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1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield

High Street, Battle, East Sussex

2016 marks 950-years since the battle that defined England. Stand here at the centre of that landscape where England’s future was fought.

From Summer 2016, for the first time, climb to the top of the gatehouse to experience the stunning rooftop views and understand how the clash between Normans and Saxons might have played out.

See the new special exhibition exploring the battle, including a blow by blow account of the day itself, from dawn to dusk. Throughout the summer, don't miss the costumed characters bringing the times of 1066 to life.

Start planning your attack on the country’s most famous battlefield and abbey ruins, and experience the atmosphere for yourself.

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

New Barn Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex

With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, there is so much to discover, learn and have fun at Amberley Museum. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East. Exhibits include our communications building, electricity hall, working printshop, and the lime kilns which date back to when the site was a working chalk quarry. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people such as the wheelwrights and blacksmith. You can also take a ride on the narrow gauge railway and historic buses to explore around the museum.

We have our own on-site café serving hot and cold food, and picnic areas around the site. The Museum is accessibility friendly and dogs are also welcome on site but must be kept on a lead at all times. We have been awarded the Kennel Club ‘Best Dog Friendly Attraction Award’ for Days Out 2016.

Arundel Museum

Mill Road, Arundel

Arundel Museum
Arundel Museum is a modern, award winning museum situated on the riverbank in the centre of the lovely town of Arundel. The fascinating exhibits and artefacts tell the history of this historic town, from the first pre-Roman settlements to the present day. Do you know what a Knucker Hole is or where you might find a Mullet? You will do after your visit. It is however more than a museum, there is a café and a shop, we offer family event days, talks and exhibitions and our Jubilee Room is available for private hire.
While visiting why not take part in our original, official and guided , ‘Walking through History tours,’ ranging from Arundel Past and Present to the Ghosts, Murders and Mysteries of Old Arundel. There really is something for everyone.
01903 885866
e mail office@arundelmuseum.org

Arundel Wetland Centre

Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex

This gorgeous wetland nature reserve bursts forth with wild life and fantastic family activities like Dusty's Wildlife Rangers activities in summer. The reserve has free boat rides, pond dipping and an amazing reedbed boardwalk. Wide, paved walkways lead to collection of 50 species of wildfowl from around the world in natural settings and 8 wildlife hides with ramps for easy access to view Sussex wildlife like kingfishers and water voles. Our Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari can even accommodate non-motorized wheelchairs which we also have for free loan at the admissons desk.

The Water’s Edge Cafe serves hot meals from 12-2pm and delicious cakes and specialty hot drinks all day. The WWT gift shop is open each day, every penny you spend supports conservation, here in Sussex, the UK and worldwide as the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust works to save wetlands for wildife and people.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, Kent

Open all year, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is home to the National Conifer Collection.

The Pinetum which is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, is a centre for international conifer conservation, and contains more than 12,000 trees, including rare, endangered and historically important specimens.

Bedgebury Forest offers facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy activities such as adventure play, walking, cycling, mountain-biking, running, and o Ape tree top adventures. The Bedgebury Café enjoys panoramic views across the Pinetum.

Bedgebury offers events and activities throughout the year including family and seasonal trails, nature walks and talks, school holiday events, and Forest Live Concerts. You can even find a Gruffalo in the Pinetum! There is also a dedicated learning team offering a whole range of learning opportunities for schools.

Bewl Water

Lamberhurst

The site is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the heart of the High Weald. Bewl is open all year and offers a range of activities, including fishing, sailing, cycling and boating, trips on the Bewl Belle and an adventure playground. With two food outlets on the shoreline, a stunning Boat House Bistro and café, as well as ample parking facilities a visit to this stunning reservoir is a must.
OPEN DAILY: Admission £2 per car. For more information, Tel: 01892 890000

Bignor Roman Villa

Bignor Lane, Bignor, West Sussex

For nearly two hundred years locals and tourists have been visiting the site to see the fantastic mosaics that adorned the floors of this once elegant Roman Villa. The villa was a rich working farm in Roman Britain and the land is still farmed to this day by the Tupper family, descendants of George Tupper who discovered the site whilst ploughing in 1811.

