East Sussex is a county of contrasts. You have the elegant seaside towns of Bexhill and Brighton, then further inland it becomes more Weald country with lots of thatched roofs and village ponds. There is also the marshy Camber Sands and Rye, which both teem with wildlife. The South Downs chalk hills run through this county.
Brighton is one of England’s most vibrant cities with a strong environmental and veggie vibe (it has England’s first Green MP: Caroline Lucas). Along with a real music and arts culture. This is also one of the sunniest places in England. And of course it’s known for the Battle of Hastings, even though it actually happened in Battle – the Battle of Battle!
- Brighton: A Very Peculiar History (with added Hove, Actually) is a romp through ‘London by the Sea’ or ‘England’s San Francisco’, a city with a reputation for being on the edge. Find out how this dreary village became a dazzling playground for the wealthy from the fashionable Regency period to the age of DJs. From the gang fights and murders in Graham Greene’s ‘Brighton Rock’ to ducking to miss the bottles hurled between mods and rockers, in the famous beach battles. Features a gatefold colour illustration of Brighton Pavilion.
- Davenport Vineyards has land at Rotherfield and Kent next door, and is known for producing some of the best organic vegan wine in the country. The Sussex site makes 80,000 bottles a year, depending on weather and crop. Nearby is Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, it seems everyone in this region makes wine!
- Breaky Bottom offers quality sparkling wine from the foot of the Sussex Downs. Created by a wine maker with French/Italian heritage, there are only limited amounts of these cool-climate wines.
- Renegade & Longton (East Sussex) produce sparkling wines on the coast at Hastings, using elderflowers, rather than grapes. There are two in the range (one dry and fruity and the other a blush with rhubarbs, strawberries and blackberries – a good dessert wine).
- Day Walks on the South Downs is by a keen local and South Downs local, featuring 20 circular routes from 6 to 14 miles covering the South Downs National Park, Ditchling Beacon and Beachy Head. Day Walks on the High Weald covers the countryside that inspired AA Milne and Rudyard Kipling: Hastings Country Park, Bewl Water, St Leonard’s Forest, Ouse Valley Viaduct and Bodiam Castle.