Whale of a time in Sussex
Brighton lays claim to being the place where the whole 'Save the whale' thing was coined. Apparently the official resolution was passed there in 1982, and certainly every year there's a massive event called WhaleFest held at the Brighton Centre, with films, talks and discussions with all sorts of cetacean-loving luminaries, broadcasters and politicians to environmental campaigners. This year's event takes place on 14-15 March so if you're visiting Brighton - perhaps in one of our lovely sea-view city apartments, or a nearby cottage on the South Downs - and you love all things whale and dolphin, look online for ticket info. Click here to view our properties in Brighton and the South Downs.
And talking of the South Downs - which we do rather often here at Amberley House Cottages, for obvious reasons - there were some gorgeous photos going round on social media recently of paragliders enjoying a spot of winter sunshine above Firle. What a glorious way to see the countryside, and what a fun thing to see from the ground. It's such a pretty place and one of my favourite walks in the whole region takes you up and over Firle Beacon, quite steeply in places but well worth the effort.
If Wiki has it right the name Firle comes from an Anglo-Saxon word that means 'overgrown with oak' - in any case there's a truly picturesque Sussex village to stroll round, plus the delightful parkland of Firle Place where those of you heading our way in the summer holidays might like to check out the country fair and horse trials in August. And just up the road is Charleston, home to the Bloomsbury set who made their names in art and literature. The house and garden are well worth a visit and the eclectic Charleston Festival takes place in May, so if you haven't already booked your tickets do get onto it quick as they sell out fast. This year's headline names include Monty Don, Maggi Hambling, Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Carey and Tom Stoppard but there's always a huge amount going on besides the big acts.
We have some gorgeous holiday cottages near Firle and Lewes so do click here and check out our website.