More than ever, getting out and about, seeing and doing things is important - and the UK is rich with days out, attractions and places to visit.
That’s very much the case with Uckfield in East Sussex, which is blessed with a myriad of distractions, from heritage railways to highwires, escape rooms to wine tasting.
Whatever your palate and pocket, Horsted Place Hotel is the ideal base to explore Uckfield and the wider area in East Sussex.
Here are some of our favourite things to do near Uckfield:
Attractions and days out
Whatever the weather, your age or budget, there are some fantastic days out to be had.
Bluebell Railway/Lavender Line Railway
If your idea of heaven is a trip back to the Golden Age of Steam, you’re in the right place; Uckfield is blessed with not one but two famous heritage railways on its doorstep - Bluebell Railway and the Lavender Line.
While the latter reopens in August 2021, the Bluebell Railway is back open and running along 11 miles of beautiful Sussex countryside.
With staff in period costume and the four stations each preserved in different eras from Victorian times to the 1950s, it’s an unforgettable journey back in time.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates
If trains aren’t your thing, how about a spot of wine? With tastings and self-guided trails around the estate, this is predominantly for the over 18s, although children are allowed to explore the vineyard and woodland trail if accompanied by an adult.
Piltdown Golf Club
If you enjoy a round of golf, then Piltdown Golf Club is the perfect way for you to spend a day in Uckfield. The 18 hole course was first created in 1904. It features no bunkers but is still a tempting challenge for golfers due to the narrow fairways and small greens. Piltdown Golf Club often features in the Top 100 Golf Courses in England and welcomes members as well as visitors.
Family time has never been more important - with work/school demands and the lure of screens, some downtime where you do something is vital.
Encryption Escape Rooms
Last year was all about lockdowns - so how about a lock-in? Working as a team, you have 60 minutes to solve the clues and puzzles required to escape the escape room. A great one for some phone-free family bonding time!
Branching Out Adventures
From high wires to scrambling over cargo nets to zip lines, this is the perfect day out for the active family. Head for the treetops for a day out with a difference at Branching Out Adventures.
Explore 62 acres of chestnut coppice which date back to Roman times, and which are the home to sheep, bees and horses. The Woodland Trail takes around 45 minutes to complete - after which reward yourself with refreshments from The Hatch. Wilderness Wood is a magical place.
Alpaca Walking with Spring Farm Alpacas
Yes, you read correctly - alpaca walking! Within walking distance of the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park, you will find over 100 resident alpacas. You can take a relaxing walk with one of these friendly animals through the 110-acre farm, which is located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
An award-winning farm set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland, packed with nature trails, Doves play barn, ice cream parlour and much more. It really is heavenly.
Free things to do
Days out and visits are great, but none of us have bottomless pockets, and most things cost money. Happily, there are exceptions - and here are a few of our favourite free things to do near Uckfield.
Since Norman times when it was home to deer hunting, Ashdown Forest has always attracted visitors - and today it’s most famous for the legions of Winnie The Pooh fans who come to experience the 100 Acre Wood, play pooh sticks and visit Pooh Corner.
Formed over 10,000 years ago in the last Ice Age, Devil’s Dyke (now owned by the National Trust) is a legendary beauty spot which offers stunning panoramas, and a colourful habitat. It also holds the claim of the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in the UK.