels in cliffs must not be missed.
Faversham is one of England’s most charming and historic market towns. Nestling between the rural beauty of the rolling Downs and the sweeping flatlands of the North Kent Marshes, the town is an excellent holiday destination. It offers first-class accommodation, attractions and food and drink, plus many events throughout the year.
Attractive old town overlooking the Thames estuary with walkways and picnic sites ideal for watching the busy water traffic, for this stretch of the river is said to be one of the busiest in the world.
Greenhithe is an area of Kent found sandwiched between the River Thames and Watling. It has a history going back to Roman times but became more well known in the Victorian age.
This delightful seaside resort is one of the five original Cinque Ports, it can trace its noble history all the way back to AD732. 9 hole golf course, swimming pool, sea front promenade, fresh fish.
This is a busy Kentish coastal holiday resort, which has sandy beaches and safe shallow waters, the beach is ideal for sunbathing and to swim from.
Historic Maidstone is home to many key attractions such as Leeds Castle, The Hop Farm and Museum of Kent Life. It is also a top shopping venue.
Traditional seaside resort which is famous for the invention of the covered bathing machine, sandy beaches, will be home to the new Turner gallery.
The village, which is scrambled on a ridge above the scenic River Beult, is said to be the most haunted village in England.
Ramsgate’s harbour is constantly busy, this is known as a “Royal” harbour, as King George IV landed here in 1822. Georgian terraces, pretty boat marina, sandy beaches.
When you’re in need of a treat or want to escape the pressures of modern life, come to Rye in the East Sussex countryside, in the south east of England. Perched on a hill, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh, this ancient town is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination.
This is the port to which Nelson’s body was brought home following his untimely death after his glorious victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Sheerness is the main town of Isle of Sheppey, it has been a navel centre since the rule of Charles II.
Between the 14th and the 16th-centuries this lovely Wealdon hamlet was a flourishing port and famous ship building centre where one of Henry VIII war-ships was built. Nearby is the award winning Chapeldown Vineyard and visitor centre.
As anyone who has visited the town will tell you the picturesque ‘Cinque Port’ of Tenterden has every reason to declare itself ‘The Jewel of the Weald’. Its fine High Street must rank amongst the most attractive in the Country with historic houses, shops, restaurants and pubs separated from the carriageway by wide expanses of tree-lined grass verge.
Fine streets show a rich variety of architecture including typical Wealden tile-hung properties, and handsome Georgian and Victorian buildings dominating the river scene.
So what’s all the fuss about this little street in Whitstable? It seems word has spread of Harbour Street’s charms, with its pretty little shop fronts, boutiques and restaurants. Visitors come from far and wide for a stroll, a browse, and a look at the buildings, barely changed for over a hundred years. Here’s a place where modern individual shops shelter beneath uneven roofs, and on some of the buildings’ walls, the original taxation stamps can still be seen carved into the stone – showing the firemen of yore who amongst the shop owners had paid for their services, and who should be passed over in case of emergency…
Wye is a small historic township that nestles under the protective scarp of the North Downs where a prehistoric trackway made its way from far to the west to our local coast. This trackway is now called here the North Downs Way. The town is about 4.5 miles north east of Ashford and 10.5 miles south west of Canterbury. It lies about 58 miles from London in the Ashford Borough of the county of Kent.
Bewl Water is a truly outstanding venue for outdoor education and activity courses. Set on the Kent Sussex Border in the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bewl Water is the largest area of inland water in the South East of England and easily the most picturesque. Coupled with the stunning natural rock outcrop at Harrison’s Rocks we have the perfect locations for a variety of activities.
The finest collection of conifers in the world providing enjoyment to visitors who come to appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of this unique attraction, which nestles quietly among lakes and valleys in the Kent countryside.
Botany Bay is located on the Kent coast near the most South Easterly part of mainland Britain. The coast-line boasts home to its wonderful sandy beaches – come and discover them for yourself.
Brogdale Farm, home of the National Fruit Collection Kent tourist attraction. A great day out for all the family with local produce, healthy living shops and the largest collection of varieties of fruit trees in the world. There is free entrance to the Gift Shop, Plant Centre, Tearooms and other retail outlets.
CANTERBURY HISTORIC RIVER TOURS’ staff pride themselves on offering one of the most enjoyable insights into Canterbury’s historic past which can capture the imagination of people of all age groups.
One of the few places left where you actually have your own guide to escort you around, no boring reading posters on the wall here! Things are explained to you, and you can ask questions if you don’t understand something. No two tours are exactly the same, as each of the guides has their own unique style. Chislehurst Caves should hold the imagination of even the most easily bored child and if nothing else, there are twenty miles of tunnels to wear them out! There is also a Gift Shop where you can buy anything from a pencil to a Dragon.
Meet our many friendly animals, enjoy the adventure play areas, admire our unique collection of sculpture in the ArtPark, find peace and tranquility in the enchanted woodland walk with giant toadstools, dragons, goblins and white deer, or just relax in the idyllic surroundings of the park garden.
Tel: 01227 765168
Eagle Heights is one of the UK’s largest bird of prey centres – currently there is a collection of approximately 150 raptors.
Filled with animals and activities and set in the beautiful Kent countryside, Farming World is a great choice for a family day out.
Fowlmead Country Park is a 200-acre (80 hectare) park regenerated from the shale spoil tip of the former Betteshanger Colliery.
Situated on an 850 acre farm in the beautiful Kentish countryside, with both indoor and outdoor floodlit schools, Honnington has some of the finest equestrian facilities in the county.
Tel: 01303 264647
Set in 400 acres of unspoilt Kent countryside, this once working Hop Farm is one of Kent’s most popular tourist attractions.
Tel: 01303 844244
Magic and mystery will enthral and enchant you while getting lost in the giant maize, which will reach a height of approx 6 feet.
Sheep graze green fields separated by a maze of ditches, the horizon is punctuated by church towers. Famed for its emptiness, its sweeping skies and sense of solitude it is truly a unique and special place.
Explore the eventful history of one of Kent’s most fascinating landmarks. Whatever the weather or season there’ll be something to see or do along the canal.
Fun, adventure & discovery
Whatever the weather or time of year, no other attraction offers so much to see and do as the Rare Breeds Centre with its unique mix of fun, excitement and countryside adventure, set in 120 acres of unspoilt countryside.
Reculver Country Park is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest. It is estimated that over 100,000 people visit the park every year, and Kent Wildlife Trust runs organised school trips for up to 3,500 students each year. The park is managed in partnership by the City Council, English Heritage and Kent Wildlife Trust and is fantastic for country walks and spotting wildlife.
A 30-hectare haven for wildlife.
Tel: 01304 225649
Unlike your typical trip to the zoo, or if you’re lucky enough, the Serengeti, this safari looks at the animal kingdom from a whole other angle. Fun for all the family, the Thanet Seashore Safari delves into the depths of the coasts rock pools and is sure to bring out the explorer in everyone.
There is much to see and do at the Rare Breeds Centre with its unique mix of fun, excitement and countryside adventure, set in 120 acres of unspoilt countryside.
Tel: 01233 861493
Covers 241 hectares of wetland and is characterised by extensive reedbeds, lakes and associated bird populations.
Take a walk on the wild-side. When you come to visit us here at Wingham Wildlife Park fully expect to receive a warm welcome from all of our resident animals that live at the park.
Tel: 0871 7820081
These world famous majestic cliffs, which have for centuries played a key role in our history as Britain’s ‘frontline’ now provide a welcoming sight for many millions of people. Gaze at the cliffs from the beach, enjoy wonderful walks and superb views.
A unique combination of a tour through garden history and organic gardening techniques set against a backdrop of beautiful, mixed borders. They inspire reflection on humankind’s experience of gardening over the centuries.
The railway runs from Shepherdswell to Eythorne, a four mile round trip. At Shepherdswell we have tried to retain the atmosphere of the railway as it would have been in Colonel Stephens’ day, hence no large buildings or major structures. The site is well wooded, and seating and tables have been arranged amongst the trees for picnics, or just to look at the contrast between the railway and its surroundings.
(At the end of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway)
Tel: 01797 321300
The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country’s finest example of a rural light railway. The line gently wends its way from Tenterden – “The Jewel of The Weald” for ten and a half miles, through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, to terminate in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam.
Tel: 01580 765155
Tel: 01797 362353
Extensive leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis court, latest state of the art gymnasium, sauna, jacuzzi, hydrotherapy pool and steam room. Award winning spa with 15 treatment rooms.
A tranquil spa retreat where you can gather your thoughts, be pampered and get real results.
Often called Kent’s hidden secret, this is the perfect place in which to unwind, relax and enjoy exclusive treatments and fine dining, set in 15 acres of private grounds with manicured lawns and a small lake.
Ayurveda promises to balance your vital energies, while the serene surroundings add to the relaxing atmosphere.
Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, produces Award Winning English Wines, traditional Strong Still Ciders and Farm Pressed Apple Juice. Why not visit the vineyard and winery and then taste the products. Recently the vineyard has won several awards for its sparkling wine.
The home of England’s premier wine producer boasts an outstanding wine and fine food store selling award-winning wines, liqueurs, cheeses, smoked meats and seasonal produce. There are also vineyard walks and guided tours on offer (April-October).
Tel: 01227 766616
Tel: 01634 843081
Tel: 01892 525525
Outstanding artists are invited to create ambitious, thought-provoking exhibitions and projects.
Tel: 01303 244706
Tel: 01304 389919
Tel: 01732 882326
The art gallery is the main one in the area for the visual arts. The annual programme is wide ranging, with exhibitions of both contemporary and historical work. The Buffs Museum is here too – a branch of the National Army Museum which tells the story of one of England’s oldest infantry regiments and its worldwide service.
Every year in June, artists and craftspeople across south east England open their doors to the public. It is a unique opportunity to meet, talk to and see them at work as part of the South East Open Studios event.
Taking place 3rd June – 19th June 2011, please check the webiste for more details.
Enjoy the outstanding collections of costume, art and dolls and toys. You can see excellent natural and local history, from dinosaur bones to the original ‘pantiles’, and the world’s largest collection of Tunbridge ware – the intricate wooden souvenirs made for visitors to the Wells.
Situated along the Margate seafront, lays this vast glass structure, the new home of hundreds of dynamic temporary exhibits, events and educational opportunities. Built on the same site where Turner himself stayed whilst visiting the town, the Turner Contemporary has breathed new life into the sleepy town of Margate and is a must-see activity when visiting Kent.
Tel: + 44 (0)1843 280261
One of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England.
A gothic revival castle in 35 acres of gardens www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk or tel: 01892 870347
Perched atop the celebrated white cliffs of Dover, this brooding medieval castle (circa 1180) has been the site of strategic importance for thousands of years. Explore its labyrinth of secret wartime tunnels built deep in the White Cliffs of Dover.
The tunnels, Gatehouse, Great Barrier Ditch, Haxo casemate and main magazine of this ancient fort have been restored as well as many of the original gun batteries. There is also a Civil Defence museum with artefacts from WW II & the Cold War period and a memorial Garden for the local AA Gunners.
Thirteenth century romantic castle set in magnificent gardens, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The Water Maze on Sixteen Acre Island and the Yew Maze challenges both adults and children alike!
Considered one of the most romantic castles in England, this historic site was originally the stately home of the Saxon royal family during the reign of Ethelbert IV in 856-860.Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, a visit to Leeds Castle in the garden of England is full of discovery. Open all year round, its special blend of heritage and history, glorious gardens, attractions, programme of events, and licensed restaurant make it the perfect choice for a day out.
Visitors are transported through the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, with sumptuous interiors and family treasures.
Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding.
A 1st century Roman fort on the northern end of the Wantsum Channel.
Victorian country house set in one of England’s most romantic gardens surrounded by a beautiful wooded estate.
A Norman castle www.tonbridgecastle.org or tel: 01732 770929
A turreted castle situated in a pretty village on the River Medway www.medway.gov.uk/tourism or tel: 01634 718742
Originally built during the reign of Henry VIII as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences against Catholic attack from Europe, Walmer Castle has evolved over time into an elegant residence.
Remains of a 14th century quadrangular castle and Tudor barns www.kentcastle.co.uk or tel: 07984 132962 or 01227 738223
Thanet Music & Drama Festival, Ramsgate
Offers a platform for hundreds of amateur musicians, actors and dancers in and around the Thanet area to perform in front of an audience and gain expert critical advice.
DMG Antiques Fair, Kent County Showground, Detling
Kent’s premier antiques fair.
Kent Vs The Rest of The World: Food & Wine, Hop Farm Country Park, Maidstone
Celebration of the very best the county has to offer in food and drink.
Thanet Music & Drama Festival
Easter Chicken Hunt, Museum of Kent Life, Maidstone
As well as the chicken hunt, live music will be playing and there will be face painting, a magician, children’s Victorian games, a bouncy castle, craft fair and egg colouring.
