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The Bluebell Railway

The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton &South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.A steam train ride on the Bluebell is one of the top things to do with kids on holiday for a day out in Sussex (the line crosses the border between East Sussex and West Sussex, and is not far from Surrey). This heritage railway is close to Haywards Heath, Gatwick Airport, Uckfield, Brighton and Lewes, in the Ashdown Forest/Mid Sussex area of England. Your children will love to take our vintage steam rail trip during your vacation.

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Hickstead

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, was the dream and brain child of one man - Douglas Bunn. Now run by his family, the showground remains one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. Almost every great show jumper, horse and rider, has competed at Hickstead since we first opened our doors in 1960.

In 2010, The All England Jumping Course celebrated its 50th anniversary as the home of international showjumping in Great Britain. Since then it has undergone £1million-worth of refurbishment works, including the complete renovation of the famous International Arena.

 

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Horsham

Horsham is a historic market town in West Sussex offering much for visitors and locals alike.

Visit Horsham is the official Horsham Town Centre Directory and Visitors' Guide connecting businesses, residents and visitors.

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Brighton

Iconic Attractions
From the exotic Royal Pavilion to the new British Airways i360, Brighton has a wealth of attractions to enthral all ages. The Royal Pavilion is a palace like no other with an Indian styled exterior and a Chinese inspired interior. From Regency splendour to 21st Century wonder as British Airways i360 is a feat of modern engineering gliding visitors 450 feet into the air.

A day at the seaside is not complete without a visit to Brighton Pier with its rides and activities as well as plenty of food &drink options and free deckchairs to relax &enjoy the view in. Next door is the Victorian aquarium, Sea Life Brighton where you can learn about the creatures of the deep and watch a shark swimming over your head in the underwater tunnel.

Activities
As well as places to visit there are lots of things to do in Brighton from beach sports, both in the water and on land, to bike rides and walking tours. For those that like to get active you can try your hand at sailing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding as well as classic beach sports such as volleyball or Frisbee.

Alternatively why not hire a bike and explore the city limits or even on into the beautiful countryside of the South Downs? Walkers are well catered for with themed tours such as Ghost Walks and foodie &history tours.Iconic Attractions
From the exotic Royal Pavilion to the new British Airways i360, Brighton has a wealth of attractions to enthral all ages. The Royal Pavilion is a palace like no other with an Indian styled exterior and a Chinese inspired interior. From Regency splendour to 21st Century wonder as British Airways i360 is a feat of modern engineering gliding visitors 450 feet into the air.

A day at the seaside is not complete without a visit to Brighton Pier with its rides and activities as well as plenty of food &drink options and free deckchairs to relax &enjoy the view in. Next door is the Victorian aquarium, Sea Life Brighton where you can learn about the creatures of the deep and watch a shark swimming over your head in the underwater tunnel.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed offers enthusiasts an unrivalled opportunity to get close to the action, and to meet the great champions who gather at Goodwood each summer.

It has been running since 1993 on the same stretch of the March family's driveway. While the location has remained the same and Lord March continues to lead the creative direction, the main aspect that has evolved is the scale. With the enthusiasm and investment of the wider motoring and motorsport community, FOS has become an internationally celebrated, sell-out occasion.

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Chichester Festival theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people. Situated in a cathedral city in West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, the Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses;a studio theatre, the Minerva Theatre, sits nearby.

The annual summer Festival season runs from April to October, during which productions originated at Chichester reach an audience of over 200,000. Year-round programming continues through the winter with the Theatre presenting high-class touring productions, as well as a traditional Christmas show mounted by the renowned Chichester Festival Youth Theatre.

 

Recent West End transfers from Chichester (as originating producer) include Half A Sixpence (Noël Coward Theatre), Young Chekhov (National Theatre), Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre), Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Gypsy (Savoy Theatre), Stevie (Hampstead Theatre), Private Lives (Gielgud Theatre) and Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre). Christmas 2015 saw the first television broadcast of Gypsy with Imelda Staunton, shown on BBC4. Filmed during its West End run at the Savoy Theatre, the broadcast was watched by over half a million viewers and is now available on DVD.

Rooted firmly in its community, the Theatre runs a Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) programme that is a beacon of excellence and inspiration to its local audience, as well as being home to one of the country’s largest youth theatres with over 800 members.

 

Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley joined the organisation in the summer of 2016, appointed with a mandate to build on the success of the past and take the theatre into its next exciting chapter. Festival 2017, the first season under their leadership, continues Chichester's tradition of epic productions in the Festival Theatre and compelling, intimate dramas and world premieres in the Minerva Theatre, alongside an exciting musical in each house.

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The Downs Cycle Link

This is basically an off road route, via the Downs Link, that initially follows waterways, then tracks and paths and finally ends on roads in Brighton.

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South Downs

The South Downs are a fantastic place to walk your dog, so there's always somewhere near to you where you can enjoy this amazing countryside throughout the year. There’s plenty of space to let your dog off the lead and there’s lots for them to explore, including farms, heathlands, forests and historical sites.

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Nymans

Romantic ruins, intimate gardens, and internationally recognised plant collections against a backdrop of Wealden woodland - Nymans is a garden lover's paradise.

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Petworth House

Petworth House in the parish of Petworth, West Sussex, England, is a late 17th-century Grade I listed country house, rebuilt in 1688 by Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, and altered in the 1870s to the design of the architect Anthony Salvin.

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Standen ( N. T )

A welcoming home
As a guest of Mrs and the Miss Beales, see the house as the family might have used it. Read letters and diary entries to find out about their lives. Discover more about the Arts &Crafts movement through our beautiful collection of furniture and embroideries, many completed by Mrs Beale and her daughters.

Morris and Webb
Standen was designed by Philip Webb, a close friend and associate of William Morris, so it was only natural that the house would be decorated with Morris &Co. textiles and wallpaper.

The Beale family
The Beales were originally a non-conformist family from Birmingham, with seven children and many more grandchildren. Standen became a real family home, wrapped up in idyllic childhood memories.

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Borde Hill

Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with spectacular views over the Sussex Weald and the Ouse Valley, Borde Hill’s grounds extend to over 200 acres across the garden, woodland and parkland. The 17 acres of formal garden are designed in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each with its own distinctive character, colour and scent. From the exotic ‘Garden of Allah’and the beautiful Azelea Ring, to the traditional Rose Garden and peaceful Italian Garden, Borde Hill is a treat for the senses. Our historic Garden is constantly evolving with new plantings and designs to add to variety, colour and interest throughout the year.

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