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Gill’s Lap, Ashdown Forest taken earlier this year.
If you fancy a guaranteed great night out (and let's be honest we all need that right now) you can't beat watching Mamma Mia where you'll be singing along to all the fantastic hits - and maybe even dancing in the aisles! Here's my review for Sussex Life Magazine
One of Ashdown Forest’s many benches.
Ashdown Forest converted to black and white.
Chicago The Musical is on at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre until Saturday and is a fantastic evening of sass and jazz - and stars Russell Watson and Sheila Ferguson too! Sussex Life Magazine Eastbourne Theatres
'8 things to do in Sussex this half term' via Sussex Life Magazine including the fabulous SK Shlomo who brings us his 5 star sellout show 'Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids' this Saturday!
Don't be invisible this #Valentine's Day. Why not look for #love on 13 February?
#Singles Night Soiree in the heart of #Hove for all ages with a guaranteed match (8pm-10pm). £1 deposit tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/singles-night-soiree-tickets-243050569797
Join other #Sussex singletons at #DivinoWineBar where #Brighton-based #LoveDoctorMonti will observe and undertake matchmaking.
Instead of you making a decision about whether you like someone, and the feeling is mutual, the Love Doctor makes notes about the interaction between everyone.
At the end of the event he will whatsapp a maximum of three names to each person as a potential match.
#attraction #cupid #romance #singlemen #singlesevent #singlesnight #singlewomen
Recent shot of Gill’s Lap on Ashdown Forest
My Air B&B:- The Piggery, Colemans Hatch, East Sussex
In one word:- Amazing!
Would I describe Ashdown Forest as romantic?……
Oh yes!
We had a lovely chat with Sussex Life Magazine this month!
In the article Jon and I are talking about where we are in life now, the effects of growing older and what we are doing to slow that process down! We hope you enjoy read.

One of our main goals these days is to raise awareness that as we age it is possible to still live life to the full, its just about doing and thinking differently.

Mindset is a key! To quote the inspiring gentleman #ClintEastwood when asked what keeps you going? He replied ‘I get up every day and don’t let the old man in!”

You can check out the article here: http://ow.ly/YhFi50Hy7iX

You can also join our discussion (As mentioned in the article) here - Optimise Your Age: http://ow.ly/Qzvu50Hy7iY

#Sussexlife #OYA #Optimiseyourage #50plus #over50 #40plus #over40 #Fiftyandfabulous #Liveyourbestlife #Fulking #Southdowns #Walking #running #cycling #stayactive
Sussex Life Magazine Editor, Karen Pasquale-Jones, gets bendy like the Beckhams here at Fair Oak Farm, on one of our in-house seasonal retreats, hosted by Mary and with private chef, Lottie and yogi, Kiri.

Our January retreat has sold out but we do, at the time of writing, currently have spaces available on our in-house retreats in April, July, October and December this year.

Register and book via our website www.fairoakfarm.co.uk, where you can also subscribe to our newsletter, so you can find out about all the other upcoming retreats being hosted here throughout this year.

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https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/travel/places-to-visit/luxury-yoga-retreat-mayfield-sussex-get-fit-8613176

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01/04/2022

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The mysterious origins of April Fool's Day 01/04/2022

The mysterious origins of April Fool's Day

What's the best April Fool's Day prank you've ever played? 🤡🃏

The mysterious origins of April Fool's Day It should perhaps be of no surprise that the true origin of April Fool’s Day is shrouded in mystery, lost to the annals of time

Anton Du Beke: 'I don't know if I'll return to Strictly this year' 01/04/2022

Anton Du Beke: 'I don't know if I'll return to Strictly this year'

Ahead of his one man show in Brighton, King of the Ballroom Anton Du Beke reveals how he really feels about Craig Revel Horwood and talks all things Strictly

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Why Michael Flatley’s new Lord of the Dance had Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre audience on its feet: a review 30/03/2022

Why Michael Flatley’s new Lord of the Dance had Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre audience on its feet: a review

