Haywards Heath is flanked by Cuckfield to the west and Lindfield to the east, two particularly charming villages that attract much attention. Lindfield’s pretty pond and historic high street makes it a destination for tourists as well as locals, while Cuckfield village is fast becoming a boutique shopping destination.
There’s a good selection of decent primary and secondary schools in the Haywards Heath area. Oathall Community College in Haywards Heath and Warden Park Academy in Cuckfield cater for secondary school students up to GCSE, and there is a 6th Form College too. Private schools include Ardingly College (3-18 years) and Worth School (11-18 years) in nearby Turners Hill, as well as Prep Schools Great Walstead (Lindfield) and Cumnor House (Danehill).
Haywards Heath is well served with a great choice of high street cafes and restaurants for all tastes, mostly clustered around The Broadway. There are some lovely country gastropubs in the vicinity, including The Witch Inn (Lindfield), Coach and Horses (Danehill), The Talbot (Cuckfield) and The Griffin (Fletching). Jeremy’s Restaurant at Borde Hill and Ockenden Manor in Cuckfield are popular destinations for fine dining.
As the train approaches Haywards Heath from Balcombe in the north, it passes over the Ouse Valley Viaduct, a majestic brick-built structure designed by the Victorian architect David Mocatta. Much photographed and hauntingly beautiful 175 years after it was built in 1841, the 450 metre long Balcombe Viaduct is a monument to British engineering as well as a powerful reminder that you have arrived in the heart of Sussex.