Easter Playtime, Leeds Castle
Plenty of Easter egg hunts and fun activities.
Spring Gardens Week & Flower Festival, Leeds Castle, Hollingbourne.
Ramsgate Easter Extravaganza
Easter festivities with French and Italian stalls.
The Green Man event at Bedgebury National Pinetum is fast becoming a perennial family favourite. This year children are encouraged to arrive at the Bedgebury classroom dressed in green costumes, and there will be prizes for the best boy and girl green outfits. They will then find out about the folklore of trees on a discovery walk through the Pinetum, collect natural materials and make them into masks. The event will run from 10am till 12 noon on Saturday 1st May, for ages 5 years and over.
“Come and meet some of Bedgebury’s special trees and find out what makes them important in their local habitat.” Says Irene Davies, event leader and one of Bedgebury’s Education Officers. “During the walk everyone will collect leaves and foliage to decorate their own special Green Man mask.
The cost is £6 per young person and booking is essential, through the Bedgebury Visitor Information office or on 01580 879820. Anyone who pre-books gets a free parking voucher for the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Air Show, Biggin Hill
A spectacular show which caters for much more than the aircraft enthusiast. There are many attractions available for children at the show including bouncy castles, quad bikes, funfair and many more.
British Food & Drink Festival, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Broadstairs Dickens Festival, Various venues, Broadstairs, Mid June
Follow in Charles Dickens’ footsteps by coming to Broadstairs, which he visited between 1837 and 1859. See the delights of the town which he named “Our English Watering Place”.
A lively carnival which travels through the streets of Canterbury, Mid June.
Garden of England Motorcycle Show, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
This well-established event builds on a successful formula of arena activities, trade stalls and side-shows. Enjoy a weekend away and camp Friday and Saturday night. Entertainment and live bands are on offer both nights in the Biker’s Beer Barn with a warm and friendly atmosphere guaranteed.
Glorious Gardens week, Penshurst Place, Tonbridge
A series of mostly free activities throughout the garden – including guided tours, talks, flower arranging demonstrations and watercolour masterclasses.
Jazz Festival, Town Centre, Maidstone
For further details and Full Festival Programme phone the Festival Office on 01622 695283
Kent Music Festival, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Hythe
Many different well-known artists perform at this festival.
Leeds Castle Open-Air Concerts, Maidstone
Classical open-air concerts have been hosted here for more than two decades. They attract audiences of 16,000, with many dressing in historic costume or dinner jackets to enjoy fine music accompanied by sumptuous picnics.
Riverside Country Fair, Gillingham, Late June
Enjoy the annual country fair. With falconry displays, Kent Circus School workshops, Morris dancers, craft stalls, environmental groups, children’s activities and refreshments.
Rose Week, Hever Castle and Gardens, Edenbridge, 15 – 21
English Country Garden’ in floral displays throughout the castle. Tours of the gardens with the Castle gardeners.
Stour Music Festival, Boughton Aluph, Late June
Concerts are held in the beautiful Pilgrim church of All Saints’ Boughton Aluph, situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, and renowned for its superb acoustic.
The Friars, Aylesford, Mid June.
Tonbridge Carnival, Tonbridge
Tonbridge welcomes the summer with its annual float procession through the town centre. There’s a fair on the castle lawns and a programme of small events takes place throughout the day.
Wye Food Festival 16-24th
This year’s theme to this successful ongoing food festival is ‘food and drink-how it’s grown, made and consumed’. With a special focus on the charming village of Wye, located in the heart of the North Kent Downs and an area of Outstanding National Beauty, the food festival works closely with the local farmer’s market to produce delicious, locally sourced food and drink. Well worth a trip to this lovely corner of Kent!
The Harty country Fayre is the first of its kind on the Isle of Sheppey, dedicated to making the most of delicious local produce, and all the great things there are to see and do on the Island. There will be a flower festival and arts and craft stalls, as well as plenty of opportunities to relax, eat, drink and be merry in the beautiful, natural surroundings of Harty and the Isle of Sheppey. Why not make a weekend or even a week on this unspoilt corner of Kent and stay with us in Mockett’s Farm Cottages?
Cobtree Country Fayre, Museum of Kent Life, Maidstone
Pony rides, a bouncy castle, face painters, traditional toy-makingandfairground games such asthecoconut shy and human fruit machine, a variety of arena displays, such as a heavy-horse demonstration, horse handling techniques, a ferret petting corner and interactive racing for the children to join in with, as well as sheep dog demonstrations with ducks, laser clay shooting, scouting demonstrations, and an extraordinary falconry show.
Gardens open for the National Garden Scheme , Squerryes Court
Manor House and Gardens, Westerham, Sundays
Goodnestone Village Fete, Goodnestone Park Gardens, Canterbury, Early July
A fun fete for all the family in aid of the village hall, church and school.
Grain Village Carnival, Rochester
Procession, Panto, Beer Tent, Dog show, Dancers, Karaoke, Fancy Dress, Majorettes, Jazz, refreshments, the travelling fun fair.
Hythe Festival Week, Hythe, Early July
Only takes place every other year.
International Music & Dance Festival, Maidstone
For further details and Full Festival Programme phone the Festival Office 01622 695283.
Kent Beer Festival, Merton Farm, Canterbury, Mid July
The second-oldest in beer festival in England. It boasts brews from seven of the county’s independent breweries, including Shepherd Neame and The Kent Garden Brewery.
Kent County Show, Kent County Showground, Detling
Celebrate the very best of Kent and all aspects of farming and rural life, from the best of British livestock to the latest business and technological innovations in the farming industry. The perfect family day out with the very best of shopping, food, flowers, crafts, country pursuits, equestrian competitions and arena displays, along with a full programme of entertainment.
KM Motoring Pageant, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
This superb two day show attracts over1,300 Classic Vehicles and over 40 club stands, Autojumble and Trade stands, children’s funfair, plus lots more.
KM War & Peace Show, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
The largest military vehicle spectacular in the world.
Maidstone River Festival, The River Medway, Maidstone
Hundreds of boats from across the south east and beyond sail into town and thousands of visitors from near and far descend onto the streets and riverside.
Music: Big Day Out, Riverside Leisure Area, Gravesend, Mid July
Plenty of live music, activities, stalls and entertainment. The Summer Regatta takes place in the morning, followed by the Northfleet Carnival making their way to the riverside through the streets of the borough. The evening finishes with a fireworks spectacular.
Tonbridge Castle Festival of Music and Fireworks, Tonbridge
Something for every music lover. After a pop concert on the first night, the second sees a shift to tunes from some of the most popular modern musicals and, on the final night, the Tonbridge Proms Spectacular, presented with a dazzling firework display.
Whitstable Harbour Open Day, Whitstable, Late July
Centre to the day are the Historic Divers, with displays & demonstrations throughout the day.
Broadstairs Folk Week, Broadstairs
Workshops in music, song and dance, plenty of live music performances, fun activities for the children.
EDF Energy Spafest, Tunbridge Wells, Early August
Modern arts and music festival, the line up offers a wide programme of events for all the family.
Farming & Country Festival, Faversham, Late August
Heavy horse ploughing and showing, threshing with steam engines, Bygone farming, Heavy horse musical ride, Birds of prey flying displays and rural crafts.
Fordcombe Fete and Flower Show, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Early August.
Herne Bay Carnival, Herne Bay, Mid August
One of East Kent’s largest Carnivals which is attended by many Carnival Courts from all over Kent. Each year the Carnival consists of many Bands, local floats and visitors.
Herne Bay Festival, Herne Bay, Mid – Late August
A fun-filled programme, with plenty of entertainment and activities for everyone.
Kent Steam & Transport Rally, Kent County Showground, Detling
Fascinating collection of vintage cars.
Military Odyssey, Kent County Showground, Detling
Not only the Country’s Largest Multi-Period Living History Event, but now the World’s largest event of its type with a huge collectors market with hundreds of traders.
Monster Mania – European Monster Truck Racing, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Professional motorsports sensation.
Plum Festival, Faversham
The Brogdale Horticultural Trust celebrates all things ‘plummy’. Visitors can taste and buy any of the 100 or so different types of plum on that are grown at their orchards.
South East Garden Show and modern homes exhibition
The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood.
Southern Mini Days, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Mini’s are put through their paces in competitions and static displays to test their small frames to the max! There’s everything from the loudest exhaust to sound-off competitions.
Summer Holiday Fun, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Whitstable Carnival, Whitstable, Early August
100 year old carnival with spectacular floats.
Cultural Music and Craft Weekend, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Hythe.
Heritage Open Days, Maidstone
Tours and organ demonstrations in the historic All Saints Church. Set by a beautiful riverside, it’s one of the grandest Perpendicular churches in England.
Hop Farm Beer Festival, Maidstone
Come along and Sample local ales! The Festival is packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy such as Morris dancing and country music.
Hop Picking Festival, Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Hop picking demonstrations and explanations.
Maidstone Beer & Hop Picking Festival, Museum of Kent Life, Maidstone
90+ beers to sample, good food, varied entertainment, traditional hop picking + drying, all in a delightful setting.
Maidstone Mela, Mote Park, Maidstone
A celebration of food, dance and music from the many diverse cultures within the Borough and County.
Model Aircraft Show, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Live entertainment accompanies a spectacular aircraft show.
New Car Show now, Hop Farm Paddock Wood, Maidstone
High performance extravaganza and plenty of new cars to admire.
The Great Leeds Castle Balloon & Vintage Car Weekend, Leeds Castle, Hollingbourne
Hot air balloon flights and displays and vintage car displays.
Apple and Cider Festival, Museum of Kent Life, Maidstone
Apples of all shapes and sizes are the focus of this two-day festival at Maidstone’s Museum of Kent Life. Visitors can see an antique apple press in operation and enjoy freshly squeezed apple juice or locally produced cider, with plenty of unusual apple varieties to taste.
Autumn Gold Festival, Leeds Castle, Hollingbourne.
Canterbury Festival, Various venues, Canterbury, Mid October
Beautiful flower festival where participating florists, flower clubs and floristry students compete for the best floral arrangement.
Faversham Carnival, Recreation Ground, Faversham, Mid October
Reputed to be the best in Kent – Carnival processions, stalls, fireworks etc.
Half Term Fun, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Keep your little monsters out of mischief with our wonderful selection of activities and presentations.
Halloween Horrors, Chatham
An interactive horror show that takes place underground in the caves of Fort Amherst.
National Fruit Show, Kent County Showground, Detling
A chance to sample and buy Kent’s finest fruits.
Rochester Food & Drink Festival, Rochester
A fantastic international market featuring culinary delights and other goods. More than 30 unusual and original stalls will also be featuring goods from various corners of the UK and Europe.
Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden
A full weekend festival of folk song, music and dance.
Autumn Birds of the Pinetum, Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Goudhurst, Saturday 17
Enjoy the beautiful landscape, but also learn about the varied and interesting bird life at this unique visitor attraction.
Bonfire Night Family Party, Museum of Kent Life, Maidstone
The spectacular musical firework display and grand roaring bonfire will light up the sky over Maidstone.
Canterbury Eurofair, Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, Late November
Kent’s largest Christmas market.
Christmas Extravaganza, Hildenborough
All your fair trade Christmas shopping under one roof. Be dazzled by exotic embroidery, textiles and home furnishings, sumptuous silk and cotton clothing, in-house designed jewellery and stocking fillers. Lunch available – bring your friends and make a day of it!
Christmas Gift Fair, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Enjoy stress-free Christmas shopping and festive entertainment in the beautiful country setting of The Hop Farm.
Crafts for Christmas, Kent County Showground, Detling
A unique opportunity to purchase inspirational crafts from over 200 of Britain’s finest and most talented crafts people. Shop in the warm and comfortable Kent Pavilion and delight in the festively decorated shopping arcade.
Fireworks Spectacular, The Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood
Live music, licensed bar and 2 fireworks displays.
Grand Firework Display, Leeds Castle, Hollingbourne
Spectacular fireworks display and evening’s entertainment.
Sandwich Christmas Carnival, Sandwich Town Centre, Sandwich, Late November
Numerous community floats, walking entries, bands, KMFM radio and a traditional fairground.
Boxing Day Walk, Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Goudhurst
Why sit in front of the television feeling bloated when you can have a brisk walk round the Pinetum and warm yourself up afterwards with mulled wine and mince pies.
Christmas Extravaganza, Hildenborough
Father Christmas at The Hop Farm, Hop Farm Paddock Wood, Maidstone.
Hoodening, St Nicholas-at-Wade
An East Kent winter custom dating back many centuries. In its current form, a small band of villagers spend around four days before Christmas touring local pubs and private parties, performing a humorous play along the theme of death and resurrection, drinking a lot of beer, and collecting some money for charity.
