GREAT DIXTER GARDENS
The life's work of garden writer Christopher Lloyd, the gardens at Great Dixter enjoy a variety of clipped topiary, wild meadow flowers, mixed borders (including the famous Long Border), ponds and the exuberant Exotic Garden. Sir Edwin Lutyens restored this magnificent house and gardens in 1910.
With walls rising dramatically out of the moat, Bodiam Castle is one of the most picturesque and evocative castles in the British Isles. Built in 1385, enough of the interior survives to give an impression of medieval castle life. Stunning views from the top of the towers. www.bodiamcastle.uk
Everyone loves a white sandy beach, and the white sands of Camber stretch as far as the eye can see! Camber has been the location for many films, worth checking the local tide tables as the extensive shallows at low tide make for a very long walk before it is deep enough to swim.
KENT & SUSSEX RAILWAY
Experience travel and service from a bygone age aboard beautifully restored carriages pulled by steam locomotives dating from Victorian times as this picturesque line weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam for 10.5 miles.
NEWENDEN ROWING BOATS
Enjoy the tranquility of the river with nothing but the sound of cornbirds singing and oar blades dipping in the water, dragonflies and damselflies darting overhead. Stop along the way for a picnic and a swim. You can even pre-order a picnic from the Lime Wharf Cafe. Perfect on a sunny day!
HASTINGS OLD TOWN
With its artisan shops, gourmet food and modern art, this Sussex seaside town has gone cool. Following a £14m renovation to the pier it's added film festivals and farmers’ markets to the mix. Don't leave without visiting the Jerwood Gallery of modern art and trying some fresh fish!
Famous for its 'White Garden', the gardens at Sissinghurst were laid out by novelist Vita Sackville-West and diplomat Harold Nicolson are just as beautiful today. Stay for lunch, visit the shop for perfect gifts or just relax in these glorious surroundings. www.sissinghurstgardens.com
Founded by William the Conqueror on the site of the Battle of Hastings. Award-winning exhibition/visitor centre brings alive the dramatic story of the Norman Conquest End your day by relaxing in the cafe. The annual re-enactment of 1066 Battle of Hastings takes place every year during October.
Wonderful antique / bric-a-brac shops. Great restaurants, tearooms & pubs. Perched on a hill, the medieval town of Rye is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination. Enchanting cobbled streets and narrow passages reveal architectural treasures among beautifully preserved Medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings.
If you have any golfers in the family then head to Sedlescombe Golf Club. The friendly and informal atmosphere make this a perfect place to take the family. There's a great little Bistro (non-members welcome) in the clubhouse and the Sunday barbecues with everything from Sea Bass to home-smoked sausages on the menu are a favourite in the area.