Attractions and events

The civil parish of Mayfield and Five Ashes has a wealth of local attractions and events, many reaching back into its medieval history.  Mayfield High Street contains many beautiful old buildings, with the oldest dating back to the early 1400s.  A mile away, the site of Mayfield Furnace tells the story of when Mayfield was the centre of the iron industry in England with a national monopoly on making cast iron guns.  Nearby Argos Hill Windmill is one of the few remaining post mills in England.

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If you are staying (or living) in Mayfield, then you are in an area rich with places to visit and things to do, whether you are interested in historical sites, attractive towns, beautiful houses, family and children’s activities, cultural events, exploring nature, the seaside, or shopping.  Watch the video below for highlights of Wealden, our local district, or search the table below shows what is available within an hour’s car journey of Mayfield and Five Ashes.

Use the search function on the table below to find places and events of interest.  You can even search by category: Adventure, Crafts, Culture, Entertainment, Events, Family, Festivals, Food & drink, Gardens, Heritage, Learning, Nature, Shopping, Sports or Towns & Villages

AttractionCategoriesDist. (miles)Brief description
Abbots Wood
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/abbotswood
Family, Nature, Sports17Abbot's Wood offers visitors waymarked forest trails, barbecues and picnic sites. There is also a large grass area for ball games. Also family-friendly stargazing trails.
Alfriston Clergy House
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/alfriston-clergy-house
Culture, Gardens, Heritage, Nature19National Trust property. Medieval thatched Wealden hall-house and picturesque (Arts & Crafts) garden. Follow in the steps of the Bloomsbury set of writers and artists in a walk to the house
Ashdown Forest
https://www.ashdownforest.org
Family, Nature8A deer hunting forest in Norman times and now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. Walk in it, enjoy spectacular views over the Sussex countryside, see its internationally renowned wildlife and and discover the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Batemans
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans
Culture, Gardens, Heritage, Nature7National Trust property. Home of Rudyard Kipling, Jacobean house, water mill, gardens, tea shop
Bayham Old Abbey
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bayham-old-abbey/
Family, Gardens, Heritage9The impressive ruins, built from golden local sandstone, include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse. Bayham Abbey is now set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who also planned the grounds of Kenwood House in London. Rooms in the 'Georgian Gothick' dower house are open for visitors to experience. See it on the Wealden Tourism Video.
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
https://www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury
Adventure, Family, Nature12One of the world's finest conifer collections, a centre for International conifer conservation, and a beautiful place for walks and picnics. Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape.
Bewl Water Country Park
https://www.bewlwater.co.uk/
Adventure, Family, Food & Drink, Events, Nature, Sport10At 800 acres, the largest stretch of open water in the South East, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Open all year, a visit to this stunning lake is fantastic family fun and great value. Healthy, outdoor fun for all ages and abilities. Activities include fishing, cycling, walking, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing. Includes a conference venue
Birling Gap and Seven Sisters
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birling-gap-and-the-seven-sisters
Family, Nature, Seaside24National Trust. Walk, go rockpooling or simply relax in the sun with views of the Seven Sisters cliffs
Black Cap
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blackcap
Nature22National Trust. A classic downland experience with secret woodland glades. Enjoy a walk far from the crowds, find a sunken track lined with flowers, a hilltop panorama, and the myriad colours of a secret woodland
Bodiam Castle
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle
Events, Family, Heritage, Nature16National Trust. Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour
Bowles Outdoor Centre
bowles.rocks
Adventure, Events, Family, Learning, Sport6We provide high quality outdoor education through extremely passionate well qualified staff, amazing facilities, home cooked food and an ethos of learning though experience.  Activities include skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, school trips, birthday parties and activity clubs.