The mosaics at Bignor include Jupiter and Ganymede, Venus and the Cupid Gladiators, the North Corridor (at twenty-four metres and thought to be the longest on display in Britain) and the Dolphin and Signature – perhaps belonging to Terentius the designer of the mosaic.

Bignor Roman Villa is situated in the centre of the designated South Downs National Park, only metres from the Downs themselves. The site commands unrivalled views of the Downs to South, East and West with instant access to miles of beautiful footpaths heading in all directions.

Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings

Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex

Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings. Enjoy incredibly close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of amazing aquatic creatures.

At the aquarium’s heart is a giant ocean display where you can walk through an underwater tunnel and come face to face with shoals of colourful fish. Explore our new jungle room housing exotic snakes and curious bearded dragons. Face your fears and get hands on with our reptiles in our daily animal encounters.

Bluebell Railway

Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex

The Bluebell railway operates along an 11 mile track between Sheffield Park and the ancient market town of East Grinstead. A round trip lasts for one and three quarter hours and offers a chance to see how we travelled in days gone by.

The locomotive shed at Sheffield Park is open every day and the museum is open whenever the trains run. Trains run every weekend and daily Easter to October and climbing on board and sitting back is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

One of Britain's most picturesque and evocative castles. Spiral staircases, battlements, portcullis and murder holes - Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Windows to gaze through where arrows were once loosed; towers to climb and ruins to explore where knights once roamed.

Bodiam is a place to inspire and let your imagination run wild. Our colourful castle characters bring the medieval world to life through intriguing tales. A Knight’s Peril invites you to solve a mystery and save the day.

Our tea room makes the perfect end to your visit, with a tempting array of homemade cakes and lunches. With lot of events throughout the year and open all year around, what are you waiting for?

Bolney Wine Estate

Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Bolney’s story began in 1972 when owners and founders, Janet and Rodney Pratt, planted three acres of vines to create what was then only the sixth commercial vineyard in England. Since then Bolney has grown immensely, now at 39 acres of vines comprising of five unique vineyard sites, as well as a visitor centre and café restaurant and an on-site shop. With plans to expand further, building starts for a new winery at the end of 2018, bringing Bolney to the next level of capacity and quality.The Estate, located on the edge of the South Downs and about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, specialises in producing premium red, white, rosé and sparkling English wines. Bolney has won numerous awards and gained lots of fans all over the world. Pop in for one of our tour and tasting packages, for the over 18s. The Eighteen Acre Café Restaurant serves tasty local produce to indulge your appetite.

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

This heritage Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, created from specimens accumulated by the great plant collectors and tended with passion by four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family. Borde Hill combines outstanding vistas with tranquil outdoor garden rooms, including the fragrant Rose Garden and scenic Italian Garden.

Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks, picnics by the lakes, or watch the kids play in the adventure playground. There are unique events throughout the season including a Sculpture Trail, Roses in Bloom and Kids Activities from Spring to Autumn. Dogs on leads welcome. House and garden tours available.

Brighton Karting

London Road, Albourne, West Sussex

The award winning go kart track on offer at Qleisure really has to be seen to be believed! 800 meters of pure adrenaline accompanied with some of the finest facilities in the country make Qleisure outdoor karting well worth a visit.

A fast, furious, frenetic and exhilarating track that will provide you with plenty of challenges but, first and foremost, an invigorating race for you, your friends and family.

We have a selection of race formats for every occasion, Arrive & Drive for all the Family, Grand Prix Karting, Team Endurance Races, Corporate Karting Packages, Kids Birthday Parties, Cadet Go Karting Championship and races for Stag & Hen groups.

Based just 6 miles north of Brighton with easy access from the A23, free ample parking, on site catering facilities and bar available. Cadet Karts available for 8yrs+

Brighton Marina

Waterfront, Brighton

Open all year, Brighton Marina is bursting with things to do, with an 8-screen cinema, 26-lane bowling alley, casino and fitness centre there's never a dull moment.

