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SHORTSTAYLEWES - news from our Lewes bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation 

Great news BEDE Events are to take over the running of the popular

Bentley Woodfair 2019; a celebration of woodlands, forestry, nature, sustainability, woodcraft, artisan skills and the big outdoors - all on the beautiful Bentley Estate in Lewes, East Sussex.

The fair takes place from 20-22 September and welcomes craftsmen such as Underwoodsman, the Woolly Umbrella Group, Jeff Higley canoe builder and the South of England Hedge Laying Society.

Frankie Woodgate will be demonstrating how she uses her horses to manage woodlands and harvest timber from places unreachable for machines. Horse loggers work through the whole range of timber produced in British woodlands, from small coppice poles and firewood, through thinnings in soft and hard woods up to final crop.

Chris Jupp, with his dog and ducks will be showing off skills and commands used to guide the animals around short courses.

The three days will be packed with arena attractions for the whole family, including refreshments, falconry and shopping. Chopperwhoppers will be supplying fresh artisan handcrafted rolled ice cream and Septimus Spyder Drinks will provide medieval mead, ales and ciders.

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Charleston Festival 2019

Charleston has a spectacular line-up for its 30th festival of ‘books, ideas and creativity’. With big names from Jeanette Winterson, Joan Bakewell, Alan Bennett, Michael Palin and Simon Callow to Peter Blake, Lionel Shriver, Posy Simmonds and Vanessa Redgrave, there’s something to tempt anyone interested in literature and the arts.

Running from Friday 17 May until Monday 27 May, the schedule is packed with interest and diversity, so it’s worth nabbing tickets before your chosen event or events sell out. If you are visiting over several days, now is also the time to book accommodation because rooms sell out, especially as the summer season of Glyndebourne Opera starts on Saturday 18 May.

Check out Short Stay Lewes’ mix of fabulous bed and breakfasts and studios to find somewhere that’s perfect for your visit. You can check availability instantly and book online so that you can be sure you’ve secured somewhere to relax after your Charleston lectures. All of Short Stay Lewes’ properties will offer you a warm welcome.

You can see what’s on during Charleston Festival and book ticket at

Glyndebourne 2019 Festival Book Now

With Die Zauberflote, more commonly known as The Magic Flute, already sold out, now is the time to book your tickets for the Glyndebourne Festival if you are thinking of coming this summer.

Tickets for the other operas are still available right now. These include Barber of Seville, La damnation de Faust, Cendrillon – a production of the Cinderella story, Rusalka and Handel’s Rinaldo.

We also recommend that you book your accommodation at the same time because some Short Stay Lewes properties are also fully booked for certain dates. Furthermore, with Pelham House Hotel now closed, there will be more pressure on lovely places to stay than in previous years. Short Stay Lewes

offers a range of a fabulous independent accommodation both in Lewes and out of the town, in the surroundings villages, so you can choose what sort of break you want.

The advantage of Short Stay Lewes for selecting accommodation is that you can check instantly which properties have availability for the required dates for your opera visit. Then you can decide which bed and breakfast or studio suits your needs and book immediately online.

There is so much to do in and around this area of East Sussex that it’s worth thinking about a longer stay to take in some of the delights while you are here – there’s everything from National Trust houses and gardens to visit, such as Nymans, Sheffield Park, Standen and Great Dixter, to seeing Charleston, walks on the South Downs and mooching around Lewes and Brighton.

So getting booking now and you can look forward to your opera and stay come summer.

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