Chartwell
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell
Family, Gardens, Heritage, Nature23National Trust. Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill
Cuckmere Valley / Cuckmere Haven
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cuckmere-valley
Family, Nature, Learning23National Trust. Flower-rich chalk grassland with stunning views of the Cuckmere River. Perfectly situated for field studies at Frog Firle Farm
Davenport Vineyards
http://www.davenportvineyards.co.uk
Food and Drink4Organic wines made in Sussex. Note vineyard not open to the public without prior arrangement
Ditching Beacon
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ditchling-beacon
Nature27National Trust. Panoramic views from the top of world
Downsview Vineyard & Orchard
http://www.downsviewvineyard.co.uk/
Food and Drink6Downsview Vineyard and Orchard is a small family run business owned and managed by Cathy and Jim Brown. We are passionate about making quality still and sparkling wines and ciders in this beautiful part of the world, and all our wines have their own unique character.
Forest Garden, Shovelstrode
http://forestgarden.info/
Family, Gardens, Learning, Nature20Offering secluded luxury camping in one of two yurts and a beautiful log cabin, a wide range of traditional woodland craft courses throughout the year and a Forest Garden, an innovative and highly productive way of gardening.
Friston Forest
https://www.forestry.gov.uk/fristonforest
Family, Nature, Sports22Forestry Commission. Friston Forest offers a number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore the beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers and mountain bikers. Also horse riding, stargazing and barbeque (BBQ) sites
Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest
http://www.groombridgeplace.com/
Adventure, Family, Gardens, Nature12A formal Knot and Oriental Garden, a Secret Garden, the white rose garden and the wonderfully named Drunken Garden, a favourite of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Children will enjoy playing on the giant chess set. The forest includes pretty tree lined forest paths with water pools, giant tree swings, a raised board walk with zip wires and rope swings, wooden bridges, a maze and Crusoe’s World. Animals on view include birds of prey, peacocks, Zedonk (half zebra, half donkey) and wild fallow deer
Lamb House
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lamb-house
Culture, Heritage, Gardens28National Trust. Georgian house with literary associations including Henry James
Leeds Castle
https://www.leeds-castle.com/home?
Culture, Entertainment, Events, Family, Food & Drink, Gardens, Heritage, Nature, Sports28“THE LOVELIEST CASTLE IN THE WORLD”. Discover almost 900 years of history and explore 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. The whole family will enjoy the maze and grotto, thrilling falconry displays, punting on the moat, adventure playgrounds and more!
Llama Park
http://www.llamapark.co.uk/
Events,Family, Nature14Park with Llamas, Alpacas, Reindeer, Goats, Sheep, Pigs. Geese, Ducks, Chickens, Peafowl. Walks, childrens' play area, food
Monks House, Rodmell
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house
Culture, Gardens, Nature20National Trust property. Nestled in the heart of rural Sussex, Monk’s House is a tranquil 17th-century weather-boarded cottage which was inhabited by Leonard and his novelist wife Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonard's death in 1969. You can explore the house and gardens
National Cat Centre
http://www.ncac.cats.org.uk/
Family, Nature15Visitors to our rehoming centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex, can meet our feline residents and talk with our dedicated team about the best cat for you and your home.  As well as a nature trail (and a few resident donkeys), we have a welcoming café and gift shop stuffed with all things cat.
Nuts4Climbing
https://www.rockclimbingstore.co.uk/
Adventure, Events, Family, Learning, Sport10Offering the highest quality outdoor climbing courses for adults available in the South East. The closest outdoor climbing venue to London, priding itself on offering first class low-ratio coaching to climbers of all levels and abilities. Also sells climbing equipment
Perryhill Orchards
http://perryhillorchards.co.uk/
Crafts, Food & Drink, Shopping13Free tasting of their apple juices and ciders in the farm shop, craft centre with log baskets, kitchen utensils and decorated cookware to ornate pots and vases, beautiful hangings and eye-catching jewellery. Customised crafts to order.
