If you’re looking for ideas for things to do near Lewes in East Sussex, we have plenty of pretty villages in our area including Ditchling, Falmer, Plumpton and Stanmer ?
Drive , ride or walk to one of the highest points in East Sussex, the view is incredible.The summit of Ditchling Beacon is on the South Downs Way but is also easily accessible by car (from Ditchling village via Beacon Rd), so you’ll find an interesting mix of sturdy hikers and more leisurely moving sightseers enjoying the vista. To plan your walk OS Map Explorer 122 & 123 cover this area.
Follow the trail of ‘Dizzy the Ditchling Dragonfly’ designed to lead you through the various habitats on Ditchling Common Country Park. This circular walk is only a mile long so is suitable for the whole family.
“Wonderful, inspiring, unexpected, beautiful, challenging” – Visitor comment
The Ditchling Museum of Arts and Crafts houses a collection of international importance and has won several architectural prizes for its innovative design. The museum holds a collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who were drawn to the village, including type-designer and letter-cutter Eric Gill.
Situated just 5 miles outside Lewes, Plumpton is probably best known for its racecourse. Plumpton is a great place for walking and its ancient woodlands to the north and extending into the South Downs National Park at its southernmost end. The area is rich in wildlife with hares, kingfishers and the occasional nightingale.
Take a Country Stroll
There are some beautiful walks around the Plumpton area giving you the chance to see a diverse range of species and habitats. Take in the marshland, trickling streams, wildflowers and woodland birds. For a selection of walks VISIT
Plumpton Racecourse is one of the smaller National Hunt racecourses in Britain with a circuit of just over 1 mile (1.6km). In 2013 Visit England declared Plumpton Racecourse as one of the top ten visitor attraction racecourses in England and Wales and they hold events, exhibitions special race days and camping weekends. The course is adjacent to Plumpton railway station with trains running hourly to nearby Lewes, which makes it a convenient day trip from London.
The Keep is a world-class centre for archives and offers an unrivalled, detailed record of the region’s history, dating back over 900 years. These archives document the lives of individuals, places and events from across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove. They include written records, photographs and films. They hold regular talks and events by local historians including a chance to handle and explore the original Mass Observation diaries from WW2 and guided tours of The Keep itself.
American Express Community Stadium is the long awaited permanent home of the ‘Seagulls’ Brighton and Hove’s Albion football club. The stadium is incredibly busy during home games but also offers a variety of non football related events throughout the year including the ECO technology show in June and themed party nights during the Christmas season. You can also arrange for a behind the scenes tour of the stadium including press area, dugouts and trophy room.
Situated next to the University of Sussex and close to Falmer railway station, Stanmer Park is 5,000 acres of open parkland located within the South Downs National Park. Perfect for picnics, cycling and woodland walks, this park is a favourite with people from nearby Brighton. Inside the park you will find Stanmer Village, an 18th Century village with a tea room, a farm and knapped flint church. If you fancy a treat you can now dine out at Stanmer House, an 18th Century grade 1 listed mansion house once owned by the Pelham family. The park is also home to Stanmer Organics Nursery where you can buy plants to take home and Earthship Brighton, a cutting edge, green building made from waste tyres.
Falmer Village lies in the Sussex Downs ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ The name Falmer is from the Saxon “Falemere”, which is recorded in the 11th Century Domesday Book. Old flint-stone buildings surround the village pond, including the old school, and St Laurence Church dating back to the 11th Century and renovated in 1817 . Much has changed over time and it is now home to two universities and the AMEX community stadium. Despite development the village still retains its charm.