Sandwich Christmas Fayre, St Peters Church, Sandwich, Early December
Numerous unusual stalls for good ideas for Christmas presents. Raffle for Christmas dinner, mulled wine, refreshments and seasonal music.
Tankerton Christmas Market, Tankerton Road, Whitstable, Early December
Plenty of Christmas markets as well as a small fairground with children’s rides, catering, and other attractions.
Traditional Christmas Pantomimes at Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone and The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.
Winter Treasure Trail, Leeds Castle, Hollingbourne
There’s one for grown-ups and another for under-15s.
Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling.
Bedgebury National Pinetum and forest is the premier outdoor site in the Southeast of England. With nearly 10,000 trees and shrubs the Pinetum is the most complete collection of temperate conifers in the world, it is also an important site of ex situ conservation and a centre of excellence. The Friends are proud to support the Forestry Commission in their work.
Steeped in history this unique house contains mementos of the Harris family’s history and travels – including one of the finest clock collections in Britain. It is set in beautiful gardens.
The great British statesman, Sir Winston Churchill, lived in this home for over 40 years. Visitors can tour the rose gardens and see the artwork, books and desk of this remarkable leader.
A gothic revival castle in 35 acres of gardens
Tel: 01892 870347
Elizabethan house surrounded by beautiful and impressive gardens, tel 01474 823371
A restored 18th century Palladian Villa.
Tel: 020 8303 6699
Collections of lavender and rosemary.
Tel: 01732 810081
Charles Darwin’s home at Downe.
Originally laid out in the 19th century, this garden has many exotic trees and shrubs.
Twelve acres of stunning gardens for you to enjoy whilst visiting this impressive ancient house, additionally there are sweet and cosy tearooms for you to visit.
Tel: 01233 620773
House once owned by the brother of Jane Austen, set in beautiful parkland.
The gardens have many centuries of history behind them and have been created by generations of the FitzWalter family who have lived here since they built the house.
A garden of 7 acres, with many beautiful and rare shrubs, perennials and other hardy and half hardy plants.
Beautiful award winning gardens provide an unusual combination of a traditional heritage garden and ancient woodland. The enchanted forest contains exciting playgrounds, unusual animals and fun activities. There’s magic and mystery, history and intrigue, ramance and peace at these award winning gardens.
Grade 1 listed building built in 1537 surrounded by walled gardens full of extraordinary views and plants.
Tel: 01322 526574
With beautifully arranged gardens covering about 15 acres, this is an unmissable visit in Kent.
Tel: 01580 241344
Enjoy these superb herb gardens and visit the beautiful tea room for a wonderful day out in Kent.
Tel: 01580 891432
Outstanding 14th century moated manor house.
One of England’s greatest show houses, set in a magnificent deer park.
Set within 120 acres of beautiful Kent countryside, Lullingstone Castle is one of England’s oldest family estates, dating back to the time of Domesday. The present Manor House and Gatehouse, which overlook a stunning 15-acre lake, were built in 1497 and have been home to the same family ever since. Both Henry VIII and Queen Anne are known to have been regular visitors. Lullingstone’s two-acre walled garden is currently being turned in the “World Garden of Plants”, and is the vision of modern day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke (as seen on BBC2 television documentaries “Save Lullingstone Castle” and “Return to Lullingstone”.) Once complete, this garden will contain 10,000 different plant species which originate from every corner of the world.
The perfect place for a relaxing day out in Kent. Unwind in our ten acres of gardens, which are set in the heart of an 800 acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale estuary.
The National Garden Scheme is only open a few days a year and is a charity, which offers over 97 quality gardens for the public to visit.
Tel: 01483 211535
Set in the rural Weald of Kent surrounded by picturesque countryside and ancient parkland, it has changed little over the centuries.
A privately owned mansion with beautiful interiors and a charming walled garden.
Tel: 01364 848520
With the nearby River Darent, these gardens provide a tranquil and enjoyable experience.
Tel: 01732 810378
Beautiful Pines Garden, fascinating St. Margaret’s Museum and The Garden Café where you can enjoy a delicious cream tea and home-made cakes. Wander down to the beach or stroll up to the magnificent cliff top – all within a few minutes walk. Squerryes Court and Gardens, Westerham – A beautiful 17th century manor house which has been the Warde family home since 1731. It is surrounded by 20 acres of attractive and historic gardens which include a lake, restored parterres and an 18th century dovecote.
Victorian country house set in one of England’s most romantic gardens surrounded by a beautiful wooded estate.
One of the world’s most celebrated gardens, the creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson.
Enjoy the stunning walled gardens and beautiful woodland walks in Horsmonden.
Tel: 01892 893868
Manor house dating back to 1681.
Stunning gardens set around a superb Tudor manor house. Open to the public on selected days in the summer months.
Tel: 01342 850695
The barn and oast are home to most of the items from when the horse was the power round the farm such as turnwrest ploughs, seed drills, reapers, grain processors and wagons as well as items associated with hops and a variety of other small items.
The museum is the oldest established and largest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country.
Tel: 01227 475202
Recording the career of Holman Fred Stephens, Light Railway Promoter, engineer and Manager, His Family, His Railways and His Successors. An extraordinary collection of materials, vividly telling the story of Colonel Stephens and his exotic collection of bizarre railways.
A look at local transport history, bygone shops and garages.
Tel: 01304 822409
Local history and archaeology museum situated in the town centre of Dover, Britain’s historic port town. It is home to the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing boat and a fascinating archaeological discovery.
A brand new, exciting museum, full of touch screen technology and hands-on exhibits. We tell the story of the Eden Valley, its people, buildings and natural environment.
This is really something for the whole family. If you like local history, artefacts, and memorabilia of this the golden age of the railway, pleasant gardens, ducks, doves and trains, then this is the place to visit.
Finchcocks is a fine Georgian manor, set in the Kent countryside. It houses a large and renowned collection of historical keyboard instruments.
Includes the ornate 17th century Guildhall Chamber and the Dickens Discovery Room.
Tel: 01634 848717
Herne Bay Seaside museum has changing exhibitions, view their website for current exhibits.
Kent Life is a 28 acre , premier heritage farm attraction that encompasses a wonderful farmyard with a family of friendly animals ranging from donkeys, horses and ferrets to piglets, goats and lambs, many of whom are reared on site. At Cuddle Corner, our brand new petting area, you can even get up close to the farm animals. In addition, our specially designed outdoor adventure play area complete with Oast house climbing tower and our indoor soft play barn with 3 levels of interactive fun provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages. Kent Life also offers a developing nature trail, aviary, boat trips, tractor rides and stilt walking as well as other activites to entertain visitors during holidays and weekends, such as sheep dog trial and sheep shearing demonstrations, bottle-feeding lambs, craft activites and animal grooming, we even have and ‘Adopt An Animal scheme’. Check our website for details of upcoming events.
Tel: 01622 763936
A Regency period mansion showcasing a variety of collections.
Tel: 01843 842168
There are 5 permanent galleries displaying the maritime history of the area.
Journey through the history of Roman Canterbury by following the detective work originally carried out by the archaeologists. There are many displays where you can learn about Roman life in a Roman city that was one of the first to be established after the Romans invaded Britain in AD43.
Tells the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers and Military Engineering, and is a story portraying the courage, creativity and innocence of the Sappers.
A series of underground passageways and rooms that are lined with shell mosaic, believed to be a 2,000-year old temple.
The Shoreham Aircraft Museum was founded in 1978 by local enthusiasts, whose passion for the Battle of Britain period resulted in the establishment of a permanent display in 1988.
Come along and visit the amazing Teapot Island exhibition. With over 3500 teapots, each with its own unique history, then enjoy yourself with a cream tea, or treat yourself to lunch or dinner in our riverside cafe.
On display are guns and armaments, from the Civil War to World War Two, used by the defenders of Canterbury. Prison cells can be visited and there is replica armour to try on for children. You can see through the murder holes onto the road below.
Tel: + 44 (0)1227 789 576
History of Whitstable and Whitsable oysters.
Definitely worth a visit when your holidaying in Kent, this little gem is one of Kent’s best.
Eddie Gilbert’s is a quality fishmonger, a gourmet fish and chip shop and a fine restaurant with a Michelin trained chef here in the heart of bustling beautiful Ramsgate.
Conceived by Jonny Dunhill some years ago, The philosophy is simple; to sell the finest quality food sourced as locally as possible.
We buy fish direct from the local fishing boats every day. We use local potatoes and vegetable growers and source our meats from Kent. We use our award winning local brewer for beer, and also feature Kent wines in the restaurant.
Award-winning country pub, steeped in history, fantastic for families, cricketers, and vintage car enthusiasts! Offers real ales, delicious food, picturesque views, two blazing log fires in inglenook fireplaces in the winter, and in the summer a delightful garden, embraced by wild roses with a pond.
This charming 13th Century Inn, complete with log fires and beamed ceilings, focuses ambitiously on sourced all its ingredients (within reason!) from a 30 mile radius. Relax in the warm and stylish dining space and enjoy the astounding variety of dishes, all served to a high standard and respectful of responsible production. With the dishes on offer truly spectacular but the prices reasonable, The George and Dragon would be perfect for a special celebratory meal, a romantic dinner for two or a long overdue catch up with the family… Comes very highly recommended!
Tel: 01892 863125
The Goods Shed opened in 2002 as a daily farmers market with onsite restaurant using the local market produce. Its evolution to include a ‘food hall’ reaching further afield to stock a fuller, more complete shop – has in turn lead to a greater turnover of fresh local produce and more British Cottage industries being bought to the consumer.
Latte & Miele Italian Bistro
Experience the best of Italian and Continental Cuisine, Warm and friendly atmosphere, friendly helpful service. Extensive A la Carte menu offering traditional Italian dishes, freshly prepared from local produce where possible, in a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes.
Please contact 01233 812789
Number 75 Dining Room and Wine Bar in Tenterden is conveniently situated on the famous tree lined High Street in the Wealden town of Tenterden, perfect for for brunch, lunch, dinner and Sunday Roasts. There is a delightful Al Fresco area at Number 75, it has a large terrace -great to relax in on a summers afternoon.
The Inn offers excellent food using the finest local produce. With a wide range of seasonal specials, classic dishes and vegetarian options.
Real tradition is alive in this 14th century medieval building which has been The Phoenix from at least 1877. Beer was probably brewed on the premises in the early days and it retains its traditional warm welcoming atmosphere. Step back in time in the oak beamed rooms and relax in the chesterfield sofas by the inglenook open log fires in winter or enjoy the delights of the garden in summer.
Real Food, freshly prepared daily to order, is a delight to taste and highly praised whether from the bar menu including whitebait, homemade fishcakes and stilton mushrooms, all of which double as starters, giant Phoenix Gourmet Burger with a hidden mozzarella surprise or the traditional “Pub Grub”. In the evening and all day Friday and Saturday the menu is enhanced with a regular changing choice of A la Carte based on meat, poultry and fish. Sunday lunch is legendary and additionally when in season, on Thursday evening enjoy Game, Set and Match; Game to eat, a one or two course Set menu and wines to Match.
The Secret Garden is a licensed Restaurant set amongst the beautiful Kent countryside. It boasts a large Victorian walled garden, currently being restored back to its former glory following a few years of neglect.
The Tiger Inn at Stowting is a warm and friendly pub with a traditional feel. With log burning fires, wooden floors and rustic tables, the atmosphere is cosy and friendly, and very popular with locals and visitors alike.
The Wheel at Westwell offers a warm welcome with fabulous home cooked food served lunch and evening time. Children are made very welcome at The Wheel as are dogs. The Wheel has a large garden for you to enjoy whilst sipping a cool beer or maybe a glass of Pimms on a warm sunny evening.
The Wife of Bath is a restaurant with rooms situated in the medieval village of Wye in the heart of rural Kent with easy access to London, Canterbury, Ashford and the Kent Coast.
There are 80 different designer brands at cut prices for you to sift through.
Over 330 stores of fashion, 40 cafes, bars and restaurants plus a 13-screen cinema.
Canterbury city centre also has 70-plus famous name stores in the Whitefriars quarter.
Stocks fashion and homeware at huge discounts – perfect for label hounds and bargain hunters.
Foodari Limited specialises in providing high quality, locally sourced food to homes and businesses across the South East.
50 outlets showcase top names and latest trends.
If you’re interested in fresh Kent produce why not visit the Farmers’ Market in your area. See http://www.yourcounty.co.uk/you/markets.html for listings.
The town is ranked in the top five shopping centres in the south east of England for shopping yields and has more than one million square feet of retail floor space, including the new Fremlin Walk.
A charming place to shop or eat
Produced in Kent is a membership organisation dedicated to promoting local food, drink, products and services in Kent. Our role is to promote local and seasonal produce and provide support and services for Kent businesses in the food, drink and artisan craft sectors. This website will enable you to find out about Kentish products and producers and discover where and when to buy locally
Whats Up Cupcake is a beautiful little Cupcake Boutique in the wonderfully independant Harbour Steet in Whitstable, Kent. Sarah’s Cupcakes are made with all natural ingredients, no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, only free range eggs & the freshest fruit. Each special ingredient is hand picked for freshness & checked for its quality. Whats up Cupcake is worth a visit if you are in staying in or around Whitstable!
