GREAT PLACES TO VISIT
Bluebell Vineyard Estates is an award-winning, family-run vineyard and winery with more than 100,000 vines in Sussex. As well as taking a vineyard tour and tasting Bluebell’s sparkling wines, visitors can stroll round the estate, taking one of three trails. In spring there are carpets of bluebells in the woods, from which the vineyard derives its name. The beauty of the setting also makes Bluebell the perfect wedding venue. The marquee, with spectacular views across the vineyard, accommodates up to 180 guests and there are options of a drinks reception on the winery terrace or indoors in the rustic barn.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates
Glenmore Farm, Sliders Lane, Furners Green, East Sussex TN22 3RU
Plumpton Racecourse is a hidden gem in the world of horseracing. Being one of the smallest racecourses in the country, we offer great spectator viewing where you are never far from the action. Accompanied children under 18 go free and racegoers receive a complimentary race card. There is free car parking and Plumpton station is adjacent to the racecourse with trains from London and Eastbourne. Plumpton Racecourse also provides a memorable wedding venue. Licensed for indoor and outdoor 300-guest capacity ceremonies, we have a range of suites, located course-side, all with breath-taking views across the racecourse and South Downs beyond.
Plumpton Racecourse Ltd, Plumpton, East Sussex, BN7 3AL
Glyndebourne is an internationally renowned Opera House set in Glynde just outside Lewes in the beautiful Sussex countryside. The 2020 Festival has a great line-up with something for every opera lover, from the first ever staging of a 20th century tragedy Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites. Warmth and sparkling laughter highlights Donizetti's greatest comedy, L'elisir d’amore. Handel Alcina seductive sorceress Alcina can conjure anything she wants, anything, except love. Die Entführung aus dem Serail Mozart's East-meets-West comedy makes its first Festival return. Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera is a powerful musical manifesto for liberty and justice. Stravinsky The Rake's Progress.
David Hockney's iconic designs return to Glyndebourne for the first time in a decade.
Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU
+44 (0) 1273 813813
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Sheffield Park's garden is a horticultural work of art, formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Standen House is an Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden. Wakehurst is a botanical garden with the world's largest seed-conservation project. Nyman's is a garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins. Bateman's is a Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling. Monk's House is Leonard and Virginia Woolf's 17th-century country retreat. Alfriston Clergy House is a medieval thatched Wealden hall-house and picturesque garden. Ditchling Beacon has panoramic views from the top of world. Birling Gap and The Seven Sisters are perfect for a walk. Cuckmere Valley is a flower-rich chalk grassland with stunning views of the Cuckmere River. Enjoy South Downs National Park's wild coastline and stunning wildlife.
Charleston is the Bloomsbury home of arts and ideas. It is nestled in the glorious South Downs National Park in East Sussex and Charleston Farmhouse was where artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant lived. Pioneers of early 20th-century British art, Bell and Grant created a hub of artistic and intellectual activity at Charleston, with visitors including Virginia and Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E M Forster and many others. Charleston continues to be a hub of creativity, with its Literary Festival in May, workshops and exhibitions. The galleries, garden, shop and The Threshing Barn are open all year. See the website for House visiting times.
Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL
+44 (0) 1323 811626