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Hailsham Country Park

Hailsham Country Park, owned and maintained by the Town Council, covers approximately 22 acres and incorporates woodland, an open field area, wildflower meadow, two ponds and a lake.

A water course skirts the open field area and all-weather footpaths can be found throughout the park to encourage people of all ages to enjoy this precious open space area.

***The Town Council is issuing a reminder to residents that bathing and swimming is not permitted in the water at the Country Park. Whilst we appreciate that stretches of open water can be appealing for swimmers, the Council is in the process of commissioning further water quality tests at both sites and we urge people not to enter the water.  

Photo of Hailsham Country ParkLakes and ponds

Fishing is permitted on season at the Country Park Lake and Hempstead Pond (adjacent to Tilehurst Wood). Both fishing areas are well-stocked with fish including carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch and the odd pike. Weekly fishing permits can be obtained from MFC supplies in Station Road and yearly season tickets are available at the Town Council Offices. Please contact Karen Giddings on 01323 841702 (during office hours) for all fishing permit enquiries.

No Swimming

The Town Council is in the process of commissioning water quality tests on its waterways, including the Country Park lake and Hempstead Pond. Please note that swimming is not permitted at Hailsham Country Park.


The various woodland sites have a very good selection of tree species including birch, oak, ash, maple and wild cherry. Wildlife residing in the area includes voles, mice, lizards and weasels.

Access and parking

There are two car parks on the boundaries of the Hailsham Country Park (situated off Holyhead Close: BN27 3WD and Gleneagles Drive: BN27 3WD).

Staffing and monitoring of site

The Town Council employs two part-time Water Bailiffs who monitor the site, check fishing licences for anglers and report problems or concerns about the Country Park lake and Hempstead Pond to the Town Council.

Further information

Further information on the Hailsham Country Park is available to members of the public at the Town Council Offices, Inglenook, Market Street or by calling 01323 841702.

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