Water-ski, Wakeboard or Jet Ski at the South East’s premier watersports venue. Based on private freshwater lake everyone is welcome from 1st timers to experts. All equipment supplied. Visit the largest Lakeside shop in the South East, best prices with unbeatable service!
Tel: 01797 321885
Whether your your looking for a gentle bike ride through the forest or high speed mountain biking then Bedgebury Forest is definitely a place to visit.
This is not for the faint hearted! Strapped in you drop 4 metres into a huge swing, for more information please visit the website.
Kent and Sussex are popular for the variety of birds that visit due to the diverse topography and the number of migratory birds that land here..
Tel: 01303 271388
Push yourself to the limits driving with a choice of second to none cars, live out yout Grand Prix dreams at Brands Hatch
Tel: 01634 201562
Meadowhead Sporting Shooting School offers qualified coaching for clay and game shots located in the picturesque Eridge Park. They can cater for most aspects of clayshooting – from beginners lessons to corporate hospitality – including Stag and Hen groups.
Tel: 01892 457 294
Tel: 01304 380691
Enjoy discovering the hidden corners of Canterbury with this interactive, interesting guidebook. Just Curious… allows you to plan and embark on your own specially designed walking route, taking in all the different parts of Canterbury that are most interesting to you complete with clues to solve and famous and less famous landmarks to be uncovered.
Deepdene Riding School welcomes everyone of any age or ability, Deepdene is a small friendly riding school with a relaxed atmosphere. Our instructors have a wealth of experience in developing the skills of both the capable rider and the enthusiastic novice. We provide well schooled horses for tuition and hacking. Situated in the heart of Kent close to Ashford, Faversham and Canterbury, we sit within easy reach of a network of bridal paths, enabling us to offer safe and fantastic hacking without having to go on any major roads.
Tel: 01304 201145
Come ashore at Dover Harbour. Marina with full services.
Folkestone Ski Centre,
Tel: 01303 850333
Fresh Water Angling Directory
These are aerial and ground tours, where people can get a real appreciation of the Battle of Britain, from a fighter pilot’s perspective. The programme is based on flying the Spitfire in and out of Manston airport, and accompanying it during its flights with helicopters based at Walletts Court, in which customers will be able to view and photograph the Spitfire as it flies around them, carrying out aerobatics. Then they have the opportunity to be taken to Manston airport to meet the pilot / owner and see and hear the aircraft close to.
Located at Leeds Castle and Bedgebury Forest – award-winning high wire forest adventure course.
Tel No 01580 720319
Mobile 07721 935963 or 07710 538505
Day ticket angling – a total of 160+ pegs across 5 picturesque lakes and 4 ponds, all well stocked with carp, tench, bream, rudd, perch, roach, orfe and chub. Open 7.30 am – 7 pm in summer and closed half hour before dusk in winter.
Based on the beautiful beach of Joss Bay in South East Kent, Joss Bay Surf School is a nationally recognised provider of professional surf lessons for people of all ages and abilities.
Tel: 01227 456886
Our day trips are based on a one hour round trip including a commentary on local interests.
St Andrews Road,
Tel: 01797 362231
With a relaxed friendly atmosphere, Littlestone Warren Golf Club is the ideal destination for any golfer looking for a genuine links experience at a highly competitive price. It is situated adjacent to the Championship course at Littlestone.
Green fees as follows – Weekdays: £22 per round, £35 per day; Weekends & Public Holidays: £27 per round, £40 per day. Twilight rate of £12.
River trips on the Medway and Thames from Chatham and Rochester aboard a real steamship.
Paitballing, Archery and Zorbing
Tel: 01322 552818
River Stour in Kent
A new, electric powered boat is available for trips along the River Stour in Kent. You will pass through scenic areas of outstanding beauty unreachable by foot or car and get close to local wildlife. The quiet, electric boat will aid the sighting of many wild birds and animals, permitting close encounters.
The “Ellen Mary” is the ideal platform for photographing the area and the wildlife. The boat will seat up to 12 passengers comfortably. Why not enjoy a relaxing 1 hour river trip or book for a private “voyage” and then follow with the wonderful hospitality of The Grove Ferry Inn (Upstreet) at our moorings.
For full details see the website
Tel: 01304 212880
If you fancy a challenge, then head to head to the North East coast of Kent and take part in the Viking Coastal Trail. This 27 mile long route winds its way through Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, passing the RAF Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Trust, North Foreland Lighthouse and the infamous Shell Grotto along the way. For those looking for a gentler course, there are 6 smaller routes that can be used, each with their own individual theme.
Stroll your way around the county via some of the most striking walks in the UK. You could even attempt the Explore Kent Challenge, a task that involves walking along cliff tops and walking the entire length of just one of Kent’s long distance paths. You will even receive your own certificate on your completion!
There are many activities and places of interest in Sussex for you to see and experience. Here we have provided you with a small sample, which we will keep adding to.
Before visiting an attraction, we recommend that you first refer to that attraction’s web site to check on opening times, directions and other useful information.
Also, within Finchcocks Oast, brochures about a selection of attractions, places of interest and activities have been provided for guests to refer to.
Ten pin bowling for all the family.
Home to a games arcade, funfair, dodgems and other rides as well as other entertainment, bars and restaurants.
Fabulous indoor and outdoor play centre for children up to 12 years old- climbing frames, scramble nets, tarzan ropes, swing bags, slides, ball ponds, outdoor sandpit and a separate area for under sixes.Introducing ‘Battle Zone’; the new interactive laser combat game for the over 8’s: a must for any adrenaline junkies!
With hundreds of fascinating and entertaining creatures there is plenty of animal magic to enthral and excite everyone from the youngest to the oldest visitor! But animals are only half the fun: Drusillas also offers a vast array of opportunites for play, a paradise for anyone who needs to let off steam; packed with slides and swings, ropes and climbable things. Drusillas has also recently won the Beautiful South award for best ‘Visitor Attraction of the year’! For up to date prices, please see Drusilla’s website.
A huge indoor soft play area where children can plunge down the Niagara Slide, take off from the sky high aerial runway, escape over Indiana’s ravine, run from the giant balls, crawl through 50,000 play balls and try out some crazy golf.
Family Amusement Park And Entertainment Centre offering refreshments and rides for all the family, and a guaranteed day of fun!. Including a Rollercoaster, Dodgems, Boating Lake, Top Scan and many other fantastic rides!! All areas accessible to disabled visitors, Service dogs permitted (eg guide dogs).
These beautiful, award winning gardens really have something for everyone! Relax in the peace and tranquility of the manicured walled gardens, perfect for reading a book or admiring the surroundings. The Enchanted forest is the perfect place for those young or young at heart with fantastic play areas, unusual animals and what can only be called the largest swing in Sussex! Groombridge place is open from the 11th February to 4th November and has lots of special events throughout the season.
An adventure park for days out and family fun, set in 40 acres of countryside! You can also meet and learn about their birds of prey, along with visiting the boating lake and experiencing the go-karts!
Pooh Corner is the ‘Gateway’ to Pooh Country and gives information about the locations of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories and the famous Poohsticks Bridge. Mike Ridley created Pooh Corner in 1978. He met Christopher Robin Milne on a number of occasions and has spent the last 28 years promoting Pooh Country for all Pooh Fans throughout the world so that they can enjoy a visit to this beautiful area – for free.
Acres of caverns to explore, which conceal Hasting’s thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring gangs.
There are nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings.
Perfect example of a late medieval moated castle.
Bolebroke Castle, Hartfield
Experience the audio tour bringing Henry’s courting of Anne Boleyn to life. Find out why he had six wives. Listen to Henry’s thoughts and musings. There are about 20 different locomotives of many types, steam, diesel and electric, goods and passenger trains at the miniature railway.
Renowned for its magnificent moat, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. It embodies the history of Medieval England and the romance of Renaissance Europe.
A rare example of a castle that has two mottes associated with one bailey, it’s currently host to a small souvenir shop, a museum in the rooms above the gate, and occasional events that take place in the Castle Gardens. From the high towers visitors can see both the town and the distant views of downs, river and forest.
Explore the vast echoing tunnels built in the cliffs, discover what the soldiers’ living conditions were like, sit through an air-raid, climb up to the huge gun emplacements, or have fun in the newly built adventure playground for the under 12’s.
Enter the medieval siege tent and enjoy the fascinating history of Britain’s first Norman castle and the story of the Battle of Hastings told in a spectacular audio visual show.Dynamic sound effects and thrilling images take you from 1066 to World War II. Using an amazing range of special effects thousands of years of history will unroll before your very eyes.
Creative Arts, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, February half-term
Enjoy a week of creative activities and countryside skills: Follow the trail around the Museum to find the hidden animals, and work out the link between them. Make some bird cake for the hungry birds, try rag-rugging, roll your own bees wax candle, and have a go at brass rubbing and lace making. Also enjoy creative arts, crafts and country storytelling. You can even plant a garden pea or broad bean, take it home and watch it grow!
Sussex Beacon Half Marathon, Brighton Seafront, Brighton, End Feb
Pioneer Motorcycle Run, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Mid March
To take part you have to have a motorcycle, tricycle, of bike and sidecar that ‘left the factory’ before 1st Jan 1915. However the Pioneer Run is also a must-see. It is a walk into a living museum for the day.
A Taste of Sussex Fine Food Fair, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester
Around 50 producers from throughout the South East get together to sell speciality food and drink including award-winning beers and wines, sausages and bacon, succulent meat and game, delicious ice cream, aromatic bread and much more.
British and World Marbles Championship, Greyhound Inn, Tinsley Green, Horsham
Every year this popular playground game is taken to its most competitive level, at the British and World Marbles Championship.
Jaguar Run, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Late April
Jaguars old and new make their way to Brighton from London
Lewes Lions Club International Toad-In-The-Hole Competition, Lewes
This unique event is not, as the name suggests, devoted to toad-in-a-hole. It is instead a traditional throwing game, held annually at Lewes Town Hall, in which old penny coin-sized discs (toads) are tossed through a hole in the slanting top of a table.
Morris Minor Rally, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Early April
250 Morris Minors depart Battersea Park for Brighton & Hove seafront. The run finishes on Madeira Drive where the entrants and spectators can enjoy a day by the seaside.
Tulip Festival, Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Late April – Early May
Now in its thirteenth year, the Tulip Festival is a magnificent and mesmerising display of approximately 15,000 bulbs from Bloms Bulbs (Chelsea Gold Medal winners 56 times).
A Taste of Sussex Fine Food Fair, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester
Brighton Festival, Brighton, Throughout May
The largest event of its kind in England. Now in its fifth decade, it has become one of the major milestones in the cultural calendar, bringing an international mix of exclusive events, world and UK premieres, special one-off commissions and endless hours of entertainment to the city by the sea. Each year it unveils a sensational programme of theatre, dance, music, books & debate, children’s and family shows and outdoor spectacle.
Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton
The biggest open access, mixed arts event in England. Each year the range of events included in the Fringe expands. From circus to exhibition, from classical concerts to club night and from street theatre to tours, all artistic life is here!
Charleston Festival, Charleston, Nr Firle, Lewes
A selection of writers, poets, performers, film-makers, thinkers, movers and shakers providing stimulation, celebration, good argument, conservation, comedy, new ideas and marvellous stories.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, Mid – Late May
A selection of the best opera around
Horse Driving Trails, Stanmer Park, Brighton, Early May
A three day event held in Stanmer Park, the event is the eagerly anticipated opener to the season and attracts big names in the Sport
Jack-in-the-Green Morris Dancing Festival, Hastings
On the Saturday and Sunday there are bands and Morris dancers in the pubs and streets and the May Queen is crowned, while the main Morris dancing event is on the Monday.
Mackerel Fayre, Brighton, Late May
Annual blessing of nets with music, entertainment and freshly caught mackerel
Royal Armouries Jousting, Arundel Castle, Arundel
Join the celebrations and watch spectacular jousting competitions.
Streets of Brighton, Seafront & City Centre, Brighton, Early May
Attracts a wide range and number of street arts performers from across the world, who come to present work to local audiences and UK and international programmers as part of a showcase event.
Sustainability Day, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester
Learn more about a wide range of low impact, ‘green’ products and techniques for building and sustainable living in the 21st century. Includes seminars, demonstrations and a wide variety of exhibits to interest domestic users and professionals
Chichester Festivities, Chichester
Awide variety of talks, music and performances
Corpus Christi Carpet of Flowers, Arundel
A stunning colourful flower display with historic origins: great free attraction.
