South Downs National Park & Seven Sisters Country Park
The South Downs National Park covers an area of almost 1000 square miles and is recognised as an area of outstanding beauty. Thanks to the type of land, weather patterns and the way that the land is managed, many rare and important wildlife species thrive in the South Downs.
The National Park is home to vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture; from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east.
There is so much to do and see in this area:
The Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of breath taking chalk cliffs, the beautiful Cuckmere River, and Beachy Head. The Country Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters that form part of the chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast, one of Britain's finest unspoilt coastlines.
This cosmopolitan town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, a preserved Old Town and a strong local arts community.
The Old Town is a charming mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways, locally known as ‘twittens’. Both the Shipwreck Museum and the Fishermen’s Museum vividly recall old seafaring days and famous local sunken ships.
Next to the museums are the impressive tall black Net Huts, Hastings Fish Market offering fresh fish caught in an environmentally friendly way, fish stalls, seafood restaurants and cafes.
Deep in the West Hill you will see Hastings smuggling heritage come to life at Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves and below you will find Pelham Beach, a delightful blend of shingle and sand.
Brighton & Hove
Brighton is just 25 miles from Herstmonceux Castle and is a very popular destination for shopping, live music, days out and nightlife. It is known as ‘London by the Sea’ and also as ‘Silicon Beach’ due to a large number of media, digital and technology businesses based there.
Brighton has a lot to offer, whether you want to shop, enjoy the cafe culture or party the night away. A unique mix of heritage, culture and cosmopolitan fun, Brighton’s beachfront is a playground of swimming, sailing, basketball and volleyball. Away from the water you can enjoy a day at Brighton Races or watch Brighton & Hove Albion at the fantastic Amex Stadium.
Being such a compact city most places to visit in Brighton and Hove are walkable. Experience the heritage of the Royal Pavilion, indulge in the seaside fun of Brighton Pier or visit to Brighton and Hove Museums. For some of the best club nights in the country check out Brighton’s seafront clubs and bars, nestling underneath the Victorian beachfront arches, or see top bands perform at one of the various venues across the city.
If you're looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, Brighton Lanes offer a shopper’s paradise of independent shops and boutiques. Brighton Lanes' historic quarter is a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside designer boutique fashion. You'll often find buskers livening up the streets, making the Lanes a great place for the battle worn shopper to grab a coffee and soak up the history to the sounds of some live jazz.
Eastbourne is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South East of England due largely to the award winning beaches, Victorian seafront and high levels of sunshine compared to the rest of the UK.
The South Downs protect Eastbourne from harsh weather and help Eastbourne regularly achieve the record for the sunniest place in Great Britain.
Eastbourne has much to offer with events running throughout the year, including a very big theatre culture. The London Philharmonic Orchestra makes regular appearances at the Congress Theatre, outdoor events are held at the Bandstand and other Eastbourne venues such as the Devonshire Theatre, Winter Gardens and the Royal Hippodrome.