of Orienteering 2017
14th April - 17th April
There is no central Event Centre or Campsite for the event. However there is a wide range of accommodation on offer in the areas around Days 2, 3 & 4. The following links may be of particular use:
Ashdown Forest Tourism Association: http://www.ashdownforest.com/
Horsham Visitor Centre: https://www.horshamvisitor.co.uk/
Where To Stay In Sussex: http://www.stay-in-sussex.co.uk/
Ashdown Forest is one of the largest free public access spaces in the South East and at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, featuring high, open heathlands of heather, gorse and silver birch punctuated by hilltop clumps of pine trees. But above all it is the home of Winnie-the-Pooh. The fictional Hundred Acre Wood was in reality Five Hundred Acre Wood; Galleon's Leap was inspired by the prominent hilltop of Gill's Lap and a clump of trees just north of Gill's Lap became The Enchanted Place. Why not try a game of Poohsticks where it was originally played by Christopher Milne on a footbridge across a tributary of the River Medway in Posingford Wood?
The Bluebell Railway is arguably the most famous of all British heritage lines and runs for 11 miles from East to West Sussex, between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. It was the first standard-gauge heritage railway in the UK to offer a passenger service, and has the largest stock of steam locomotives outside of the National Railway Museum. Often used when filming TV shows – ride back in time and see if you recognize any.
Brighton. Offers a host of tourist attractions, from museums and promenades to shopping in the historic Lanes and a vibrant nightlife. Above all don’t miss:
The Iconic and truly amazing Royal Pavilion, built as the King George IV’s pleasure palace when he was Prince Regent and Brighton was the heart of fashionable Regency society,
The Latest and spectacular British Airways i360 tower which lets you travel in the world’s first vertical cable car to a height of 450ft to enjoy a 360° views from the world’s tallest moving observation tower.
The Llama Park at Forest Row in Ashdown Forest is the place for all things Llama!
Wakehurst Place features beautiful botanic gardens managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion.
Piazza Italia in Horsham Town Centre
Horsham Piazza Italia claims to be the biggest and best free to attend Easter event in the South East. A celebration of all things Italian, with things to see and do for all the family. Cars, bikes, food, and fun
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Monday 17th (but not on the Sunday).
National Trust Properties
Nymans, Handcross. RH17 6EB
Standen, East Grinstead. RH19 4NE
Warnham Nature Reserve, Horsham RH12 2RA for plants and wildlife.
Southwater Country Park, Horsham RH13 9UN. Features:
A wildlife area 'The Quarry', which is managed for nature conservation and supports wildlife such as lizards, Kingfishers, Nightingales and various butterflies and dragonflies.
A 'Dinosaur Island' adventure play area, with dinosaur bones to discover in the sand, aerial walkways, jungle swings and a climbing volcano all set within a prehistoric swamp landscape.
The Wey and Arun Canal Trust, Loxwood, RH14 0RH, including boat trips
Bolney Vineyard (including wine tasting and tours) Bolney, RH17 5NB