Pooh Sticks Bridge
http://www.pooh-country.co.uk/ep_poohsticksbridge.php
Family14Play Pooh Sticks on the bridge where Christopher Robin first played it with Winnie-the-Pooh. Pooh Car Park near Chuck Hatch is about half a mile away by footpath. Pooh Corner tea room and gift shop is nearby in Upper Hartfield
Royal Ashdown Golf Club
https://www.royalashdown.co.uk/
Sports15A traditional members’ golf club set in the heart of the Ashdown Forest. The stunning heathland layout of the Old Course is currently (2015) rated by Golf World as 42nd in its top 100 courses in England and not a bunker in sight.
Scotney Castle
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle
Adventure, Family, Gardens, Heritage, Nature10National Trust property. Country house, romantic garden, 14th century moated castle - all in a beautiful wooded estate. Scotney Castle is a great place to visit as a family. With plenty of activities on offer and over 780 acres of parkland and woodland to explore as well as the house and garden and Old Castle, there’s so much here for all the family to enjoy.
Seven Sisters Country Park including Friston Forest and Visitor Centre, Exceat
http://www.sevensisters.org.uk/
Events, Family, Nature24The area has a long and interesting history, including some fascinating shipwrecks, which you can discover on a series of shorewalks. SSCP is a great place to explore on foot, by bicycle or by canoe, particularly along the spectacular meanders of the Cuckmere River. The Visitor Centre is situated in an 18th century barn, and provides useful information on the Park with displays and exhibitions.
Sheffield Park and Gardens
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden
Adventure, Events, Family, Gardens, Heritage, Learning, Nature15National Trust property. Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland. Something for everyone with family activities
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden
Culture, Events, Gardens, Heritage, Nature19National Trust. Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden.
Spa Valley Railway
http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/
Entertainment, Events, Family, Food and Drink9Heritage steam railway offering driver and railway events, dining, children's events and days out, as well as steam journeys through the wonderful Kent and Sussex countryside and where each station is a destination with its own attractions
Standen House and Garden
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden
Culture, Gardens, Heritage, Nature19National Trust. Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden
Wakehurst
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wakehurst
Gardens, Nature21National Trust property. Botanical garden with the world's largest seed conservation project
Herstmonceux Castle
http://www.herstmonceux-castle.com
Culture, Events, Family, Gardens, Heritage, Learning16Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds is a 300 acre estate including woodland, formal themed gardens and a 15th century moated castle. It is an International Study Centre for Queen’s University in Canada and hosts students, tourists, residential conferences, corporate events and weddings
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre
http://www.the-observatory.org/
Family, Learning, Nature16Spectacular hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. Children's workshops
Long Man of Wilmington
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Man_of_Wilmington
Nature, Family20A hill figure on the steep slopes of Windover Hill near Wilmington 6 miles northwest of Eastbourne and ¹⁄₃ mile south of Wilmington
Bluebell Railway
http://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
Entertainment, Family, Events15A steam railway line running for 11 mi along the border between East and West Sussex
Argos Hill Windmill
http://www.argoshillwindmill.org.uk
Family, Heritage2A Grade 2* listed building dating from 1835, one of only 50 surviving post mills in England, a landmark and a fine example of Sussex millwrighting
Nutley Windmill
http://www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk/about-udps/nutley-windmill
Family, Heritage10Standing in the beautiful Ashdown Forest, the last Open Trestle Post Mill in Sussex & one of only 5 left in the country. The best preserved and only operational windmill is Sussex based on a design used since the 12th C
Pevensey Castle
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pevensey-castle
Family, Heritage21A medieval castle and former Roman Saxon Shore fort. An English Heritage site and a Scheduled Monument
Fizz on Foot
http://www.fizzonfoot.com
Food and Drink, Nature20Offers stunning walking routes across the South Downs National Park and the Cuckmere Valley along with visits to award-winning vineyards, tutored wine tastings and delicious lunches
Heathfield Agricultural Show
heathfieldshow.org
Crafts, Entertainment, Family, Food & Drink, Heritage, Learning, Nature4Held at the end of May, a proud showcase of the products and produce of The High Weald, with cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, crafts, farmers' market, flower show, education centre, vintage tractors
Hadlow Down Traction Engine Rally
http://www.tinkerspark.com
Crafts, Entertainment, Family, Food & Drink, Heritage4Beginning of June - traction engine rally, veteran and classic cars, model and narrow-gauge railways, Jessett collection of mechanical musical instruments, vintage farm machinery. Model railway exhibition in September
Dewlands Golf Club
http://www.dewlandsmanorgolfcourse.co.uk
Sports3Dewlands is renowned for its warm and friendly atmosphere, with generous 15 minute tee times. We look forward to welcoming you, so you can discover the joy of Dewlands for yourself.
