A feast of cultural treats for 2018

Opera at Glyndebourne, fabulous floral displays, art and literature at Charleston Festival . . . there are a multitude of cultural experiences to enjoy in East Sussex over the coming months.

When you stay at Deans Place Hotel, you’re perfectly placed to visit a vast array of wonderful events and fascinating destinations. Our Alfriston hotel nestles in a corner of East Sussex that has long attracted musicians, artists, writers and photographers.

Here we’ve chosen four cultural highlights to enjoy this spring and beyond . . .

Glyndebourne Festival 2018

This wonderful opera festival has become renowned all over the world. The 2018 programme looks set to be one of the most

exciting ever, with performances including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and two Handel operas – Giulio Cesare and Saul.

The Glyndebourne Festival first opened in 1934 with a theatre built to seat 300. Now it boasts a 1,200-seater opera house, and has pl


ayed host to countless memorable productions and opera stars including Joan Sutherland, Janet Baker and Luciano Pavarotti.

Tickets for this year’s programme are selling fast, so don’t miss out! If you need nearby accommodation, why not take advantage of one of our great-value offers [link to offers page], and enjoy an unforgettable break while the festival runs from May to August 2018.

Bateman’s – Home of Rudyard Kipling

Once home to author and poet Rudyard Kipling, this historic Jacobean house was built in 1634, and had become a run-down farmhouse when Kipling and his wife fell in love with it in 1902. Kipling wrote after moving in: ‘Behold us, lawful owners of a grey stone, lichened house . . . beamed, panelled, with old oak staircase and all untouched and unfaked.’

Today, Bateman’s is owned by the National Trust. As well as the fascinating interior of the house, visitors can enjoy an explosion of spring colour in the gardens, as well as a stunning bluebell walk.

Just a 40-minute drive from Deans Place Hotel, why not enjoy a day trip to Bateman’s and return for dinner at our award-winning restaurant? [link to ‘Dining at Deans Place’ page]

Charleston Festival

In the early twentieth century, the so-called ‘Bloomsbury Set’ scandalised polite society with their liberal morals, unconventional art and experimental fiction. Painter Vanessa Bell – sister of Virginia Woolf – and her artist husband Duncan Grant lived at Charleston Farmhouse from 1916, decorating the walls, doors and furniture in a unique and vibrant style.

Now open to the public, the restored house is well worth a visit, and if you can coincide with the literary festival in May, even better. Festival guests this year include author and presenter Joan Bakewell, bestselling author Robert Harris, comedian Robert Webb and biographer Claire Tomalin.

Charleston Farmhouse is only seven miles from Alfriston –  it’s a delightful place to explore, with numerous South Downs walks on the doorstep.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

This pioneering centre for the arts is a hub for contemporary exhibitions, events and entertainment.

An iconic south coast building that opened in 1935, it’s currently housing various attractions including a photography exhibition with the intriguing title ‘I blew on Mr Greenhill’s main joints with a very ‘hot’ breath’.  

With plenty of events for children too, and just a short drive east of Alfriston, this is a great family-friendly place to visit from your comfortable Deans Place base.