If you love to shop, you'll find a selection of specialist stores. Enjoy the fantastic array of cafes, bars and restaurants with tastes from around the globe, from New York to New Delhi, Paris to Rome, Shanghai to Seattle.

Stay overnight at the boutique hotel. Free parking for marina visitors.

British Airways i360

Lower Kings Road, Brighton

Take to the skies to see Brighton and the beautiful south coast as you have never seen them before. Glide up gently to 450ft in our futuristic glass viewing pod, which was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.
While onboard the futuristic glass pod, enjoy a drink at the Nyetimber Sky Bar. Visit the beach building for the free ‘British Airways i360: How it Was Built’ exhibition, browse the shop and enjoy a meal at West Beach Bar & Kitchen or West Pier Tea Room.
Discover more about the many landmarks seen from BAi360 using the viewing map and free app (available in 10 languages).

Chichester Cathedral

West Street, Chichester, West Sussex

In the heart of Chichester, this magnificent 900 year old Cathedral has treasures ranging from medieval stone carvings to world famous 20th century artworks. Open every day and all year with free entry. Free guided tours and special trails for children. Regular exhibitions, free weekly lunchtime concerts and a superb Cloisters Café and Shop. A fascinating place to visit.

Open: Summer: 7.15am - 7.00pm, Winter: 7.15am - 6.00pm. All are welcome. Choral Evensong daily (except Wednesday) during term time.

Admission: Free entry. Donations greatly appreciated.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex

One of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of productions as well as its work with the community and young people. Situated in the lively and beautiful cathedral city of Chichester, the Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses; a studio theatre, the Minerva Theatre, sits nearby.

The annual summer Festival season runs from April to November, during which productions originated at Chichester reach an audience of over 230,000. Year-round programming continues through the winter with the Theatre presenting high-class touring productions, as well as a traditional Christmas show mounted by the renowned Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

Rooted firmly in its community, the Theatre runs a Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) programme that is a beacon of excellence and inspiration to its local audience, as well as being home to one of the country’s largest youth theatres with over 800 members.

Discover Worthing

Worthing, West Sussex

Nestled between the sea and the South Downs a weekend in Worthing will be packed with fun.
Take in a show at one of two theatres, try your hand at water sports, uncover independent shops and galleries including beach hut artists’ studios and artisan workshops, take a local history tour and dine out at one of many great eating cafes and restaurants.
With great transport links and good quality accommodation, Worthing’s central Sussex location makes it the perfect base from which to explore the wider area.
For ideas, inspiration and a calendar of events check out disocoverworthing.uk

Eastbourne Attractions & Events

Tourist Information Centre, Cornfield Road, Eastbourne

Feel refreshed and invigorated by our stunning resort at the foot of the magnificent South Downs. Explore breath-taking countryside. Enjoy old-fashioned seaside fun. Go wild at our fantastic Bandstand tribute nights.

Walk, cycle, or paddle-board in the great outdoors. Explore dark tunnels and 200 years of history at our Redoubt Fortress. Take in a top show. Stroll along the prom. Discover exhibitions on the Bronze Age and English Seaside Holidays.

Plus soak up the atmosphere at hundreds of exciting events including Magnificent Motors, Beer & Cider by the Sea, Beach Life Festival incorporating Extreme, and Airbourne. With loads to see and do, Eastbourne is perfect for a stay or a day out. Contact us on 01323 415 415

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne

Travel behind the famous one-eighth scale miniature locomotives as they meander for nearly a mile around the beautiful country park. Enjoy a pleasant stroll around the five-acre lake where nature and wildlife may be seen in their natural habitats. Or relax in the prize-winning tea gardens with a beverage, lunch or Cream Tea from the railway style cafe. Picnic areas, model railways, maze and the Railway Gift Shop. Also for the children is an adventure playground to help “let off steam” and a play area for the under 5’s.

Follow A22 to Lottbridge Drove then brown signs to ‘mini railway’. Parking is free.

For further details telephone (01323) 520229 or visit www.emsr.co.uk