Walk or cycle along The Cuckoo Trail, an old railway track between Heathfield and Polegate that is located at the bottom of our farm. East Sussex Country Council and Sustrans transformed the disused line into a 14 mile path that is just perfect for riding your bike or strolling along in total safety, with no fear of cars. (If you haven’t got your own bike, hire one from Country Bike mobile app based bike hire).
Keep the kids entertained for hours at Knockhatch Adventure Park and Farm
Enjoy a family day out at Drusillas, the best small zoo in the country!
For breathtaking coastal views walk the famous white cliffs at The Seven Sisters Country Park and Beachy Head or wander through Sussex flowers and wildlife in Friston Forest.
Visit the home of Winnie the Pooh in the Ashdown Forest, a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside.
A 15th century moated castle Herstmonceux Castle is also the home of the world famous astronomical Observatory Science Centre.
The former home of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, Batemans is now a fascinating National Trust property to visit.
The world-famous Glyndebourne opera house and home to the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Held on the third Saturday of every month Heathfield Farmer’s Market is the perfect place to buy fresh local produce, fruit, vegetables and meat.
We are also only a few miles from Eastbourne if you fancy a day on the beach. The South Downs are even nearer and the beautiful village of Alfriston is a perfect place to visit and enjoy a pub lunch. Shopping destinations, Brighton, Hastings, Battle and Tunbridge Wells are also within 20 miles.
If you do go out for the day, don’t forget to get back to nature at Fontmills Farm Campsite where you can relax and enjoy the countryside. (Alternatively if you haven’t quite got the energy we can also highly recommend a tent-side siesta!)
There are many lovely, picturesque villages and excellent pubs within easy reach of Fontmills Farm Campsite; here’s a list of our favourites haunts for when you want a break from cooking sausages over the campfire / need a drink:
If you’re looking for a traditional (and legendary) country pub then The Six Bells at Chiddingly is the place for you. Only a 10 minute drive away from our campsite they offer hearty pub-grub, a never-ending supply of beer and have live bands every weekend.
Just 10 minutes away The Plough at Upper Dicker has an extensive menu and cosy, relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for all the family.
The Gun at Chiddingly is a classic pub with a country garden and panelled dining room, great for local ales and seasonal dishes, it’s a 10 minute drive.
The Brewers Arms at Vines Cross is a friendly local pub offering real food at realistic prices, 10 minute drive.
Traditional family run pub, The May Garland at Horam is a five minute drive away.
Both Heathfield and Hailsham are 10 minutes by car and offer a huge selection of takeaways choices such as Indian, Chinese, Pizza, Fish & Chips, etc. Heathfield, Horam and Hailsham are also all accessible on foot or bike from the Cuckoo Trail.
Fontmills Farm Campsite is located between Horam and Hailsham, which are handy places to stock up on provisions and last-minute essentials at the newsagents, deli and garage.
If you’re looking for a larger supermarket, Sainsburys and the Co-op can be found in Heathfield, whilst Hailsham has a Waitrose, Tesco and Asda in town.
There’s also plenty of fantastic local farm shops in the area, here’s our favourites:
– Stirling Farm Shop in Bodle Street
– Get BBQ ready and order pasture-raised meat and eggs from Primal Grazing who will deliver directly to the campsite
– Tottingworth Farm Cafe and Shop in Broad Oak
– Chiddingly Village Shop and Cafe
– Chilley Farm Shop in Hailsham