As the sun warms the ground up, signs of spring are emerging in the garden at places like Bateman's and Scotney Castle. Find out where's best for borders, tremendous for tulips or brilliant for bluebells.
Uncover fantastical stories at the home of Rudyard Kipling, Bateman's, or storm the battlements at Bodiam Castle. With plenty of activities to keep the family occupied, May half-term is the ideal time to explore the outdoors and try new things in and around East Sussex.
Smallhythe Place celebrates the centenary of the Representation of the People's Act with a new exhibition and displays. 'Triumphant Women' opens from 5 April, exploring the lives and works of the powerful women of Smallhythe, Edy Craig and Ellen Terry.
Encounter the work of six contemporary artists throughout the house and grounds at Knole from Thursday 17 May. The evolution of equality is highlighted through the stories of women who have contributed to Knole’s spirit and history.
'Bluebells are my most favourite sign of spring. They are beautiful yet so fragile. There's something really lovely about helping to protect them, because they do need our help' - Crispin Scott, Wildlife & Countryside Adviser.
By sticking to the paths you are protecting the native British bluebell so it will flower next year and for years to come.
Shine a spotlight on the county's tucked-away treasures with our little Kentish gems. Make it a family affair at Owletts or look beyond the house to discover a different side to a British hero at Chartwell.
Henry Middleton helps us care for extraordinary objects in unusual circumstances. A dedicated member of Scotney's Housekeeping Manual Group, he's helped create over 20,000 hand-drawn records of the Castle's unique collection.
Members of our National Trust supporter groups in Sussex help fund raise for places like Nymans and Sheffield Park - they also get together for days out and talks and tours or volunteer at their local place.
From the high culture of the art collection at Petworth, to an Arts and Crafts cosy home at Standen, you'll be amazed at the variety of houses and unusual buildings we look after in Sussex. There's even a castle for your budding knights in armour.