PLACES OF INTEREST IN HURSTPIERPOINT
Jack and Jill Windmills
The twin Jack and Jill Windmills are a much-beloved sight on the Sussex countryside. Although the Jack windmill is privately owned, the Jill windmill has been made accessible to the public through the restoration and maintenance efforts of local volunteers. The Jill windmill is a fully-functioning windmill, and still occasionally produces stoneground wholegrain flour that is sold to visitors. An incredible backdrop for picnics and walks through the countryside, the Jill windmill is the perfect place to visit for families and those who love the great outdoors.
Bedelands Nature Reserve
Located just a few short miles north of Hurstpierpoint, the Bedelands Nature Reserve is composed of 80 beautiful acres of meadows and woodlands that are home to countless species of birds and wildlife. The local council and the University of Sussex have teamed together to ensure that this ancient wilderness and its inhabitants will be protected for future generations to enjoy. Bedelands offers a serene location for woodland strolls, bird watching, picnic lunches or simply a day out enjoying all that nature has to offer.
Washbrooks Family Farm
Washbrooks Family Farm is the perfect place for kids to explore, learn about animals and nature, and most of all, play! With over two acres of farmland, Washbrooks Farm features tractor rides, indoor play areas, a petting zoo for the farm animals and endless outdoor fun, including climbing frames, a zip wire, trampolines, sand pits, and much more. Parents can sip a hot cup of tea and relax knowing their children are having an amazing adventure! Bring along a picnic lunch and soak up the sun on this great day out for the entire family.
Hurstpierpoint's brewing tradition began in 1862 with the opening of the original Hurst Brewery in Cuckfield Road. A century and a half later, a new brewery would open in Western Road, and would be named Hurst Brewery in honour of its predecessor. Today, Hurst Brewery continues to craft fine traditional ales inspired by the original recipes, making it a fine destination for all ale lovers.
An independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 4 to 18, Hurstpierpoint College - affectionately known simply as "Hurst" - is a familiar sight just north of Hurstpierpoint village. The college was founded in 1849 by Canon Nathaniel Woodard and was built in the Oxford and Cambridge Gothic style, featuring adjoining inner and outer quads and exquisitely built chapel and dining hall. Hurst has a strong tradition in the arts, including drama, music and dance, and is home to the world's oldest Shakespearian Society.