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Things to do

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There really is so much to see and do and something for everyone.  Here are just some suggestions. 


Why not start with just relaxing with a glass of wine, cup of tea / cake and watch the wildlife in the back garden.  Our friendly Robin - Alf is always dropping by for a visit.  Alternatively if you are feeling social relax in the traditional local pub approx 450 yards up road.  The Rose and Crown is a friendly local working country pub offering a range of simple home cooked pub food and has a fine selection of local and guest real ales.   The pub serves bar food up to 9 pm but do not leave it to 8.59 to order.  The pub can be busy.  Th pub can cater for groups of friends but recommend booking as is a popular pub.  The pub has a pool table and garden.

Beach - Whether it is to use the beach in sunshine, a brisk refreshing walk or to fly a kite, the sandy beach at Camber Sands is only 15 minutes away, come rain, cold or often sunshine the beach is a source of simple fun.  From sunbathing, a paddle in the sea to flying a kite either on a warm summer or a cold winters day, a trip to the beach can be so much fun.  Tip: Buy a decent kite if you are going to fly it at Camber as the wind can be strong at times or be prepared to watch it fly off ;o).  The beach is very safe but as with any beach please pay attention to the safety notices and when venturing into the sea.  

Walks - At the cottage there is a folder with local walk including coastal.  There is a great short one across the road.  Often you can see deer, rabbits, a great short walk.  For those who would like to get some exercise the local area has some varied walking.  From  1 mile to 30 miles the choices is yours. For more info on walks call us.

The ancient town of Battle and Rye along with Tenterden are all within a very short trip; browse the shops (including the vast array of local antique shops), soak up the history, or take a visit to the local swimming pool. Why not stop for a coffee and a bite to eat in the village? There is a vineyard you can visit on the road into Tenterden. The sparkling wine is recommended! You would be amazed by the number of vineyards in this area. The climate is surprisingly good.  The village is connected even by steam train to Northiam.   Families and steam train enthusiasts will love the steam train, which can be taken from Northiam village to either Bodium Castle or Tenterden. The station at Tenterden is therefore worth a visit.  Look out for special events here:-  (https://www.kesr.org.uk/).  Alternatively Tenterden is only a short drive by car.

Family Fun

Wow, there is seriously so many things to do from activities that cost nothing but are great family fun i.e. Pooh Sticks in the actual Hundred Acre Wood to flying a plane.  Here are some ideas:-

Canoes can be hired near the bridge at Newingden.  If you are feeling energetic you can walk along the river bank to Bodium.  There is so much to do.  For the more energetic, Horse riders can ride out with local stable/horse riding school. From beginners to experienced. From tutored to general hacking. Stables at Iden. Play Tennis at the local public court just up the road. Contact the land lady of the Rose and crown for details.

Two really good cinema's (Kino in Hawkhurst or Rye), seriously this is the way to go to the cinema, small, very relaxing, bar.  Both are good.  Kino offer a two for one deal on Tuesdays which makes very affordable.  Teenagers love it when they stay out cottage.  Drop them off at either, you get some free time then pick up or they bus back (check bus times as only run one per hour).  In the evening you may even like to go or go as a family, enjoy Rye and then relax. You can easily book online.

You don't need to be a steam train enthusiast to enjoy the local steam train.  Something about this mode of travel that evokes a feeling of nostalgia.  Visit Northiam station and watch the trains come and go.  See KESR website for train times and details. 

For anyone interested in Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne then if you want to visit hundred acre wood, and play pooh sticks where the writer played with his son then contact us for our walk and information.

Near 100 acre wood is Groombridge,  This venue is excellent for anyone wanting adventure through the forest.  For more info see here:-  http://www.groombridgeplace.com/   

The local are is served by some fine restaurants for a full listing see the folder at the cottage and the local "Whats On" magazine hat can be picked up in local shops. Also see how amenities webpage. Alternatively, you could really indulge yourself and get your own chef into the house. If this wets your appetite as for details of possible local in house chef.


Dependent on time of year you can stop for cream teas and a boat ride up to Bodium Castle at the cottage near the hump back bridge at Newenden.


Slap Dash - The Barn, Hawkhurst Fish Farm, Hastings Rd - 01580 755674 offers ceramic painting, ideal for children on a day when weather not so good.  OR, take the children fishing?  ok I can hear the non anglers groan that sounds boring but, with the right age group it can be fun!  It is not much money and great for Dad's with children and mum putting her feet up or, shopping or,  go as a whole family experience from £5.   Child Rods & Bate available, call 01580 753813

Check the Wealden Advertiser as often discount vouchers printed in it Take the steam train together Bodium Castle or Tenderden for a spot of shopping and a cream team or lunch in a nice restaurant. 


In August, on the bank holiday Monday, the local village holds a summer fete and in some years, a soapbox derby. The village fete is great old fashioned simple fun.

October brings autumn and the Northiam bonfire society.  Check out timing of events and road closures here.

November time, try "chestnutting" up the end road on way to/from the Rose and Crown pub. Trees overhang A28

Take a local walk up to the the village shops in Northiam and visit the tree where Queen Elizabeth I rested on her way to Rye in 1573 and walk in the footsteps where Sir Winston Churchill met (Northiam Park) leaders to plan the Second Front (D Day) in the local park. Swings and rope slide for the children, take a look. Have a look in the DIY shop for a rummage on way back.


Camber Sands beach is excellent in the summer for a day out. Very safe for children, although watch the tide!!! Tip: Try and find a spot in the sand dunes as they act as a windbreak and you will not have to move when the tide comes in, and, it does come in very quickly. If it a hot day go in the evening. It will be more quite and sitting in the warm sun watching it set is lovely.

On the odd day it rains and you fancy swimming Tenterden leisure centre is very good. Not too far, the waters warm and the children can swim, use the water slide and wave machine, while you or the Grandparents do not fancy getting wet can watch from the terrace with a coffee.


Wander around Rye old town and high street or Winchelsea. Winchelsea was built by Edward I in 1283. A quiet rural town with just two pubs, four small shops and an old Parish church.  Say hello to Spike.  Winchelsea is the smallest town in the England to have its own Mayor and is a doorway to some nice walks.  

A simple and firm family favourite of ours has been to drive to Hastings park in the multi-storey car park near the station then take the coastal train to Eastbourne.  Dad buys a paper and reads for 5 mins and the family watch the world go by.  A pleasant train journey.  Once in Eastbourne , spend time exploring the town then on to the pier.  A simple day out that need not cost the earth.  Remember to ask at the station for the cheapest train ticket option for your group.  For more info

For the budding scientists in the family Herstmonceux is a definite must do.  We really enjoyed our visit, very interactive and ideal for encouraging an interest in science in the younger members of the family.  Dad, mum or the grandparents will love it too. For more info 

If you would like to go cycling but don't want to bring a bike then Rother Rides  in Newenden is the place for you.  Bike hire, local tours.  Or try Ryebay e-bikes if you would like to explore the area around Rye.

If you would like to play a round of golf then there are a number of good golf courses near by.  Contact us and we will share with you the options.  You will be spoilt for choice.

Christmas in Rye - The Rye Christmas Festival in December is an excellent way to spend an afternoon.  Santa, market stalls and crafts. Fun for all the family!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of things to do!