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Discover a haven of fun and relaxation at Camber Sands Holiday Park, beautifully located in the charming county of Sussex.
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Chestnut Meadow is situated just two miles from the beach at Bexhill-on-Sea and within easy reach of the historic sites of 1066 Country, so called after the 11th-century Battle of Hastings and the introduction of Norman rule into the land.
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Crowhurst Park Lodges is an exclusive award winning development of pine lodges has been tastefully landscaped in the magnificent grounds of Crowhurst Park, a 17th Century country estate.
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Golden Cross Park is ideally located should you want a romantic hideaway or a base to use whilst you explore the many wonderful attractions East Sussex has to offer.
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Set in the idyllic High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Park of East Sussex, Juniper Country Park is located perfectly for you to experience everything the vibrant county has to offer.
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Within the Hoseasons Bouja collection, Missing Link Glamping is a wonderful independent quirky holiday location that has a collection of holiday pods and is part of the Missing Link Brewery in West Sussex.
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Visit Pevensey Bay Holiday Park in Sussex for a fantastic holiday destination. Come and enjoy the relaxed environment and invigorating sea air.
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Ideally located on the edge of Hastings with stunning sea views and just 15 minute walk from the towns long shingle beach, Shear Barn Holiday Park offers the perfect retreat for exploring the popular South Coast with its rich history and quaint villages.
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Swanborough Lakes is nestled in the folds of the South Downs National Park in farmland overlooking the lakes and views across to historic Lewes and its famous castle, Swanborough Lakes Lodges provides the perfect location from which to discover the stunning South Downs and the South Coast.
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Warren Wood Country Park is a stunning cluster of exclusive boutique lodges nestled in a haven of peace and tranquillity in the heart of East Sussex.
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East Sussex Visitor's Guide

Embark on an East Sussex escape where rolling South Downs meet dramatic cliffs at Beachy Head. Savour fresh seafood in Hastings, or indulge in Brighton's vibrant food scene. Thrill-seekers can surf at Camber Sands, while culture vultures explore Charleston's Bloomsbury heritage. For a unique fact, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton flaunts an Indian exterior with a Chinese-inspired interior. Seeking a romantic retreat, a family escapade, or a mates' holiday? Opt for a lodge break, offering that perfect blend of comfort and adventure. Trust me, East Sussex's blend of countryside, coast, and culture delivers an unforgettable UK getaway.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in East Sussex?

East Sussex is a gem on the English coast, offering a mix of rolling countryside, iconic cliffs, and vibrant cultural hotspots. It's steeped in history, from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the modish Victorian seaside resorts. In 2024, the area is buzzing with new attractions and events, including the Eastbourne International Airshow and the Rye Jazz Festival. Lodges offer a more secluded, homely base compared to hotels, often with self-catering facilities and the freedom to explore at your own pace. East Sussex is unique with its blend of coastal beauty, historic towns like Lewes and Rye, and the stunning South Downs National Park.

If you're visiting East Sussex with kids

Absolutely, East Sussex is a playground for kids! There's heaps to do, from exploring the smugglers' caves in Hastings to getting hands-on at the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux. Lodges often come with extra space and gardens, meaning kids have room to play and you've got a quiet spot once they're in bed. Here's a packing list for your little adventurers:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Swimwear for the beach or pool
  3. Windbreaker jackets for coastal walks
  4. Bucket and spade for sandcastle competitions
  5. Binoculars for birdwatching in the Downs
  6. Interactive games for family nights in
  7. Camera to capture those memorable moments

Pet Friendly East Sussex Adventures

East Sussex is a treat for pets, with many lodges welcoming furry friends. You'll find a number of pet-friendly spots to eat and drink, like The Cuckmere Inn in Seaford or The Lamb Inn in Wartling. When booking, look for lodges with enclosed gardens to give your dog freedom to roam. Always keep a lead handy for walking in livestock areas and bring towels for post-beach clean-ups.

Dog walking ideas in East Sussex

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Seven Sisters Country Park Varies Coastal cliffs, river valley BN25 4AD
Ashdown Forest Varies Woodland, heathland RH18 5JP
Cuckmere Haven 2-5 Beach, grassland BN25 4AR
High Weald Landscape Trail Varies Rolling hills, forests TN20 6DR
Birling Gap and the South Downs Varies Coastal, farmland BN20 0AB

Remember to respect the local wildlife and keep your dog under control, especially during the bird nesting season.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

