For guests who are interested in the arts, Hartfield is a perfect base for experiencing the cultural highlights of the South East. These are just a few of the delights within easy reach of the Anchor Inn.
For opera lovers the Glyndebourne festival is an absolute must! Stretching from May to August it includes a wide range of performances accompanied by fine dining (or a picnic!). The venue is an easy drive down the A26 from Hartfield and parking is available free of charge (please request this when making your booking).
Just down the road from Glyndebourne is Glynde Place, which holds the increasingly popular annual jazz festival Love Supreme. It’s a family-friendly event with plenty of kids’ entertainment alongside the music.
Elderflower Fields family festival
Just a 15 minute drive from the Anchor Inn you’ll find Pippingford Park, home to the annual Elderflower Fields festival. This is very much a family-orientated event, aiming to create a truly family-friendly festival, with music, activities and local food – all based in the beautiful Sussex countryside.
Theatre and cinema
Hartfield Arts and Theatrical Society (HARTS)
The Village Hall is the venue for our local arts and theatre group. Check out their Facebook page for the latest information.
Travel over the border into Kent and there are two theatres to choose from in historic Tunbridge Wells. The Assembly Hall Theatre is the largest of the two, offering a variety of performances.
The Trinity Theatre, based in an old church, provides more intimate surroundings.
We are lucky to have an award-winning independent cinema just a short distance from us in Uckfield. Showing latest releases, art-house and classic films, the Picture House is a cinephile’s dream come true.
Hartfield is home to the Winnie-the-Pooh stories and provides the perfect base to explore the Hundred Acres Wood and other Pooh-related locations.
Arthur Conan Doyle spent his later years living in Crowborough and the local Groombridge Place was the setting for his Sherlock Holme’s story The Valley Of Fear. A small museum to the author can be visited at Groombridge Place.
Rudyard Kipling moved to East Sussex in 1897 and, in 1902, purchased Bateman’s, which is now a National Trust property.