Local Attractions

Bodiam Castle

A short walk from AEFES is Bodiam Castle. In 2017 and 2018 a group walk was organised to the castle – while no-one has volunteered to do this for 2020, the walk is still perfectly doable by yourself or with friends; map shown above.

Bodiam Boating Station

For any water activity lovers. This is just down the road from AEFES campsite.

Image by Bodiam Boating Station

The Observatory Science Centre

And don’t forget Herstmonceux Observatory and Science Centre is within driving distance! Only a 30 min drive from AEFES campsite, you will find The Observatory Science Centre,Herstmenceaux.

“The Centre is an interactive hands-on science centre which has been operating in the former home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory since 1995.  Since opening, this unique attraction has gone from strength to strength and now offers Spectacular Science amongst the domes and telescopes of a world famous observatory.” 

(Image  is property of The Observatory Science Centre )

Camber Sands

On a hot summer’s day in July🌞 if you like sea ,sun and sand , why not take a 30 min drive from AEFES 🌻campsite to visit “Camber Sands, which is a little unusual for a Sussex beach and the reason is in the name. Yes, sands! Unlike most beaches along the Sussex coast which are lined with pebbles and shingle held in place by a series of groynes, Camber Sands is covered in fine, golden sand. Not only that but Camber is home to the only sand dunes in East Sussex.”😎

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

AEFES 🌻campsite is only a 20 mins drive from the “National Pinetum, one of the world’s finest conifer collections, a centre for International conifer conservation, and a beautiful place for walks and picnics. Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape.”🐵🌲🌳🍁

(Image by Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest)

Battle of Hastings

The historic  town of Battle is a  30 min drive from AEFES camp site , named after the famous Battle of Hastings which was fought between Harold the Saxon King and William the Conqueror in 1066. The battle was so significant it changed the course of English history. Take a visit to the  Battle museum of local history and  the medieval ruins and battle site at Battle Abbey .

There are plenty of places to eat in Battle but one of our favourites (especially if you like milkshakes) for drinks and snacks is Skarlett’s Cafe. It’s small with limited indoor seating but has an extensive vegan menu. Including the milkshakes, hot chocolate, cakes, etc.


Less than 1 in 10 of the UK population can see the beauty of the night sky full of stars. The High Weald is an area with a much reduced air pollution and great air quality, perfect for searching for planets, stars, meteors, satellites, and even the entire Milky Way. On a clear night, you’ll be able to see thousands of stars.

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