I love living in East Sussex because it’s a great mix of countryside and seaside. I am very rarely short of inspiration for days out. So, if you find yourself here and looking for somewhere to go, here are my Favourite East Sussex days out:
Hastings Pier – The pier reopened in 2016 after being fire damaged in 2010; the new pier is an open space with temporary stalls and attractions. On a clear day you get stunning views along the coast from Eastbourne in the west over towards Dungeness in the east. The charity group now responsible for running the pier often holds family events at the weekends, and there are options for food and drink and toilets. It gets windy at the very end of the pier, so wrap up warm if you’re going on a chilly day.
While you’re in Hastings, a trip into the Old Town and down George Street and the High Street is always a treat. There are lots of cafes and artistic shops selling gifts and paintings, and barely a week goes by without me seeing an article online or in one of the national newspapers telling me how up and coming the Old Town is.
Sheffield Park and Gardens – This is one of my favourite National Trust gardens. It is near Fletching and is lovely for walks with children or without. There are lakes for duck watching, trees for hiding behind and a lovely cafe for hot chocolate and cake when you’re finished.
Drusillas – Both my girls love Drusillas. It’s a zoo with lots of exciting animals and a big playground at the end. There are lots of character appearances through the year too, adding to the excitement. We went with ours to see Peppa Pig and my biggest tip would be to get there early to beat the queues. We were there when the gates opened and only queued for a few minutes to meet Peppa and George but by lunchtime the queues were very long. You can also use your Tesco Clubcard vouchers to pay for entry, making it a more affordable day trip.
There are also lots of lovely little towns to stop in and have a walk to peruse the unique shops. Battle, Rye, Alfriston and Heathfield are just some of them.
Thank you to East Sussex Mummy for this inspiring guest post. If you visit any of these places, be sure to tag us both in your photos!