Posted 31 May 2012 by Andrew Gardner
June is Jubilee month, as I'm sure you already know unless you've been visiting another planet (though we haven't branched out into space with our holiday cottages... yet!!). This month Britain is celebrating the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and there's nothing like a royal event to get this country in a party mood. There will be street parties and festivals in towns and villages throughout Sussex – far too many to list here, but do check the internet and local press for information as there's bound to be something happening near your holiday cottage. Possibly even within walking distance, so you won't have to worry about driving.
Sussex certainly has its fair share of the 4,000 Jubilee beacons that are being lit around the country. Towns all along the coast from Chichester to Hastings, inland to Crowborough on the Ashdown Forest and west to the Sussex Weald, will see festivities galore as the beacons are lit on bank holiday Monday, 4 June. Lighting times are being co-ordinated throughout the country so do check local information to find out what's happening and when. If we're lucky enough to get clear weather, and probably even if we don't, it'll be truly spectacular. If you're bringing a large party to the parties, I hope you've found one of our lovely town and country house retreats to stay in that sleep eight or more guests.
On an entirely different note, now that the weather's generally more summery keen swimmers might like to try the Marine Conservation Society's fundraising Big Sea Swim in – or rather, off – Eastbourne on 30 June. You don't have to be an ace swimmer as there's a 1km event for beginners and a 3k event for the more experienced, with registration costing £20 and £25 respectively, and if you sign up by 11 June you'll guarantee your place. Further info is on the MCS website.