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Welcome to Wealden, which is situated in the county of East Sussex. With over 800 square kilometres of countryside, including coast and market towns waiting to be discovered, this is the ideal area for a unique holiday and short break destination. Why not take a virtual trip around Wealden and see what is on offer? You will be amazed by the beauty of the area and the variety of places to visit.

If you are looking for ideas for a day out, there are lots of attractions to visit and many different events throughout the year to keep you and your family entertained. For further information also visit our website Wealden Do Sussex (external link) or view the latest Wealden Attractions Guide 2018 (pdf)

Ashdown Forest (external link)

Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of tranquil open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is situated some 30 miles (48 km) south of London and lies between Crowborough, Forest Row and Maresfield on the more northerly of the two major sandstone ridges in the High Weald AONB.  Rising to an altitude of 732 feet (223 metres) above sea level, its heights provide expansive vistas across the heavily wooded hills of the Weald to the chalk escarpments of the North Downs and South Downs on the horizon.

Forest Explorer (external link)

Why not leave your car at home and visit Ashdown Forest on the Forest Explorer Service?  The Forest Explorer is a co-ordinated bus network set up by the Wealden Bus Alliance which connects visitors from local mainline railway stations to the heart of the Ashdown Forest. An Explorer bus ticket is flexible and allows you to take the bus from the mainline station to the Ashdown Forest or you can change buses if you want to go walking.  There are various stops en route at cafes, pubs and attractions, some with special offers available, all making for an enjoyable day out.  Also visit the Ashdown Forest Tourism Association (external link) for more information.

Business Support

Wealden District Council offers a range of services for locally-based tourism businesses, including advice & help to businesses who are starting up, employment issues and finance & grants.

Sussex Heritage Coast Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020 (external link)

The Sussex Heritage Coast stretches from Eastbourne along the iconic cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, past Cuckmere Haven and on to Splash Point at Seaford.

This was the first Heritage Coast established as part of a plan to protect and conserve the best stretches of undeveloped coast in England.  More than one million people visit the Sussex Heritage Coast every year.

For more information on how the area will be managed for wildlife, landscape, tourism, recreation, heritage and the local community, please visit the Sussex Heritage website as above.

Wealden Tourism Programme

During 2016 the Community and Regeneration Team worked with tourism consultants to produce the report entitled 'Research and Analysis to inform Wealden District Council's Destination Management Plan'.  A number of recommendations were made in this report in order to assist the future work programme for tourism in the district.

View or download a copy of the Tourism Consultants Research Final Report 2017

One of the recommendations in the report was to carry out a Viticulture Feasibility study. The appointed consultants have now completed that research and a full report of the study will be made available shortly.

A steering group made up of tourism businesses and partners in Wealden, was formed following the original research to help support the delivery of its recommendations.  It meets quarterly to discuss the other recommendations put forward by the consultants. One of the main topics is a business barometer which will be rolled out in the next few months.

For further information please contact the Community and Regeneration Team.

Wealden Tourism Economic Impact Study 2016 (pdf)

The Economic Impact of Tourism in Wealden report is a snapshot of the value and volume of tourism activity in our region.  It identifies total jobs supported in tourism, the spend, staying nights and day visits. The 2016 figures were prepared in 2017 and the methodology changed for the way Visit Britain collect and report Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) and Great Britain Day Visitor Survey (GBDVS)data.  As this report shows big differences in the figures, we are using this new information as a benchmark for 2016.  The GBTS and GBDVS are national consumer surveys produced in adherence with the Official Statistics Code of Practice (external link)