Pevensey, Pevensey Bay and Westham are in a unique position, nestled beneath the South Downs National Park, and between the sea and beautiful countryside. A wonderful base for a seaside holiday, the villages offer a myriad of things to see and do, all within easy reach.
To the south – well go any further and you will be swimming ! Our sprawling bay offers miles of sand when the tide goes out, just right for sandcastles, and the shallow waters are ideal for paddling. High tide offers swimming in clean waters. Pevensey Bay, our seaside resort, has a small high street with a good choice of cafes and takeaways, and there are 5 pubs for adult eating and drinking. Did you know that the Normans landed here before going inland to fight the Battle of Hastings ?
Pevensey and Westham are steeped in history, with the castle between the two villages. The Court House Museum, and timber buildings are well worth seeing. The first church the Normans built in England, St Marys, is in Westham. We boast 1066 and all that – the beginnings of History as we know it. Take a Ghost Walk around the Castle.
Napoleonic Martello Towers are well preserved on the beaches of Normans Bay, Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne. Slightly inland, the sails turn regularly at Stone Cross Windmill.
To the West is Eastbourne, a town that offers all you might need, including culture at its 4 theatres, museums, and an art gallery. There is a pier and there are a good selection of shops to browse and many restaurants to choose from. There are children’s play parks, and a swimming pool complete with flume and waves. Just 1 mile from Pevensey Bay is Sovereign Harbour where you can while away time watching the many boats come and go.
Drive the 4 miles along Eastbourne Seafront and you will wind your way up to Beachy Head. Walking there, you will have spectacular views inland as well as over the sea. Look back along the coast to see our bay – it is huge ! Walk far enough and you will reach Cuckmere haven from where you can look back to see the famous Severn Sisters chalk cliffs.
Of course Brighton, a cosmopolitan city, is just the other side of the South Downs National Park. Visit the Royal Pavilion in all its splendour or take a flight on The Brighton Eye. Walk along the pier, play “penny machines” and marvel at the huge Sand Sculptures. Of course there are theatres, countless eateries and shops to browse. The North Laines are bohemian and so interesting, while the South Lanes offer quality jewellery and open up to squares for the “modern set”.
Arundel, just a bit further along the coast is worth a day out. You can take a walk or ride on a river boat, look at the antique shops or visit the Wetlands Bird Centre. All these overlooked by an impressive castle.
Inland you will find the beautiful rolling Sussex Countryside. Herstmonceux Castle might be modern, but its grounds house a Science Centre complete with Observatory. The street market in the small market town of Hailsham is nearby, and Alfriston offers quaint streets and even a zoo. The Long Man of Wilmington, towers above the pretty village of Wilmington, and a white horse, cut into the hill, looks down over Littlington. Lewes, its history, and its shops “with a difference” is only a short journey away. Many historic houses and beautiful gardens are within easy reach.
There are walks all around, including one that crosses the fields and hugs the river between Pevensey and Pevensey Bay. Want to walk further ? – then the 1066 walk will take you miles and miles.
Go East and you will travel over the marshlands and soon be in Hastings. The Old Town is unique. Built under the cliffs, there are narrow streets with all manner of shops. You can climb the cliff yourself, or take one of the historic lifts, one open air and one in a tunnel, if you’d like to visit Hastings Castle or St Clements Caves. Further along the coast is Rye, with its cobbled street leading down to fishing huts beside the river. A place well worth a visit. Ride on the Romney to Hythe miniature railway, and go back in time as you drive to the wild beach at Dungeness. Even further down the coast you will find Dover with its impressive Castle and wartime headquarters built inside the cliff.
Of course it goes without saying that London and all it has to offer is a “must” day out when you are in the area. Its only just over an hour away by train from Eastbourne – and you can take the train from Pevensey and Westham.