One of the major East Sussex summer festivals takes place every August Bank Holiday in the shape of the medieval re-enactment in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle. The event runs throughout the weekend, allowing visitors to camp, glamp or even to stay at luxurious accommodation in the area such as Beechwood B&B for the whole weekend or to just visit for the day. The castle is a hive of excitement and perfectly mirrors the kind of enthusiasm the locals of that time would have shown, giving local traders the opportunity to show their wares and their skills.
The festival covers jousting events, battle re-enactments, stage shows featuring jesters, jugglers, minstrels playing authentic medieval instruments and dancers. There are also many activities to entertain and engage children of all ages. All sections of the castle grounds are filled with stalls for tarot readers, skilled woodworkers, clothing of the kind worn in medieval times and food of the period.
It’s an event that everyone should have on their bucket list as it’s a very exciting weekend for people off all ages to enjoy. Why not top it off and stay with us at Beechwood B&B in comfortable 5 star gold accommodation to allow yourselves to relax and re-energise yourselves before experiencing the hustle and bustle of medieval life?
Beechwood B and B is fine place to stay when visiting Charleston Festival we are just 20 mins away from Charleston.
Held in the beautiful grounds of Charleston near Firle, from Wednesday September the 27th to Sunday October the 1st themes of identity, immigration and protest arrears woven through this schedule. There are celebrations startling new fiction from some of the most exciting writers working today.. Gwendoline Riley,david Szalay and Tessa Hadley Mark Haddon and Alison macleod inspired by bloomsbury. There are a mix of Uk and International authors.
“If you lived there you could make it absolutely divine.” – Virginia Woolf to her sister Vanessa Bell on Charleston.
In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant along with their unconventional household moved to Charleston. Carried by love, life, art and friendship, Bell and Grant challenged conventions and transformed Charleston from a typical Sussex farmhouse to a decorative masterpiece and vibrant artists’ garden.
Visit Charleston and step into the only complete Bloomsbury interior in the world and let us tell you the stories of the remarkable people who lived, visited and worked at Charleston.
Opening times at Charleston
1 March 2017 – 29 October 2017
Opening Times For The House:
Wednesdays – Saturdays : Guided Tours
March – June : 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
July & August : 11:30am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30)
September & October : 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays : Self-Guided Entry
March – October : 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
To ensure you get the most out of your visit the House is open by timed entry. We advise that you book your tickets in advance to guarantee entry at your preferred time. You can book tickets to visit Charleston with our fast, secure, booking site.
Tickets can be booked in advance up until midnight of the day before you wish to visit. If you are wanting to book for visiting today, we make some tickets available that can be purchased on the day in the Charleston Shop on a first come first served basis. Availability is limited.
Another busy season for Beechwood B & B
Beechwood B & B in Halland boasts a multi award-winning place to stay in East Sussex. Families, couples, businessmen and Glyndebourne enthusiasts are among the guests, many of whom return time after time.
So, what can you expect at Beechwood B & B? Apart from the standard tea and coffee making facilities, there are also ceiling fans in all rooms, a desk for travelling businessmen, and of course wifi. A good night’s sleep goes without saying, followed by a hearty breakfast every morning to start your day. There are 5 rooms to choose from – a twin room, 2 king size en-suite and two rooms that adjoin and share a bathroom, just right for families. There is also a stunning garden to relax in.
Carol and Ceri’s bed and breakfast has a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. They are only 10 minute’s drive from the neighbouring town of Uckfield, and 1 mile from the popular East Sussex National Golf resort, ideal for meeting clients and networking facilities for corporate clients. The coastal towns of Brighton and Eastbourne are only half an hour’s drive away, and Gatwick airport a bit further afield.
The owner, Carol Hyland and her Partner Ceri say ‘people arrive as strangers, and return home as friends’. Carol has been the proprietor for 11 years, and what started as a hobby has turned into a thriving business over the years.
Carol and Ceri are naturally very proud of their Five Star Gold rating. They also boast several awards, including a Rose Award (June 2016) by ‘Visit England’ and a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ awarded by Trip Advisor for 5 consecutive years.
For further information on Beechwood B & B please visit their website.
Beechwood B and B is an established B and B in Halland just outside Uckfield and Lewes. We have some beautiful rooms available for your stay, if its for pleasure or business we cater for you all.
We have one twin bedded room that suits many needs. We have three double rooms with king sized beds, one being downstairs and is open plan bedroom/bathroom.
Most guests in the summer are attending the Glyndebourne Festival – which is less than a 10 min drive.
We have an extensive menu for breakfast which our guests can choose from. We also cater for gluten free, diary free, vegetarian and all other requests. Our guests can sit and enjoy breakfast in the morning in our large conservatory overlooking the back garden and share your experiences with our other guests. We are proud to have won the Breakfast certificate from VisitEngland for Excellence.
Our garden is manicured and we have a large lawn, we are happy for you to chill on our luxury sun loungers or have lunch on the patio. Open a bottle of wine and just enjoy the garden.
Beechwood B and B has also won the certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the fifth consecutive year. We welcome repeat customers along with new people looking for a fab place to stay. Our Motto is (Enter as strangers leave as friends)
Excellent, large room with en-suite shower & bath, and seating area perfect for working or watching TV. Small fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and beautiful china cups & saucers. The rooms feel elegant & very comfortable.