With 150,000 taps per performance and 25 years of standing ovations, the iconic show got another one on opening night in the seaside town

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29/03/2022

High up on Halnaker Hill on a glorious day 🌞

📸: @jobryantphotography

#halnakerwindmill #halnakerhill #halnaker #westsussex #sussex #greatbritishlife #greatbritishsummer #lovegreatbritain #lovesussex #uk #greatbritain #england

'I learnt a lot from Margaret Thatcher and Prince Charles' 29/03/2022

'I learnt a lot from Margaret Thatcher and Prince Charles'

Elizabeth Buchanan, the former secretary to both the Iron Lady and heir to the throne, is the new President of the South of England Agricultural Society

'I learnt a lot from Margaret Thatcher and Prince Charles' Elizabeth Buchanan, the former secretary to both the Iron Lady and heir to the throne, is the new President of the South of England Agricultural Society,.

What's On in April across Sussex: 9 top shows, concerts and exhibitions you won't want to miss! 28/03/2022

What's On in April across Sussex: 9 top shows, concerts and exhibitions you won't want to miss!

You won't want to miss these fantastic things to see, do and enjoy across the county this month

What's On in April across Sussex: 9 top shows, concerts and exhibitions you won't want to miss! From the latest Lord of the Dance to Six and Barry Humphries Unmasked, you won't want to miss these fantastic shows and musicals across the county this month

Discover Sussex's must visit Tulip Festivals this spring 24/03/2022

Discover Sussex's must visit Tulip Festivals this spring

Forget the Tulip Mania of the 17th century, these two Sussex gardens have us utterly obsessed with the sensational spring flower.

Discover Sussex's must visit Tulip Festivals this spring Forget the Tulip Mania of the 17th century, Pashley Manor Garden and Arundel Castle in Sussex have us utterly obsessed with the sensational spring flower.

Petworth House stars in the new series of Bridgerton 24/03/2022

Petworth House stars in the new series of Bridgerton

The National Trust property in West Sussex was used as a filming location for Season 2 of the scandalous Regency drama

Petworth House stars in the new series of Bridgerton Season 2 of Netflix’s racy Regency drama Bridgerton was filmed at The National Trust's Petworth House in West Sussex

Exciting Easter egg hunts in Sussex 2022 23/03/2022

Exciting Easter egg hunts in Sussex 2022

There is nothing more exciting at Easter than a grand old adventure outside hunting down clues on an Easter trail with the whole family here in Sussex.

Exciting Easter egg hunts in Sussex 2022 Take part in exciting Easter egg hunts and activities in Brighton, Haywards Heath and many more in Sussex this spring

The Sussex Choir being prescribed on the NHS to help new mums 21/03/2022

The Sussex Choir being prescribed on the NHS to help new mums

Mothers across Britain are being prescribed singing lessons on the NHS to help with postnatal depression thanks to a nurse who started her own choir in East Grinstead called Singing Mamas

The Sussex Choir being prescribed on the NHS to help new mums Mothers across Britain are being prescribed singing lessons to help with postnatal depression thanks to a nurse who started her own choir in East Grinstead

'Sting was very hands on!' Goodwood's new manager on Sussex, sustainability and working for The Police singer 21/03/2022

'Sting was very hands on!' Goodwood's new manager on Sussex, sustainability and working for The Police singer

Paul Dovey was one of the first to study organic agriculture at college and spent a decade working for The Police’s frontman Sting, so it’s no surprise that Everything Little Thing He Does is Magic.

'Sting was very hands on!' Goodwood's new manager on Sussex, sustainability and working for The Police singer As the new farm manager at Goodwood, Paul Dovey is no stranger to sustainability having worked for the Aspinalls and singer Sting

Win a family ticket to a Foodies Festival of your choice 15/03/2022

Win a family ticket to a Foodies Festival of your choice

Win tickets to the Foodies Festival in Brighton between 30th April and 2nd May 2022 🍝

Win a family ticket to a Foodies Festival of your choice The Foodies Festival is offering two family weekend tickets worth £72 for ten of their events taking place throughout summer 2022.

