One of the greatest things about Britain’s coastline is that each mile of it offers visitors something a little different. Seaside towns may have sand, waves, candy floss, seagulls and fish and chips in common, but they still manage to stamp their own personality on these things and find ways to surprise anyone who visits them on holiday with something unique.
Easter is a great time of the year to visit any of the UK’s coastline, not only because, if recent years are anything to go by, the days are generally warm and bright, but because Spring is still freshly ‘sprung’, everything is new and exciting and this Easter, Haven are offering families some great discounts at several of their seaside resorts including the Combe Haven Holiday Park near Hastings in Sussex.
So what’s unique about Sussex holidays? Well, there are…
Sussex County has 50 miles of coastline to explore including a mix of shingle and sand beaches, busy towns and rural nature reserves, but what makes this part of Britain’s coast a particularly unique place to visit are the caves at St.Clements. Smugglers used these caves in the 1820’s to import and export their wares without paying taxes. Now, the maze of underground caves that hid their secrets for so long are open to the public and well worth a visit for families who want a taste of adventure.
Perhaps one of the places the smugglers were hoping to hide their treasures from was Bodiam Castle which is just a short drive – or gallop in those days, away from the coast. Sitting at the centre of a large moat and even larger gardens, the castle, which dates back to the 14th Century, is one of the most well preserved in Britain. Visitors are welcome to go on an organised tour or just take a blanket and a picnic to the grounds and enjoy sitting in the shadow of a fairytale castle.
Even if you have a car, when you’re on holiday in Sussex you can travel to and from Bodiam Castle by special means. The Kent and East Sussex Railway, described as ‘the country’s finest example of a rural light railway’, runs a steam train service which takes passengers on a journey from Tenterden, through the Rother Valley and all the way to the castle. Once you have your ticket, you can hop on and off the service and visit the Railway Museum, the Locomotion Yard for a closer look at the engines, or any of the country towns the train calls at along the way.
A visit to any of these local hotspots is guaranteed to make a holiday memorable, but on top of that there’s all the fun of the campsite itself to be taken into consideration. Combe Haven Holiday Park offers its guests a huge selection of activities, so after a day of sightseeing off the park, you could return to it, have dinner in one of the site restaurants and head to the Live Lounge for some evening entertainment while you plan which of the park’s facilities you’ll try out first.
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