Boars Head Golf
http://www.boarsheadgolfcentre.co.uk
Sports6Driving range, 9 hole golf course and practice area
Sussex Farms Museums and Nature Trail, Horam
horammanorfarm.co.uk
Events, Family, Nature, Learning8The Museum and nature trails show country life as it was 100 years ago. Inside are areas displaying agricultural tools, stable equipment, the dairy, forge and countryside sports.
Sussex Vineyards
Food and Drink0Mayfield. Not open to the public without prior arrangement
Picture House, Uckfield
http://www.picturehouseuckfield.com
Culture, Entertainment, Family10Award-winning 2 screen independent cinema. New releases, classics, theme nights and cultural screenings from National Theatre and Royal Opera.
Kino, Hawkhurst
http://www.kinodigital.co.uk
Culture, Entertainment, Family13Boutique entertainment venue with HD projection and sound. The first purely digital cinema in UK. Glyndebourne live screenings
The Curzon, Eastbourne
http://www.eastbournecurzon.net
Culture, Entertainment, Family233-screen cinema showing main releases, live streaming of National Theatre and RSC productions and some foreign-language releases
Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down
http://www.wildernesswood.org
Events, Family, Food & Drink, Learning, Nature462 acres of chestnut coppice with stands of beech, scots pine, douglas, cedar and giant sequoia. A cafe, a workshop, a home, a kitchen garden, a marquee, and camping shelters
Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail, nr Polegate
http://www.bluebellwalk.co.uk
Family, Nature17Open in April for 5 weeks. 7 interesting walks over 3 working farms. 1 km route through Bluebell woods suitable for wheelchair users
Drusilla's Park, nr Alfriston
http://www.drusillas.co.uk
Events, Family, Nature, Learning1810-acre zoo near to Alfriston, in East Sussex, UK. Its exhibits are targeted towards children between 2 and 10 years
Knockhatch Adventure Park
http://www.knockhatch.com
Adventure, Events, Family, Learning, Nature15Owl sanctuary, farm animals, soft play, cannon arena, adventure play area, boating, bungee trampoline, drop slide, go-karts, mini quads, laser game, waterslide
Battle Abbey and 1066 Battlefield
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield
Events, Family, Heritage16Site of the Battle of Hastings and ruined Benedictine Abbey
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
http://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
Culture, Entertainment, Family10Classical, opera, music, musical, family, dance, spoken word, variety theatre
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
http://www.trinitytheatre.net
Culture, Entertainment, Family10Mix of classical theatre/music/films/visual arts and children's theatre with animation and puppetry.
Tonbridge Oast Theatre
http://www.oasttheatre.com
Culture, Entertainment, Family18112 seat theatre based in an old oast house. Home to the Tonbridge Theatre and Arts Club
Lewes Little Theatre
http://www.lewestheatre.org
Culture, Entertainment, Family17Home of Lewes Theatre Club and thriving Lewes Theatre Youth Group, six to eight main stage productions per year andadditional touring events
The Hub Theatre, Haywards Heath
http://www.hubtheatre.co.uk
Culture, Entertainment, Family, Learning21Central Sussex College’s working theatre environment with the latest industry-standard technology to provide students with an outstanding theatre space
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/venue/devonshire-park-theatre
Culture, Entertainment, Family22Grade II listed small Victorian Theatre presenting major touring productions and one-night shows
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/about-us/venue-information/congress-theatre
Culture, Entertainment, Family21 Grade II* listed, purpose built, theatre and conference venue built in 1963. host to touring West End musicals and plays, ballet, opera, comedy and live music
Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne
http://www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/venue/winter-garden
Culture, Entertainment, Family23Wide variety of entertainment including tea dances, old-style music shows, comedy club and conferences in the Floral Hall and Gold Room
White Rock Theatre, Hastings
whiterocktheatre.org.uk
Culture, Entertainment, Family22Large venue for classical and rock music, stand-up comedians, circus, panto and community events.