Crawley Folk Festival, The Hawth, Crawley
Packed full of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music and dance from Britain, Ireland and America
Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Park, Chichester, Late June
It can justifiably claim to be the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motor sport.
Hastings Beer & Music Festival, Hastings
What started out as a small charity raising event offering a selection of ales has now become a major event for Hastings and the surrounding areas
Heavy Horse Spectacular, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, Early June
One of the largest gatherings of heavy horses in the South East. Over 30 working horses will demonstrate their versatility in day long displays packed with activity. There will be displays throughout the day with continuous ringside commentary and a grand parade of over thirty horses and horse drawn vehicles.
Hickstead British Jumping Derby Meeting, Haywards Heath
An iconic showjumping contest, the like of which you won’t find anywhere else in the world, no other course asks this much of a test of horse and rider and no other course creates this type of drama
London to Brighton Bike Ride, Brighton, Mid June
Southern FM’s Party in the Park, Preston Park, Brighton, Mid June
The biggest outdoor gig in Sussex
Special Rose Weekend, Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst
A visual delight of colour-themed roses with wonderful fragrance.
Sussex Guild Craft Show, Arundel Castle, Arundel
Provides a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which visitors can meet the Guild craftsmen, and also affords a chance to purchase unique and beautiful craftwork from the region’s finest selected craftspeople. On show will be a stunning array of original artworks in wood, glass, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and other media.
Battle Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, Battle, Mid July
Chichester Festivities, Chichester
Early Music Afternoon, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, Early July
A lively afternoon of music, dancing and merrymaking, as groups of musicians, some in period costume, perform song and dance from the medieval, Tudor and Stuart times
Evening Open Air Theatre, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, Early & Mid July
A perfect introduction to Shakespeare for newcomers, with plenty to entertain and inspire those more familiar with his work, this production of a rich variety of great Shakespeare scenes will be performed by a professional cast in full costume, all set in locations around the Museum’s site in the South Downs.
Game & Country Fair, Michelham Priory, Hailsham, Mid July
If you are a country sports enthusiast or simply enjoy the countryside and rural life
Garden Weekend, Parham Gardens, nr Pulborough, Early July
The weekend showcases over 50 specialist nurseries and horticultural business all brought together in one idyllic setting
Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood- continued from June
Hickstead British Jumping Derby Meeting, Haywards Heath- continued from June
Kite Festival, Brighton, Early July
A lovely family event in the stunning setting of Stanmer Park. The Kite Festival has been running for 28 years and is enjoyed by young and old alike.
Lily Time, Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Late July – Early August
Over 40 fascinating varieties of lilies have been planted throughout the Gardens and in the woodland area.
Rare & Traditional Breeds Show, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, Mid July
Over 500 cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry of numerous rare breeds will be taking part in the show, the largest in south east England.
Ringmer Steam & Country Fair, Upper Lodge Farm, Ringmer
Over 500 exhibits from all over the country, from pre-war motorbikes to kit cars, with the Rolls Royce with its Spitfire Merlin engine returning for another year.
Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club Rally, Michelham Priory, Hailsham, Early July
Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiasts now boast a membership of over 10,000 people in their club- in 52 countries world-wide and from all walks of life.
Smallholders Show, South of England Showground, Ardingly
200+ Trade Stands – A great family day out
Seaford Food Fest, Seaford
Fun fair, exhibitions, community stalls, live music and a few surprises.Fee: Free entrance
Icklesham Beer Festival
The festival will hosts numerous amounts of real ales from micro and medium breweries across the country as well as lager, wines and ciders from local suppliers. The evening sessions are for over 18’s only, however the Sunday session is family orientated and is open to children of all ages – children aged twelve and under admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Airbourne: Eastbourne’s International Air Show, Seafront and Western Lawns, Eastbourne, Mid August
Arundel Festival, Arundel, Late August
A wide and varied programme of exciting events and thrilling concerts which will appeal to people of all ages.
Chichester Film Festival, Chichester
One of the few independent film festivals in the country and one of the best.
Chill Chilli Fiesta, West Dean Gardens, Chichester
250-plus chillies, 80-plus stallholders, fiery food tastings, Latin rhythms and dancing make this the UK’s premier gathering for all aficionados of nature’s napalm!
Eastbourne Lammas Festival, Eastbourne, Early August
A free extravaganza of folk music, Morris dancing, traditional giants, carnival and entertainment for everyone.
England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, Late August
Britain’s largest three day celebration of the Middle Ages!
Firle Place Horse Trials and Country Fair, Lewes
A showcase for some of the best riders in Southern England. This combines with a Country Fair, incorporating a large French and English Food Market, Dog Show, Terrier Racing, Trade Stands, Traditional Fun Fair, Bar and Archery.
The Royal International Horse Show, Haywards Heath
Saffron Gallery, Battle – Summer Exhibition (late july – early september)
Saffron Gallery’s resident artists are on show throughout the summer in an ever changing exhibition until 3 September. The line up of artists is impressive and balances national and international award-winning artists with local and regional artists including Dion Salvador Lloyd, Helen Masacz, Jessica Zoob Con Cremin and Louise Giblin. More information on the exhibition is posted regularly on the gallery’s website and Facebook pages here and our facebook page here.
Rye Arts Festival – (10th – 25th September)
Rye welcomes its 40th arts festival, featuring over 40 events covering literary, classical and contemporary music, exhibitions, guided walks, dance and much more. Visit our website for more information.
Brighton Early Music Festival, Brighton
Classical music, jazz, religious services, dances and dance music, theatre, story- telling and more…
Brighton Food & Drink Lovers Festival, Various venues, Brighton, Early September
A month of fun and frankly delicious events.
British Open International Minigolf Tournament, Hastings
Far removed from the popular image of crazy golf, the British Open venues are a true test of skill. The competition is open to anyone who has registered in advance.
Chichester Film Festival, Chichester- continued from August
Heritage Open Weekend, Brunswick Square/various venues, Brighton, Early – Mid September
An opportunity for visitors to see & to try the traditional building crafts & skills that created Brighton & Hove’s magnificent architecture
International Bognor Birdman, Bognor Regis
A flight competition for human powered flying machines held each summer in the picturesque seaside resort. Many flyers take part to raise money for charities, other design complex machines to aim for the distance prizes
Motor Circuit Revival Meeting, Goodwood
Over three hundred of the world’s greatest cars and motorcycles take to the track for free practice. Wartime Spitfires will be in the air and spectators will be in period 1950s costume to enjoy that special Goodwood Revival garden party atmosphere.
National Speed Trials, Brighton, Early September
All manner of vehicles take part, including cars and motorbikes, both old and modern. This is a very popular event and many people turn out to watch from the top of Marine Parade, which overlooks the action.
Sussex Guild Craft Show, Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst
Autumn Countryside Celebration, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, Early October
A celebration of how the countryside used to be: steam engines, heavy horses and vintage tractors.
Brighton Early Music Festival, Brighton- continued from September
Jewish Film Festival, Brighton
Lanes Market, Ship Street, Brighton
The market will feature over 40 up-and-coming local designers with an interest in fashion and interiors selling their products.
Paramount Brighton Comedy Festival, Brighton, Mid – late October
Sussex Fine Art & Antiques Fair, East Sussex National Resort & Spa, Uckfield
Cine City – Brighton’s first film festival, Brighton, End Nov – Beg Dec
Features a global mix of UK premieres and previews, treasures from the archives plus the latest digital adventures and artists’ moving images.
RAC Veteran Car Run, Brighton, Early November
Commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which celebrated the new law which raised the speed limit for `light locomotives’ from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot.
Burning the clocks, Brighton, Late Dec
Winter solstice celebration, an antidote to the excesses of the commercial Christmas. People gather together to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year.
Tastes of a Tudor Christmas, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, Late December – Early January
Experience the traditions of Christmas past
Tree Dressing, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, Early December
A festival of trees rooted in the Green Man legends of ancient times and the importance of natural objects to man. People of all ages flock to join in with dancing, singing, fireside story telling, mummers plays ending with a lantern procession and spiral dance around a magnificent aspen tree as it is dressed with the lanterns.
A 16th century timber-framed Wealden hall-house that formed part of Anne’s divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541. The house contains wide-ranging collections of Sussex interest, including Sussex pottery, and the bedroom and kitchen are furnished to reflect an earlier period.
17th Century grand house, the former home of the famous author Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936. The house has lovingly remained as it was 100 years ago and is a treasure trove of oriental rugs, and artefacts reflecting Kiplings passion for everything Eastern. The garden too, was designed by Kipling and is brimming with beautiful roses, wild flowers, fruits and herbs. Each season it is the host for concerts and events, one of the most popular being `Last Night of the Proms´, when over 4000 people gather.
A private estate located in beautiful unspoilt surroundings at the foot of the South Downs.
A stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage Garden, set within over 150 acres of traditional parkland.
The country home of the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group, it is a unique example of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s decorative style within a domestic context and represents the fruition of over sixty years of artistic creativity.
The garden at Denmans which is quite unlike any other in Britain, for its display is not only to do with flower colour, but foliage form, textures and, of course, as it moves to autumn, with foliage colour as well.
Home of the gage family for over 500 years the house looks 18th century but is built on a Tudor base. It is surrounded by wonderful parkland.
A magnificent Elizabethan manor house, looking out over the weald. Inside, the house is a treasure trove of portraits and artefacts, including furniture, silver, china and embroidery collected by the families who have lived there. It’s surrounded by gardens with extensive views out across the Sussex Downs.
Combines the glamour of a great English country house with the warmth of a family home. Still owned and lived in by the Earl and Countess of March and their young children, this unique Sussex house provides a stunning setting for one of the most significant private art collections in the country.
Most of the Garden was designed by Lutyens, it is very colourful and beautiful. The manor has one of the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country. The house is decorated as it would have been in Medieval times.
27 acres of magnificent woodland and water gardens, full of rare, exotic and unusual plants.
One of England’s most spectacular gardens, famous for rhododendrons, azaleas, beautiful lakes and a wonderful natural woodland setting.
A garden not to be missed – Merriments Gardens at Hurst Green offers everything for the garden lover. Set in 4 acres of gently sloping Weald farmland, this bold, modern, hilltop garden is richly and imaginatively planted, deep curved borders, colour themed using a rich mix of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and many unusual annuals which ensure an arresting display of colour, freshness and vitality in the garden right through to its closing in autumn.
Michelham Priory, near Hailsham
A beautiful historic property nestling deep in the Sussex countryside and offers much to interest visitors – history, exhibits, superbly kept gardens, art exhibitions, wildlife, working watermill. There is a well-stocked Gift Shop and a self-service restaurant.
Oxenbridge is perhaps the finest house in Iden. Built in the 15th century with unusually high ceilings as the Oxenbridge Family were exceptionally tall by Medieval standards, one being known as “The Oxenbridge Giant”. Erected before the time of chimneys and window glass, the smoke would have drifted up through a hole in the thatched roof.
Owned by a Charitable Trust and the home of Lady Emma and Mr. James Barnard and their family, this beautiful Elizabethan house is set in an ancient deer park below the Downs near Pulborough, West Sussex.
A quintessential English Garden located on the Sussex and Kent border in the heart of South East England’s garden country. Pashley offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds.
Magnificent country house and park with an internationally important art collection.
An enchanting 15th century timber-framed house, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber… a place of fascination and mystery.
Arts & Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.
Since 1622, the house and gardens at West Dean have evolved in harmony, creating a place of beauty and tranquillity in the rolling South Downs. There is a tapestry studio and many visual arts courses and events.
A unique family-run working woodland park in the beautiful hills of the Sussex High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: There are trails, playgrounds, picnic places, and BBQs, tea room and tea garden, exhibitions.
The Herd of llamas and alpacas was started in 1987. Over the years the numbers have increased and in 1995 what is now the Park was purchased, and opened to the public in 1996.
Set over a vast 18 acres of beautiful countryside the farm has a great deal to offer the whole family making it an exciting day out! Feed the animals, egg collecting, play area, tea room etc.
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings offers visitors a dazzling undersea safari through the oceans of the world.
From the hidden world of UK waters, Blue Reef transports visitors to the spectacular ‘underwater gardens’ of the Mediterranean and the stunning beauty of tropical waters – home to everything from seahorses and puffer fish to living corals and native sharks.
The centrepiece of the aquarium is the spectacular coral reef housed within a gigantic ocean display with its underwater walk-through tunnel.
Brighton Sea Life Centre
An amazing Tropical Reef, home to two giant sea turtles, black-tipped reef sharks and its own shipwreck. As well as the spectacular views afforded by the walkthrough underwater tunnel, there are now extra viewing windows and even a walkway over the top of this impressive tank.
A fully working farm set in 1000 acres or 420 hectares within the beautiful South Downs in West Sussex.
Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country, and voted South East England’s number one attraction, Drusillas has a wide variety of animals in naturalistic enclosures, including the famous Meerkats, a walk-though Bat enclosure, Petworld, Penguin Bay, Millennium Bugs, Squirrel Monkey Island and Lar Gibbons. Other attractions include the Toddlers Indoor Village and Stables, Monkey Kingdom, Explorers Lagoon, Zoolympics, Adventure Golf, Maasai Exhibition, Penguin Plunge, Wacky Workshop, Oasis Café and Explorers Restaurant. Disabled access throughout, and low-level viewing.
Tel: 01323 874100
A vast array of animal displays and demonstrations are on offer as well as a magic show and an adventure playground.
170 years of farming life in the heart of the Sussex Weald. You can walk through the park and along the waterside. The present buildings remain from the 1830’s. There is also a craft shop and organic farm shop.
A 625 acre working family farm. You can watch the cows being milked and other events with the farm animals. There is also a farm shop and a restaurant.
A vast range of inspiring ideas for your garden and home. Our passion for plants is reflected in colourful and inspirational displays. Many plants are grown on our own nursery and we always have experts available to advise you on the right plant for your requirements. There is also an award- winning heritage trail and gardens.
A superb nature reserve and trail with birdwatching hides and viewpoints, a visitor area with gift shop and a tearoom with terrace – not to mention the play area!
A mosaic of habitats beside the sea with shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, pits, grazing marsh, reedbeds and farmland.
Watch lambs being born, sheep being milked and cheese being made.
A wonderful fruit and veg market, deli, bakery and restaurant as well as a children’s play area and animals to see and play with.
The centre introduces people to the wonders of wetlands and their wildlife, and why it is so important to protect them.
The Lanes, Brighton
This famous square mile of narrow, winding streets is packed with tiny shops and boutiques. Specialising in jewellery, antiques, designer clothes and gifts, it is possible to spend hours browsing the various wares on offer. There are also a good number of cafes and bars if need to pause for refreshment during your visit.
Churchill Square, Brighton
Over 90 shops, two large car parks and a dedicated crèche.
Swan Walk, Horsham
A modern, busy shopping mall with many well-known high street stores.
County Mall Shopping Centre, Crawley
over 90 different stores offering everything from fashion to furniture. All the very latest high street clothes shops can be found here with great girls’ stores and must-have men’s labels to keep the boys happy.
Priory Meadow, Hastings
Many high-street shops and restaurants.
The Enterprise Shopping Centre, Eastbourne
One of the most exciting and unusual places to shop in Sussex! 58 Fascinating businesses offering everything from fresh fish and flowers to top hats and hairdos.
Town and Village Markets
One of the pleasures of being on holiday is the chance to explore the shops of a new area.
Many towns will host a market monthly, or once or twice a week. Some that are worth seeking out are:
- Chichester – General Market Wednesday & Saturday, Farmer’s Market 1st & 3rd Friday each month
- Eastbourne – Tuesday, Thursday
- Horsham – Saturday
- Lewes – 1st Saturday each month
- Worthing – Wednesday
Larger towns often have a permanent market such as Brighton’s Flea Market in Kemp Town or the Greenwich Village Market in North Laine.
The Farmers Market, which is staffed by volunteers, has been running for 8 years and operates every Friday morning throughout the year (apart from the Friday between Christmas and New Year). They have between 14 and 18 stalls supplying the basics such as meat, game, fish, bread, dairy products, preserves, fruit juice and vegetables as well as luxury items such as hand made chocolates, fudge, jewellery, cards and sometimes wine.
Unusual and quirky gift shops supplying products such as notebooks, calenders, photo albums, jewellery and jewellery boxes, as well as dolls houses and furniture.
Winchelsea Farm Kitchen is a fabulous food and wine emporium located at the heart of the beautiful Sussex town of Winchelsea.
Trading Boundaries offers a unique (and relaxing!) shopping experience in Sussex with intimate, picturesque surroundings and helpful staff. Specialising in furniture sales, Trading Boundaries offer customers a range of beautiful pieces from around the world. There is a lovely selection of shops beyond this however, including womenswear, childrenswear and gift ideas with a charming cafe bar and a full calender of evening events and live music.
Perryhill farm and orchard is the ideal place to pick up some lovely locally grown produce on your trip to Sussex, with the focus firmly on all things local, you can pour your own cider, enjoy a cup of coffee in the charming tearoom overlooking the Ashdown forest, browse the extensive selection of locally produced art in the craft shop or even order your Sunday roast from the butcher just next door! Open daily from 9.30 (9 on Saturdays) until 5.
Allchorn pleasure boats, Eastbourne
Heritage pleasure cruises to Beachy Head from the beach at Eastbourne: a memorable and unique 45 minute cruise to view the most dramatic seascape of the white cliffs and the famous 100 year old lighthouse.
Ashdown Forest Riding Centre, Duddleswell
Riding School – Tel: 01825 712108
Outstandingly beautiful lake with visitor centre, playground, restaurant, boat trips, picnic areas, gift shop and cycle hire. Watersports including sailing, windsurfing and well established trout fishing. Tel: 01892 890000
Bowles activity centre is a unique and educational day out, with a wealth of outdoor activities to please the whole family! Choose from seeing the nature of the forest close up on the high ropes course or bring your own climbing equipment to have a go on the natural sandstone rock face at the centre and to perfect your technique! There is also an exhilarating dry ski slope with open practise until March; ideal for nervous beginners (with one to one classes in skiing and snowboarding run throughout the year), touching up on rusty techniques or experienced skiiers! Visitors to Bowles must book in advance but the sheer range of activities means that those young and young at heart are sure of a brilliant time! Activities days are also available during the school holidays from Easter to keep the children entertained. Tel: 01892 665665
See some of the 12,000 resident boats and a wide variety of different sea birds and other interesting wildlife species in habitats including sand dunes, mudflats, shingle banks and woodlands. A must for any keen birdwatcher or history enthusiast.
Over 240 acres of beautiful bike paths in an area of outstanding national beauty to explore with groups of up to 20. Offering pleasant paths for quiet afternoons with the family or off road routes for those in search of more of a challenge! Snack shop and hot drinks are available. Tel: 01342 325 858
East View Stables, Danehill
Riding School – Tel: 01825 740240
Hailsham & Eastbourne Canoe Club
Take in our beautiful part of the world from above with group or couple balloon rides. Can take up to 20 passenger in two balloons, perfect for that wow gathering of family or friends. Flexible take-off sites and Champagne booking available, for celebrating in style! Tel: 01622 873200
Kitesurfing lessons & beginners courses on Camber Sands beach. Only 1 hour from London on the Sussex/Kent border. We also offer kite buggy & power kite lessons for all ages. Tel: 01424 442 729
Meadowbank Equestrian Centre, Hailsham
Riding School – British Horse Society Approved- Tel: 01323 848777
Misbourne Treking Centre, Nutley
Riding School – Tel: 01825 712516
Piltdown Golf Club in East Sussex, situated in the gorgeous area of Uckfield, was founded in 1904. The terrain is fairly level but the narrow fairways, small greens and an abundance of heather and gorse make for challenging golf. The Clubhouse was extensively enhanced in 2001 to provide extra lounge space, larger changing rooms and more shower accommodation, ensuring every detail has been considered.
Powerboat rides & rib charters from Rye harbour. Channel James Bond and drive a speed boat up the coast or book a RIB trip to Fairlight cliffs, Hastings or even to Eastbourne Marina. All Boat trips are suitable for children and would be a perfect activity for a group, stag or hen do. Tel: 01424 442 729
Offers kitesurfing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing and paddle boarding on a large coastal lake just over half a mile from Camber Sands near Rye. It offers watersports in a relaxed and friendly family-run environment – membership available but anyone welcome with snack and hot drinks available. Tel No 01797 225238
Rotherfield, Tunbridge Wells
The parish of Rotherfield has much to offer any horse rider searching for quiet routes, newly re-surfaced bridleways and country lanes all set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Southwater Watersports Centre
Situated at Cripplegate Lake which is approximately 6 acres in size, it is an ideal environment for introducing people off all ages and abilities to the world of watersports, in a safe and pleasant environment. Web: www.southwatersports.co.uk Tel: 01403 734424
Walking, Cycling, Bridlepaths
East sussex walks
– Over two thirds of East Sussex is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Walks can include woodland, rivers, rolling downland and wildlife areas such as wetlands, dunes and shingle
West Sussex walks
– To explore here is to wander into some of the quietest corners of Southern England and to discover landscapes of great beauty, which have inspired generations of writers, poets and artists.
Alfriston to Rodmell by the South Downs Way
– A walk along the South Downs Way in East Sussex between the villgaes of Alfriston and Rodmell. 9 miles.
Blackpatch Hill & Harrow Hill from near Storrington
– A walk that includes sections of the South Downs Way and the Monarch’s Way. Starting from near Storrington the circular route includes Blackpatch and Harrow Hills. 7.5 miles.
Brighton to Eastbourne and Hastings
– It is shown on the Downs and Weald Cycle Route map.
Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring from Steyning
– The route includes the Iron Age Forts of Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring. Starting from near the picturesque village of Steyning the walk uses well marked paths including sections of the South Downs Way and the Monarch’s Way. 10.5 miles.
Crawley to Brighton
– It is shown on the Down and Weald Cycle Route map. The route links National Trust property at Nymans Gardens with small lanes and villages of the West Sussex weald. For more demanding off-road cycling, there is a link at Pyecombe to the South Downs Way.
Downs Link: Shoreham-by-Sea to Guildford
– The Downs Link bridlepath runs north from Shoreham along the east bank of the River Adur. This former railway route provides a mostly off-road exploration of the hidden tranquility and natural beauty of the low weald. The Downs Link connects on into Surrey and Guildford, and as it’s name suggests links the bridleways of the North and South Downs for more strenuous off-road cycling.
East Dean Circular Walk
– Starts from East Dean and follows the coast past Beachy Head towards Eastbourne. The route returns using quiet inland paths. 11 miles.
Eastbourne to Alfriston by the South Downs Way
– This is the first section of a national trail that extends from Eastbourne, a popular seaside resort in East Sussex, to Winchester, the ancient capital of Britain, in Hampshire. The cliff top walk with its dramatic views is recognised as the finest of its type in South East England. 12.5 miles.
Falmer to Pyecombe by the South Downs Way including Blackcap
– Includes a superb section of the South Downs Way with beautiful scenery throughout. The walk also visits Blackcap and Ditchling Beacon and passes Jack and Jill the two famous windmills. 8.8 miles.
Littlehampton to Climping
– A 5 mile West Sussex walk that is ideal for children with plenty to keep them busy. The route starts from Littlehampton and uses the beach to reach Atherington. The return takes an inland path.
Ouse Valley & Beddingham Hill from Newhaven Tide Mills
– Starts from the coast at Newhaven and follows the River Ouse inland towards Southease. The return route crosses Beddingham Hill and descends back down to the start. 12 miles.
Pyecombe to Upper Beeding (including Devil’s Dyke) by the South Downs
– Along the South Downs Way from Pyecombe to Upper Beeding offers some wonderful views. The route includes the Devil’s Dyke and Truleigh Hill. 8 miles.
Six Harbour Villages, Chichester
– A circular walk that investigates villages near Chichester. 10 miles.
South Downs Way
– The 99-mile long South Downs Way follows the old routes and droveways along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs between Eastbourne and Winchester. The undulating route provides a wonderful trip for long distance riders and day trips alike, with a wealth of stunning views, attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages.
Southease or Rodmell to Falmer
– Follows the South Downs Way from either Rodmell or Southease to Falmer. Most of the route follows the main ridge of the Downs with correspondingly spectacular views in all directions. 6.8 miles.
Steyning Round Hill and No Man’s Land from Steyning
– On the South Downs. Starting from near the picturesque village of Steyning the route uses well marked paths and offers some excellent views to the east. 7.5 miles
The Centurion Way
– Regional Route 88 links Chichester with West Dean, using the path of the former Chichester-Midhurst railway line. The mainly off-road route provides a fantastic way to explore the countryside around Chichester, as well as providing a link to small roads accessing the South Downs Way.
The Cuckoo Trail from Heathfield to Hampden Park (Eastbourne)
– Very popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders of all ages and abilities. The trail is an attractive, quality route linking towns through Wealden and East Sussex.
The Downs and Weald cycle route
– Runs south from Greenwich to Gatwick and Crawley, and then through East Grinstead to Heathfield and Eastbourne. The Forest Way from East Grinstead to Groombridge, and the Cuckoo Trail from Heathfield to Eastbourne are the gems of this route. It forms part of the Avenue Verte London-Paris route, which will eventually provide a sustainable, traffic free route for cyclists and walkers.
Thorney Island, Chichester
– A shoreline walk around part of Chichester harbour. 9 miles.
Upper Beeding to Washington by the South Downs Way
– Uses the South Downs Way to explore the downland between Upper Beeding and Washington. The route also includes Steyning Bowl and Chanctonbury Ring. 7 miles.
