Everyone has different interests when they travel. Some go for the sights, some go to relax, some just go to have a great time with friends. Whatever you decide to do while traveling, it is always a great idea to do some research to see what interesting sites are nearby and if there are any special events running. You may find that your destination will be hosting a cultural event, a concert, or a festival that you would never get to experience at home.
We can’t fully predict where you will be traveling to since it really depends on what you are interested in seeing and doing. We do know, however, that you will be in East Sussex, England for the majority of your time. So we decided we would introduce you a little to your new cultural surroundings.
First up, the cultural activities. We recommend checking out the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture (September 7th – 15th) when you first arrive at the BISC. This is a week-long program of events that includes music, theatre, dance, workshops, and much more. You can also go see the Glyndeborne Opera Company in October before they head off on their national tour in Autumn, or perhaps you would like to meet some well known authors and local writers at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival at the end of September. To find out more about the cultural activities in East Sussex, check out the East Sussex County Council website -
East Sussex has also been the home to many famous individuals including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author of the Sherlock Holmes Series), Alfred Tennyson (Famous Poet), Herbert George “H.G” Wells (Author and referred to as the Father of Science Fiction.) For more famous individuals from East Sussex, check out these websites -
One of our librarians, Paola Durando forwarded us a fantastic list of attractions compiled by Gillian Ready from the Faculty of Law. Access it here – Places to visit around the BISC
Now you may be wondering – what does good ole Pooh Bear have to do with the BISC and East Susex? Well, Alan Alexander Milne (Author of Winnie-the-Pooh books) actually lived in East Sussex and created Winnie-the-Pooh there. In fact Winnie’s home, the Hundred Acre Wood is actually real and based off Ashdown Forest where Milne would take his son, Christopher Robin for walks! The real adult Christopher Robin (Milne’s son) stated that Pooh’s forest and Ashdown Forest are identical. Why don’t you take a look for yourself -
This is just one of many hidden gems that you can discover while studying at the BISC. Perhaps you will go looking for the Hundred Acre Wood or perhaps you will discover another hidden gem that you never knew existed. You’ve got some time before you get there in September so have fun doing a little research and making your plans!
*Many thanks to Tom Gallini (Assistant Student Services Manager 2006 – 2009 and Englishman) for his help with this post!
*Photo courtesy of BillPP
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