WHAT TO DO: Visit Plumpton Races.
Established in the 19th Century, Plumpton Racecourse is now one of the country’s leading national hunt racecourses. They run 16 race days a year and family-friendly events which include an Easter festival. If you’re looking for a real treat for a family member, they offer special packages with fine dining and private balcony for viewing the races.
WHERE TO STAY: Heath Farm Plumpton
Heath Farm,South Road, Plumpton Green,Lewes ,BN8 4EA
Heath Farm is situated in the beautiful surrounds of the South Downs National Park. On their small, working, family-run farm there are three luxury self-catering cottages to let. The cottages share the land with free-range chickens and a flock of Beulah Speckleface sheep. The farm, which covers 35 acres and is bounded by the tiny Longford stream and is a great starting point for several walks offering stunning views.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: The Half Moon Plumpton, Ditchling Road,Plumpton Green
Boasting one of the biggest beer gardens in the area, this two hundred-year-old, traditional country pub offers everything from A La Carte to a kids menu. If you like a spot of al fresco dining or simply supping on a pint with a view of the Sussex countryside, this place is the perfect spot.
STAYING IN TOWN
WHAT TO DO: Discover the Independents
Lewes Town is full of quirky, independent shops so you’re sure to find some unique finds or antique treasures. From flea markets to design-led lifestyle stores, a day shopping here is a real treat. To download a comprehensive list of our independent shops VISIT.
We also have a three screen, independent cinema, bar and restaurant showing a mix of blockbusters and art-house films. The Depot cinema also run special events and film seasons so it’s worth keeping an eye on their web page for listings.
Depot, Pinwell Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2JS
WHERE TO STAY: Felix House, 22 Gundreda Road,Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PX
This bright and friendly b & b is situated in a quiet tree-lined residential road close to the centre of Lewes town. Just a 10-minute walk to the top of the High Street and a 10-minute walk to get up on to the beautiful South Downs. Perfect for couples wanting to visit historic Lewes and its rural surrounds.
WHAT TO DO: Visit Barcombe Mills
Barcombe Mills nature reserve is popular with visitors in the summer due to its beautiful riverside scenery. Visitors enjoy walking the riverbanks, having a picnic or even a spot of wild swimming. Those who enjoy a spot of boating or canoeing can pop along to the Anchor Inn where boats can be hired for a paddle along the river.
WHERE TO STAY: The Secret Campsite, Town Littleworth, (near Lewes)
If you like the great outdoors, why not try a spot of camping at the hidden gem, the Secret Campsite. Their woodland meadow camping pitches are large and secluded and come with their own campfire pit and free hot showers. Experience the wonder of wildlife, hunt for slow worms or catch a glimpse of local deer.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: The Five Bells Chailey The Street
Chiddingly,Lewes BN8 6HT
This is a welcoming country pub that serves traditional pub fayre and good quality local beers. They host frequent live music nights and when the weathers warm, events in their country garden. This is a child friendly pub and dogs are welcome too.
OPERA AT GLYNDEBOURNE
WHAT TO DO: Visit the Opera
You don’t have to take a city break to enjoy a night at the Opera. Glyndebourne is situated in a country setting and is one of the world’s premier opera houses. Their season runs from May – August and includes classic and more contemporary operas. Set in beautiful grounds you can enjoy a picnic on the lawn and a glass of fizz before the performance .
Glyndebourne, Lewes, BN8 5UU.
WHERE TO STAY: Upper Lodge
Just three miles from Glyndebourne, this is the perfect spot for those visiting the venue. Situated just three miles away, they can provide you with a picnic, taxi and even a bow tie – everything you need for a night at the opera. Upper Lodge is an award-winning country house which has been renovated to provide sustainable accommodation comprising of a holiday cottage and studios. Set in stunning surroundings and perfect for starting country walks.
Upper Lodge, The Broyle, Ringmer, BN8 5AP
WHERE TO EAT: Little Cottage Tea Room
Just a short distance from Glyndebourne in Glynde village, you will discover a traditional tea room serving tea, cakes and sandwiches. You can take your tea in the lovely country garden which is served in vintage crockery.
Little Cottage Tea Room, Ranscombe Lane, Glynde, BN8 6ST