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Sussex and Kent Holiday Homes… oast houses and eco friendly to 5 star luxury

Find Cottage Holidays is delighted to unveil its latest collection of holiday homes available in Kent and Sussex, South East England. 

The Freedom Holiday Homes collection offers some great choices from the modern and environmentally sound eco houses to the traditional oast houses of Kent and Sussex.  From 5 star luxury to high quality, great value family accommodation.

What’s more, you can choose from rural locations including working farms to coastal locations with a sea view for couples, families or groups.

Shoreham Battle of Britain Air Show 2012, 1st 2nd September West Sussex

Judging by the loud rumbling noise and the house windows starting to rattle I can safely assume that the 2012 RAFA Battle of Britain Airshow is underway at Shoreham by Sea in Sussex.

For those that have not been before its a great day out, perfect for families young and old. With aircraft of all sizes and all ages there is something for everyone. There is plenty to see and do at the airfield including Dad’s Army display.

The airshow is held to support the work of the Royal Air Forces Association which provides welfare and comradeship to all members of the Royal Air Force and Royal Air Force Regiment. Since the shows inception, the event has raised over £1.5million for RAFA.

The afternoon flying display features strong support from the armed forces as well as exciting aerobatic and emotive historic aircraft displays.

The event usually includes a famous “Scramble” scenario featuring historic Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerchmitts in a thrilling set piece with pyrotechnics and re-enactors. On the ground there will be extensive static displays, arena displays, classic cars and trade stalls.

Join the fun this weekend by travelling to the Shoreham Airport at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

Goodwood Revival 14th-16th September 2012

Goodwood RevivalHere is a bit of an advanced warning about the Goodwood Revival Meeting that will take in Sussex in September and is well worth visiting and booking tickets for now.

This year the Goodwood Revival is set to be the biggest and most glamorous Revival yet, with incredible on-track action, wonderful aircraft displays, anniversary celebrations and the classic running vintage theme. They have combined all this with even more fabulous attractions from a Victory Street Party to the unique Chap Olympiad, live music to fabulous food.

Goodwood Revival 2012 is proud to be supporting the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, which provides financial support to keep the Royal Navy’s iconic historic aircraft flying at air shows around the country, bringing pleasure to millions every year. This provides a powerful and exciting link between the Royal Navy’s historic past and today’s modern audiences.

You have to buy tickets in advance for the Goodwood Festival of Speed by calling 01243 755055, e-mail ticket.office@goodwood.com or online.

What A Brilliant Day at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex

What a wonderful day out Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex is, so much to see and do for young and old, simply packed full of entertainment whether you are a petrol head or just having a passing interest in motor sport.

We were newbies to the Festival so when we arrived early on Friday morning, when to be fair the weather was a little damp, we weren’t sure what to expect. The first thing that hits you is the sheer scale of the event, its huge… the car parks alone stretch for miles (do make sure you make a note of where you parked because finding it later is a challenge).

Once inside you are straight in to manufacturer display areas that are located near the start line of the Hillclimb.  Here you will find lots of sparkly new and exhibition cars from some of the world’s top car manufacturers.  While making your way through the stands you can’t help but hear the cars roaring away from the start line, its amazing how exciting the noise is, and so you quickly move on to see some of the action.

The Hillclimb circuit is the centre piece of the Festival of Speed, weaving its way from the entrance/start line past Goodwood House and up to the forest finish line 300 feet higher on the chalky South Downs.  The straw bale lined circuit lets you be safely close to the action so you can not only hear but smell the rubber being burnt!  There are grandstands along the track but you can also just walk and find a good spot to watch the action.

There is a full programme on the Hillclimb throughout the day including vintage cars, grand prix motor cycles, Formula 1 cars, rally and touring cars and supercars… some racing, some doughnutting, some simply out on show!

Walk through all the paddocks and see all the cars up close, when they are not performing of course.  From the Grand Prix cars who seem to have teams of people working on them with all the electronic gadgetry to the vintage cars where you can simple appreciate their beautiful designs and admire the nerve it must have required to drive them at fall speed with so little protection.

However there is so much more than the Hillclimb.

I was not expecting the air display to be so awesome, but the Red Arrows performing dare-devil stunts across the bright blue sky was pretty special.  And as for the Eurofighter performing high-speed manoeuvres, wow!

The off-road activity centre looked great fun, and great to get some pictures of vehicles being pushed to their limits.

At the very top of the estate you will find the rally stage, see cars navigate this professionally laid out 1.5 mile circuit through the forest against the clock.

As we headed back down we discovered the huge display areas where there is everything from ‘cars of the future’ to the awe-inspiring prototype of the car that hopes to break the 1,000 mile an hour land speed.  Just as we were wandering around this area we saw the amazing Moto X display with motorbikes quite literally flying through the air in every direction – definitely wish we had got their earlier as it was quite a sight.

If you are going over the weekend have a fantastic time… a couple of tips:

  • take some good walking shoes, there is a lot of walking and standing
  • prepare for all-weather – we had glorious sunshine (requiring shades and sunscreen), wind (jumper/coat needed) and rain (umbrella/waterproof) during the day
  • take quite a lot of cash as most stands for food, programmes etc don’t do credit cards
  • take some food along with you, no food is cheap… burgers are £6 ish

However, don’t let this put you off, it is a spectacularly good day and we would highly recommend it.

Click to see our pictures of the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Facebook or here to find out more about how to get there and where to stay when visiting.

 

Source: Find Cottage Holidays

Lots of School Fairs on in Sussex

Today seems to be a popular day for School Fairs in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex today.

I suspect we are not alone as a Saturday in June is always going to be a popular date. Are you at a School Fair today, why not give it a shout out here?

Here are 2 we are going to be at

Swiss Gardens School, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex

St Nicholas and St Mary School, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex

Wherever you are we hope the weather is being kind and you have a great day.

Family Fun in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex

If you are looking for some family fun this afternoon (2nd June) in the West Sussex area, then head to Beach Green on Shoreham Beach where there is a Family Fun Day.

Highlights will include performances by Herbie Flowers and Michael Hinton, a Scruffs dog show and displays by the Zumbatonics.  The programme also includes refreshments from the Church Café and a Real Ale Bar, a bouncy castle, face-painting, games and stories. There will also be a fire engine, skill testing with Adur Outdoor Activities Centre, PASS soccer coach testing and challenges for young and old, set by Shoreham gym Beach Fit.

If you are looking for more things to do in the Sussex area or looking to stay near by check out some useful links below:

Book your Ticket for the South of England Show

It’s only a few weeks until the South of England Show, the premier Agricultural and Family Show in the heart of rural Sussex.  The Show is on from the 6th – 9th June 2012 and we have just bought our ticket, with advanced booking saving us £5 on a family ticket.

This year’s South of England Show promises lots of fun including exciting arena displays, entertainment and music, childrens activities, prize winning British livestock, World Class Show Jumping and Equestrian Events, Food and Farming.

And of course, there will be lots of competition for horticultural, gardening and arts & crafts.

Some of the Arena Displays lined up includes:

  • The Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcycle team
  • Royal British Legion Youth Band (Saturday)
  • Mid Downs Dog Agility (Thursday)
  • Inter Hunt Relay, Heavy Horse Turnouts, Hound Parades

And how about this for a selection of entertainment and music

  • Titan the Robot
  • Casablanca Steps
  • The Sheep Show
  • Countryside Displays
  • Vic Ellis One Man Band
  • Village Green

In fact there is so much to do and see, all of the family will find something to enjoy.