Summer Days out in the Lewes Area, East Sussex 2018

FETES, FAIRS & BEACHES - SUMMER FUN IN A DAY

Schools nearly out and it’s time to start organising those big summer days away. If you are staying Lewes this summer, we have plenty of days out to help you make those special memories that last a lifetime. Days on the beach, summer fairs, country walks and adventures; town, coast and country, we have it all.
We’ve planned FIVE TOP DAYS OUT – all you have to do is pack the picnic and enjoy summer 2018.

1 : A TRIP TO THE COAST

Summer is not complete without a dip in the sea or a seafront stroll. Seaford is the perfect place to visit if you prefer your beaches without wall -to- wall amusements or noisy seafront bars. There are plenty of independent shops and cafes in the town, and it even boasts a quirky museum.

WHAT TO VISIT:

The Salts recreation ground: – a recently refurbished play park , close to the station and on the seafront. Zip wires, giant climbing frames and outdoor gym equipment: FREE

Seaford Museum: Housed in a Martello tower, this museum is unlike no other. Its exhibits include replicas of Victorian shops, nautical history and a vast collection of vintage phones and televisions.
Entrance costs only £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.
Martello Tower 74, The Esplanade, Seaford, East Sussex, 01323 898222 seafordmuseum.co.uk

The Shoal Bench: This unique sculptural seating represents a stream and is decorated with fish. is the perfect spot to sit and admire Seaford’s magnificent cliffs and sweeping bay. The Shoal will grow to fill splash point as more fish plaques are sponsored and added. This is the perfect spot to sit and admire Seaford’s magnificent cliffs and sweeping bay.

The Shoal, Splashpoint, Seaford BN25 1BW

HOW TO GET THERE: Frequent trains run from Brighton and Lewes town and regular buses from Eastbourne and Brighton.

WHERE TO EAT: Seaford is full of some fantastic places to eat. There are some fantastic pop-up eateries only the seafront including Frankie’s Cafe & The Salty Seahorse. If you love ice cream, visiting Holy Cow ice cream parlour is a must. Here you will discover homemade ice creams and sorbets, and they also have vegan options.

MAKE A DAY OF IT: If you are travelling from further afield, it would be a shame not to visit Seaford Head. The views are stunning, and here you can access the Seven Sisters Country Park. To find out more VISIT

2: A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE FETE

GLYNDE & BEDDINGHAM FETE & FLOWER SHOW

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Glynde & Beddingham Flower Show and Fete. Held on the village green in Glynde, this is a traditional English day out. Here you can see the best in show as locals exhibit their flowers, vegetables and cakes. There is even a competition for the best scarecrow as well as a variety of stalls and children’s entertainment.

WHAT TO VISIT: For one day only the open air community swimming pool is open to non-residents. Just £2.50 for a dip.

HOW TO GET THERE: Trains run from Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne. The fete is just a few minutes from Glynde railway station.

MAKE A DAY OF IT: The village of Glynde is surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks. Take a ramble to the Beanstalk tea garden for afternoon tea and meet their peacocks or a stroll to the neighbouring village of Firle to visit The Ram Inn for a spot of lunch or dinner.

3: OUTDOOR FUN IN LEWES TOWN

If you are from out of town, you may not have heard of the Pells Pool. It’s the oldest fresh water open air swimming pool in the UK and you can’t beat it for a refreshing dip.The Pells is an unheated spring-fed pool – 50 yards (46 metres) long by 25 yards (23 metres) wide. There’s a sun terrace, exercise lane,and a children’s paddling pool. This is a great place to take a picnic or sunbathe on the grass. You can also purchase food and drink from their kiosk at a reasonable price.

HOW TO GET THERE: Trains run from London, Brighton & Eastbourne and buses from Brighton, Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells.
For more detailed information on how to find the pool VISIT

Brook Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 01273 472334 pellspool.org.uk

PLACES TO EAT: There is am excellent selection of places to eat and drink in Lewes town. For a place with a garden,the Pestle & Mortar noodle bar serve traditional Thai food at reasonable prices and have a lovely outside seating area.
Pestle & Mortar 4 Lansdown Place, Lewes BN7 2JT, 01273 483888.

