A move to Holdenhurst will see you living in the small market town of Heathfield as the development is just a short walk from the centre of town. A bustling community hub, Heathfield offers many social activities and well-established events throughout the year.
Heathfield lies on the crest of one of the main ridges of the High Weald. The area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the south lie the South Downs and the coast. To the north of the town there are beautiful views towards Ashdown Forest. The Kent border is also nearby.
HISTORY OF HEATHFIELD
Heathfield had the beginnings of a village before the Norman period and is thought to have been established around the 12th century. Heathfield was awarded a Market Charter in 1316.
Between 1945 and 1972, the number of houses in Heathfield more than doubled as new estates were created. From the mid-60s to the early 70s, Heathfield’s population grew at the highest rate in East Sussex. Many of the new tenants who moved to the area were retired, but with the building of the new Community Secondary School (now Heathfield Community College) in 1950, younger families soon followed.
In the 1990s Heathfield and Waldron Parish Councils merged to form the biggest parish in the country, with 11,500 tenants today.
For more information about the history of Heathfield visit:
EVERYTHING YOU NEED, ON YOUR DOORSTEP
FOOD AND DRINK
Exploring the local town should be top of your list and on the High Street you will find a range of cafes to keep you well fed and watered. There’s the Bay Tree Café, offering teas, coffees, smoothies and light meals. It’s also vegetarian and vegan friendly. Another option nearby is Aroma, which offers similar fare. There is also Patisserie Valentine on the high street for cake and a cuppa.
Central Heathfield is also well-served when it comes to eating out in the evening with The Curry Inn cooking Indian food, Yaw’s Kitchen serving Chinese and Asian dishes and Pilio Café and Bistro offering Greek and Mediterranean meals. If you like to keep it simple and fancy traditional fish and chips, Nemo’s Fish and Chip Takeaway is based on the High Street.
If it’s a special occasion and you fancy heading out a little further, there are gastropubs in Heathfield serving dishes including, The Black Duck, The Gun and The Swan Inn.
SHOPS AND AMENITIES
As well as being well-served by supermarkets, including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Co-op, in the town you will find Cuculo Delicatessen on the High Street selling artisan products, cheeses, charcuterie and fresh, handmade pizza. There is also a greengrocers, Jason’s of Heathfield and Pomfret Butchers.
The town has a post office, a bank and a library. There are also beauty salons, barbers and hairdressers. Heathfield has Darcey and Halo, clothes shops, Final Score Sports Shop, Gemini Greetings, a card and stationery shop, Heathfield Art and Books, and jewellers, Jocalia and Metalsmiths. There are also plenty of charity shops to browse in and shoe repair stores. Don’t forget to stop by Wildblood’s Electrical too, an institution and part of the town for close to 50 years.
The High Street also has a Steamer Trading Cook Shop, a chemist, florist, pet food shop and even antique shops for you to while away the hours perusing. To help you add the finishing touch to your new apartment at Holdenhurst, there is The Personal Touch, a home furnishings store. Heathfield High Street really does have everything you need!
GROUPS, CLUBS AND SOCIETIES IN HEATHFIELD
There’s no better way to adjust to your new home and local area than by getting involved with some community groups. It’s a great way to find new interests, make friends and find out more about where you live. There is a local short mat bowls club, badminton club, table tennis group and golf society, as well as cricket and walking football teams. For the more energetic among you, there is a running club that welcomes people of all abilities.
If painting interests you, there is a group in the town that meets every Monday and a crafts group and arts society that each meet once a week as well. There is also a flower club and horticultural society. The town has a patchwork and quilting group. If you want, you can also get involved with the local bonfire, philatelic, steam train and history societies.
There is a community group run by the church. Heathfield has a Bridge club, folk dance group and book club. For those who love music, there is a silver band and choral society. If you love to learn, the town even has a branch of University of the Third Age (U3A).
If you would like to help little ones, Young at Heart is a club for older people to integrate with local primary schools. You will listen to children read and take part in activities to suit both generations. For more information visit:
There is just so much to get involved with locally that there is really something for everyone – you can even take up hang-gliding!
For more information about the clubs and groups mentioned above, as well as many, many more, visit:
Heathfield has many fairs, shows and events throughout the year. As a Heathfield resident, there will be much to enjoy at these community activities.
According to local legend, England would enjoy no spring at all without the news from Heathfield. This tradition began at Heffle Fair. On the 14 April, good tidings are spread far and wide from Heathfield by the old woman of Heffle Fair.
She carries a basket and opens it to let the cuckoo fly out. This tells all of England that winter has finished, spring is its fullest and summer is on its way.
For more information about the fair’s origins, visit: https://www.heathfield.net/tourism-history
Heathfield Agricultural Show
The Heathfield Agricultural Show is held at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak on the second bank holiday in May. There is plenty to do and see at the show including, a sheep event, a farmer’s market, flower show, trade stands and even the chance to look at vintage tractors.
For more information about the show visit: https://heathfieldshow.org
Started in 1997, the event takes place on the late August bank holiday Monday and French and English traders open up stalls in town. There is also entertainment on offer with street theatre, jazz playing on the bandstand and story-telling available in the library. This event also led to Heathfield and Waldron twinning with the French region of Le Pays de Bray in 1998.
For more information about the event visit: https://heathfieldfrenchmarket.co.uk
Christmas Family Fun Day
This Heathfield Christmas event is usually held on the last Saturday in November. Children from a local primary school sing carols and the Christmas lights are switched on in the High Street.
Things to do near Heathfield
Standing on a ridge, Heathfield is surrounded by beautiful, rolling Sussex countryside and has magnificent views to the south. There are lots of beautiful walks to take nearby with Ashdown Forest just a short drive away.
The Low Weald also offers a nice walk. Extending from Ditchling to Polegate and Hellingly, it is only 3-5 miles wide. During the walk around this low-lying vale, you will see fields, hedgerows, copses and shaws.
There is a Heathfield Ramblers group nearby if you want to get the best out of the area.
For more information about the local Ramblers group visit:
In Burwash you can visit Bateman’s, the 17th century home of Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie. Near Robertsbridge is Bodiam Castle, which was built in 1385 and is one of the most evocative castles in Britain.
Michelham Priory has much to offer and is a very picturesque and historic property in the Sussex countryside. At Sheffield Park there is the Bluebell Railway. It runs across 11 miles from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, stopping at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote.
Living at Holdenhurst makes an excellent base to get out and explore nearby towns too with Hailsham and Uckfield less than 20 minutes’ drive away. The pretty and historic small town of Battle is just 20 minutes from your doorstep. There is also much to see and experience in nearby Crowborough, Nutley, Duddlesworth, Lewes and Tunbridge Wells, all of which are around 25 minutes away. If you want to venture to the seaside, Eastbourne is just a half an hour drive away.
Why you should move to Heathfield and live at Holdenhurst
Holdenhurst offers a fresh start and an ideal home post-lockdown with its strong community at the heart of the development. It offers independence whilst still maintaining a real community spirit.
As well as a brand new apartment in Heathfield’s latest development, you’ll be just minutes’ walk from the town centre where you’ll find everything you need. If you do want to get involved in the local community and surrounding areas, there is so much to explore, see and do.
Some of the county’s most beautiful green areas are right on your doorstep and there’s a huge range of clubs, societies and groups in the town to provide as much fun and companionship you desire to keep you entertained, fit and socially active.