Shed in the Woods manual of our recommendations

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Shed in the Woods manual of our recommendations

Sightseeing

This is such a great day out that caters for families or couples. It has some really fun cycle paths for all abilities - you can hire bikes for all ages. Immerse yourself in the wood for a fabulous walk and take a picnic, or there is a cafe there to get food. Great for families - it has a really good family playground trail and natural playground. It also has a kids Go Ape and an adults version. Entrance is based on the car parking - around £12 per car but it is well worth every penny.
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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
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This is such a great day out that caters for families or couples. It has some really fun cycle paths for all abilities - you can hire bikes for all ages. Immerse yourself in the wood for a fabulous walk and take a picnic, or there is a cafe there to get food. Great for families - it has a really good family playground trail and natural playground. It also has a kids Go Ape and an adults version. Entrance is based on the car parking - around £12 per car but it is well worth every penny.
This is a 13 mile round trip if you fancy a cycle, walk or run! We often cycle and in the summer stop at Maynards Fruit Farm to pick your own fruit on route, take a picnic and stop overlooking the idyllic scenery. There is a cafe there and you can hire bikes, there is an aqua par, fishing and water sports. Check out there website for details of how to book.
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Bewl Water
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This is a 13 mile round trip if you fancy a cycle, walk or run! We often cycle and in the summer stop at Maynards Fruit Farm to pick your own fruit on route, take a picnic and stop overlooking the idyllic scenery. There is a cafe there and you can hire bikes, there is an aqua par, fishing and water sports. Check out there website for details of how to book.
We love this place for several reasons. Firstly, it is a fabulous place for children to learn about science. The halls are lined with hands on machines and bits and bobs that teach you about anything from the solar system to friction. But done in a kind of 'last decade' kind of way. Even outside there is some great outdoor equipment that kids will think is playing with water but is actually the archimedes screw. Every hour there is a talk about the one of the telescopes, which is fascinating and they do have occasional evening events to star gaze. If, like me, you are into mid-century architecture, the building is a treat too.
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The Observatory Science Centre
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We love this place for several reasons. Firstly, it is a fabulous place for children to learn about science. The halls are lined with hands on machines and bits and bobs that teach you about anything from the solar system to friction. But done in a kind of 'last decade' kind of way. Even outside there is some great outdoor equipment that kids will think is playing with water but is actually the archimedes screw. Every hour there is a talk about the one of the telescopes, which is fascinating and they do have occasional evening events to star gaze. If, like me, you are into mid-century architecture, the building is a treat too.
If you have young children this is one of the nicest small zoos I have been to. The layout of Drucillas is half zoo half play park. This way the children can keep their interest for the animals and then let off steam in the end.
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Drusillas Park
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If you have young children this is one of the nicest small zoos I have been to. The layout of Drucillas is half zoo half play park. This way the children can keep their interest for the animals and then let off steam in the end.
This is an unusual place set in the grounds of a lovely house. It has an 'enchanted forest' vibe and as you walk the trail you encounter a pirate ship climbing frame, giant swings, treetop walks and lots more. Also look out for the 'Zedonk' - half donkey, half zebra...it is actually a thing! During the holidays they usually have a themed event where they hire actors that dotted around the site and keep the theme alive. Great for an age range from 3-8. My only negative is the cafe there. Terribly overpriced and terrible food to match. Take your own would be my advice as the place is great fun.
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Groombridge Place
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This is an unusual place set in the grounds of a lovely house. It has an 'enchanted forest' vibe and as you walk the trail you encounter a pirate ship climbing frame, giant swings, treetop walks and lots more. Also look out for the 'Zedonk' - half donkey, half zebra...it is actually a thing! During the holidays they usually have a themed event where they hire actors that dotted around the site and keep the theme alive. Great for an age range from 3-8. My only negative is the cafe there. Terribly overpriced and terrible food to match. Take your own would be my advice as the place is great fun.
Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. If you are into gardening then this is a 'must see' as it really is quite spectacular.
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Great Dixter House & Gardens
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Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. If you are into gardening then this is a 'must see' as it really is quite spectacular.
This is a good all rounder and the sort of place you would meet your family as it has something for everyone. Nice gardens, play area for children and building to look around.
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Penshurst Place & Gardens
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This is a good all rounder and the sort of place you would meet your family as it has something for everyone. Nice gardens, play area for children and building to look around.
A very pretty National Trust building with lovely grounds and an enchanting moated folly that you can explore. As always with National Trust, you have a nice cafe and there is usually a trial children can follow if you have a family.
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National Trust - Scotney Castle
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A very pretty National Trust building with lovely grounds and an enchanting moated folly that you can explore. As always with National Trust, you have a nice cafe and there is usually a trial children can follow if you have a family.
The home of Ruydard Kippling, author of The Jungle Book. Always interesting to sneak a peak into someones life. This has the best National Trust cafe I have been to. Great gardens, from vegetable to formal and then a mill house and fields to explore further.
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Bateman's
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The home of Ruydard Kippling, author of The Jungle Book. Always interesting to sneak a peak into someones life. This has the best National Trust cafe I have been to. Great gardens, from vegetable to formal and then a mill house and fields to explore further.
A unique woodland the is run by an alternative family who participate in the stewardship of the woodland and creative projects. There is currently a small serving hatch for refreshments, and they ask for a small donation towards the upkeep of their forest. You can observe the projects and they have a lovely mud kitchen and play structures for children.
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Wilderness Wood
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A unique woodland the is run by an alternative family who participate in the stewardship of the woodland and creative projects. There is currently a small serving hatch for refreshments, and they ask for a small donation towards the upkeep of their forest. You can observe the projects and they have a lovely mud kitchen and play structures for children.
Another lovely local National Trust place to visit.
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Bodiam Castle
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Another lovely local National Trust place to visit.
The family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill. A really interesting insight of this historic figure that is beautifully kept by The National Trust.
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National Trust - Chartwell
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The family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill. A really interesting insight of this historic figure that is beautifully kept by The National Trust.
A lovely destination that has something for everyone. Great gardens to explore, along with the main house, then you can hire a boat on the it's lake or it has a really great castle play structure for children. It's not a cheap day out as the entrance is quite pricey but you do get a lot for your money. It does have a restaurant / cafe to get food or there is a decent pub on the corner called King Henry Vlll with a garden which you can come out and go to as another option.
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Hever Castle & Gardens
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A lovely destination that has something for everyone. Great gardens to explore, along with the main house, then you can hire a boat on the it's lake or it has a really great castle play structure for children. It's not a cheap day out as the entrance is quite pricey but you do get a lot for your money. It does have a restaurant / cafe to get food or there is a decent pub on the corner called King Henry Vlll with a garden which you can come out and go to as another option.
Stunning Capability Brown gardens at this National Trust property. Wonderful to wonder around and take in the thought of planting and placement of the lakes.
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Sheffield Park Gardens
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Stunning Capability Brown gardens at this National Trust property. Wonderful to wonder around and take in the thought of planting and placement of the lakes.
A National Trust destination garden for anyone interested in horticulture.
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Sissinghurst Castle Garden
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A National Trust destination garden for anyone interested in horticulture.
A wonderful cycle path, especially for families as it is built on an old railway line. It is flat and predominately away from traffic. You can start at Heathfield and cycle to Eastbourne quite easily!
Cuckoo Trail
A wonderful cycle path, especially for families as it is built on an old railway line. It is flat and predominately away from traffic. You can start at Heathfield and cycle to Eastbourne quite easily!
Another fabulous cycle pathway that has been built over an old railway line. Great for families as you are away from traffic and it is scenic and safe, flat and straight!
Forest Way Country Park
Another fabulous cycle pathway that has been built over an old railway line. Great for families as you are away from traffic and it is scenic and safe, flat and straight!