5 of the most splendid spring walks in Sussex 10/03/2022

5 of the most splendid spring walks in Sussex

Blow away the winter cobwebs and get a spring in your step with these splendid springtime walks around Sussex.

5 of the most splendid spring walks in Sussex Nothing beats a spring walk in Sussex. Discover the Seven Sisters cliffs, Ashdown forest that inspired Winnie the Pooh, the South Downs National Park and more

Celebrate the famous women born in Kent and Sussex this International Women’s Day 08/03/2022

Celebrate the famous women born in Kent and Sussex this International Women’s Day

In celebration of #internationalwomensday here are some fantastic famous women from Kent and Sussex who have either defied societal expectations or have had tremendous success in their field

Celebrate the famous women born in Kent and Sussex this International Women’s Day The theme of this year's International Women’s day is Choose to Challenge. So, in the spirit of Challenge here are some fantastic famous women from Kent and Sussex who either defied societal expectations or have had tremendous success in their field.

Glyndebourne holding charity concert for Ukraine 07/03/2022

Glyndebourne holding charity concert for Ukraine

The opera house has announced a special one-off concert on Sunday 3 April to raise funds for the people of Ukraine

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Benedict Cumberbatch headlines Charleston Festival 2022 07/03/2022

Benedict Cumberbatch headlines Charleston Festival 2022

Charleston Festival returns this year with an outstanding lineup! 😲🥰

Benedict Cumberbatch headlines Charleston Festival 2022 Charleston Festival returns this year with a lineup of over 40 live events, including performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Joanna Lumley and more

International Women's Day: Why we should honour an overlooked Sussex suffragette 07/03/2022

International Women's Day: Why we should honour an overlooked Sussex suffragette

Ahead of International Women’s Day we salute the triumphs of Sussex women throughout history and the overdue recognition of a local suffragette ‘She is a long forgotten Sussex heroine,’ muses charity chair Jean Calder.

International Women's Day: Why we should honour an overlooked Sussex suffragette Ahead of International Women’s Day we salute the triumphs of Sussex women throughout history and the overdue recognition of a local suffragette

Mamma Mia! is a Super Trouper of a show in Eastbourne: a REVIEW 05/03/2022

Mamma Mia! is a Super Trouper of a show in Eastbourne: a REVIEW

A packed audience at Eastbourne's Congress Theatre were Having the Time of their Lives watching the smash-hit musical Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is a Super Trouper of a show in Eastbourne: a REVIEW A packed audience at Eastbourne's Congress Theatre were having the time of their lives watching the smash-hit musical

Sussex named a top spring staycation destination for nature lovers and flower spotting 04/03/2022

Sussex named a top spring staycation destination for nature lovers and flower spotting

Discover what makes Sussex the perfect staycation location to enjoy the best of Spring's floral displays.

Sussex named a top spring staycation destination for nature lovers and flower spotting Discover what makes Sussex the perfect staycation location to enjoy the best of Spring's floral displays. With bluebells, daffodils, tulips and more

Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky: 'I love my dog even though it bit me' 04/03/2022

Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky: 'I love my dog even though it bit me'

ITV broadcaster Natasha Kaplinksy, 49, who lives near Haywards Heath, has been rushed to hospital after being bitted by her Coton de Tulear, Dot

Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky: 'I love my dog even though it bit me' ITV broadcaster Natasha Kaplinksy, 49, who lives near Haywards Heath, has been rushed to hospital after being bitted by her Coton de Tulear, Dot

9 of the best independent bookshops in Sussex 03/03/2022

9 of the best independent bookshops in Sussex

Happy #WorldBookDay! 📚

Discover your next great read at one of these fabulous bookshops in Sussex

9 of the best independent bookshops in Sussex Discover the best Independent bookstores and second-hand bookshops in Sussex. Locations include Brighton, Hastings, Eastbourne and more.

