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Eastbourne 2017

Just down the road Lewes

Just down the road Lewes lovely Journey along the coast from Eastbourne past the distinctive chalk landmark of Seaford Head to the County town of Lewes built into the slopes either side of the Ouse Valley at the heart of the South Downs. Proudly independent it merges its medieval streets and Norman Castle with modern eateries, antiques and quirky shops. Explore the rich cultural heritage and walk in the footsteps of Medieval Monks at the ruins of the 11th Century Priory of St Pancras, the first Cluniac priory in England. RELATED ADVERTISER artistic FLAIR 30 EASTBOURNE : SUNNY STAYS 2017 CHARLESTON Charleston, the creative home of artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell and their influential artistic and literary Bloomsbury set, opens from 1 March until the end of October (Weds - Sun & Bank Holidays). Annual literary festivals celebrate Charleston’s literary heritage in May and late September inviting world class authors and contributors to its intimate and beautiful gardens and setting in the South Downs. Call 01323 811626 |

HARVEYS DRAY DON PASQUALE AT GLYNDEBOURNE Cultural melting pot Enjoy an eclectic mix of mediums including; paintings, printmaking, sculpture and textiles as over 400 different artists and makers open their homes over three weekends from 19 August for the Lewes Artwave festival. Nearby Ditchling Museum has an internationally renowned collection of work from artists and craftspeople who were drawn to the village from the beginning of the 20th Century, whilst the 17th Century Monks’ House, once the home of Virginia Woolf, is located in the beautiful country lanes of Rodmell. Or enjoy world class opera at internationally recognised Glyndebourne nearby famed for its lavish picnics outside on the lawns complete with full evening dress and candelabras. Steeped in history Wander the Twittens and discover the town’s most famous landmark, Lewes Castle and breathe in 1,000 years of history, or explore the beautiful Medieval timber house which was bequeathed to Henry VIII’s fourth wife – Anne of Cleves and take afternoon tea. Have a bite to eat in one of the historic pubs and sample traditional cask ales from the Victorian Harveys Brewery located in the town – you may even be lucky enough to see the horse-drawn dray. Anne Katrin Purkiss EASTBOURNE : SUNNY STAYS 2017 31

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