East Sussex is a treasure trove for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Imagine unwinding in a cozy lodge with a hot tub, under the starry sky, with a glass of bubbly in hand. Many lodges in East Sussex cater to lovebirds, offering pamper packs and even on-site spa experiences to elevate the relaxation. For dining, you've got options ranging from quaint countryside pubs to upscale restaurants, perfect for a candlelit dinner. If you're looking to splurge a little, check out lodges that provide gourmet dining experiences right at your doorstep. The combination of privacy, luxury, and the stunning natural backdrop makes these lodges in East Sussex a top pick for couples.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

East Sussex is a hub for foodies, with its fresh seafood and traditional English fare taking center stage. For a taste of the sea, try the famous Rye Bay scallops. If you're after a family-friendly spot, The Plough in Rottingdean offers a welcoming atmosphere and hearty meals. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Terre à Terre in Brighton, known for its creative vegetarian dishes. Don't miss out on the local ales and ciders at the pubs, they're a must-try!

For a good night out

Looking for a memorable night out? East Sussex won't disappoint. From traditional pubs like The Basketmakers Arms in Brighton, which boasts an impressive selection of craft beers, to live music venues like Concorde 2, there's something for everyone. For a more sophisticated evening, head to Drakes for a cocktail with a sea view. And if you're into clubbing, Pryzm in Brighton is a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.


  • Wylands International Angling Centre - Battle, TN33 0SU
  • Beaver Farm Fishery - Lewes, BN8 5AF
  • Arlington Reservoir - Polegate, BN26 6TF
  • Clive Vale Angling Club - Hastings, TN35 5HJ
  • Swanborough Fishing Lakes - Lewes, BN7 3PR

East Sussex is a haven for anglers, with a variety of serene fishing spots dotted across the county. Whether you're a seasoned fisherman or just starting out, you'll find a place to cast your line.

Outdoor Adventures

For thrill-seekers, East Sussex is home to Adventure Centre for Education (ACE) in Hastings, offering everything from kayaking to coasteering. Prices start around £40 per person, with activities running mainly from spring to autumn. Buzz Active in Eastbourne is another hotspot, where you can try stand-up paddleboarding or windsurfing. They're open year-round, but it's best to check ahead for winter availability.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
The Lanes Shopping Area Boutiques, Antiques BN1 1HJ
Churchill Square Shopping Centre High Street Brands BN1 2RG
Drusillas Park Zoo & Gift Shop Unique Gifts, Toys BN26 5QS
Battle Abbey Historical Site & Shop Books, Souvenirs TN33 0AD
Pett Level Beach Local Crafts Handmade Gifts TN35 4EH

For shopping enthusiasts, East Sussex offers a blend of traditional and modern retail experiences. From the quirky shops in The Lanes to the comprehensive offerings at Churchill Square, you're sure to find the perfect keepsake or gift.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in East Sussex

Golden Cross Lodges, East Sussex

Driving Distance: About 9 minutes (5.09 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Golden Cross Lodges offer a serene escape with luxury lodges, each featuring a private hot tub. It's an idyllic romantic retreat or an exploratory base for East Sussex's attractions, with no on-site facilities, ensuring a peaceful stay.

Who will love these lodges? Couples and small families looking for a tranquil getaway will adore Golden Cross Lodges. The absence of on-site facilities accentuates the peaceful environment, making it perfect for those seeking relaxation or a romantic break. The hot tubs add a touch of luxury and exclusivity to the experience.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? While the park itself is a quiet haven without direct on-site entertainment, there's a Spar shop nearby for essentials, and Hailsham is just a short drive away with supermarkets and restaurants. Local country pubs offer fine food and live music, enhancing your stay with local flavours and culture.

What's nearby? The vibrant town of Eastbourne is within easy reach, offering shops, promenade walks, and beaches. Beachy Head and the South Downs National Park are perfect for stunning views and walks, and Brighton's lively atmosphere is a short drive away. For golf enthusiasts, the East Sussex National is nearby, and families can enjoy attractions like Fort Fun and Drusillas Zoo Park. Cultural experiences await at Glyndebourne Opera House, and various events like the Lewes bonfire processions and Eastbourne’s Airbourne International Airshow are local favourites.

Accommodation options: Golden Cross Lodges provides a range of modern accommodations, from the Oakwood and Nordon Lodge Plus to the spacious Selby Lodge Plus and the intimate Honeymoon Cottage. For those seeking extra luxury, the Selby Superior offers a dressing area and en-suite facilities. Note that pets are not allowed in these lodges.