Eastbourne Theatres cancel Russian State Opera and Russian State Ballet shows 01/03/2022

Eastbourne Theatres cancel Russian State Opera and Russian State Ballet shows

Five Eastbourne shows involving the Russian State Opera and Russian State Ballet have been cancelled following the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Eastbourne Theatres cancel Russian State Opera and Russian State Ballet shows Five Eastbourne shows involving the Russian State Opera and Russian State Ballet have been cancelled following the Russian invasion of Ukraine

How relaxing does this West Sussex walk look? 🚶😍 01/03/2022

How relaxing does this West Sussex walk look? 🚶😍

Follow this easy circuit through fields and along byways, around a tranquil lake nestled in the rolling hills of the High Weald AONB in Balcombe, Sussex

Words by Deirdre Huston

Balcombe village sits on a spur of land that stretches down from a forest ridge. Streams flow down the valley into the lake, then continue south east towards the River Ouse. This small body of water is nestled amid the low rolling hills of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and is much enjoyed by walkers and anglers.
Water depths vary and deepen towards the dam wall. Unlike nearby Ardingly Reservoir, which was created in 1979, Balcombe Lake is quite natural and used to be larger. Balcombe is surrounded by trees and there are boardwalks or planked walkways on some paths near the lake. Wear stout shoes or your toes may get wet.
Balcombe House is near the start of the walk. The Grade II Listed building was constructed in 1760 as a rectory at a cost of £1,400. Within 50 years, however, it was becoming too expensive for the rector to maintain and was sold as a private house.
Near the start of the walk, a planked walkway crosses water near the Chalybeate mineral spring. The source of the spring is not currently visible but the red water indicates the water is rich in iron salts. The colour comes from red iron oxide deposits in surrounding streams, and is one of several in the parish. In the past, the water was prized for its medicinal properties, although its taste was apparently less popular.

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Your step-by-step Balcombe walk
1. Start at The Half Moon Inn. Walk past Balcombe Stores. At the wooden waymarker, turn right along a footpath for a short way.
2. Turn left at the gate and signpost. Walk across the top of a livestock field. See Balcombe House to your left. Pass a gap/gate and signpost. Head for a wooden waymarker and go through a kissing gate. Walk straight ahead down a wooded path.
3. At the three-way signpost, walk straight ahead. Go down some steps and along a timber walkway over the spring water.
4. Emerge at a signpost and turn right along a track. Go through a gate. Pass a signpost and cross a stone bridge.
5. After about 25 metres, turn right at a signpost, along a path through woods. Walk along a timber walkway. Climb gradually. Go through a kissing gate into a field, and walk straight ahead and then diagonally right along a signed footpath. Pass a signpost and walk along the edge of the field.
6. Continue straight along the signed fenced footpath, ignoring a house to your right. Go through a kissing gate and walk straight on. Pass a signpost.
7. Turn right along the driveway to Forest Farmhouse. Continue along the footpath past more houses.
8. At the signpost, turn right through a metal gate and walk down a chalky track. Pass a signpost and go through a gate near an outbuilding. Walk left down the field towards some trees. Climb over a stile.
9. Turn right along a signed footpath along the edge of a field, and climb over a stile.
10. Turn left along a concrete footpath and track. Pass Balcombe Lake.
11. After the lake, at a signpost, turn right through a kissing gate. Walk across a field. Go through another gate, across a plank bridge, and turn right along the edge of the field. Go through a gate and walk along a lakeside path. Continue along the path, crossing several bridges, and a signpost, until you reach the wooden way marker at point three. Turn left to retrace your footsteps to the starting point.

READ MORE: Try this pretty, circular coastal walk at the Chidham Peninsula

The details
Location: Balcombe.
Distance: 2.8 miles (4.6 km) - about one-and-a-half hours to walk, plus stops.
Terrain: Some paths can be muddy, or boardwalks flooded, so this walk is best enjoyed in dry weather. Some slopes and stiles.
Where to park: Roadside in Balcombe – at Stockcroft Road, for example.
Sat Nav: RH17 6PA.
Public transport: Balcombe railway station is on the edge of the village.
Map: OS Explorer 135 Ashdown Forest.
Navigation: Easy.
Dog-friendly: Yes, on lead in livestock fields.

