South Downs Getaway is a 5 minute drive from the historic town of Lewes. On the edge of the South Downs National Park, it is a starting point for walks or a visit to the Castle, Medieval Priory or the home of Anne of Cleeves. Bonfire Night is a world-famous spectacle, not to be missed, with the whole town involved in the processions, bonfires and Fireworks.
Real Ale enthusiasts will enjoy the beer from Harveys Brewery.
Brighton, 12 miles away, has a vibrant nightlife, shops, Restaurants and Café Culture. The Royal Pavilion, with its exotic oriental appearance, both inside and out, should be visited. The Lanes, once the heart of the old fishing town of Brighthelmstone, is an intricate maze of twisting alleyways, offering an extraordinary mix of history and heritage; lined with antique, jewellery and boutique fashion shops.
In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique; it is globally recognised as one of the great opera houses. It stands next to the country home of John Christie, who founded it in 1934. Now run by his grandson, Gus, it is still very much a family concern. Its Festival audiences arrive from far and wide and an extended interval gives them time for an evening meal. Many choose to picnic in the garden. Some sprawl on rugs, others bring tables, candlesticks and ice buckets. Almost all wear evening dress..
This picturesque village is well worth a visit either by car or by walking there via the South Downs Way. Great for a cream tea and a visit to Alfriston Clergy House, the first property purchased by the National Trust. It is timber-framed, with traditional thatch and a beautiful cottage garden.
The Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park runs all the way to East Grinstead, through Horsted Keynes. There is also a museum and it is open all year. The Lavender Line at Isfield is only five miles away; it offers short rides and is open from March to December.
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