OFFER - Blackberry Farm offering 50% off entry to Bus Stop attendees!!

 

Blackberry Farm

If you are coming with family, why not take Blackberry Farm up on their offer of 50% off. You will need your wristbands to qualify for the offer.

Blackberry Farm has many attractions for family fun, we will have their info leaflet on site.

Local Petrol Stations:                                                             

 There are plenty of fuel stations on the A26 & A22 Trunk Roads

If you are coming from the South West (A27 and via Lewes), there is an Esso with lots of stuff on the A26 on the edge of the town.

If you're coming from the South East (A27 and via Polegate), there is a large Service Station Somerfield Shop at the A22 junction. As you go up the A22 you will find 2 more before you turn off for Bentley

If youre coming from the North A22 or A26, there is a fuel station at Uckfield where the A22 meets the A26. This is the same if you are coming from the West on A272.

Local Cafes:      

If you're out and about , there's a few roadside Cafes around but I would recommend 

Happy Days on A22 at Holmes Hill BN8 6JA - Tel 01825 872883. This is a cafe with a garden, which quite oddly has chickens, ducks and a peacock roaming around.


Arlington Tea Rooms & Gardens, Wilbees Road, BN26 6RU - Tel 01323 484549. This also has a garden and is much more secluded and has a small aviary in the garden


Just to prove there's not a theme with cafes and birds..

 

Duddleswell Tea Rooms, Ashdown Forest, TN22 3BH - Tel 01825 712126. Firstly, it doesn't open til 10 and they only do light meals/snacks but if you want walks, fresh air and some scenery, it's a lovely place - Be careful as there are sheep and cows roaming :-)


Don't forget, you don't need to leave the site as there is a cafe at Bentley serving a range of specials and snacks, and Bus Stop attendees get 10% off! 


Scenery and Walks:

Ashdown Forest = 10 mins North www.ashdownforest.org

The Forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife. Nearly two thirds of its 6500 acres (2500 hectares) are heathland, amounting to 2.5% of the UK's extent of this rare habitat. This is the largest public open area in the SouthEast. In the summer months, the sheep graze in the public areas and its not unusual to spot families of deer.

Dont be fooled by the name, Ashdown Forest is a large open area of heathland on a rugged terrain. There's hours of walking routes to take and good picnic spots. If walking is not your thing, take your bus or bug for a potter along the lanes. Keep your camera handy s there are some good backdrops for your vw photo album.

If you have children with you, Ashdown Forest is home of Winnie the Pooh.  

British Wildlife Centre = 35 Mins North West www.britishwildlifecentre.co.uk

If you are coming from the M25, you will pass this. I went last year and thought it was good. It's £8 Adult £6 Child. Animals live in settings that reflect their natural environment. Much of the area is outdoors, although there are plenty of undercover areas such as The Barn, The Hedgerow and the observation Badger Sett. It has the usual cafe, gift shop, keep talks etc..

Beachy Head = 20 Mins South (near Eastbourne) www.beachyhead.org.uk

Beachy Head is another spot of outstanding natural beauty. It's an amazing drive along the coast road which is elevated up to 530 feet on the chalk cliffs above sea level. Be careful if you have dogs or children as there is no barrier to the cliff edge. There has been campaigns to get protection barrier installed but quite rightly it has had objections. If you are joining us on the cruise to Eastbourne, we will be passing Beachy Head so it may your opportunity to explore this  whilst in the area. 

There are three pubs in the area. Tiger Inn is a good old traditional pub. From memory, no children are allowed in though. A good family pub is Birling Gap Hotel, it's right on the cliffs with a good sized car park and a family/games room at the rear and access down to the beach.

You could always pop into the Sheep Centre to help feed the lambs, meet the animals and take a ride on the tractor trailer ride, watch Sheep milking, Cheese making, Shearing, Spinning and Sheep being shorn. http://www.sheepcentre.co.uk/

Eastbourne = 30 Mins South (or we are going there)

When in Eastbourne, park up enjoy the Extreme Festival and our Show & Shine and take a walk along the prominade to the Pier. Look out for the Italian Ice Cream place on the right!!  

We are parking our Dubs right next to Fort Fun Park, great for the kids!! You can buy tokens for the rides or a writband for unlimited rides such as Water Log, Bumper Cars, Tea Cups and more.

Lewes = 20 Mins West

If you haven't been to Lewes, go. It's a beautiful historic town with amazing architecture and some good shops. Also, home of the Harveys Brewery. You can park near the Brewery and walk through an alley taking you through to some of the shops and cafes.  

Coastal Road A259

Go West on the A259 and explore Beachy Head as mentioned above (worth a visit if you havent been there). The drive further west of this is also quite pleasant. Drop down to Seaford Beach which is not as busy as Eastbourne but does not have much in the way of shops etc. Further west will take you to Brighton which is great for shopping and bars.

Go East on the A259 and take Coast Road to Cooden Beach. No shops, cafes etc only a nearby Pub - The Star Inn. The road takes you right along the beach front and has become a popular place for free camping, you will often see the odd camper or converted bus parked up on the beach front. You can proceed on to Bexhill where parking is free in places on Sundays. Further on is Hastings which has a nice old town and several good shops, bars and antique shops.

If you want to get further afield, Rye Harbour Town, Camber Sands, Dungeness (strange place consisting of dwellings made from railway carriages), Hythe Village, and so on. 

My advice is to start at Eastbourne and see Beachy Head which is nearby. Get back on the A259 West for 3 miles and turn right to Litlington. The drive through here is as pretty as driving through a Cornish village. Inbetween Litlington & Wilmington, you will see a parking spot, this is at where the South Downs Way crosses the road. Park here and walk up the hill. You will be rewarded with the most spectacular views accross the hills and to the sea - Wonderful!