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  • Wine and vineyard at Gusbourne Wine Estate, Kent
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    Discovering wine perfection at Gusbourne Wine Estate, Kent

    Kent and Sussex lead the way when it comes to producing superb English wines. A diversity of soils, excellent climate conditions and stunning countryside means the region is perfect wine-producing country. 

    A visit to the wine garden of England wouldn’t be complete without dropping by a local wine estate for a vineyard tour, English wine tasting and lunch featuring the best of the area’s home-grown offerings. A visit to Gusbourne Wine Estate ticks all those boxes plus a few more.

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  • Child on steps at Swallowtail Hill glampsite in East Sussex
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    Swallowtail Hill: a luxury glamping staycation with kids

    We didn’t have to leave London for long to feel like we had escaped from it all. In the beautiful Sussex countryside lies Swallowtail Hill farm, a 40 acre conservation farm and glamping site made of wildflower meadows, ancient woodland, hedgerows and ponds. After months of unlimited screen time, this rural idyll proved the perfect place to down our devices and relax in nature. Read on to hear more about our post-lockdown staycation.

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  • View of reservoir at Bewl Water, near Lamberhurst, on the boundary of East Sussex and Kent.
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    Bewl Water – an active day out for families

    Bewl Water is a scenic reservoir located between the villages of Lamberhurst, Wadhurst and Ticehurst in East Sussex. Not only is the 800-acre site set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s the perfect spot for family activities both on and off the water. From walking, cycling and sailing to picnics, fishing, play areas and a fabulous aqua park, Bewl Water is all about getting active outdoors – and it’s opened up again after lockdown.

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  • Customers drinking wine at a marquee on a summer's day, slightly out of focus with an apple tree in the foreground.
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    Welcome to England's wine country

    It’s all about location, location, location. The land here is triple blessed, you only have to follow the same line of latitude west and find yourself in a rather frosty Canada to realise that something different is going on. The Gulf Stream brings a constant flow of warming currents, the prevailing south west wind combined with topography deflect much of any bad weather, and the geology here is part of the same famous beds that have brought Champagne and Burgundy so much fame and fortune.

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  • 800 years of history at Michelham Priory
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    800 years of history at Michelham Priory

    From its foundation by Augustinian canons to its dissolution by King Henry VIII, through to its current role as a centre for archaeological study, Michelham Priory is packed with interesting history. And it even features in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy. 

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  • First sculpture for the makeover of the 1066 Country walk, by sculptor Keith Pettit
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    First sculpture completed for 1066 Country walk makeover

    The first sculpture has been completed for the makeover of the 1066 Country Walk in East Sussex, with work set for completion in spring 2021. The 31-mile route, which begins at Pevensey and ends at Rye, is due to be transformed by Rother District Council thanks to a European grant of more than £160,000 from the Rural Payments Agency. 

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  • A gastronomic daydream of 1066 Country
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    A gastronomic daydream of 1066 Country

    The table is laid with cold smoked fish arranged with salted radishes, a rough-cut block of local terrine rests at one side next to a smoky peppered saucisson waiting to be sliced, a colourful salad crisp with condensation, dips in earthy hues, ramson hummus and petal-sprinkled pesto adorned with edible flowers, a rainbow of crudités, a sourdough loaf still warm from the oven, fresh shucked oysters, grapes, cherries and apples. Take a seat.

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  • Source Park takes BMX and skateboard coaching program online
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    Source Park takes BMX and skateboard coaching program online

    The past couple of months of lockdown has seen the thriving Hastings skateboard and BMX community cooped up, with many of them missing their weekly coaching sessions. To help them (and their parents) get through this testing time, the Source Park have taken their coaching program online via weekly sessions hosted on social media.

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  • Turnip the raccoon at Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex.
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    Drusillas Park launches online educational resources

    With schools closed and outings cancelled, many parents have found themselves facing the challenge of home-schooling and entertaining cooped-up kids. Drusillas' new online resources are completely free and provide a variety of learning activities from animal fact files and education videos to word-searches and colouring pages. 

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  • Spring marches on in the gardens of 1066 Country
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    Spring marches on in the gardens of 1066 Country

    If you're anything like us at the present moment and fortunate enough to have your own garden, we expect you are spending more time in it. We don’t think our garden has ever looked so well tended and we have certainly tackled areas that we have in the past overlooked. Like many of you, we have noticed the bird song and the nature around us, which is giving us joy and comfort right now amongst all the worry.

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