READ MORE: 5 of the best art walks in Sussex

Where to eat and drink in Balcombe
Several handy picnic benches sit opposite or on the banks of Balcombe Lake. Or, you can call into one of these venues in the village...
The Half Moon Inn, Haywards Heath Rd, Balcombe, Haywards Heath RH17 6PA
This community-owned pub offers Sussex favourites, such as Harvey’s beer. The pub has a terrace, is dog- and child-friendly, and serves seasonal dishes. 01444 811582, halfmoonbalcombe.com
The Balcombe Tea Rooms, Hope Cottage, Bramble Hill, Balcombe, Haywards Heath RH17 6HR
Has an alfresco dining area with a choice of sandwiches, light bites, cakes and drinks. 01444 811777.

How relaxing does this West Sussex walk look? 🚶😍 Follow this easy circuit through fields, along byways and around Balcombe Lake nestled in the rolling hills of the High Weald AONB in Balcombe, Sussex

It's a Small World: the Sussex artist's tiny buildings making a big impact 01/03/2022

It's a Small World: the Sussex artist's tiny buildings making a big impact

Worthing-based ceramicist Alice Mara’s miniature houses, buildings, and even an entire High Street are making a big impact on the art scene

It's a Small World: the Sussex artist's tiny buildings making a big impact Worthing-based ceramicist Alice Mara’s miniature houses, buildings, and even an entire High Street are making a big impact on the art scene

Emmerdale soap star Ian Kelsey: 'I've died four times' 28/02/2022

Emmerdale soap star Ian Kelsey: 'I've died four times'

The Shoreham-based heartthrob, known for being Emmerdale's Dave Glover and Casualty's Patrick Spiller, tells us how he’s swapped the soaps and screaming fans for the stage and Sussex sea…

Emmerdale soap star Ian Kelsey: 'I've died four times' The Shoreham-based heartthrob, known for being Emmerdale's Dave Glover and Casualty's Patrick Spiller, tells us how he’s swapped the soaps and screaming...

10 things to do in Sussex this March 28/02/2022

10 things to do in Sussex this March

From terrific theatre shows to Mother's Day treats, there's plenty to see and do in Sussex this March.

10 things to do in Sussex this March From terrific theatre shows to Mother's Day treats, there's plenty to see and do in Sussex this March...

Oyez! Oyez! Meet Rye's town crier who gives spooky town tours 25/02/2022

Oyez! Oyez! Meet Rye's town crier who gives spooky town tours

Paul Goring mingles with celebrities and gives terrifying tours around the haunted streets after dark. Here he reveals why he has a job worth shouting about

Oyez! Oyez! Meet Rye's town crier who gives spooky town tours Paul Goring mingles with celebrities and gives terrifying tours around the haunted streets after dark. Here he reveals why he has a job worth shouting about

23/02/2022

The beautiful church in Compton captured in golden light 🌅

📸: @becky_leyton (https://www.instagram.com/becky_leyton/)

#comptonsussex #westsussex #sussex #greatbritishlife #lovegreatbritain #uk #england #greatbritain

6 of the best places to see Daffodils in Sussex in 2022 22/02/2022

6 of the best places to see Daffodils in Sussex in 2022

With spring firmly on the horizon, it's time for the cheery daffodil to bring a little sunshine back into Sussex and guide us along to longer and sunnier days ahead.

6 of the best places to see Daffodils in Sussex in 2022 Find dazzling daffodils springing up in Chichester, Haywards Heath, Hailsham and more locations in East Sussex and West Sussex this spring.

Why The Lion King is still the Pride of London: A REVIEW 21/02/2022

Why The Lion King is still the Pride of London: A REVIEW

From the roaring success of Disney's The Lion King to the suspense of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, a stay in London's West End is a capital idea

Why The Lion King is still the Pride of London: A REVIEW From the roaring success of The Lion King to the suspense of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, a stay in London's West End is a capital idea

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