Spotlessly clean throughout.
Nothing too much trouble for hosts Ceri & Carol e.g. when they were fully booked, they rearranged the cars on their drive to ensure that I could leave early in the morning at the weekend.
Wide range of mouth-watering options for a delicious breakfast. All served in their lovely conservatory overlooking the beautiful garden.
A thoroughly individual & unique B&B. My second visit and I will stay again!!
The Ashdown Forest covers 6,500 acres of stunning woods which stretches across Surrey Sussex and Kent, Its an area of special interest and an area of natural beauty, providing a unique habitat for a wide range of rare plants, birds and wildlife.
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Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the ‘home’ of Winnie-the-Pooh.
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.
Walking over the forest is a must with your dogs or enjoy a picnic with your family.
Ashdown forest is also home to winnie the pooh, and you can visit the bridge and collect sticks on the way to throw under the bridge.
Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926 with illustrations by E.H. Shepard. Neither Christopher Robin nor his father could remember the origin of the name, though “Winnie” is said to be named after a bear brought from Winnipeg by a Canadian soldier called Lieutenant Colebourn, and then resident in London Zoo.
The characters in the story were Christopher Robin’s toys, although E.H. Shepard used his own bear (Growler) as the model for Winnie. The toys went on tour and ended up in the New York Public Library, where they now live (except for Roo who mysteriously disappeared).
Christopher Robin always blamed A.A. for the terrible teasing he got at boarding school and throughout his life and the two never really got on together. Christopher wrote about his life in several volumes with the most important two being The Enchanted Places and The Path Through The Trees.
It wouldn’t be Summer in East Sussex without the international tennis tournament at The Devonshire Park in Eastbourne. This major sporting event is sponsored by Aegon and takes place from June 23rd – July 1st 2017. The tournament features numerous big names from the world of male and female tennis, such as Johanna Konta, Caroline Wozniacki, Richard Gasket, Feliciano Lopez and Kyle Edmund. It promises to be a hard-fought and exhilarating tournament and of course, sets the stage perfectly for the prestigious Wimbledon tournament to follow.
Naturally, accommodation is at a premium in Eastbourne during this tournament period so why not take the stress out of your visit by staying here at Beechwood and enjoy our luxurious rooms and breakfast facilities. Eastbourne is just 30 minutes from us and you’d be guaranteed a parking place on our large drive ( something that might be troublesome in Eastbourne!)
https://www.lovesupremefestival.com The summer months in East Sussex herald numerous big events to note in your calendars. One of the biggest and most attractive is the Love Supreme Jazz and Blues Festival. This takes place during the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July, depending upon how the calendar falls for that particular year and is always held at Glynde Place, a stunning backdrop with an Elizabethan country manor built in 1569 and set in acres of glorious countryside. The main attractions this year include George Benson, The Jacksons and Gregory Porter who all play on the main stage. There are also smaller venues situated around the park with plenty of up-and-coming jazz and blues acts mixed in with many established performers. It promises to be an unforgettable experience growing on from past years and fingers crossed, the weather is usually kind. You could treat yourself to the food stalls available and even use the well-being tent for some relaxation and pampering! We still have limited availability for the Friday and Sunday nights, so why not finish off the weekend by staying at our luxurious Beechwood Bed and Breakfast.
Beechwood Bed and Breakfast is close to many National Trusts one being Batemans. Just North of Beechwood B and B a 35 minute drive and you will arrive in the beautiful countryside of Burnish where you will find Batemans. Rudyard Kipling could see beyond the shabby farmhouse that Bateman’s had become: its history never ceased to inspire him throughout the 34 years he lived here.
‘Behold us,’ he wrote in November 1902, ‘lawful owners of a grey stone, lichened house – A.D.1634 over the door – beamed, panelled, with old oak staircase and all untouched and unfaked.’
Bateman’s after the Kiplings
After Kipling’s death in 1936 Bateman’s passed to his wife Carrie. Following her death in 1939 the house and 330 acres of land were given to us as a memorial to her husband.
The restoration of the mill
The mill was subject to a major restoration programme between 1969 and 1975 as it had fallen into a sad state of repair. The generator was still there but the turbine casing was split due to it being allowed to freeze-up in the late 1920s. At that time an oil-engine driven generator was installed near the battery house to give house lighting until the mains supply came in the early 1930s.
The Royal Engineers rebuilt the turbine-generator and a team of volunteers tended to repairs on the fabric of the mill and her machinery, including replacing the water wheel.The ground floor had disappeared and the roof was broken and leaking. Some of the brickwork was rotten and the weatherboarding of the outside walls needed replacement. Woodworm and beetle had attacked the machinery and the framwork. The site was overgrown and the waterways choked.
The mill continued to grind quite happily until last year when the the axle tree started to emit some unfamiliar and worrying noises, so it was decided that after 40 years of service a new one was needed. Fund raising for £150,000 was started for this major project which will include improvements to the mill’s water supply so that milling can take place more frequently.
In August 2016 the old axle tree was removed and a new one has been created by Ian Clark Restorations. It is hoped that the new parts will be put back early in 2017.