Opus Theatre, Hastings
http://www.opustheatre.co.uk
Culture, Entertainment, Family, Learning23high quality concerts, recitals, opera, dance, art films, theatre, workshops, literary groups, lectures, the visual arts and more
Theatre Royal, Brighton
http://theatreroyalbrighton.com/
Culture, Entertainment, Family, Learning29Grade II listed building presenting a range of West End and touring musicals and plays, opera and ballet as well as Creative Learning events, workshops and courses. Capacity of 952.
Brighton Open Air Theatre
http://www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk
Culture, Entertainment, Family29425 capacity Open Air Theatre in Dyke Road Park, Hove open from 1st May to 30th September
Rialto Theatre, Brighton
http://www.rialtotheatre.co.uk/
Culture, Entertainment30Performing arts theatre: music, comedy, drama, fringe, events
Malborough Pub & Theatre, Brighton
http://www.marlboroughtheatre.org.uk/
Culture, Entertainment26Best fringe theatre, queer performance with great food and a friendly crowd. LGBTQ+ pub theatre
Therapy Room Comedy Club, Tunbridge Wells
http://www.facebook.com/TherapyRoomComedyClubTunbridgeWells/
Entertainment, Family10Once a month attracting the finest stand ups from around the world. Relaxed surroundings where you can watch great comedy, dance, eat, drink and chat.
Electric Palace
http://www.electricpalacecinema.com
Culture, Entertainment, Family23Compact, arthouse cinema, screening classic and world films, with a bar and a live-events programme.
Odeon Cinema
http://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/tunbridge_wells/136/
Entertainment, family13Multiplex cinema
Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
http://www.tunbridgewellsmuseum.org
Culture, Family, Learning10Special exhibitions, collection of Tunbridge wooden ware, objects of the month. Explorer backpacks, gallery trails and colouring books for children.
De La Warr Pavilion
http://www.dlwp.com
Culture, Entertainment, Events, family, Learning22Established in 1935, modern ever since. Exhibitions, comedy, music, peformance, broadcast & film, family shows, workshops
Fenton's Rink, Tunbridge Wells
http://www.fentonsrink.co.uk
Family, Sports10England's only ice curling rink, open October to April
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
http://www.bentley.org.uk
Crafts, Events, Family, Gardens, Heritage, Nature13Wildfowl reserve, living willow tunnels, woods, adventure playground, motor museum, house and gardens, craft workshops, miniature railway and Shetland ponies
Rother Valley Railway
http://www.rvr.org.uk
Entertainment, Family14Reconstructing the Kent & East Sussex steam railway from Robertsbridge to Bodiam
Eastbourne Pier
http://www.eastbournepier.com
Entertainment, Events, Family, Food & Drink, Seaside23Seaside pleasure pier dating from 1870. Jazz lounge, restaurant, nightclub, fish & chips, tea rooms
Hastings Pier
hastingspier.org.uk
Entertainment, Events, Family, Food & Drink, Learning, Seaside22Summer marquee events including opera, pirate trail, giant water slide, camera obscura, restaurants and bars, fish & chips, community theatre, workshops,work placements
Go Ape, Bedgebury
goape.co.uk/days-out/bedgebury
Adventure, Family, Nature12Enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings - something for everyone on a family day out.