Why live in Newick, East Sussex?
Places of interest
A variety of well-preserved and maintained woodland areas are accessible from Newick, providing an excellent opportunity for residents to spend some time in nature. Highlights include Rotherfield Wood and Little Rotherfield Wood, and multiple areas of ancient woodland, all easily accessible from the village.
The River Ouse (not to be confused with its larger namesake in Yorkshire) lies just to the east of Newick Parish. A variety of animal and plant life can be seen in and around the river, and bird-watchers can even catch a glimpse of the kingfishers that inhabit the area.
Other waterways that make for pleasant stops on a walk include the Langford Stream to the south of the village and a number of streams that run through the nearby woodland areas.
Newick Country Market
Newick Country Market is a local institution held every week. The market presents a great way for residents to get together and features a selection of locally grown vegetables, cakes, plants, crafts, hot drinks, and more.
St. Mary’s Church
While the majority of St. Mary’s Church was built in the Victorian era, the site does contain several remnants of its expansive history, including a Norman window and a number of original elements dating back a millennium.
The beautiful country estate of Newick Park dates back to the mid-1500s, with several additions made over the centuries. The Grade II listed building is located just south of the village and is now a private house.
Family days out
Families will never be short of things to do in Newick and the surrounding area, whether the sun is shining or the snow is falling.
For lovers of the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, there are several campsites in the countryside surrounding Newick. Nearby gems include Wyld Wood Campsite, Earth Camp, and The Secret Campsite.
Bluebell heritage railway
The historic Bluebell Railway is a heritage railway located less than four miles from Newick. The line officially closed in 1954 but fortunately a society was quickly created to preserve the track and train. The perfectly preserved steam engine still runs on a limited version of the line to this day. Visitors can take a picturesque ride on the steam train, learn all about England’s industrial age, and even enjoy a range of events periodically run by the society.
A day at the seaside
The glorious southeast coastline is easily accessible from Newick by car or public transport. A particular highlight is the iconic seaside resort of Brighton, located only 30 minutes’ drive south of the village. Brighton is one of the largest settlements in the area, with a population of almost 300,000 calling the city of Brighton and Hove home. It is one of the cultural capitals of the UK, with vibrant music, food, and entertainment scenes that attract visitors from across the globe.
Beyond the famous Brighton Beach, many other beautiful (and quieter) beaches dot the region’s coastline, and all are within easy reach of Newick. For a quieter but equally pleasant day trip, the smaller town of Eastbourne, famed for its annual tennis tournament, is just a stone’s throw away down the coast to the east of Brighton.
Chailey Common nature reserve
One of the largest commons in the south of England, Chailey Common is located just a few minutes’ drive from Newick and is an ideal spot for a nature-filled walk with the whole family. The registered Site of Special Scientific Interest covers an impressive 180 hectares and supports all kinds of animal, insect, and plant life that will keep the kids entertained for hours.
Newick has a long sporting tradition, and residents can partake in a wide selection of sports either using the village’s varied sporting grounds or in the surrounding area.
Newick’s modern sports pavilion offers the facilities for locals to enjoy multiple popular sports, including football, cricket, and rugby.
Newick Lawn Tennis Club offers recreational and competitive hitting for racket-sport enthusiasts. The club also offers coaching for all ages, several tournaments, and various social events for players and the local community.
Newick Bowls Club dates back over 100 years, giving locals a place to play for fun or in tournaments. The club also hosts multiple social events throughout the year.
Golfers are spoilt for choice in Newick. The Piltdown Golf Club is located less than three miles from the village, making it the most accessible local course. Additionally, more than a dozen other clubs are located within around half an hour’s drive of Newick.
With its prime English countryside location, Newick is the ideal place for various outdoor sports and activities. The surrounding area has many waterways, routes, and trails suited for rowing, kayaking, hiking, trail running, road cycling, mountain biking, and much more.
The modestly sized Newick has a selection of independent shops and convenience stores. For more options, residents only need to venture to neighbouring Uckfield less than 10 minutes’ drive away. Uckfield has several more shopping options, including a Tesco Superstore and Waitrose, along with many independent shops specialising in crafts, furniture, and more.
Food and drink
What English village would be complete without a selection of traditional pubs to choose from? Despite Newick’s small size, Church Road is home to three excellent pubs serving classic British pub food and drinks: The Bull, The Crown, and The Royal Oak. The three pubs also provide residents with a choice of beer gardens from which to enjoy the summer sun with a cold drink.
Also located on Church Road is The Pantry, a lovely cafe offering fresh pastries, cakes, tea, coffee, and more. Just a few doors down, the popular Newick Tandoori serves authentic Indian cuisine.
For other food and drink options, residents can easily travel to the nearby towns of Haywards Heath, Crawley, or Brighton by car or public transport for a vast range of establishments.
With a population of just under 23,000, Haywards Heath is significantly larger than Newick, and its convenient location only seven miles away (around 10 minutes by car) makes it the ideal short trip for shopping, eating and drinking, and other activities.
Haywards Heath has a hospital, gyms and sports facilities, and multiple entertainment options, including the family-friendly Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway. There are also several schools in the area, giving residents of Newick a wide selection of education options for their children.
Lewes is yet another conveniently located gem within striking distance of Newick. The market town is well known as the site of the Battle of Lewes in 1264, and its rich past is captured perfectly by the imposing sight of Lewes Castle, set in the heart of the town.
Lewes is also home to some excellent entertainment options, including a cinema, theatre, music venues, restaurants, bars, and pubs.
Reachable from Newick in around 15 minutes, Lewes is a popular site for a day out for Newick residents, and it’s one you’ll be sure to visit time and time again.
Enjoy idyllic countryside living in Newick
Newick offers an enviable slice of countryside life in East Sussex, one of the most desirable areas of the UK for people of all ages to live in and enjoy. With a strong community spirit, limitless options for entertainment, and several lovely towns nearby, Newick is the perfect place to settle into a quiet (but well-connected) life away from the hustle and bustle.