Famous for its association with the Saint Dunstan legend, after which the local church is named, the town was also a smuggling hotspot for wool and brandy. The high street has a range of shops, along with the traditional Black and White house’s popular in the Sussex area. Crowborough Country Park is a 16 acre nature reserve made from a clay quarry, with purpose built tracks and bridges for visitors to spot the plants and wildlife.
Southwards towards the coast is the medieval Herstmonceux Castle, the 300 acres of woodland and formal gardens are open to the public with a visitor centre offering further information about the site history. Carriage rides and falconry experiences can also be booked.
With links to famous authors and film productions, Groombridge Place is a lovely setting with a re-created study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Visitors can explore the tree house park Crusoe’s World, reached through the forest or by canal boat. Lots of fun activities such as zip wires, aerial walkways and giant tree swings. Bowles is a multi-activity centre offering skiing lessons and archery. There is also rock climbing available all year on a large sandstone cliff face.