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The Local Area

Great Activities within 15 miles of the May Garland Inn

Cuckoo Trail – scenic walk

Cuckoo trail – walk, cycle or horse ride an easy path through lovely countryside on what was an old railway line. Particularly suited for children’s buggies and wheel chair access. This 14 mile surfaced track betweeen Heathfield and Eastbourne Park is suitable for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities. It links Hampden Park to Heathfield and can be used in all weathers.

Horam Manor Farm

Horam Manor farm is in our lovely village of Horam near Heathfield. Sited just on the edge of the Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and to the north of the South Downs National Park, Horam Manor Farm is a cluster of traditional barns and cartlodges in the setting of an unspoilt area of Sussex countryside. it offers severall attractions including:

Nature trails through ancient woodlands past mediaeval hammer ponds. There are several different nature trails, winding through wooded valleys and across gently rolling grasslands. The paths pass through a variety of habitats, along hedgerows rich in wildlife, crossing fields or following small streams running into half hidden ponds.

  • Sussex Farm Museum & courtyard with traditional farm machinery. In and around the ancient barns are examples of farm machinery such as ploughs, harrows and carts. Inside are areas displaying agricultural tools, stable equipment, the dairy, forge and countryside sports. The domestic side is in room settings, from Victorian times to more recent. See the Photo Gallery for photos of the museum. There are also exhibits of the Wealden iron industry and local brickmaking.
  • Craft Workshops Horam Manor Farm is home to several craft workshops where you can watch learn and buy interesting crft items
  • Fishery On part of the Horam Manor Estate is this family run fishery, which is open all year round. Offering relaxing coarse fishing with nine waters, packed to bursting with terrific fish like Carp, Crucian Carp, Tench, Perch, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Golden Rudd and even eels.
  • Riding Stables & Livery These excellent stables offer hacking for all abilities so whether you have never sat on a horse before or you are an experienced rider there are no excuses.

Observatory Science Centre

Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux is about 10 miles from Horam. There you can have fun exploring the large-scale interactive exhibits around the gardens and grounds of The Centre. These exhibits are located in different areas.

  • Discovery Park is a ‘Science Playground’ of large-scale interactive exhibits designed to help visitors explore themes of force, movement, genetics and sound, in a way that is always fully ‘hands-on’, and sometimes ‘feet-on’ too.
  • Water Planet area lets you explore our fascinating world of water and how we use it.
    Sound Dishes A whispered message to a friend can be picked up loud and clear over 30 metres away! Two large curved dishes are located at either end of the bottom lawn between Domes F and E.
  • Astronomy Exhibits the Domes of Discovery exhibition includes five interactive exhibits which show various techniques that are used in astronomy.
  • The Time Exhibit creates a link to past activities at the Royal Observatory
    Light and colour is a darkened space where the exhibits have surprising outcomes.
    Forces Have fun exploring the basic principles that influence our everyday lives.
    Earth & Beyond Take a journey from the microscopic level of everyday things to the Solar System and beyond!
  • Telescopes The six green domes of The Observatory Science Centre, conveniently named Domes A – F, all house historic telescopes, three of which are open to the public during the day.

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum is about 9 miles from Horam. Whether you want to be outside – exploring the Wildfowl reserve, the ancient buildings trail in the woodland, the formal gardens and the willow tunnels or Inside – looking at Vintage cars the splendid Bentley house and our craft workshops. Bentley has something to please everyone.

Bateman’s – National Trust is about 9 miles from Horam. 7th century Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling. Provides events guide, facilities, history and photo gallery.

Soak up the atmosphere in Kipling’s book-lined study

  • Enjoy the serenity of the Formal Garden
  • Walk by the river as it flows through the meadow
  • Watch the watermill grind flour most Wednesday and Saturday afternoons
  • Experience ‘Kipling Country’ with a walk through the estate
  • Discover Kipling’s 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1

Drusillas Zoo

Drusillas Zoo Park Alfriston is about 9 miles from Horam. More than a zoo the admission price includes entry to the Zoo, Go Wild!, Go Bananas!, Amazon Adventure and Eden’s Eye plus unlimited rides on Thomas & Friends. 6 aditional activities are also available. A full day out for allwhich has won the Gold accolade
and the title Visitor Attraction of the Year.

Anne Of Cleves House Museum

Anne Of Cleves House Museum is about 14 miles from Horam. 15th century timber-framed Wealden hall-house that formed part of Anne’s divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541. The house contains wide-ranging collections of Sussex interest, including Sussex pottery, and the bedroom and kitchen are furnished to reflect an earlier period.Other displays feature Lewes from the 16th century to the present day and the Wealden ironwork gallery has artefacts from firebacks and cannon to boot-scrapers and chimney backs, illustrating this influential Sussex industry.

Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park Garden – National Trust is about 17 miles from Horam. Inspirational landscaped park, originally laid out by Capability Brown, offers a wonderful array of trees from all over the world, set against the stunning lakes. Daffodils and bluebells are followed by spectacular rhododendrons and autumnal colours.

Monk’s House

Monk’s House – National Trust is about 17 miles from Horam. In 1919 Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard, leading lights of the literary Bloomsbury Group, bought this modest weatherboarded house in the main street of Rodmell as a retreat from London life. At Monk’s House there are pieces of painted furniture by Vanessa and Duncan Grant in post-Impressionist style. In the sitting room there is a table and chairs in muted abstract designs relieved by a panel of peaches on the back of each chair. Decorated china by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and her son Quentin is displayed on the mantlepiece and in the dresser in the tiny kitchen. Every room is hung with paintings by the family circle. There are paintings and portraits by Vanessa including a haunting likeness of Virginia.

Maritime Museum Newhaven

Maritime Museum Newhaven is about 18 miles from Horam. The Museum contains a wealth of valuable information regarding Newhaven and its neighbouring locality from prehistoric times to yesteryear. This information is archived by way of artefacts, documents, publications, photographs and digital information technology. There are models of ships, aircraft, and historically-important locations, all lovingly hand-crafted by local people and donated to the museum for posterity. Display cabinets contain a vast array of historically valuable artefacts too numerous to mention here. The walls of the museum provide a gallery for some of the best local pictures produced by acknowledged local artists. Filing cabinets contain historic information about the building of the harbour, the coming of the railways, railways that didn’t happen, shipwrecks, smuggling, Newhaven’s Bridges, Lifeboats, Seaplanes, Sheerlegs, Fires, Celebrations, Famous people… the list is endless.

Glyndebourne Opera

Glyndebourne is about 11 miles from Horam. The world famous and World Class Opera house single-handedly in an endeavour spanning over 70 years Glyndebourne restarted and reinvigorated Opera in England by innovation and with great courage. Today it offers unique presentations in the Sussex countryside. It attracts world leading performers because of its unsurpassed standards, wonderful opera house and its devotion to bring the best in opera to as many as possible.

Other places of Interest

  • Battle Abbey English Heritage
  • Buckleys Yesterdays World
  • RSPB Fore Wood
  • Bexhill Museum Of Costume and Social History
  • Pevensey Castle English Heritage
  • Eastbourne – How we lived then, Lifeboat Museum, Queens Royal Irish Hussars Museum beautiful sea front promenade and bandstand pier
  • Alfriston Clergy House National Trust
  • Bayham Abbey English Heritage
  • Scotney Castle Garden National Trust
  • Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst
  • Bodiam Castle
  • Beaches at Bexhill Eastbourne, Birling Gap and Seaford
  • Michelham Priory – 3 miles