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The local area guide to living in Heathfield

The busy market town of Heathfield sits in East Sussex; just 16 miles from the coastal town of Eastbourne and 17 miles from the spa town Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. It is surrounded by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; one of England's most beautiful landscapes. It covers over 1,400 square kilometres of land across the heart of south east England and provides some unforgettable views only the rich Sussex countryside could offer.

With its rolling landscapes and luscious fields on show, it's no surprise that Heathfield is perhaps best known – if not for being an idyllic rural getaway – for its annual Heathfield and District Agricultural Show. Held on the second bank holiday in May each year, the show has been running since 1946 and has served to successfully attract tourists each year.

Information about the local residents

The town of Heathfield is fairly small. While the population was last reported to be around 11,500, this figure consists of Heathfield itself, along with a few of the surrounding villages including Waldron, Cross-in-Hand, Broad Oak, and Old Heathfield. The majority of the area’s population identify as being White British.

The crime rate in Heathfield is lower than the national average, with crimes of violence, robbery and theft 50% lower locally than in the rest of the UK.

The average salary reported is approximately £24,000, and the majority of those living in the area are either homeowners or living with a mortgage, as opposed to renting. Most of Heathfield consists of detached properties, however as the town becomes more modernised and further populated, the amount of terraced houses has increased.

Nearby schools

Given that the town is fairly small, there isn’t an abundance of schools to choose from. There are seven primary education schools, the closest to the centre of the town is Cross-in-Hand Primary School – a highly esteemed Church of England institute.

There is only one secondary school in the immediate area: Heathfield Community College. This is a co-educational school, with a 'Good' Ofsted inspection report. Recent results in 2014 showed the school's prowess, with the GCSE grades received by students being among the top 25% in the country.

St Mary's School caters to children aged between 9 and 16 who require additional or special educational support. The school also received a 'Good' Ofsted report in 2015.

Getting around

There are several local bus lines which travel in and around Heathfield’s surrounding villages, as well as providing transport to the larger towns of Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells. From these locations, further transport can be caught in the form of a train or coach to the rest of the UK.

The town's nearest railway station is in Stonegate; located just under 10 miles away. This station lies on the Hastings line, and provides transport to the south coast, Redhill, and direct rail links to London for less than £20. While this journey does require a few stops, it provides a chance to travel through and enjoy some of Sussex's beautiful countryside.

For those with their own transport, the town is situated between the A265 and A267. It is also fairly close to the motorway, located just under an hour away from the M25.

Local shops

The main appeal of Heathfield is its natural beauty and location in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It is for this reason that the annual events such as the Heathfield and District Agricultural Show, the farmer's market, and the Heathfield Carnival are so popular.

Alongside the larger events which appeal to tourists, there are also various smaller, community-based events which include regular gatherings for senior citizens, arts and crafts mornings, and community lunches.

Local shops include a Co-Op, a Sainsbury’s, a Factory Outlet, and various charity shops on the high street. Services include a doctor's surgery, two post offices and a local library.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.