Warren Wood Country Park, East Sussex

Driving Distance: About 13 minutes (5.21 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Warren Wood Country Park offers a collection of boutique lodges set against the backdrop of East Sussex's countryside. Each lodge boasts stylish interiors, spacious decking, and indulgent outdoor hot tubs, creating a luxurious rural retreat.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for couples and families seeking a blend of contemporary style and traditional charm, these lodges are perfect for those looking to indulge in the countryside's tranquillity. The hot tubs offer a lavish touch, making it a hit for romantic getaways or relaxing family breaks.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The lodges are designed for relaxation, with the outdoor hot tubs being the highlight. While there are no direct entertainment facilities on-site, the surrounding area is rich with country pubs and historical sites, offering plenty to explore and enjoy.

What's nearby? The iconic Eastbourne cliffs and beach are just 4 miles away, while Hastings, historic Lewes, and Brighton are within easy driving distance. Discover castles, abbeys, and gardens, or engage in outdoor pursuits. The local area is steeped in history and natural beauty, ensuring there's always something to see and do.

Accommodation options: The lodges at Warren Wood Country Park, such as the Woodland Superior Lake View and Woodland Superior, provide a luxurious stay with lake views, ensuite facilities, and family bathrooms. The decking areas with hot tubs are perfect for unwinding. While pets are not allowed in these lodges, they offer a romantic and peaceful escape.

Chestnut Meadow, East Sussex

Driving Distance: About 14 minutes (9.05 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Chestnut Meadow is a charming lodge park located a short distance from Bexhill-on-Sea, offering a mix of pet-friendly and non-pet-friendly accommodation options. It's an ideal base for exploring 1066 Country's historic sites and enjoying local cycle routes.

Who will love these lodges? History enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers will find Chestnut Meadow delightful. Families and pet owners will appreciate the proximity to the beach and historical attractions, while the lodge's comfort will appeal to those looking to relax after a day of exploration.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The lodges offer a comfortable base with patios and garden furniture, perfect for relaxing outdoors. While there are no entertainment facilities on-site, the nearby beach and cycle routes provide ample opportunity for outdoor activities.

What's nearby? Battle Abbey, Herstmonceux Castle, and Bodiam Castle are within easy reach, offering a glimpse into the area's rich history. The beach at Bexhill-on-Sea is just two miles away, providing a lovely spot for seaside relaxation or activities.

Accommodation options: Chestnut Meadow offers a variety of lodges, including the pet-friendly York Pet Friendly Lodge and the luxurious York Deluxe Lodge, some with outdoor hot tubs. Whether you're travelling with pets or looking for a family-friendly stay, there's an accommodation option to suit your needs.

Pevensey Bay Holiday Park, East Sussex

Driving Distance: About 20 minutes (10.16 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Pevensey Bay Holiday Park is a family-friendly destination with a beachfront location. It offers a range of facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, gym, and entertainment venue, making it an excellent choice for an active and enjoyable holiday.

Who will love these lodges? Families and couples looking for a seaside holiday with plenty of on-site activities will find Pevensey Bay Holiday Park ideal. The park's facilities cater to all ages, and the direct beach access is perfect for those who love the coast.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park is well-equipped with an indoor heated pool, fitness room, entertainment centre, bar, restaurant, and children's club. The outdoor play area and direct beach access provide endless fun for kids, while the fitness room and entertainment options keep adults engaged.

What's nearby? The park is close to Eastbourne, the South Downs, and Hastings, offering a mix of seaside charm, countryside walks, and bohemian culture. Historical sites like Pevensey Castle and Battle Abbey are also within a short drive.

Accommodation options: The Platinum Lodge 2 at Pevensey Bay Holiday Park is a top-of-the-range lodge with modern amenities, sumptuous furnishings, and no pets allowed. It's an indulgent choice for those seeking a luxurious stay by the sea.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In East Sussex

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:15 daily
  • Prices: Adults £15.50, Children £9.00
  • Postcode: BN1 1EE
  • Est. time required: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Nearest parking: High Street car park

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence located in Brighton with a distinctive Indian and Chinese architectural style. It's a hit with those who appreciate art and architecture. The recent restoration of the Saloon to its original splendour is a must-see. Avoid weekends if you prefer a quieter visit. Tip: Grab an audio guide for intriguing insights into the Pavilion's past.

Phone number: 03000 290900 | Web:

Drusillas Park

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 in summer, shorter hours in winter
  • Prices: Adults £22.50, Children £21.00
  • Postcode: BN26 5QS
  • Est. time required: 3 - 4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Drusillas Park is the ultimate family day out with its zoo, play areas, and interactive experiences. Kids will love the Hello Kitty Secret Garden and the Zoolympics Challenge. If you're planning a visit, check out their events calendar for special character appearances. To beat the queues, arrive early and head to the popular attractions first.

