Days out in East Sussex can be a bit of a problem only because of the choice of things to do. Sussex is a very diverse county with large towns and cities such as Crawley, Eastbourne and Brighton, but also has the South Downs National Park minutes from the coast.
Bluebell Railway - great days out in Sussex
Bluebell Railway is one of the most popular preserved railways in the country and crosses both West Sussex and East Sussex. Normally open during winter weekends but from Easter it's open all week long providing a great trip down memory lane. The line has ambitious plans and is extending the line into central East Grinstead and one days hopes to head south to Ardingly.
The railway also has themed trips out and includes a full restaurant service while speeding through the beautiful Sussex countryside. Visitors are advised to check out their web site for all the latest trips and information.
Drusillas Park- a great day out in East Sussex on its own
Located on the A27 near Alfriston, Drusillas is only about 6 miles from Eastbourne and 12 miles from Brighton close to the Sussex National Park. The park was founded about 90 years ago and has thrived over the years. It is a family business today and last year won the 2010 Tourism South East Awards and also Visitor Attraction of the Year.
The park has something for everyone with rides for the children and a thriving zoo on site. The park is open nearly all year round and has a good pricing structure depending on day and season, but fortunately has a range of family tickets to reduce costs. There is much more information to be found on their web site, but a visit to Drusillas Park is a 'must' during the holidays.
National Trust - Devil's Dyke
This stunning beauty spot just outside Brighton draws many thousands of visitors all year around. Devil's Dyke is located on the South Downs Way - a hundred mile walk crossing Sussex and Dorset from Winchester in the West to Beachy Head and Eastbourne in the East.
From the top of Devil's Dyke you can see as far as the North Downs, and if you look carefully you'll see the aircraft taking off from Gatwick Airport. It is also very popular with hang gliders taking off from the Dyke and heading inland as far as possible. The top of the Dyke is also home to a popular restaurant and bar which is very good after walking a few miles.
East Sussex is also home to quite a few other National Trust properties - further details can be found on their website.
There are so many things to do for great days out in East Sussex, but we'll be covering more in future articles.