Days Out: Alfriston Village, East Sussex

It’s now Week Three of our Friday Days Out Challenge, where Emma and I explore somewhere new in the South East UK. Sometimes, especially when the weather is as brutal as it is at the moment, simplicity is good. Coming to Alfriston Village is all about the simple pleasures and I adore it. It’s a little village off the A27, just past Polegate and is such a quaint English village. Being only half an hour away, it’s the perfect place to come on a Sunday, so Emma can run around and we get to explore a little too.

When we arrived, the first issue is finding a parking space as the car parks tend to get very full. We were lucky this time as was a weekday, but over the weekend it’s a good idea to come a little early. As we got out the car, Emma was desperate to stretch her legs so I only managed to lock the car and get on our way; making it the first trip ever without the buggy. I’m still undecided as to whether I should just encourage Emma to walk all the time, as she sometimes gets super tired…lesson learned here!

It’s only a short walk across the road to the main village but it is a curved busy road, so you have to be careful with little ones. The streets are typically narrow, Georgian cobbled pavements and it’s one of the cutest villages I’ve ever been to. There’s no shortage of coffee shops, tea rooms and restaurants here with The George Inn pub and B+B right in the centre; a great place to stay if you were in the area. Emma invariably got distracted at a pet shop, as she saw cuddly toy dogs in the window, so we stayed here for a while before moving on…

Half-way along the high street, there is a small pathway that leads to the National Trust Clergy House and this is where Emma loves to come. It’s a large open space outside the Church of St Andrew and plenty of room to run around without me having to worry about traffic nearby. We often see dogs having a roam round too, which is the ultimate win and keeps the lady happy! Also on the left hand side, there are lots of trees so it’s great fun walking around in the Autumn leaves.

We were really lucky on this day that it was a perfect winter day – cold and crisp but dry so the ground wasn’t muddy. Emma had a fantastic time playing and taking me by the hand to show me a stick she’d found amongst the leaves. It was then that I realised, it’s the simple things that she enjoys – half an hour to just do her own thing and explore as much as she likes. As the sun went down, it was time to go home and we were both quite tired quickly from the cold weather.

We had such a wonderful afternoon in Alfriston and I’d highly recommend it. I hope to come back soon and try out one of the coffee shops too. We passed one called Badgers Tea House, which had the most divine looking cakes in the window. It would be interesting whether they’d be able to accommodate a high chair for Emma as all the tea houses looked quite tight for space. One to try for next time!

Have you visited any interesting places recently?

61 Comments

  1. February 3, 2017 / 8:58 am

    This looks like a perfect quintessential English village, I love a day out like this. Emma looks like she’s having a great time and I hope her little legs weren’t too tired. Claire x #triballove
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  2. February 3, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Oh what a gorgeous little village. That church is so pretty too. How amazing would it be to get married in there!

  3. Anita
    February 3, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Lovely quaint village! Bet Emma loved the walking. Did she sleep well afterwards?

  4. February 14, 2017 / 7:00 am

    Ahh.. So pretty. I miss traveling through the UK. the old churches and buildings is so wonderful. #dreamteam

  5. February 14, 2017 / 7:12 am

    I don’t think we have anything even half as cool near where I live! We do have an active ghost town, which is neat but not in such an idyllic way. I really think we need to leave the continent (North America) in order to find cool places like this!
    #DreamTeam
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  6. February 14, 2017 / 7:37 am

    I love this idea – Friday afternoon outings. It’s such great bonding time away from the house.
    Your pics almost make me miss the UK too. Almost. lol
    #DreamTeam

  7. February 14, 2017 / 9:00 am

    I love this idea, we’re surrounded by lots of little villages and towns – may have to explore a new one with the kidsthis half term! #DreamTeam
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  8. February 14, 2017 / 9:54 am

    What a quaint little village. Looks lovely. It’s a great idea to try to go somewhere every week. #DreamTeam
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  9. February 14, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Wow that looks beautiful! We have a lovely village not far from us, but sadly it’s now a bit of a rat run so it’s not somewhere we can just amble about 🙁 I can’t wait for the weather to warm up a bit so we can go on walks like this – it’s way too cold for me at the minute lol!! #dreamteam

  10. February 14, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Little towns are my favourite, especially in winter, before they get filled up with summer tourists! #dreamteam

