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We are sorry that some of the information presented here is out of date. We contacted every venue listed asking for up to date times and prices to feature on this web site but have received very few replies. With more than 10,000 visitors each week it's they who are missing out!

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
 

Despite being in the countryside there are many interesting places to visit within a 30 minute car journey from Horsted Keynes. Here we list just a few. Recommendations of other attractions to be included here would be welcomed. Please email the webmaster-at-horstedkeynes.com with your suggestions and ideas. All attractions featured have been contacted and asked for their up to date details. We can only assume that those who haven't bothered to reply aren't too concerned about attracting new visitors!

Before your day out you will want to see what the weather is doing around here so you can either look out of the window or take a peek at our weather page and live web cameras.

Attractions within a half hour (or so) drive of Horsted Keynes. If the attraction has a web site it can be found by clicking the TITLE BAR .    
Notes in italic are the personal opinions of the webmasters.
ASHDOWN FOREST LLAMA FARM
Wych Cross,
Forest Row,
East Sussex.
01825 712040

This is something completely different! A working llama farm in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Open to the public daily except 25/26 December, 10:00 - 17:00.

 

ASHDOWN FOREST

Ashdown Forest covers 6,400 acres of the High Weald although in ancient times it spread over twice its present area. Winnie The Pooh was "born" near here more than 70 years ago, his first public appearence being in a fete in Forest Row. You can actually visit the Hundred Acre Wood, play Pooh Sticks on Pooh Bridge, see the Secret Place etc. All are free but bring your walking boots and a drink. This is totally untouched English countryside with wonderful views. No souvenir stalls! A Japanese phrase book would be helpful as many of the visitors seem to be from there! The website is informative but rather over commercialised, prepare for a long download with too many frames and lots of adverts.
 

BLUEBELL RAILWAY
Sheffield Park station,
Sheffield Park,
Uckfield,
East Sussex.
01825 722370

Please see our web page about the Bluebell on this link. A "must see" if in this area.
 

BURSTYE FARM
Ardingly
01444-483376

Fancy "plucking" a sheep! At Burstye Fram you will find a flock of Soays sheep, a breed dating back to Bronze Age. Soays are totally unlike the modern big white woolly sheep.   They are not shorn by machine - they are plucked by hand!  The wool is short stapled and varies from exceedingly fine (suitable for handspinning for garments) to quite coarse and kempy (ideal for rugs and wall hangings).  Every sheep is different. Give Ann Knowles a ring for more details.
 

CATS PROTECTION
Cats Protection, National Cat Centre,
Chelwood Gate,
Haywards Heath RH17 7DE

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm Mon – Sun

The National Cat Adoption Centre is the UK's largest cat rehoming centre. At any one time, we can look after up to 200 cats and kittens at our facility at Chelwood gate (in the ash down forest) based 4 miles away from Horsted Keynes.

Our café sells a tempting selection of hot and cold food, snacks and cakes. We are proud of the fact that the majority of the food is cooked fresh on the premises and that we use locally-sourced produce wherever possible. Visitors are welcome to surf the net using our free Wi-Fi.
Our gift shop stocks everything a new cat owner could need, as well as a selection of giftware, stationery and cards. We have a fantastic nature trail for walk.
 

DRUSILLAS PARK - ZOO
Alfriston,
East Sussex.
01323 874100
http://www.drusillas.co.uk/

One of the best zoos in the country with a large assortment of animals and activities for the kids. Take the main road from Lewes to Eastbourne and you can't miss it. Unless you are a very myopic driver! Like many attractions the prices have increased recently by rather more than inflation! 2 Adults and 2 kids £43.00 !
 

EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN MUSEUM
East Court,
East Grinstead,
West Sussex.
01342 323636

Open Wednesday and Saturday only. 14:00 - 18:00 Nice little museum where you can spend and hour or two looking at the artefacts. Free.
 

GODSTONE FARM
Godstone,
Surrey. RH9 8LX
Tel: +44 (0)1883 742546    Fax: +44(0)1 740380

Now this really is a hidden gem. If you are in the area with children you really should visit. The kids will love this farm where touching and petting the animals is actively encouraged. Some of the cages open and the kids can go inside with the animals. You will have to drag them away from the huge outside adventure playground. Bring a towel as there is a wet sand play area and a water slide - they WILL get wet! Still quite reasonably priced (although this is another attraction that has increased its prices by rather more than inflation - in this case nearly 20% in the last year alone). They get lots of visitors but there is plenty of room to absorb them. Kids £5.65 each and they can bring an adult in with them for £2.
 
 
HEAVEN FARM
Furners Green,
Danehill,
Uckfield,
East Sussex.
01825 790226

No further details as they haven't bothered to reply
 

NUTLEY WINDMILL
Nutley,
Uckfield,
East Sussex.
01435 873367

Open March - September on the last Sunday of each month.
 

PRIEST HOUSE
North Lane,
West Hoathly,
West Sussex.
01342 810479

Standing in the beautiful surroundings of a traditional cottage garden on the edge of Ashdown Forest, the Priest House is an early 15th century timber-framed hall-house with a dramatic roof of Horsham stone. If you want somewhere quiet to look around with some beautiful views then this is it.
 

SUSSEX PAST
Sussex Past/Sussex Archaeological Society
Bull House,
92 High Street,
Lewes,
BN7 1XH
01273 486260
Fax 01273 486990

The Sussex Archaeological Society have a number of attractions in the area. If you are interested in iron smelting (lots of people are ;-) then they are the experts!
 

SHEFFIELD PARK
TN22 3QX
Tel:01825 790231   Fax: 01825 791264

The nearby village of Sheffield Park is not only the home of The Bluebell Railway but also the original home of Lord Sheffield. The gardens were laid out by "Capability" brown and attract visitors from all over the world. Very popular attraction.
 

WAKEHURST PLACE
Ardingly,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex.
RH17 6TN
Tel: +44 (0)1444 894018   Email: msb@kew.org

A Branch of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place is the home of the Millennium Seed Bank which aims to preserve more than 24,000 plant species. The whole project cost £80 million, fortunately the National Lottery met the majority of the bill.
 
WEALDEN IRONWORKING CENTRE HORAM
Horam Manor Farm
Horam
Heathfield
East Sussex
01435 813716

Somewhere different, where you can see how iron ore was turned into cannons and the railings outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London. There was a huge ironworking industry around the village and many local place names reflect this. Very Interesting for those who like industrial archaeology.

Also please see the entry for Sussex Past above.
 

WEIRWOOD RESERVOIR
Saint Hill,
West Sussex.
01273 481654

A large man made reservoir with sailing, sail boarding, and other water sports at one end with a nature reserve at the other. A large variety of birds to keep the "twitchers" happy!
 

(If you would like your attraction listed here free please send details to webmaster@horstedkeynes.com )

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