Hailsham is a lively and historic market town mentioned in the Domesday Book and granted a Market Charter by Henry III in 1252.  Its historic core around St Marys Church and Market Square provides a contrast to the busy high street with its wide variety of local and national shops, cafes and restaurants.

A weekly street market is held in the town centre each Saturday from 8.30am to 3pm with a traditional Farmers Market being held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am to 12.30pm.

Hailsham is on a direct bus route connecting visitors to Eastbourne which is approximately fifteen minutes away:  East Sussex interactive bus map.   It is also close to the mainline railway station at Polegate on the Southern line connecting to London and to the resorts of Eastbourne and Brighton.  The historic town of Pevensey, which was the landing place for William The Conqueror, and its adjoining resort of Pevensey Bay are nearby and can also be visited by rail. 

The town also enjoys the benefit of its own unique fully restored Hailsham Pavilion Cinema Theatre and Live Music Venue. Other popular attractions include the Observatory Science Centre and Knockhatch Adventure Park.

Did you know?

The manor of Hailsham is recorded in the Domesday Survey completed by the Normans.

Thomas Burfield set up his ropemaking company in 1807 and gave Hailsham the title of 'String Town'.


Michelham Priory

Hailsham is an ideal town for families to visit where facilities include ten-pin bowling, swimming at the local leisure centre and a cinema.

Many other attractions include Herstmonceux Castle and Michelham Priory, Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre, Arlington Stadium and Abbot's Wood.

Relax & Enjoy...

Homely Maid Hailsham

Whether it is fine ethnic cuisine you appreciate or if local fare is more to your liking, there are cafes, restaurants, coffee shops and traditional English pubs locally for every taste and budget. 

Why not unwind with an afternoon of retail therapy in the many artisan shops in the high street.


Out & About...

Knockhatch Adventure Park

If you prefer the outdoor life, the Cuckoo Trail runs through Hailsham.

The Knockhatch Adventure Park, Ski and Snowboard Centre  is nearby where you can learn how to ski and snowboard and practice your skills.



JK Horse Riders

Hailsham is ideal for exploring the local countryside. There are a number of long distance footpaths nearby including the Cuckoo Trail, perfect for walking, cycling or horse riding.

Beaches at Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay can be reached by local bus and there are train links from Polegate to Brighton and London.

Get Immersed...

Hailsham Pavilion

The fully restored Hailsham Pavilion has all the latest cinema releases but also has a programme of live theatre performances.

The Hailsham Arts Festival celebrates music, drama, arts and literature during a 10 day programme held annually in September.

Stay a While...

hotel bedroom

There is a wide choice of local small and medium sized hotels. If you prefer something more individual there is a large range of different B&Bs and guesthouses available.

And there are camping and caravanning sites in the area for those who like to ‘get away from it all’.