Food scene

We are real foodies and this is one of our favourite gastro pubs. It is expensive but worth it.
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The Hurstwood
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We are real foodies and this is one of our favourite gastro pubs. It is expensive but worth it.
I love this pub for 2 reasons. The owners are bonkers....in a good way and it has to be one of the best scenic pub gardens around. Food is great too. Go on a sunny day, you won't regret it!
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The Star Inn
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I love this pub for 2 reasons. The owners are bonkers....in a good way and it has to be one of the best scenic pub gardens around. Food is great too. Go on a sunny day, you won't regret it!
We love this restaurant for the quality of it's local produce and the intimacy of the location. You feel like you are in someones farmhouse kitchen. Great service and we had amazing wine pairing with the meal.
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The Small Holding
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We love this restaurant for the quality of it's local produce and the intimacy of the location. You feel like you are in someones farmhouse kitchen. Great service and we had amazing wine pairing with the meal.
Owned by the same people who have The Small Holding. Very high quality food, great service and type of place you would go for a special meal. Set in a very nicely designed pub/building.
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The Curlew Restaurant
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Owned by the same people who have The Small Holding. Very high quality food, great service and type of place you would go for a special meal. Set in a very nicely designed pub/building.
A great pretty village drinking pub. Food is ok, but we go here for a drink and the atmosphere.
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The Rose & Crown
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A great pretty village drinking pub. Food is ok, but we go here for a drink and the atmosphere.
A lovely small country pub that does simple but high quality food. It has a lovely atmosphere and particularly good for Sunday roasts. https://huntsmanpuberidge.co.uk
The Huntsman
A lovely small country pub that does simple but high quality food. It has a lovely atmosphere and particularly good for Sunday roasts. https://huntsmanpuberidge.co.uk
A large gastro pub that delivers a good standard of food. It is really good if you are meeting friends as they have nice large tables. There is a small garden outside with a swing, and tractor to play on. Nice easy atmosphere.
Nevill Crest and Gun
A large gastro pub that delivers a good standard of food. It is really good if you are meeting friends as they have nice large tables. There is a small garden outside with a swing, and tractor to play on. Nice easy atmosphere.
A nicely presented gastro pub with a good family garden.
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The Vineyard
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A nicely presented gastro pub with a good family garden.
A period gastro pub set in the very pretty village of Mayfield. It always has an extensive menu with outdoor and indoor seating.
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The Middle House
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A period gastro pub set in the very pretty village of Mayfield. It always has an extensive menu with outdoor and indoor seating.
Fine dining in Tunbridge Wells.
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Thackeray's Restaurant
85 London Rd
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Fine dining in Tunbridge Wells.
A nice country pub which is a great pit stop when walking on the Ashdown forest.
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The Hatch Inn
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A nice country pub which is a great pit stop when walking on the Ashdown forest.
A really lovely and unique cafe set in lovely woodland. It has the best vistas as it is built like a giant treehouse. The food is very good too. It is a day-time place, and is used often as a unique location hire for weddings and parties. There are good mountain biking tracks and you can have a nice wonder around the forest afterwards.
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KINGDOM
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A really lovely and unique cafe set in lovely woodland. It has the best vistas as it is built like a giant treehouse. The food is very good too. It is a day-time place, and is used often as a unique location hire for weddings and parties. There are good mountain biking tracks and you can have a nice wonder around the forest afterwards.
A spectacular venue to fine dine. Set in the most beautiful grounds and building it really is 5 star service and food. It really is my most place for a special occasion.
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Gravetye Manor
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A spectacular venue to fine dine. Set in the most beautiful grounds and building it really is 5 star service and food. It really is my most place for a special occasion.