Hotels in East Sussex
Buxted Park Hotel Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
Buxted Park is a luxury hotel set in 312 acres of private grounds and parkland, which includes three large lakes, a deer park and a walled garden. Conveniently located near the Ashdown Forest and the famous Winnie the Pooh bridge, Buxted Park is a four star hotel offering 44 luxury bedrooms, a 2 Rosette restaurant and fantastic large airy lounges.
There is plenty to see and do in East Sussex. This county has it all, a selection of top visitors attractions as well as castles, and nearby seaside town Brighton.
Things to do around East Sussex
Visit the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII accession to the throne so there has never been a better time to visit. This historic castle and award winning gardens provide plenty to do for adults and children alike.
Explore Kew’s stunning country estate. Walk 300 breathtaking acres, admire exotic plant collections, visit two nature reserves, see rare and endangered trees.
Nestling between the South Downs & the sea on the stunning south coast, Brighton offers everything from Regency heritage to beachfront cool. While away your day wandering through ‘The Lanes’ and visiting the treasure trove of shops, dine in one of the contemporary restaurants and have a brisk walk along the seafront.
Ashdown Forest organises orienteering weekends, model plane flying and informative walks. The area was the landscape which inspired A.A Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories and its not hard, walking across the heath with the sun lighting up the golden grasses, yellow gorse and green oaks to imagine why.
St Margaret's Church
Within a few minute's walk of the Hotel, the church was built in 1250 AD and is dedicated to Margaret the Queen of Scotland, who was canonised in the same year. It is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building with many interesting features. In the churchyard is a yew tree that is over 2,000 years old and the graves of Christopher Wordsworth, brother of the poet William, and of Winston Graham, author of the Poldark books.
The small village of Hartfield nearby is home to the Gallipot Pub, a 16th century Inn with excellent Sunday Roast including a delicious vegetarian nut roast and selection of veggie quiches and salads. The pub itself has a great back garden over-looking fields upon fields of fat white bullocks and gentle hills. There's the Winnie the Pooh shop and tea room next door.
The volunteer run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.
Groombridge Place Gardens and Enchanted Forest
A visit to Groombridge Place will give you an unforgettable day whether you come as garden enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the sights and scents of the 17th century formal walled garden; or with your family to discover the secret, quirky and mysterious gardens of the ancient forest where children’s imagination will run wild.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
Set in a beautiful Sussex estate, Bentley is a unique place, offering a wonderful variety of things to do. Where else could you find a beautifully furnished Palladian mansion with gardens to match. A woodland where you can wander amongst a collection of prehistoric reconstruction buildings. A wildfowl reserve and a motor museum with a superb collection of Vintage and Classic cars. Bentley also has a range of resident craft workers, a children’s adventure play area and miniature steam railway.
Ashdown Llama Farm
Over 100 beautiful llamas and alpacas, and a small herd of reindeer. Lovely views, picnic area, adventure play area, museum, Alpaca Knitwear and South American Crafts Gift Shop, Coffee Shop, Walking with Llamas (pre booking required).
Adults from £4.50. Children from £3.50(under 16). Family (2 adults, 2 children) £13.50. Ashdown Llama farm, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JN. Telephone: 01825 712040
The Big One Driving Experience
Try driving a Monster truck! 7.5ltr V8 – experience the thrill of driving these true giants known as Grizzly. Ever fancied driving blindfold through a challenging circuit including the Jungle Run. Many more driving experiences available sessions last approximately 3½ hours and are available mornings or afternoons. All our guests will receive full driving tuition in the reassuring company of our friendly and experienced instructors. Experiences: from £139 per person. Blackland Farm, Grinstead lane, East Grinstead, Sussex, RH19 4HP Telephone: 01342 825522
Horse riding in the Ashdown Forest is one of the best ways to really experience its natural beauty. The Ashdown Forest is a paradise for any horse and rider, offering some of the most unique riding experiences in the south of England. It is however this uniqueness that can take even the most experienced rider by surprise.
