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Bluebell Vineyard

Two miles from Sheffield Park Station, picturesque Bluebell Vineyard Estates is home to the award-wining range of “Hindleap” English sparkling wines.

Open for fun and relaxed vineyard & winery tours and informative wine tastings, visitors can also enjoy its nature trail through bluebell woodlands or bring a picnic to enjoy overlooking the vineyard and ponds.

The Estate is open throughout the year 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

Call 01825 791 561 or visit www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk for more information.

Sackville College

Sackville College is a Grade I listed building at the end of the High Street. It was founded in 1609 as an almshouse by the will of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset. It was probably completed by 1619, and it included a wing for the Earls of Dorset to use for short stays. Today it is still an almshouse, providing affordable accommodation to local elderly people of limited means, for independent living. Visitors see the pretty quadrangle, the Common Room where residents once cooked on open fires, the Dining Hall, Chapel and the Study where the famous Warden, John Mason Neale, Warden 1846-66, wrote many hymns and carols, including ‘Good King Wenceslas’, first published in 1853.

Visits are by Guided Tours, during the afternoons from Wednesdays to Sundays, from mid June to mid September.

Visits at other times may be possible, by prior arrangement with the Warden and the Almoner.

Admission is £5 for adults and £1 for children.

Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst is Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s garden in Sussex. It is situated on the High Weald in Ardingly, just outside Haywards Heath.

There are over 500 acres of formal and ornamental gardens, woodlands, wildlife and a nature reserve. It is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Open all year round the MSB is a hub for scientific activity where visitors can discover more about its vital mission to conserve 25% of the world’s plant species by 2020.

From April, a yearlong exhibition, Secret Structures – inside the story of plants and fungi – will be held in The Atrium.

For 50 years, this extraordinary estate has been cared for and developed by RBG, Kew. It is both a Grade II listed heritage garden of great beauty and a beacon of botanical and horticulture and nature conservation.

Whether you want to have an adventurous journey through woods and gardens, or to find out more about plants and nature, there are lots of family-friendly features to enjoy on a day out at Wakehurst.