National Park & South Downs way
We are lucky to be part of the South Downs National Park. Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the downs also offer countless recreation opportunities. Walk, cycle or horse ride along the South Downs Way and experience some of the finest landscapes in Britain. Or simply take the time to breathe in the fresh air, absorb the landscape and enjoy the wonderful views. For the more adventurous, there is paragliding, hang-gliding, golf, zorbing, mountain-boarding and a range of water sports.
With fantastic views of the Seven Sisters, Cuckmere Valley is a haven for wildlife, from over-wintering wildfowl to colourful wild flowers.
Airworks Paragliding Centre
The Old Station, Glynde, Lewes BN8 6SS Tel: 01273 858108
Paragliding, hang gliding, power motoring. Disabled students accommodated – contact to discuss requirements
Charleston, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL Tel: 01323 811265
Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s Bloomsbury Group country home is open to the public. The festival in May features talks, debates, workshops, dramatised readings and exhibitions.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU. Box Office 01273 813813/814686
Annually, mid May to end August. Like strawberries and cream, village fetes, Wimbledon, Glastonbury and cricket, the Glyndebourne festival season is an essential part of the classic English summer. If you love opera, it’s a must. The whole event – dressing up, the beautiful setting, champagne and picnics in the garden, plus great music and top international performers – is a real experience. In autumn, Glyndebourne Touring Opera is good too.
Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex
Enjoy a great family day out at one of the top tourist attractions in East Sussex. Drusillas is widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country and we’ve created an animal and child friendly, family environment where the focus is always on involvement. It is the perfect getaway for families with children, whether you are looking for things to do in Sussex on your holidays, enjoying a weekend break or simply having a fun day out with the kids.
Firle Place & Village