Bewl Water is the largest reservoir in South East England with 800 acres of picturesque landscapes. Open all year, the parkland is dog-friendly and packed full of healthy, outdoor family fun.
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.
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is situated in a corner of the old Tangmere airfield, famed as an RAF fighter station from 1918 until Fighter Command left in 1958.
The Museum aims to promote public awareness of the United Kingdom’s military aviation heritage, educating present and future generations in military aviation.
Be transported through time with an unforgettable visit to Smugglers Adventure; an amazing underground cave network of secret tunnels and vast caverns.
Hastings Castle sits on top of the West Hill overlooking the old town of Hastings. That can only mean one thing: it’s perfect for taking in the breath-taking views of the Hastings coastline, which will leave you open-mouthed in amazement.
A tranquil 1.5 acre Plant filled garden designed and planted by the late
Carolyn McCutchan, surrounded by farmland. This colourful garden has
distinct areas of interest, plus a 6 acre wildflower meadow
OPEN every Wednesday 22 Feb to 25 Oct 10.00am – 4.00pm Tel 01323 485151
Jutting out into the English Channel, Dungeness is the UK’s only desert landscape and home to many special animals including lizards, rare bumblebees and the endemic Sussex emerald moth. It is a magnet for all kinds of birdlife, from huge flocks of waterbirds to beautiful birds of prey, notably hobbies in the summer and marsh harriers all year round. Dungeness is also one of the few places in the South East with bearded tits – delicately marked birds found only in reedbeds.
One of Sussex’s few undeveloped stretches of coastline, Pagham Harbour combines beautiful landscapes with a rich historical heritage – and a wealth of wildlife. As the sheltered inlet at the heart of the reserve fills and empties with the tide, watch ducks, geese and wading birds fly to and fro. Resident little egrets and lapwings are joined by passing migrants in spring, while summer sees breeding little terns, butterflies flitting along the hedgerows, dragonflies hovering over ponds and lizards basking in the sun.
In the glorious South Downs National Park, Pulborough Brooks has amazing views of the Arun Valley. It provides an all-year-round home for nature, with highlights including the nightingale, famed for the beauty of its song, whistling wigeons in flooded winter meadows, and pretty butterflies and dragonflies amongst the wild flowers in the sunnier months. The variety of habitats, including wetlands, woodland and heathland, bring with them a wonderful variety of species to enjoy.