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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

Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to local industrial heritage. See the communications and electricity exhibition halls, working printshop, stationary engines, lime kilns and more. Ride on the narrow gauge railway or historic bus.

The Museum is home to traditional craftspeople such as the woodturners, wheelwrights and blacksmith, with a café, gift shop, nature trails and picnic areas.
We hold over fifty events ranging from children’s activity days to classic vehicle shows and the ever popular ale festival. We open from March to October. We have a large free carpark and are right next to Amberley railway station. Lots to see in all weathers!

Arundel Wetland Centre

Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex

This gorgeous wetland nature reserve bursts forth with new life in spring with fantastic family activities like the GIANT Duck Hunt at Easter and the LEGO Brick animals trail in May-June. 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?

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 a flight to the skies and see Brighton and Sussex as you have never seen them before! Glide up slowly to 450ft high to enjoy breathtaking 360° views of up to 26 miles from the world’s tallest moving observation tower and the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye.

During the evening, British Airways i360 will transform into the Sky Bar, the most unique bar in the UK. The beach building, at the base of the tower, includes a stylish brasserie; heritage tea rooms, housed in an 1866 West Pier toll booth; an exhibition; kids play zone; a gift shop and hospitality rooms. Opening Summer 2016.

Charleston: A Bloomsbury Home and Garden

Firle, near Lewes, East Sussex

Visit Charleston, the home of Bloomsbury art and ideas. With its unique interiors and beautiful walled garden, it was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant from 1916. Together they decorated the house over the decades they spent here, painting walls, doors and furniture and filling the rooms with their own paintings and works by artists they knew and admired, such as Picasso, Derain, Sickert and Renoir.

Events, workshops and literature Festivals throughout the year with a lovely Shop and Café on site.

OPEN Wed to Sun 1 Mar to 29 Oct plus Bank Holiday Mondays. See website for opening hours, prices and to book your House tour in advance. Groups welcome by prior arrangement, call 01323 811626.

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.

Discovery Playground

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hastings

We are an indoor-playground, offering sensory play facilities. At Discovery Playground, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy. Come and explore the UKs first walk-in rice pit, play with our giant ball-run or create your own marble run.. plus much more! What will you discover?

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

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex

Discovered in 1960, Fishbourne Roman Palace displays the largest collection of early Roman mosaic floors in Britain and museum displaying artefacts found during excavations. Replanted formal garden laid out to its original plan as discovered from excavation, featuring box hedging.

The Roman plants garden features many culinary and medicinal plants available during the life of the Palace. The Collections Discovery Centre houses 500,000 artefacts in the bulk and sensitive stores. The garden has been carefully replanted to its original plan with box hedging and fruit trees. The Collections Discovery Centre houses a sensitive store, research room and conservation laboratory.

Fishers Farm Park

Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex

The multi-award winning Fishers Adventure Farm Park is the much-loved family day out in the heart of the lovely West Sussex countryside. Fishers offers a unique mixture of animal adventures, exhilarating indoor and outdoor play the whole family can experience – it’s no wonder that Fishers is still “Where the Family Comes First”.

With over 40 rides and attractions on offer for a jam-packed, fun-filled family day out it's no wonder Fishers is the perfect all-ear attraction, come rain or shine!