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Living in Haywards Heath
A great place to work and relax
You may not have visited Haywards Heath or perhaps you’ve just passed through it on a train. So let us introduce our home town — a great place to work, live and raise a family.
Haywards Heath was born when the railway arrived in Sussex in the 19th Century and it soon became a thriving hub for commuters working in London. It has grown steadily over the last few decades to welcome those looking for a better standard of living and now has a population of around 33,000.
Despite this expansion, it retains a friendly, small-town feel, with local independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. It is a hive of sports clubs and arts and community organisations.
Haywards Heath proudly describes itself as the “heart of Mid Sussex”, next door to Burgess Hill and East Grinstead and nestling among the attractive villages of Lindfield, Cuckfield, Ardingly, Ditchling and Hurstpierpoint. Brighton, with its seaside attractions, cultural centre, diversity and nightlife, is less than 20 minutes away by train or 30 minutes by car.
Both state secondary schools serving Haywards Heath are rated “good” by Ofsted. In the private sector, Ardingly College, Hurstpierpoint College and Burgess Hill Girls are all nearby. The new Haywards Heath College opened in September 2020 providing more than 40 A-level and vocational courses.
The South Downs National Park is only 12 minutes away by car. You can see the Downs from many parts of the town. There are three nature reserves in the heart of Haywards Heath and another nearby in Lindfield. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, known for its rolling medieval landscapes, starts just to the north.
Mid Sussex is one of the 10 most wooded districts in South East England and more than 5,000 hectares — two thirds — of that woodland is designated as “ancient”. Little wonder that the area is rich in wildlife including several species of deer, birds of prey and rare dormice.
Ardingly Reservoir, three miles outside the town, is occasionally visited by ospreys. It is also home to a water sports centre running RYA approved courses in sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Wakehurst Place, the country outpost of Kew Gardens, is just over a stile.