Wolstonbury Hill and Pyecombe from Patcham
– Uses sections of the Sussex Border Path to explore the area north of Patcham near Brighton. The route includes Wolstonbury Hill and Pyecombe. 11 miles.
Worth Way from Three Bridges, near Crawley
– This is a very versatile walk based around the first half of the Worth Way. This disused railway line runs between Three Bridges near Crawley to East Grinstead. The route uses this trail as a basis for three loops, which may be omitted or altered to suit your needs. 14 miles.
Amberley is a pretty little village on the edge of the South Downs, near to the Cathedral town of Arundel. It is a very quiet and unspoilt village with pretty gardens and thatched roof cottages.
This attractive hill-town is dominated by the sheer magnificence of its castle. Arundel Castle, built at the end of the 11th century.
Chichester is a wonderful coastal town with a history of strong sea-faring traditions. It was a town of great importance to the Roman’s.
This picturesque little village is the haunt of artists and anglers.
Littlehampton is a pleasant holiday resort that offers miles of golden sands for sunbathing, or for children to have a fine time building sandcastles.
Popular small market resort town whose beautiful 19th-century church stands close to the banks of the River Rother, on which the town stands.
A small village in the South Downs area. It has church and a Manor House but no pub or shops.
The plain arcaded 18th century town hall at Petworth is surrounded by winding, narrow streets crammed with delightful medieval buildings.
On a misty morning there is something quite magical about the view of the slender spire of the church of St. Mary and St. Gabriel.
Every year in June, artists and craftspeople across south east England open their doors to the public. It is a unique opportunity to meet, talk to and see them at work as part of the South East Open Studios event – please check the website for more details.
Towner is the award-winning contemporary art museum for South East England.
We present major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, we also have a renowned collection of art from across the ages. Learning and participation are at the heart of what we do.
The Purdie Gallery is a unique gallery showcasing the contemporary landscape photography of David Purdie. Based in Rye, East Sussex we sell our range of original handmade, limited edition, signed canvases, as well as posters and greeting cards. David also holds one-day workshops once a month, where photographers can join him for a day’s shooting and digital processing.
Colin Bailey exhibits frequently in various art exhibitions and with art groups in Rye, Hastings, Tenterden, East Sussex and the rest of the UK. Ryepress is also now a fine art gallery and original print studio in the centre of Hastings old town. Situated next to the well known Retro shop in Hastings High street, and including the unique handmade wire wrap fine art jewellery of Metalfairy, the Ryepress Studio and fine art gallery joins a growing collection of art galleries in Hastings. The Gallery exhibits all of Colin’s limited edition original etchings, reproduction fine art giclee prints, original oil and acrylic paintings as well as giclee printed greeting cards of his recent paintings exclusive to the Ryepress art gallery.
Sweet little art gallery, tucked away in the heart of the old town of Hastings. Full of timeless pieces of the surrounding countryside and the harbour.
Opening on the 17th March 2012, the Jerwood Gallery is a major initiative of the Jerwood Foundation. The Gallery creates a permanent, public home for the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st Century British Art, alongside a changing curated programme. It will also host touring Jerwood Visual Arts exhibitions. The Gallery is part of a landmark £9million redevelopment of the Stade, a historic area in Hasting’s Old Town, home to Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet. The £4million gallery, for which the capital and running costs will be entirely funded by the Jerwood Foundation, is seen as an important catalyst in the cultural and economic regeneration of the area.. Tel: 01424 425809
Battle Abbey was founded around 1070 by William the Conqueror, on the site of the Battle of Hastings. The best-preserved and most impressive part of the abbey is the great gate-house, the finest of all surviving Medieval abbey entrances, which was built around 1338. There is an exhibition on the build-up to the Battle of Hastings. Collections include architectural stonework and archaeological finds.
The South Coast’s leading arts and entertainment venue.
One of the most exciting, vibrant tracks in the South of England and with it’s fantastic location in the heart of Brighton City, the seaside course is the perfect venue for a day out with family and friends.
The only purpose-built theatre between London and the South Coast. Fulfilling the needs of theatregoers and the arts over a wide area as well as providing facilities for a full range of community services.
Eastbourne has four theatres with a combined capacity of more than 4,500. Each theatre has its own distinct character and style, from the purpose built Congress Theatre to the atmospheric Victorian Devonshire Park Theatre.
Fishbourne Roman Palace
The site developed from a military base at the time of the Roman invasion in AD43 to a sumptuous Palace by the end of the first century. This story is told in an entertaining audio-visual programme and also in the site museum, with the addition of fascinating artefacts from the excavations along with plans, reconstruction drawings and models.
The Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is one of the biggest attractions in Hastings. Over 140,000 people come through the doors every year to see the many photographs, paintings and historic objects – and to climb aboard the last of the local sailing luggers, built in 1912. The Museum is set amongst the unique net shops, the tall black sheds in which fishermen used to keep all their fishing gear. The net shop next to the Museum has a display of such equipment, and several old fishing boats are also on show on the adjoining beach.
One of the south’s liveliest arts venues playing host to an exciting and diverse mix of theatre, dance, music, comedy, concerts, film and visual arts.
Many astronomy activities are available as well as many displays lectures.
Much more than just an art gallery, it tells the story of a number of individuals, all passionate collectors of art, who generously donated their lifetimes’ labours to the Gallery for the benefit of the public.
The Phoenix Arts Centre is a high tech multi purpose venue with top of the range lighting, sound and stage systems. Also with a flexible auditorium layout and a helpful and supportive events team makes it an easy venue to work with and in, to make any event the best it can be. They have the ability to make your event something special and one of a kind.
An ideal introduction to the town bringing together the Story of Rye set within the Rye Town Model, Audio Walking Tours of Rye including the new Ghost Walks, the Rye Tourist Information Centre in the restored Old Sail Loft building.
In the dome there is a celestial sphere, with the constellation figures which demonstrate how the stars and planets move. There is also a theatre and projector.
The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre is housed in a lovely 18th-century building in the heart of Hastings’ Old Town. It opened as a theatre in 1959. The building has been further developed over the years, and is now able to offer a modern auditiorium of 126 seats. They produce roughly ten Stables productions each year—amateur productions of the highest quality.
The White Rock Theatre is a 1000-seater venue located in Hastings, East Sussex. It is operated by HQ Theatres, a Qdos Entertainment Company, on behalf of Hastings Borough Council, and welcomes a variety of different musicals, plays and pantomimes.
Two eighteen hole golf courses, The Cathedral course and The Tower Course, a nine hole par three course and a driving range. Also has a its own Golf Academy.
Tel: 01243 533833
Brighton-18 holes, SSI 70. Putting green. Undulating downland course with stunning views over the Channel. Handicap certificate needed.
Tel: 01273 604838
Set in the most beautiful West Sussex countryside with a peace and tranquility to match some of the most sought after venues for golf. This is a 9 hole course, all pricing is based on playing 18 holes, 2 rounds of this course.
Tel: 01403 753303
Hassocks Golf Club, Brighton
The 18 hole Par 70 course is set against the backdrop of the South Downs. It is a relaxed and friendly environment for golfers and visitors supported by the best possible service and quality.
Tel: 01273 846990
Hilton Avisford Park Golf Club, Arundel
Set in 62 acres of beautiful parkland in England’s South Downs. The 18 hole, par 68 golf course features many mature trees. Hazards, which are mainly bunkers, are plentiful. There are a few water features, which come in the form of small wildlife ponds and streams.
Tel: 01243 554611
Ifield Golf Club, Crawley
This well-kept parkland layout, which comprises a number of water holes, is noted as a wonderful venue for golf in the summer months as the course comes into bloom.
Tel: 01293 523 088
6220 yards, SSI 70. Downland course with spectacular views of the Sussex countryside.
18 holes 6431 yards, SSI 71. Mature parkland course with well-contoured greens and strategic bunkers.
Tel: 01273 846567
18 holes, 6477 yards, SSI 71. Undulating heathland. Regional Qualifying Course for the Open Championship 2004. Reservations required.
Tel: 01342 822018
18 holes, 6076 yards, SSI 69. Undulating downland and parkland course. Also a 9 hole course.
Tel: 01323 729738
Rye Golf Club, Links course
18 holes, 6308 yards, SSI 71. Seaside links course and 9 holes Jubilee course. Visitors welcome if introduced by a member.
Tel: 01797 225241
Seaford- 18 holes, 6233 yards, 5700 metres, SSI 70. Downland course with magnificent views over Seaford Head and the Channel.
Tel: 01323 892442
Amberley Working Museum, Storrington
A 36 acre open-air museum dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south-east.
See the fascinating collection of over 1000 swans, geese and ducks from all over the world, along with a superb collection of gleaming Veteran, Edwardian and Vintage Cars and Motorcycles.
Started in 1914 by a small group of dedicated enthusiasts who specialised in natural history, archaeology and ethnography. It has since developed into a fascinating and comprehensive collection. It gives incredible insight into the history of Bexhill, its famous residents and visitors, and the important historic milestones that have made Bexhill internationally famous.
Nationally and locally important collections. Objects are displayed in stimulating contexts with a wide range of interpretative techniques, including the latest interactive information technology.
One of the finest Toy Museums in the World.
A beautifully restored working Victorian pumping station and museum of mechanical antiquities.
The international recognition of Ditchling, as a centre for print, calligraphy, weaving and other crafts, is reflected in the Museum’s permanent collection, and the programme of exhibitions and educational events. The history of the village and its people is interpreted in the archive of Social History which includes the ongoing collection of oral histories.
‘How we lived then’ Museum, Eastbourne
The Museum has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years by Jan and Graham Upton, and now displayed on FOUR floors of authentic shops, room-settings and with various displays covering 100 years of shopping and social history from 1850 to 1950.
A fascinating combination of old and new, with one of the oldest lay buildings in Sussex linked to a new two-storey annexe, which was completed in 2004. The Gallery on the first floor is a popular venue for talks and exhibitions.
A wealth of valuable information regarding Newhaven and its neighbouring locality from prehistoric times to yesteryear. There are artefacts, documents, publications, photographs and digital information technology, as well as models of ships, aircraft, and historically-important locations, all lovingly hand-crafted by local people and donated to the museum.
Built in the early 1800’s, the Redoubt has defended the Eastbourne coast for nearly 200 years. Today this magnificent building provides the perfect setting for the rich military collections of The Royal Sussex Regiment, The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars and the Sussex Combined Services.
Not only records Seaford’s long history from its days as a Cinque Port but also appeals to all ages with displays including shops, tableaux and a fascinating collection of material from pre-historic times to the present day. There is a General Store, Dressmakers Parlour, chemist, ironmonger and photographer’s shops as well as Victorian schoolroom, Victorian kitchen and wartime kitchen.
Displays showing the history of the Battle of Britain, the RAF and their armaments, and many aircraft. There is also a shop, museum and memorial garden.
A Leconfield Estate worker’s cottage restored and furnished as it might have been in about 1910, when Mrs. Mary Cummings lived in 346. There is a cottage garden, a scullery, living room, bedroom, workroom, attic and cellar.
Set in 50 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, this is a very special place to wander amongst a fascinating collection of nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, many with period gardens, together with farm animals, woodland walks and a picturesque lake.
The Old Town Hall Museum was built in 1823 and opened as a museum in 1949, with displays on the history of Hastings. The displays cover the town as a Napoleonic garrison and the rise of this Victorian resort.
Discover over 150,000 nostalgic artefacts, virtual and interactive exhibits superbly recaptured with evocative sounds and smells in life-size street scenes and shop displays.
Discover Victorian life from the Queen herself! See the amazing replica Crown Jewel Collection! Have a free ride on the Victorian Carousel in Great Yarmouth or let your kids play in the secure English Country Garden in Battle.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery contains a rich and exotic mixture of fine paintings and china, the cultures of other lands, well-known personalities such as John Logie Baird and Robert Tressell, and a contrasting view of local wildlife today and as it would have been 150 million years ago.
There are plenty of special features for children, with fossils that transform into dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and fish, a diorama of local animals and birds, Native American Galleries complete with tipi and buffalo, and a display on Hastings born conservationist, Grey Owl.
The most spectacular part of the Museum is the magnificent Durbar Hall constructed for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition of 1886 as part of an Indian Palace.
Come and explore the wrecks of the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam and the Warship Anne the best known surviving vessel from Samuel Pepys’ Restoration Navy.
Travel back in time to 1749 when the Amsterdam was wrecked on the Hastings shore and was quickly swallowed up by the beach. This is a story of storm, mutiny and wrecking. See the treasures from both wrecks and go on guided walks to the Amsterdam herself when tides permit.
