Cannons and cuckoos in Heathfield

Standing on a ridge amid beautiful rolling countryside in East Sussex, the affluent market town of Heathfield has magnificent views from the high street.

It was once at the centre of the iron industry, and became known for its cannon and guns. Old traditions are still celebrated in the town - a Cuckoo Fair is held every April to herald the arrival of spring. There’s morris dancing, a funfair, music, a carnival parade and a barn dance.

Get back to nature in Wilderness Wood

Set in the hills of the High Weald, this family-run working park is a hidden gem. Explore miles of pathways and tracks around acres of ancient woodland. If you’re visiting in spring, don’t miss the bluebell walk. Youngsters are well catered for too, with camp building, fairy gardens and festive specials.

Traditional seaside fun in Eastbourne

The popular seaside resort of Eastbourne is a 30-minute drive from Heathfield, so don’t forget to pack your bucket and spade if you’re planning to head for the beach. When you’re not making sandcastles, tuck into fish and chips on the Victorian pier, go for an evening stroll along the three-tier promenade or take a boat trip from the marina to Beachy Head. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Heathfield? Travelodge Hellingly Eastbourne Hotel is around 6 miles from the town, perfect for seaside trips. Slightly further afield is Travelodge Tunbridge Wells Hotel.