Exploring Sompting Abbotts Prep School

Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is a historic West Sussex independent school in Sompting, near Worthing and Steyning. It sits in parkland of 30 acres, which includes woodland, chalk grassland slopes and a pond. I am walking with headmaster, Stuart Douch, and Sarah Monaghan, journalist, around the exterior of the magnificent Victoria Gothic building to understand …

Exploring the Sussex Prairie Garden – Britain’s largest!

Sussex Prairie Gardens

Today I visit Sussex Prairie Garden near Henfield in West Sussex. I meet up with the owner, Pauline McBride, who takes me around and shows me the incredible garden. Sussex Prairie garden opened to the public in 2009. They are Britain’s largest “Prairie,” or “Naturalistic,” garden, with eight acres of stunning garden to roam around. …

The Success of English Wine Making in Kent

I am searching for English Wine Kent in today’s video. Publicity lady, Vikki Eames, escorts me around Biddenden Vineyard explaining the wine maker’s remarkable achievements and curious past. Originally home to a 40 acre apple orchard, the Barnes family started to consider diversifying the farm in the late 1960s as apple prices began to decline. …

Mike Skinner from Uckfield FM talks to Bald Explorer about Radio

I am at the Weald on the Field event in Uckfield talking to Mike Skinner about the community radio station there – Uckfield FM. Uckfield FM (branded as 105 Uckfield FM since 1 July 2010) is a community radio station based in the town of Uckfield, East Sussex and was founded during the 2002 Uckfield …

‘I’ve Played in Every House!’ – Biddenden High Street

Irene in Biddenden

Today I am with Eileen Cansdale from Biddenden in Kent. She grew up in the picturesque village during the second World War, a time when troops were defending the southern coastline from invasion. Eileen was born in the flat above the doctors and has lived in the village all her life, revealing that she has …