Every English county has its own myths and legends, but the legend associated with Heathfield strays away from common tales of ghosts, ghouls, martyrs and executions. It’s said that the first cuckoo of the year was heard in Heathfield, and if the old woman of Heathfield Fair hadn’t released this bird, England would never know spring had arrived.

One of the key attractions in this East Sussex town is named after the spring cuckoo: The Cuckoo Trail, used by both walkers and cyclists, runs along a disused railway which passes through Heathfield, Horsham and other nearby villages.  Also look out for the popular Heathfield Agricultural Show, Heathfield Carnival, and an Anglo-French market, with street theatre and jazz, held every August. All the best things come in small packages, and this rural gem serves up some good ones to all those looking for some family fun or an afternoon out.

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