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Mad Jack Fuller was an eccentric Georgian squire who built a series of follies near Eastbourne in Sussex.

Raised up high in your coach you'll feel like you are on top of the world up on the South Downs ridgeway with far reaching views across to Beachy Head! This day comes with morning coffee with biscuits and lunch, included in the tour fee.

Meet the Guide near Battle in East Sussex to drive to a characterful old country pub for morning coffee & biscuits at 10.30am. During the morning we tell the story of John Fuller, Squire of Brightling - a richly entertaining tale with a fascinating cast of characters from the England of Mad King George.

We see some of the follies Fuller built and visit the extraordinary village church where Mad Jack built himself a huge pyramid mausoleum - the Pharaoh squire! Fuller also gave the church a barrel organ and whenever possible we'll demonstrate this church rarity - with just 12 hymns available don't be surprised to find yourself singing along to O Come All Ye Faithful!

Back to the pub for a ploughman's lunch or in the cooler months opt for roast chicken . Choose and pay for desserts and drinks as required.

In the afternoon we are going to have an hour or so of free time to browse the picturesque and compact High Street in Battle before driving on to Bodiam Castle, where you need an NT membership card now to walk along to the castle itself but there's a very pleasantly appointed tea shop to round off the day.

You'll be all set to begin the drive home at 4.45pm. Ask about the Christmas Lunch Special.

Adults & Seniors: £29

Available weekdays all year

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

25 miles