  11. February 14, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Oh wow what a lovely little place! I love wrapping up for a winter walk in little villages like this. #DreamTeam

  12. February 14, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Sounds like a nice day out.

    I imagine most kids would be happy with any sort of large grassy area to just run around in whilst mum/dad chase them.

    regards

  13. February 14, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    A charming village to visit

  14. February 14, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Oh what a lovely idea, to have a special day each week to go out exploring. It looks lovely. Also, your first buggy-free trip is a momentous occasion! It’s tricky when they’re still in that transition stage, and you don’t know whether they’ll manage to walk the whole way or not. #DreamTeam
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  15. February 14, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Lovely day trip. Have you thought about a Scotter for Emma we hot one for our eldest when she turned three and it was great instead of a buggy. #dreamteam
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  16. February 14, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Such a beautiful chocolate box type village. I love places like this to explore – and you can’t beat a wonderful tea room. xx
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  17. February 14, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    What a great idea! I want to start a challenge like this, actually maybe I’ll start it for this Saturday : ). Looks like you two had FUNSIESSS!!! : ) : ) (sorry I had too much coffee)

  18. February 14, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Oh I love Alfriston! I’ve not been there for years, but used to go regularly. We used to park up in the village and walk to the Long Man, then stop in a tea room on the way back to the car. So glad you had a fabulous day #DreamTeam x
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  19. February 14, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Looks like a stunning place. I need to find local places like this for a wander round. Although Little H only has a certain tolerance for the very cold weather and she gets annoyed by hats and coats. So I might have more success in spring. She’s older than Emma but would definitely insist I carry her when she’s chilly. It’s easier to people watch from mummy’s arm too. *sigh*

    You must get cake next time! #DreamTeam
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  20. February 14, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I’ll be keeping an eye out on these posts, they sound great!
    This is about an hour and a half’s drive from me, so I may have to investigate (perhaps when it’s a little warmer!) I absolutely love the look of Badger’s Tea House! #DreamTeam
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  21. February 14, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    This looks beautiful – I love the first photo of the church. This definitely makes me miss England – this is just the perfect english village x #DreamTeam

  22. February 14, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    I actually remember this place from childhood as the loveliest place and as it is not really too far away will plan a return visit plus you mentioned the cake word so it just has to be done.

  23. February 15, 2017 / 1:29 am

    I love beautiful winter days like that!! Looks like you guys had a lovely adventure x #dreamteam

  24. February 15, 2017 / 8:57 am

    It sounds lovely, although I’m rather far away in terms of visiting. Yorkshire towns and villages do have the same charm, tends to be a Sunday out in this house – farmers markets are a bonus! #dreamteam

  25. February 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

    What a beautiful place. We like regular summer trips to North Wales (not too far from us) where there are some truly beautiful historic towns and villages #dreamteam

  26. February 15, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Like a trip down memory lane, I used to work with MoonRakers years ago x

  27. February 15, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Oh there’s nothing quite like a quaint English village! That’s one thing I miss about England. Scottish ones definitely have their charm but there is something special about little places like this! Looks like you had a lovely time! #DreamTeam

  28. February 15, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Beautiful images – looks like a fab day #DreamTeam

  29. February 15, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Lovely idea! I want to do a similar thing with my children as soon as I get a car, here’s so many lovely places I want to explore down here in Cornwall#DreamTeam
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  30. February 15, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    What a beautiful place. I can;t remember if we visited any nice place recently I feel like we don;t have time for it;(
    #DreamTeam

  31. February 16, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    oh wow it looks so stunning! England really does have some wonderful hidden gems!! #dreamteam

  32. February 16, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Stunning pictures. I need to get myself out for some more day trips around where I live, I live in such a beautiful area, but have a habit of going to the same old places #dreamteam
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  33. February 20, 2017 / 7:46 am

    We visited Titchfield yesterday and kinda stumbled over it and it was amazing, just outside Fareham. Alfriston looks so quaint and lovely for a winter walk x #DreamTeam x
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  34. February 20, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Ahhh that looks like such a wonderful place to visit. Fab idea to go adventuring every Friday with Emma. It’s always great to discover new places and see what the world has to offer. Thank you for co-hosting the #DreamTeam with me lovely. xxx
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