We decided to visit Heaven Farm on the weekend to see the Bluebells. The farm was built in a grand design in the 1830’s at the height of the great depression lasting over 30 years and now has almost an unique picture of farming. They have a museum nature trail, and shops to visit, you can even get married here now if you wish.
We went on the nature trail through the wonderful woods and fields past lakes into further woodland. This is great for families to let the children run freely and explore.
The Bluebells and the anemones were amazing blue and white under the tress glistening with the sun shining through the trees. Streams meandering through the woods just stunning.
You can have lunch here splendid menu to choose from and sit outside on the raised patio overlooking the shops that sell local produce, ice-cream drinks etc.
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The stable tea rooms serve wonderful cakes and coffees.
Yes folks! You’ve heard right! The Flying Scotsman, the world renowned steam train is in East Sussex for the Easter period! It’s stationed at the amazing Bluebell Railway from April 13th-April 19th.
What could be more perfect than staying with us at Beechwood B&B, where you’ll find 5 Star Gold attention to detail in every room coupled with a sumptuous and extensive breakfast menu. From Beechwood, the Bluebell Railway is just a 20 minutes drive maximum. It’s an independent steam train extravaganza, run entirely by volunteers and catering for families of all description and size as well as sole visitors with a keen interest in steam trains. They have a comprehensive collection of Victorian steam trains, offering dining facilities and numerous events throughout the year. They run services from Sheffield Park station to East Grinstead via Horsted Keynes and Kingscote stations. Hosted Keynes has been used in numerous period dramas such as Downton Abbey and The Railway Children because of the authenticity. You can feel free to wander around the stations and observe the pristine condition of the trains, even watching the local volunteers working on them! Why not get off at East Grinstead and stroll around the historic town, enjoying the selection of places to eat, drink and shop before stepping back on to the train for the return journey. It’s a wonderful way to spend an easter weekend day, especially with the very fortunate good weather of late!
The icing on the cake has to be the opportunity to see the iconic Flying Scotsman. Please find below the official itinerary of the Flying Scotsman at The Bluebell Railway:
Come and see everything we have to offer, watch Flying Scotsman at close quarters, and enjoy unlimited travel all day on our own trains for £25. Beat the queues and book ahead. Children aged 3-15 years half price.
How to get here
Driving: park your car at Horsted Keynes (RH17 7BB)
Come by train to East Grinstead (open to those intending to travel only)
Bus service from Haywards Heath: catch the specially arranged Compass Service 22
Limited parking may also be available at Sheffield Park, where car parking is mainly intended for those holding tickets to ride behind Flying Scotsman
If you just want to look at the passing trains, admission to our stations at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote will be available on the day at £10 per station. Stay as long as you like.
Additional attractions include visit of the miniature ‘Typhoon’ from the RH&DR to recreate the iconic 1927 photo of the two locomotives together.
Food, drink and picnic areas are available. Visit our Museum and Loco Sheds at Sheffield Park.
It’s too good an opportunity to miss and you could enhance your visit by staying with us at Beechwood B&B, taking any stress out of your journey.