Phone number: 01323 874100 | Web:

Seven Sisters Country Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24 hours, visitor centre times vary
  • Prices: Free entry, parking fees apply
  • Postcode: BN25 4AD
  • Est. time required: 2 - 5 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Seven Sisters Country Park offers breathtaking views and a chance to connect with nature. It's perfect for walkers, bird watchers, and photographers. Don't miss the chance to walk the iconic white cliffs. The best time to visit is during spring or autumn for stunning scenery and wildlife. Wear comfy shoes and bring a camera!


Eastbourne Pier

  • Opening Times: 09:00 - 22:00, may vary seasonally
  • Prices: Free entry, attractions priced individually
  • Postcode: BN21 3EL
  • Est. time required: 1 - 2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Princes Park car park

Eastbourne Pier is a seaside classic with Victorian charm. It's a hit for those who love arcade games, fishing, or just a leisurely stroll with sea views. Check out the Victorian Tea Rooms for a spot of afternoon tea. Visit at sunset for an unforgettable experience. Remember to bring some change for the old-school penny slot machines!

Phone number: 01323 410466 | Web:

Battle Abbey and Battlefield

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 in summer, shorter hours in winter
  • Prices: Adults £13.90, Children £8.40
  • Postcode: TN33 0AD
  • Est. time required: 2 - 3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

Battle Abbey and Battlefield is where the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings took place. It's a fascinating visit for anyone interested in English history. The interactive visitor centre and audio tour bring the battle to life. To avoid crowds, visit on a weekday. Don't skip the annual reenactment if you're around in October; it's epic!

Phone number: 01424 775705 | Web:

Bluebell Railway

  • Opening Times: Timetable varies, check online
  • Prices: Adults from £17.00, Children from £8.50
  • Postcode: RH17 7BB
  • Est. time required: 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite parking available

The Bluebell Railway is a heritage steam train line running through the scenic Sussex countryside. It's a charming experience for train enthusiasts and families. Make sure to book a table on the dining train for a unique meal on wheels. The Santa Specials during Christmas are a treat for the little ones. Arrive early to explore the station and museum.

Phone number: 01825 720800 | Web:

When planning your trip to East Sussex, consider staying in one of the many lodges available. Lodges in East Sussex offer a cosy and unique accommodation option, often nestled in beautiful countryside or coastal settings. They provide the perfect base for exploring these top attractions and experiencing the best of what the region has to offer.


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, plus a few luxuries. Lodges in East Sussex often come with stunning views, whether it's rolling countryside or forest vistas. Many have decking areas, hot tubs, and modern amenities. It's a chance to unwind in nature without sacrificing creature comforts.

What should I pack when visiting East Sussex?

Bring layers for the unpredictable British weather, plus walking boots for exploring. Don't forget swimwear for hot tubs or beach visits. Essentials like toiletries are a must, but check if your lodge provides items like towels and hairdryers. A camera for capturing the scenic beauty wouldn't go amiss either!

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in East Sussex offer parking, often right outside your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're eyeing a particular spot, like Swallowtail Hill, it's worth checking their parking arrangements before you book.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't dampen the fun in East Sussex. Lodges are equipped for cosy days in, often with board games, books, and TVs. For a day out, hit up indoor attractions like the Aquarium of the Lakes or indulge in a spa day at your lodge if available.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, many lodges are within the delivery radius of local eateries and supermarkets. Apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo are your friends here. Some lodges might even offer their own meal services or hampers, so you can enjoy local produce without stepping out.

Is East Sussex a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Definitely! East Sussex has a charm all year round. Off-season means fewer crowds and often lower prices. Cosy up by the fire in your lodge after a brisk autumn walk or enjoy the early blooms on a spring hike. Plus, attractions like Herstmonceux Castle are open year-round.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

You bet. Lodges with hot tubs in East Sussex pride themselves on hygiene. Expect your hot tub to be spick and span, ready for you to dive in the moment you arrive. They're usually cleaned and treated between guests, so you'll have a fresh, bubbly start to your break.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in East Sussex?

For sure, many lodges welcome furry friends. Places like Seven Sisters Country Park have pet-friendly options, so your pooch can join the adventure. Just check the lodge's pet policy before booking – there might be an extra charge or specific rules to follow.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't skip the iconic Beachy Head cliffs for breathtaking views. For a quirky museum experience, True CRIME Museum in Hastings is a must-visit. And for a taste of history, the Battle of Hastings battlefield is a stirring walk through the past.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, offering features like ramp access, ground-floor bedrooms, and walk-in showers. It's always best to discuss your specific needs with the lodge provider beforehand to ensure they can accommodate you comfortably.

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