MAKE A DAY OF IT: If you fancy a bit of green space but don’t want to walk too far, The Railway Land Nature Reserve is a beautiful spot tucked away behind Lewes railway station. Situated by the River Ouse and full of plant species and wildlife, this is the perfect spot for a gentle meander.
Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane ,Lewes , BN7 2FG, 01273 477101 railwaylandproject.org

For a good wood -fired pizza, you won’t be disappointed by Bus Club Pizza’s , wood fired pizzas with sumptuous toppings. Situated above the old bus depot in the centre of town, this is relaxed dining which can cater for large groups or families.

Bus Club, Eastgate, Lewes BN7 2LP, 01273 470755 busclubpizza.co.uk

For more ideas of places to eat in Lewes Town VISIT

4: FESTIVAL FUN IN NEWHAVEN

The Newhaven Festival of Belonging is a FREE, community run one-day event held in conjunction with Artwave and will be located at the Newhaven Fort on the August 27th Bank Holiday. At the heart of the festival will be the vibrant bandstand created by award-winning contemporary artist Morag Myerscough.

This promises to be a fun day with local food stalls, live music and workshops. There will also be a series of events including Stargazing, Designing your own wild animal and a chance for children to make a parasol which they can carry in the children’s procession.

WHAT TO VISIT: Just next door to the Fort, you’ll find Castle Hill Nature Reserve which is a haven for a variety of flora and fauna that thrive in this chalk downland.

HOW TO GET THERE: For extensive travel directions by bus, train or car VISIT

WHERE TO EAT: Described as a country pub by the sea, The Hope Inn is a great place to take in some sea air and a pint. Once frequented by famous local artist Ravilious, the historic pub is still going strong. The food here is simple yet freshly made and they also provide gluten free options. If you are out and about with your pet pooch, well behaved dogs are welcome.

MAKE A DAY OF IT: Although Newhaven is a harbour town, there are walks to be had if you are looking for some stunning scenery. The view from the top of the ramparts just beside the Fort at Castle Hill is incredible with views to the Ouse Estuary, the Downs, Seaford Head and out to sea. For a walk that explores the past and present of a working port, the River Ouse before and the South Downs National Park VISIT

Newhaven at night Image copyright Kai Krick

5: TREAT YOURSELF

The summer is a magical time for kids, but the grown ups need some fun too. Here are a few little top tips to help you relax and unwind; treat yourself.

VISIT AN ORCHID NURSERY: Established in 1879, McBean’s is the oldest orchid nursery in the UK. The nursery is home to 500,000 orchids and houses over 50 different varieties. If you’ve always loved orchids but never been able to keep them alive, the staff at McBean’s are on hand to help you care for your precious plants. Open Weds, Thurs, Fri – 10am – 4pm.

Resting Oak Lodge, Cooksbridge, Lewes, BN8 4PR 01273 400228 mcbeansorchids.com

INDULGE YOUR CREATIVITY - 28 July

Arts and crafts are not just for the kids. Why not visit Ditchling Museum of Arts + Crafts for a spot of letterpress printing? In this one-day course you will be taken through the basics of letterpress and explore different techniques. You will go home with a series of original prints.
01273 844744) / email lucy@ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk
Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8SP 01273 844744, ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

HAVE A SPA DAY

The Reading Room Day Spa is situated in the beautiful farming village of Iford, near Lewes town. The Spa is located in an old converted barn and away from the hustle and bustle of town, making it the perfect place to unwind. They offer relaxing treatment packages for women, men and couples.
Accessible by bicycle from Lewes and Compass Bus Route 123, it also has free parking outside.
Reading Room Day Spa, Iford,East Sussex,BN7 3EJ Tel: 01273471170 readingroomdayspa.com