Visit Firle and walk back in time. The narrow streets of flint knapped cottages don’t seem to have changed for centuries, but Firle is not simply a picturesque village but a thriving community. Firle still has its own blacksmith, one of the oldest cricket teams in the world and a bonfire society. You’ll find an Inn in the centre of the village serving locally sourced food and a 13 Century Church which houses a stained glass window by John Piper.
Meet your farmyard favourites at this 625 acre working family farm, home to an exciting farm shop, the oldest in the U.K. with butcher’s shop, delicatessen, farmhouse bakery and the National Collection of Cider & Perry.
Browse the largest array of Sussex produce available anywhere and enjoy coffee and cake, light lunch or afternoon cream tea in the tearoom. Get up close to their Jerseys being milked every afternoon, play in the Hay Play Barn, discover the wildlife on their Farm Trail and pick a beautiful memento of your visit in their stylish country gift shop.
Open every day
Middle Farm, Firle, Lewes, BN8 6LJ
If you are visiting Firle don’t forget to visit Firle Place Country Estate for a traditional and genteel day out. This 300 acre park is stunning with a walled garden, Victorian fountain and cultivated lawns known as ‘pleasure gardens’. You can also take a peep inside this grand house which is full of ancestral portraits and suits of armour, before resting with some tea and cake in the cafe. The private gardens are open to the public twice a year in Spring and Autumn under the National Gardens Scheme.
Glynde is a small village that is easily accessible by train or by foot across the downs from Lewes Town. Situated on the flank of Mount Caburn it has a tea shop, forge and a pub in the heart of the village, which is a popular stopping point for cyclists and ramblers. It is also a great spot for paragliding as Glynde has its own hang-gliding and paragliding centre.
Glyndebourne is internationally recognised as one of the best opera houses in the world situated next to a very British country home. Although all of the performances take place within a state of the art opera house, it is also famous for its lavish picnics outside on the lawns complete with full evening dress and candelabras.
A magnificent Elizabethan country house situated in 70 acres of parkland. Originally the home of Viscount and Viscountess Hampden, Glynde Place gives you an insight into a traditional English country house dating back 500 years. They also hold concerts and events throughout the year including the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in July.