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Things to do in Haywards Heath

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A visit to Haywards Heath is brilliant way to discover the gems that dot the Sussex landscape. Around an hour from both our Sussex holiday parks, it’s a refreshing day out in the heart of the county’s countryside. 

The things to do in Haywards Heath and the surrounding area are a lovely day out from our Church Farm and Combe Haven holiday parks, and we’ve put together this article to showcase the best of them. Have a read and get planning your discovery of this beautiful place surrounded by Sussex greenery.

Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway

Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway

Address: Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath RH16 4BB 

Kick off your time in Haywards Heath by heading to a railway like no other. Beech Hurst Park’s tracks take the word ‘miniature’ to the next level, and a ride on these cute locomotives is a brilliant way to see this lovely park in the heart of the Sussex town. 

A ride on here won’t break the bank, making it one of the cheapest things to do in Haywards Heath as well as the best. When you’re done, go for a stroll around the park, practice your forehands and backhands on the tennis courts or eat the Harvester restaurant just a stone’s throw away.

Ouse Valley Viaduct

Ouse Valley Viaduct

Address: Borde Hill Ln, Haywards Heath RH17 6QP 

Get your cameras at the ready for the spectacular Ouse Valley Viaduct to the north of Haywards Heath. The magnificent structure has stood here in all its glory since 1839, carrying commuter and freight train services from London to Brighton and back. 

As the name suggests, it crosses the lovely River Ouse that flows through the heart of Sussex, and you can tie in a photo or two of the viaducts with a stroll amongst its surroundings. There are regular services across what’s described as the most elegant viaduct in Britain, so it won’t take long before you see a trainspotting photo opportunity.

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Garden

Address: Borde Hill Ln, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP 

The beautiful Borde Hill Garden sits on the former Tudor grounds of Borde Hill Estate just north of Haywards Heath. There’s beautiful horticulture and masses of green space to explore with the family here. 

This place isn’t just for walking though, with a kid’s playground, pristine café and plant shop all on site to bring you one of the best things to do in Haywards Heath. To avoid queueing on the day, book your tickets online in advance. You’ll be paying less this way too, so it’s a win-win option.

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Nymans Gardens and House, Handcross

Address: Nymans, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6EB 

A scenic drive up the A23 from us down on the coast conveniently gets you to Nymans Gardens and House. Just a short distance from Haywards Heath, this romantic garden is set around a historic house and its ruins. The manor oozes medieval charm but was actually built in 1839 and stands gloriously amongst the Sussex landscape to this very day. Pretty gardens are great for a romantic stroll, and there’s a brilliant bookshop on site that’s been rated as one of the best in National Trust hands.

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