Things to do
Firle Place & Village
National Park & South Downs way
We are lucky to be part the South Downs National Park. Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the downs also offer countless recreation opportunities. Walk, cycle or horse ride along the South Downs Way and experience some of the finest landscapes in Britain. Or simply take the time to breathe in the fresh air, absorb the landscape and enjoy the wonderful views. For the more adventurous, there is paragliding, hang-gliding, golf, zorbing, mountain-boarding and a range of water sports.
Airworks Paragliding Centre
The Old Station, Glynde, Lewes BN8 6SS Tel: 01273 858108
Paragliding, hang gliding, power motoring. Disabled students accommodated – contact to discuss requirements
Charleston, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL Tel: 01323 811265
Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s Bloomsbury Group country home is open to the public. The festival in May features talks, debates, workshops, dramatised readings and exhibitions.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU. Box Office 01273 813813/814686
Annually, mid May to end August. Like strawberries and cream, village fetes, Wimbledon, Glastonbury and cricket, the Glyndebourne festival season is an essential part of the classic English summer. If you love opera, it’s a must. The whole event – dressing up, the beautiful setting, champagne and picnics in the garden, plus great music and top international performers – is a real experience. In autumn, Glyndebourne Touring Opera is good too.
Firle Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world, having been formed in 1758.
The club has two senior Saturday XIs, which will be playing in the ESCL Divisions 3 and 8 respectively in the 2014 season, plus an occasional Sunday team. Grab a pint then wander round to the ground to watch the game.