Herstmonceux Castle


Bluebell Railway

Days Out in Sussex

So Sussex

Takes adults and children on activities in the Sussex countryside for the purposes of pleasure and learning and to explore the county.

Blackberry Farm (3.7 miles)

Awarded a quality assured visitor attraction by enyoyEngland.com, open 7 days a week throughout the year. This attraction has around 200 animals including ponies, deer, llamas & pigs to name a few. With indoor and large outdoor play areas, tractor rides, animal handling, and picnic areas, all this makes BlackberryFarm a wonderful and fun filled family day out.

Farley Farm

The Farley’s Yard Trust takes its inspiration from the lives and works of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. They lived at Farley Farm in East Sussex which came to be known as ‘The Home of The Surrealists in England’ and holds a a dazzling collection of artistic treasures. Farley’s became a meeting place for many of the most influential artists of the 20th century including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Paul Éluard and Henry Moore.

Cuckoo Trail

Built on a disused railway line between Heathfield and Eastbourne Park, The Cuckoo Trail offers a safe route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists of all ages. Links to excellent cycling for all abilities.

Herstmonceux Castle & Observatory Science Centre

Magnificent moated castle, parkland and Elizabethan gardens.

The Observatory Science Centre

Hands on science and discovery (approx 7 miles)

Drusillas Park (8.4 miles)

Widely recognised as the best small zoo in the UK (many would say Europe!) Drusillas has earned that reputation by creating an animal and child friendly environment. Encompassing a wonderful selection of wild animals in stunning habitats, a childrens adventure playground, a Thomas the Tank Engine Railway and family restaurants, there’s more than enough to keep couples and families entertained.


Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling, ‘Just as he left it’, reflecting the author’s exotic oriental tastes. (approx 8 miles)

Bluebell Railway (17miles)

Preserved steam railway. This is a superb attraction recreating the golden age of steam with many organised special events throughout the year. The railway is managed and run largely by volunteers. It has the largest collection of steam locomotives after the National Railway Museum, and a collection of carriages and wagons unrivalled in the South of England. You can relax with afternoon tea on the 1.5 hour return trip from Sheffield Park through the Sussex countryside.

Sussex Attractions

A great website for things to do while in Sussex.

Glebe Field Riding School (1.1 miles)

Set in 60 acres of private woodland in our village of Chiddingly, Glebe Field is a family run school which offers riding for all ages and abilities.
Owner Jackie Russell. Phone: 01825 872198 or mobile 07746635213.