Burgess Hill, on the border of East and West Sussex, is one of the largest towns in the area. On the edge of the South Downs, it’s a great starting point to access the local area and the acres of countryside on its doorstep. There are many routes for walking and cycling using the town’s facilities as deserved breaks.
Being so close to the countryside, it’s not hard to get close to nature. Wakehurst Place, Borde Hill and High Beeches are attractions within easy reach of Burgess Hill for people who love visiting beautiful gardens and acres of woodland. Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve lies in the northeast outskirts, and makes a welcome change from the busy town centre just a few minutes away.
With recent development in Burgess Hill, many businesses have built offices around the area. This in turn has vastly increased the number of residents, meaning that the town now caters for thousands of locals, as well as tourists. Although the shopping is often overlooked for larger towns in Sussex, such as Brighton and Horsham, the town centre still has plenty of retailers, both independent and well known.
Shoppers can choose from the covered shopping mall in Market Place Shopping Centre or the outdoor Martlets Shopping Centre. Pubs are usually lively and Burgess Hill is the focal point of many events throughout the year, from music shows to ice skating.
This year, the Martlet Hall showcased the very best in ethical products from chocolates to soaps for the Fairtrade Festival Market. Plus, during the summer, a weeklong annual festival is held, providing entertainment for families, with rides, performances and stalls selling themed food and gifts.
The Triangle Leisure Centre is also a real asset to the town, providing leisure facilities for swimming and exercising, along with Aztec Fun Pools and an Outdoor Lido. There is also a thriving restaurant culture, with eateries providing a wealth of different cuisines from fine dining to fish and chips.