In her first visit to East Sussex in six years, Her Majesty was in attendance to officially open YHA South Downs. The Queen is patron of YHA (England and Wales) and YHA also has strong links with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s youth charity the Duke of Edinburgh Award. YHA offer a range of special offers and discounts to DofE leaders and participants.
YHA South Downs is our brand new hostel, created thanks to a £3 million rennovation project with funds raised from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Downs National Park Sustainable Communities Fund the SE Regional Development Agency, Viridor Waste Management, Veolia Waste Management, East Sussex County Council, the Highway Agency and Active Lewes.
The 64 bed hostel is made up of refurbished 13th century Sussex farmhouse buildings and with roaring log fires, leather sofas to lounge on, fantastic facilities and a café and fully licensed bar offering the very best in food and drink, YHA South Downs offers that little bit of luxury in the rolling hills of South Downs National Park.
The Queen looked resplendent in bright pink and visited the site’s camping pods before she unveiled a plaque outside the YHA South Downs café to mark the occasion. The royal party then headed off on their other engagements, visiting some local Sussex attractions including Harvey’s Brewery, the oldest independent brewery in the county and The Keep, a new local archive centre due to open to the public at the end of the year.