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?