Located in the centre of Rye, East Sussex, the hotel was recently renovated to create one of the most stunning hideaways on the south coast. The building dates from 1575 and has enviable heritage; it even has an original Georgian ballroom used for lavish weddings and banquets. An eclectic and contemporary design has been given to this historic fabric using a wide range of antique and modern furniture, materials and local art. The result is a comfortable blend of old and new, creating an atmosphere which is relaxed, informal and individual.
Delicious food, breakfast, lunch and dinner, always seasonal, local when best, cooked with love and passion and arguably as good as it gets in Sussex. Romantic candlelit dinner as night falls, a light lunch or a hearty breakfast for beachcombers and walkers – take your pick.
A red-bricked Sussex farmhouse has been converted into a comfortable restaurant, which showcases the best ingredients the county has to offer. Some of the original features such as the wooden floors and open fireplaces have been maintained but the overall look of both the restaurant and its food is contemporary. There is a seven course tasting menu available or guests can choose from an extensive a la carte menu.
Lying in the centre of the picturesque Sussex town of Rye, Webbe’s modern seafood restaurant occupies a converted warehouse. Service is efficient in the bustling cafe downstairs where guests can watch their food being prepared in the open kitchen. Upstairs there is a more formal restaurant with a private dining room on the upper floor. Diners can sample a variety of tastes from the sea with the seafood platter which may include oysters, whelks, winkles, king prawns and crab claws to start.
Chef Paul Noble has brought the skills and experience he picked up working for top London hotels to open the sort of modern restaurant you’d find on the most expensive streets of the capital. There’s a bright and airy dining room, with its polished wood floor, painted walls and linen covered tables and a bargain two course £10.66 lunch menu (a clever reference to the restraurants close proximity to the Battle of Hastings).
Gorgeous little gem of a restaurant, situated in the heart of the old fishing town of Rye. Sample a choice of Fresh Local Crab and Gruyere tart, Rye Bay Scallops with Back Bacon, served with Sherry and Shallot Suace, Breast and Sage-stuffed Leg of Guinea Fowl, served with Spinach and Wholegrain Mustard Mash, or Elder Flower Jelly with Summer Berries. Reasonably priced, and with its fresh produce, and homely welcome, you’ll want to come back again and again!
Fantastic selection of beers including several local brews, alongside hearty traditional pub food. Occasional music in the evenings and features in the Good Pub Guide. Why not relax in the pub garden with beautiful views towards Winchelsea. Play area for children and large car park. If you need to walk off the calories, there is also a lovely walk from Winchelsea across the fields or down side roads. CAMRA Sussex Pub of the Year in 2005
English country pub, offering freshly cooked meals, prepared with ingredients sourced from local suppliers whenever possible. No accounts are held with the national frozen food companies. The Plough is open all day, and meals are served every day at lunchtime and in the evening. It is advisable to reserve your table, however, as the Plough is a popular dining destination. Children are welcome.
The courtyard garden is used for music in the summer and a marquee provides the atmosphere for large-scale events, such as weddings and other celebrations. A fantastic family orientated pub.
Located in the peaceful village of Iden, just 5 minutes drive from Rye, this traditional country inn dates back, in parts, to 1107. Local legend has it, that the original building was used as accommodation for the monks that built Iden church. It is also thought that there is a tunnel between the pub cellar and the church, although this has not been discovered, they do keep an eye out for the vicar turning up in the cellar!
The Hove Kitchen is an airy, bright dining space specialising in using local ingredients to produce mouth-watering dishes. The Sunday lunch or Saturday Brunch is not to be missed and the accomodating staff cater for customers from 8 months to 108! The food is welcoming and attractive with a reasonably priced set menu and dishes to satisfy the most particular of children or infants. A beautiful and serene space a hop skip and jump from the seafront and a family activity not to be missed!
Tel: 01273 725 495
The Jolly Sportsman is a little known gem situated in the charming village of East Chiltington, a place to truly get away from it all! The menu and surroundings both reflect this comfortable demeanor with the choice for customers to enjoy a range of locally sourced beers and quality snacks in the sun trap garden to a full three course meal in the pub’s cosy surroundings.
Tel: 01273 890400
A delightful country pub set in the most beautiful surroundings of the Ashdown Forest and offering the most scrumptious, locally sourced food. This award winning pub has an extensive wine list and offers visitors the chance to relax come winter or summer in the most comfortable surroundings. Well worth a stop on a country walk or even a special visit for dinner and drinks! Food is served from 12-2.15pm for lunch and 7-9pm (9.30pm Saturdays and Sundays).
Tel: 01342 822363.
A lovely country pub very popular with walkers and visiting families who come again and again! Serving local and international beers as well as locally sourced food, The Red Lion is certainly worth a visit! Pub is open from 12-3 and again from 5-11.
Tel: 01825 740265
A charming country pub located on one of the most picturesque walking routes that Sussex has to offer. The Sloop Inn prides itself on a warm welcome and tasty, quality but reasonably priced food (which never dissapoints!). There is also a fantastic selection of well kept local and international beers. Dogs are welcome in the public bar and the restaurant offers a selection of scrumptious child friendly meals.
Tel: 01444 831219
This award winning Indian restaurant located in Turner’s Hill offers quality food in comfortable, luxurious surroundings. With good service and a beautiful countryside setting, Tarana is perfect for a quiet meal or a special celebration!
Tel: 01342 716363
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and rated in the Top 200 UK hotels. This 17th century mansion is set in 170 acres of grounds in rural Sussex.
Tel: 01342 714914
Set in 186 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, this provides the perfect retreat for you to relax and unwind.
Tel: 01342 824988
Bailiffs Court, Climping
Set in 30 acres of parkland, with moats and small streams, there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, all of which is closely guarded by their very own resident peacocks. The perfect setting to put your feet up and relax, or take advantage of the wonderful facilities and treatments.
The Horsted Spa at East Sussex National offers the perfect way to relax after the strains of everyday life, simply close your eyes and relax. The nine beauty treatment rooms utilise mood-enhancing colour and healing light and can offer specialist body and beauty treatments. The seven-bed Relaxation Room is an ideal space to unwind and gain ultimate tranquility. Spa clients can also make use of the luxurious 20 metre heated indoor swimming pool with additional steam, sauna and Jacuzzi facilities.
Goodwood Hotel Spa, Chichester
Offering the ultimate experience in relaxation. With it secluded location beneath the Sussex Down’s you are minutes from the coast and historic Chichester. Take your time to experience all of the facilities and sit back and relax over looking the golf course.
Lansdowne Place Hotel and Spa, Brighton
The newly built Spa is a place you can be cocooned in a world of deep relaxation and allow yourself to drift away on a holistic journey to restore your mind, body and spirit. Situated adjacent to the famous Brighton seafront.
The Spread Eagle, Midhurst
Originally a Coaching Inn to the visiting aristocracy, The Spread Eagle Hotel dates back to 1430. Walking through the hotel is like a journey in time. Savour each moment and soak up the atmosphere, as timeless as it is totally relaxing.
Alfriston occupies a favoured position in the beautiful Cuckmere Gap and serves as a tourist village which many visitors flock to, to visit the many well preserved fine old buildings, one of the most important being the local church.
Battle is a unique town in the county of Sussex built on the very site where William the Conqueror defeated king Harold of England and his Saxon army in ‘The Battle of Hastings’ in 1066.
The old town of Bexhill-on-Sea is of immense charm, it has wide streets, and gracious buildings with black and white timber frame.
The Birling Gap is a coastal hamlet on the South Downs
Once a fishing village, Brighton was firmly put on the map in the 18th century by the young Prince of Wales, later to become George IV. With its pier, The Royal Pavilion and its lively music scene this is a town with much to offer.
It is from his home in this very English village that Rudyard Kipling penned the wise and wonderful words of his poem ‘If’.
Backed by the Walland Marsh, Camber has one of the finest stretches of pure sand and sand dunes found along the East Sussex coast.
Eastbourne, is a genteel town, that owes it’s distinctiveness to the 7th Duke of Devonshire.
The village grew out of a Saxon settlement, near the spot of one of the entrances to Sheffield Park, now owned by the National Trust.
Friston is well known for its beautiful forest. Found a few miles inland from the bare ridge of the incredible rock formation of the Seven Sisters, this superb beech wood is not yet 80 years old.
A pretty, quintessentially English town, home to the famous Glyndebourne Opera House.
In an area of attractive, outstanding villages, Groombridge with its 18th-century tiled cottages against the back-drop of a beautiful village green, stands out as being the very epitome of the perfect English village.
Hastings is an ancient fishing town along the southern coast of England. It offers all the traditional amusements of the seaside but retains much of the character of its colourful past.
Lewes is the boyhood home of the famous diarist, John Evelyn (1620 – 1706) and is also famous for its amazing Bonfire Night celebrations. He lived at Southover Grange, an Elizabethan house, which is close to the castle.
This is a tranquil, historic village lying close to the beautiful River Rother. The village stands on a ridge in a lovely rural location with panoramic views over the valley.
Best known for its cross channel ferries and for its fort built in the 1860’s as part of Britain’s coastal defences, but which is now a fascinating museum offering visitors the opportunity to experience a massive fortress at first hand.
Regarded by many as the prettiest town in England, Rye was renowned as a smugglers town and is a very popular place tovisit along the south coast of England.
The tranquillity of this attractive little village is owed to its seclusion. Telscombe rests in a fold of beautiful Sussex countryside, and the fact that it is difficult to reach from the coast, adds to its charms.
For a village worthy of a picture postcard, Ticehurst would be hard to beat. It is all enchanting white weatherboarded cottages hidden beneath russet tiles interspersed around a pleasant square with a church.
This is a pretty, busy little town tucked along a ridge overlooking Pett Level.
Forest Row is truly a mecca for all those in search of a less conventional tourist destination! This charming old town is full of alternative stores and cafes and places to buy organic or macrobiotic produce all wrapped up in a real sense of community, as everyone is so friendly. There is a real sense of closeness to nature there, with lots of opportunities to delight in the beautiful Ashdown forest that surrounds.
This 10-acre vineyard on the edge of the Ashdown Forest has glorious views across the Sussex Weald and South Downs. Take a tour of the vineyard (with friendly donkeys and llamas too), visit the wine and gift shop and enjoy wine tasting and lunch in the restaurant.
Founded in 1972 with just three acres of vines, Bookers is now 22 acres and has a brand new state-of-the-art winery. The wines, including red stunner Dark Harvest and sparkling Rose Bart’s Bubbly, have won many international awards. A vineyard and winery tour includes a tasting of three Bookers Vineyard wines.
A 6-acre vineyard in an isolated fold in the chalk downs, Breaky Bottom was established by Peter Hall in 1974 and is a frequent medal winner in the International Wine Challenge. Peter produces white wines and a well-known Methode Champenoise sparkling wine.
Founded in 1971, this family run 37-acre vineyard lies in a sheltered valley where hops and fruit have been grown for centuries. Grape varieties grown include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Bacchus and Schonburger. Carr Taylor wines have won over 60 international awards, and their 1996 vintage sparkling wine won the Gold Medal for Best Sparkling Wine at the 1999 International Vinexpo, France’s biggest wine trade fair, beating 4000 competitors from all over the world.
Established over 30 years ago, the English Wine Centre stocks the best wines from all over England, including Sussex. Enjoy tastings in Waltons Oak barn and lunch in the Cellar Dining Rooms, visit the wine museum – and even have your own personalised wine labels.
The Winery is housed in a restored 17th century barn and produces a range of traditional English country wines like rose petal, one of the oldest known country wines, the popular elderflower and the unusual silver birch wine made with the sap from their own trees. They also produce delicious meads and liqueurs like bramble and sloe gin. There’s also an English Herb garden.
Conceived, planted and equipped exclusively for the production of top-quality sparkling wines, Nyetimber’s 35 acres are planted with 100,000 vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the classic varieties of the Champagne region. The award-winning wines continue to beat French Champagnes in blind tastings on both sides of the Channel and get rave reviews from the critics.
Battle Wine Estate is located at Leeford Vineyards, not much further than an arrow’s flight from Battle and its historic abbey and battlefields. Established in 1983, Battle Wine Estate prides itself on producing English wines of a consistently high quality. Only the very best grapes are sourced from the extensive vineyards. All the wines produced by Battle Wine Estate are Estate grown.
Davenport Vineyards have been making wines for nearly 20 years, building from a small start up to a collection of vineyard sites that total 20 acres. Their aim is to make wine of the highest quality possible and to make wine that is a true expression of their grape varieties, soil and climate of our vineyards.
Head down to rural East Sussex, for your chance to meet one of the UK’s true eco-pioneers. Sedlescombe Vineyard likes being first. Not only the first organic vineyard in 1979, but as of late 2010, Sedlescombe is home to England’s first biodynamic vineyard.
Roy and Irma Cook now run 23 acres in several plots including the original 10-acre south-facing plot by their friendly visitor centre and shop in Sedlescombe, as well as the vineyard behind the famous moated castle at Bodiam.