We've lived in the local area for over twenty years and have put together our top picks of things to see and do within the surrounding area. We've seperated them into key categories and from here you can easily see the distance from Brailsham and visit (if applicable) their website to find out more information or book tickets (if applicable).
Eastbourne is a resort town. On the seafront are Victorian hotels, the 19th-century Eastbourne Pier and a 1930s bandstand. The Towner Art Gallery includes modern British works. Nearby, Redoubt Fortress, built during the Napoleonic Wars, has a military museum. Southwest along the coast, in South Downs National Park, are the tall chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and its striped 1902 lighthouse.
A sandy beach in the village of Camber, near Rye. It is the only sand dune system in East Sussex, and is east of the estuary of the River Rother at Rye Bay stretching 3 miles to just beyond the Kent border, where shingle and pebbles take over again.
Known for the 1066 Battle of Hastings, fought on a nearby field where Battle Abbey now stands. The Norman ruins of Hastings Castle, once home to William the Conqueror, overlook the English Channel. East along the shingle seafront of Stade beach, Hastings Fishermen’s Museum and Shipwreck Museum document maritime history and visitors can enjoy The Jerwood Gallery which shows contemporary art.
A historic port town. In the centre, cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street are lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. The redbrick Lamb House was once owned by writer Henry James. Nearby, the tower of the Norman St. Mary’s Church overlooks the town. The 14th-century Ypres Tower, which formed part of Rye’s defences, is now Rye Castle Museum, with paintings and displays on local history.
Wellshurst Golf and Country Club
Wellshurst is an 18 hole, 5825 yard, par 71 course situated in 150 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside with a floodlit, all-weather driving range. Lessons are available on the course or the driving range. Bar and restaurant facilities are open to members and non-members seven days a week.
Surrounded by the Ashdown Forest, which according to the famous children’s author, A. A. Milne, is the woodland that inspired his Winnie The Pooh stories, the Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club offers the heights of luxury in the heart of East Sussex.
One of the most picturesque golf courses in the country, Seaford Head is situated on the cliffs of Seaford on the South Coast of England. With views over the English Channel along the shoreline as far as the Isle Of Wight to the West and the Seven Sisters to the East. The South Downs to the north give the course near perfect panoramic views.
Set amongst mature trees and lakes, Horam Park Golf Club presents golfers of all abilities with different challenges from the first tee shot to the final putt. This parkland nine hole course is made up with three par 3s, four par 4s and two par 5s, with a variety of tee positions to give those looking for 18 holes a whole fresh set of challenges on the back nine.
Set along an old railway line the Cuckoo Trail is one of the most popular family cycle rides in the South East. The trail takes you through woodland, open grassland, and pasture. Along the way you can spot green woodpeckers, orchids, seasonal wildflowers, oak sculptures and carved wooden seats.
Explore the marina at Eastbourne and the surrounding coastal countryside paths with bike hire from South Coast Marina Bikes. Modern bikes available from the main marina where you can also find a variety of bars and restaraunts.
Bedgebury is an award winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity. The National Pinetum provides a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics. Bedgebury Forest has miles of family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running trails. You may even find a Gruffalo hiding in the woods!
A 110m artificial dry ski slope which creates the perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding. The down slope measures 360ft with a vertical drop of 100ft. They also have a nursery slope and Ringo Run and a second drag lift.
With Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure Plus and Treetop Adventure experiences there’s something for thrill seekers and the little ones too. Home to an exhilarating 170-metre zip, this course will have you navigating your way through a tunnel of greenery as you immerse yourself in this dense forest.
A large fishing complex with a range of professional and junior lakes suitable for all skill sets and abilities. Rod hire and bait available. Large waterside cafe with range of breakfast and lunch options. Open daily.
Barretts Park Farm lakes are situated in the Old Heathfield area of Heathfield. There are two lakes on the farm, one is about 2-3 acres and the smaller one is just under an acre. The smaller lake is the more picturess and the more sheltered of the two. The lakes between them hold some beautiful specimen fish including carp to 25lb, tench to over 6lb, perch to over 5lb, eels to in excess of 5lb, as well as crucian carp to 1lb 8oz, roach and rudd to 1lb 8oz, and small gudgeon.
A family run fishery on part of the Horam Manor Estate, which is open all year round. Relaxing coarse fishing with Eleven waters, packed to bursting with terrific fish like Carp, Crucian Carp, Tench, Perch, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Golden Rudd and even Eels. Toilets, extensive car parking and tearoom are available on the estate.
Battle Abbey (English Heritage) is a partially ruined Benedictine abbey in Battle, East Sussex, England. The abbey was built on the site of the Battle of Hastings and dedicated to St Martin of Tours. Take a walk through the abbey and its grand towers and visit the battle field.
Set in the heart of an historic landscape, with spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th century Bodiam Castle (National Trust) is one of Britain's most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments. Windows where arrows were once loosed, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden (National Trust), at Sissinghurst in the Weald of Kent in England, was created by Vita Sackville-West, poet and writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. It is among the most famous gardens in England and is designated Grade I on Historic England's register of historic parks and gardens.
Owned by the National Trust Bateman's is a Jacobean house, former home of Rudyard Kipling. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer and inspired his work. Bateman's is very much a family home that feels as though the Kiplings have just gone out for the day.
Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
Owned by English Herirage with a history stretching back over 16 centuries, Pevensey Castle chronicles more graphically than any other fortress the story of Britain's south coast defences. The castle is famously the landing place of William the Conqueror's army in 1066. Enjoy the open grounds and space to roam and explore.
A privately owned estate with 300 acres of carefully managed woodland and beautiful gardens, all surrounding a red brick, 15th century, moated castle. Take time to explore the towers and rooms and immerse yourself in the history of this grand building.
Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Wilderness Wood is a family-run, working woodland in Hadlow Down, E Sussex. Visitors welcome to explore - and get involved with woodland work. 62 acres of woodland with paths and play areas; a forest school; woodland products; Christmas trees; cafe; camping; BBQs; workshops and stalls.
Bewl Water reservoir is the perfect place to walk, cycle and exercise in beautiful Wealden countryside. Lovely open spaces, breath taking scenery, miles of paths, take away drinks and snacks available.
Interactive science, workshops and events, with a huge telescope in the astronomical observatory. Hands-on science & discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.