Ashdown Forest Riding Centre offers rides for beginners or experienced adults and children over seven. Outdoor rides directly to the forest. Horse Riding Hacks for all abilities. From 1 hour £15. King Standing Farm, Black Hill Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1XE. If you would like to book horse riding, please contact the stables directly on 0781 809 3880
Frant Lakes are an attractive and well established fishery which offers superb fishing all year round. Set in approximately eleven acres, the fishery comprises 7 individual, spring fed lakes with easy to fish from swims. Day Fishing from £10 - £30. Hawkenbury Road, Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9AP. Office is open 7am to 7pm daily on 01892 616424
Blackberry Activity Farm
Blackberry Activity Farm is situated near Lewes and is well signposted. At Blackberry farm you can watch the cows being milked. Then it's on to handling the smaller animals such as bunnies and chicks and helping with the animal grooming. There are many other animals to see such as piglets, ponies, sheep, cows and shire horses. Adults from £7.50. Children from £7.00. Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith, Near Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JD. Telephone: 01825 872912
Go Ape is all about getting out in the open, having fun and being more adventurous. We kit people out with harnesses, pulleys and karabiners, give them a 30 minute safety briefing and training and let them loose into the forest canopy, free to swing through the trees. Of course, instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests (not in monkey suits unfortunately!) At Bedgbury Forest nr Tunbridge Wells there is something for everyone…whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle through the Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even Go Ape on a high wire forest adventure swinging through the tree tops. Adult from £32. Children (10-16) £24. Bedgbury Forest B2079 near Goudhurst, Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent TN17 2SJ. Telephone: 0845 0948634
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Airborne balloon flights is a hot air balloon company that operates in East Sussex. There are flights from Sheffield Green nr Fletchling. Vouchers are available from £99 Subject to weather conditions, they fly every day. Telephone: 01622 873200
Indoor Go Karting
Don’t hold back when racing around Team Sport Crawleys 800-metre incredibly wide track, on three levels providing ample overtaking opportunities. The magnificent exit corner from the bridge allows speeds of up to 40mph down the Hanger straight before the Dunlop curve, a high-speed double apex corner with a tight entry and wide exit providing a test of determination and skill. Adult from £32.99. Children from £28.99. TeamSport Crawley, Canada House, Gatwick Goodsyard, Gatwick Road, Crawley, RH10 9RE. Telephone: 0844 998 0000
Kayaking at Bewl Water. Bewl Water is a truly outstanding venue for outdoor education, activity courses and residential trips for schools. Under an hour from most of London and set on the border of Kent and East Sussex 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. Adults from £4. Children from £4.00(5-15). Family (2 adults, 2 children) £15.00. Bewl Water Outdoor Centre, Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent, TN3 8JH. Telephone: 01892 890716
Michelham Priory and Gardens
Historic house, gardens, forge and watermill surrounded by a beautiful moat. Explore 800 years of history, with hands-on activities and living history displays. Many activity days throughout the year and have a go archery every weekend. Free parking, playground, picnic area and café. Adult £7.50, child £4.00, concessions £6.50, family £20 (1 adult and 4 children, or 2 adults and 2 children). Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS. Telephone: 01323 844224
The Oceanarium is situated just to the left of Brighton pier on the sea front. The oldest in the world the aquarium is open 7 days a week all year, except Christmas Day, from 10.00 am. All facilities are accessible for the disabled.
The Oceanarium is divided up into various areas of the world and includes a glass bottom boat and interactive rock pool and feeding demonstrations. Tickets from £12.40 advance purchase. Brighton Sea Life Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1TB. Telephone: 0871 423 2110
Rock climbing in Sussex is a great way to get to grips with the fascinating and exciting sport that's recently seen a surge in popularity. Learn from the experts how to scale the sheer rock face safely while learning the proper techniques to reach the summit of part of the Southern Sandstone Crags! Situated in beautiful Sussex woodland, rock climbing at Harrison's Rock is ideally situated for climbers from the London and the South East to learn or hone those skills. From £50 per person. Harrisons Rock Nr Tunbridge Wells. Telephone: 0845 8629900
Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre. Skiing and Boarding with the new Powderpac Softer Surface 110m main slope along with Nursery Runs and Drag Lifts. Child friendly, over 8yrs catered for. Taster from £15. Ski for an hour from £10. Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, BN27 3PR. Telephone: 01323 843344
Bolney Vineyard is situated outside Haywards heath is a family run business that tries to balance the art of winemaking with a sense of fun, with no room for stuffy pretentions! They grow the grapes, make the wine and bottle all on site, but at all times try to be sensitive to the environment in which they work. A Wine and Farm shop has the vineyard's wines on sale, and offers free wine tastings. The shop also stocks a whole host of other local drinks and produce. Tour £32 for two people. Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 5NB. Telephone: 01444 881575
Brighton Marina is the perfect gateway to the water. Located just east of Brighton city centre, the marina is within easy access by foot, bike, road and public transport. Activities are suitable for individuals, groups, and families and provide a unique way to view Brighton and Hove from the sea. Whether visiting the city or a resident of Brighton you will have an unforgettable experience. Lagoon Watersports (Floating building) Pontoon 6, Western Concourse, Brighton Marina Village, Brighton Marina, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 5UP. Telephone: 01273 424842
A family-run award-winning 62-acre woodland in the beautiful Sussex Weald, they run family events and activities throughout the year. Get out there and enjoy a taste of rural sustainability in action! Adults £4.95. Helpers for the disabled – Free Children (3-15 years) – £3.10. Family (2 adults + 2 children) – £15.25. Hadlow Down, East Sussex, TN22 4HJ. Telephone: 01825 830509
Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country Drusillas Park offers a fun finding-out day out. Brilliant play areas including Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure. Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine plus close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. It's no ordinary zoo! Prices vary according to the day, please check the Times and Prices page of the Drusillas website for up to date prices. Drusillas, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS 01323 784100