Local Attractions

Brakes Coppice Park is close to Battle, Hastings and Bexhill, which have all the main attractions that seaside towns have to offer. Battle is famous for the 1066 story with its abbey, other attractions and walks.

In and around the 1066 Country, there are many Tourist Attractions and a great number of events throughout the year. All are accessible by car while others are only a short train journey away (trains to Hastings are 11 minutes and to Battle 4 minutes from Crowhurst).

There are also two local pubs that serve food one mile from the campsite. Below is a picture of the views on offer on the walk to one of the pubs.

There are also several beaches only a few miles away including Hastings, Bexhill, Pett, Winchelsea, Cooden, Camber sands and a Naturalist beach at Fairlight Glen.   

Here are just a few of the local attractions and other ideas with links to their websites. Our Tourist Info point is jammed with these and other places to visit.

Local walks

Within Crowhurst, there are many different countryside walks. 
10 minutes walk from the campsite is a stunning RSPB reserve but also the ‘Crowhurst Walk’.  Come and speak to the Wardens in reception about the other long and short walks in the area. Below is a view from our private lane.

Local History

The area is steeped in history with many places to visit, information about the 1066 history of Crowhurst is shown in the on-site Tourist information point:

1066 Battle (8 minutes by car, 15 minutes walk & train, 50 minutes walk)
Battle Abbey—wonderful to visit for its scenery and guided talks around the battlefield and abbey.  Many events are run at this English Heritage Site around the year.
Battle museum—a quaint museum which runs regular hands-on events during the holidays.

1066 Events— this website lists almost all of the upcoming events in the area.

Other Castles

Bodiam Castle—stunning site, close to the Kent & Sussex Railway with regular events for the whole family. (15 minutes by car)

Herstmonceux Castle & The Observatory Science Centre—beautiful castle and gardens and a BRILLIANT observatory/science centre with loads to do with the kids. Don’t miss the castle’s fantastic medieval festival in August! (20 minutes by car)

Pevensey Castle—tour this 1066 castle and grounds (21 minutes by car)


Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest—beautiful woods to walk, horseride or cycle in with many leisure activities including ’Go Ape’  (25 minutes by car)

Bewl water—extensive water sports and countryside activities at this reserve, or perfect for a simple boat ride and walk (30 minutes by car)

Clambers—indoor and outdoor children’s park (10 minutes by car)


Bexhill—pebble beach (5 miles)
Hastings—pebble beach (sand at low tide) (5 miles)
Camber sands—beautiful sandy beach near Rye (19 miles)

Swimming Pools

The closest is Bannatynes (£15 for a Guest Pass to use the Gym,Sauna, Steam Room and Jacuzzis)

Bexhill Ravenside Leisure Centre (5 miles)
Summerfields Leisure Centre (4 miles)
Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools (12 miles)

Gardens & Nature Reserves

Hastings Country Park Nature reserve (5 miles)
Rye Wetlands Wildlife Reserve (15 miles)
Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserves (various)
Manor Gardens (Bexhill) (5 miles)
Scotney Castle (15 miles)
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (20 miles)
Merriments Gardens (11 miles)
Pashley Manor Gardens (13 miles)

Great Dixter Gardens (20 minutes by car)


Sedlescombe Vineyard (8 miles)
Carr-Taylor Vineyard (4 miles)

Wildlife parks

Drusillas Park—a fantastic zoo and adventure park (20 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium (5 miles)

Other places to visit

Kent & East Sussex Railway (various)
Sedlescombe Golf Club (5 miles)
Beauport Park Golf Course (3 miles)
Various parks in Hastings & Bexhill
Bexhill Old Town
Hastings Old Town
East & West Hill Lift (Hastings)
Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk
De La Warr Pavilion & Gallery (5 miles)
Adventure Golf (Hastings & Eastbourne)