Booking a Country Pub Bed and Breakfast in East Sussex UK

Birling Gap, East Sussex (beach view)

Sussex is famous for its bustling coastal villages and wonderful historic sites. If it’s quaint pastoral charms you’re after though, East Sussex is the place to be.

It’s the home of one of Britain’s prettiest and quaintest streets and awash with equally enchanting country landscapes and relaxing activities. 

When you book a country pub bed and breakfast in East Sussex, UK you’ll find yourself at the heart of all the best things to see and do. Here’s what you can look forward to.

Seaside Pastimes

You’re never far from the sea while staying in East Sussex England. These are some of the best places to explore the magical shores of Sussex on a day trip.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters 

The gorgeous chalk cliffs of Eastbourne offer opportunities for walking with views over the South Downs and the ocean.

The sheltered beaches are some of the best places to surf in England and you’ll never tire of hunting for fossils and mermaid’s purses along the shores. 

After the fun, the onsite cafe with its sea views is a great place to relax with tea and cakes.

Camber Sands

This beach is most famous for its tall pretty dunes and clean beach.  There are lifeguards on duty, so the whole family can safely take a dip in the calm waters of Camber’s main beach and the onsite stores are great for browsing in or enjoying a quick meal. 

See the Stars 

The observatory at Herstmonceux is a top hit for a family day out. Here you’ll find over 100 interactive exhibits, regular astronomy workshops, and plenty of opportunities for children to learn while having fun. 

It’s also the venue for several events throughout the year. Check their website to see what’s on the go during your visit.  

Go Country in Horam

Horam epitomizes the country charm of East Sussex. At Horam Manor Farm, you can spoil yourself with coffee and cake, visit the farm animals and farming equipment museum, walk among the fishing ponds, or join in one of the regular craft workshops. 

You can also go horse-riding in the surrounding countryside and even stop off for a pint in a pub along the way. 

Get active at the indoor trampoline park in town or enjoy a relaxing family day out, fishing or walking in the woods at Horam Manor Fishery. 

You’ll also find plenty of shops in the village worth browsing for souvenirs, or you can sip and savor your way around Hidden Spring Vineyards at nearby Vines Cross.

Why Choose a Country Pub Bed and Breakfast in East Sussex, UK?

Apart from awesome things to see and do, there are so many reasons to choose country pub bed and breakfast accommodation in East Sussex, UK. 

You can look forward to dining on excellent locally-sourced farm-to-table food, fine artisan ales, and outstanding hospitality. Accommodations are comfortable with all the necessary in-room conveniences like flat-screen TVs, radio alarms, iPod docks, and free WiFi. 

Get in touch if you’d like to experience an East Sussex country getaway at its best. 

Funeral Traditions in Sussex

woman with lily flowers and coffin at funeral

Sussex, like the tea found in many a teacup during afternoon tea, is steeped in history. The residents of this temperate county hold their traditions, like their tea, close to their hearts.

If you’re looking for a place to spend your holiday, Sussex is an excellent choice. It has no shortage of beachy resorts, historic castles, and quaint villages to visit. 

But, from time to time, you find that there are more sombre reasons to visit. As with all other traditions, funeral traditions remain a source of pride for the residents of Sussex. 

Keep reading to learn more about the traditional funeral ceremonies of Sussex. 

Funeral Preparations

It’s common in the UK to make a formal funeral announcement. This usually happens about a week before the ceremony in the local newspaper. 

The announcement includes a brief memorial to the deceased and the details of the funeral procession. This allows friends and family who may not be in contact with the immediate family to attend the funeral. It’s traditional in South England to open funerals to the public unless the family specifically requests a private service.

When preparing for a funeral in Sussex, remember that it’s traditional and appropriate to wear black. Occasionally, families will request that guests wear other colours, but this is rare. And if there is no announcement, black is the best option. 

Men should wear a pressed black suit with an optional tie. Women may wear whatever black clothing they like. But it is traditional to wear a black dress, and if you have one, a formal black hat. 

The Service & Procession

The funeral service is most often held in a church. The casket is displayed near the altar with the immediate family sitting in the first few rows of the church. 

In some cases, the casket might be laid out at the chapel of rest located in the funeral home. Many years ago, family members kept the body at their home. But with concern for hygiene, this was eventually moved to the chapel of rest.

After the service, there is a funeral procession. A traditional procession begins with the hearse which contains the funeral flowers. Several vehicles carrying the family members follow the hearse. 

Paging is a southern England tradition where the funeral director walks ahead of the hearse for a few hundred yards. Paging slows down the procession, allowing neighbours and those passing by to stop and pay their respect. 

The procession leads to the cemetery, where pallbearers lower the casket into the ground. Loved ones throw a handful of dirt onto the casket as it’s lowered. In some cases, they may throw flowers or personal mementoes as well. 

After the Burial

The wake is the final ceremony of a traditional UK funeral. In other countries, the wake is held before the funeral. But in South England, wakes are traditionally done after the funeral is over. 

A wake can be hosted in the home of the deceased or in a local inn or pub. Holding the wake at a public place can give your family and friends more room to move around. And you won’t have to worry about preparing food for the event. 

The wake is an opportunity to celebrate the life of the deceased. People can share stories about their loved one and enjoy some food and drinks along the way. 

Funeral Traditions of South England

It can be hard to say goodbye to a loved one. But following the funeral traditions of South England can offer you a way to bring closure to this difficult time.