insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 14 - April 2016 - Page 59

TOWNSPOTLIGHT Things to Do The Bluebell Railway The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway. Since the 60s, it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, with different events on throughout the year and a museum at nearby Sheffield Park Station. Pepper Dining Located on the High Street, Pepper Dining serves an eclectic blend of Asian-inspired food in a contemporary setting. Food served includes shimla chicken - grilled tandoori chicken off the bone, and chingri bahar, a king prawn dish cooked with special spices. Sheffield Park & Garden The historic parkland at Sheffield Park & Garden dates back several centuries and has had many uses, but is now home to a wildlife haven, Skyglade, and the natural woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll. The garden itself includes four lakes, circular paths, and beautiful wooded areas. Annual Events Steam Engine Rally // Jun Held at Tinkers Park, the annual steam rally is a highlight in Uckfield’s calendar. Enjoy the family atmosphere as you ride on 'The Great Bush' narrow gauge railway, and browse the stalls selling clothes, tools, bric-abrac, and collectables. Bluebell Vineyard Estates Bluebell Vineyard is one of the UK’s leading sparkling wine producers. They specialise in the production of award-winning, estate-grown English sparkling wines; visit the vineyard to enjoy a guided tour, a tasting, or a picnic in the grounds. Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival // Jul This special event has a warm and friendly atmosphere and attracts not only musicians, but also music lovers from home and abroad. Dining Out Top Spot The Buxted Inn The Buxted Inn is situated in the heart of the East Sussex village of Buxted, near Uckfield, offering contemporary accommodation, locally-sourced, delicious food, and a good selection of beers, ales and fine wines. This lovely pub is renowned for having a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The Picture House A wonderful cinema and events hub, The Picture House is celebrating its centenary this year. With films, special events, live shows beamed direct from all across the country, and a fantastic restaurant opposite, there is always something entertaining to do here. The Picture House Restaurant Open from 10am daily, there are often special offers in this fabulous restaurant, located just opposite the famous Picture House cinema, including a twice weekly two-for-one pizza night. The menu includes everything from light salads, to chicken supreme stuffed with chestnut mushrooms. Did You Know? The disappearance of Lord Lucan has been the stuff of legend since November 1974. All we know for sure about the night he disappeared is that he drove from London to Uckfield, where he was seen for the very last time… Set in the beautiful Sussex Weald, Oast Farm Buxted is a family run fruit farm. We have a lovely farm shop where we stock our own fruit, juices, jams and home made cakes. We also have a wide selection of locally sourced items including seasonal fruit and vegetables, Flint Owl Bread, Chillies Farm Cheese, Bird-in-Eye Farm meat, Fletching Glasshouses veg and salad, Busters pies and pastries and lots of other exciting produce. We are a “pick-your-own” farm with a range of seasonal fruits, and a popular and attractive fishing lake. We look forward to welcoming you soon. On the A272 between Buxted and Coopers Green (TN22 4AU) We are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. 01825 733592 59 oastfarmshop