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.