Fingers crossed for a carpet of bluebells...

If you go down to Arlington woods on Thursday, you had better believe your eyes.

Bluebell season at the woods runs from April 11 until May 19, with walks through 23 acres of English native bluebells.

For 41 years the woodland walk, near Hailsham, has offered one of the most spectacular displays of English bluebells anywhere in the UK, and organisers are hoping year’s crop won’t disappoint (although the weather is in charge). There’s also the chance to walk through the white wood anemones which precede the bluebells.

A visit to Arlington will also support others. As well as taking in the beautiful Sussex scenery, visitors will help raise money for charity.

This year, 17 charities will take it in turns to provide walkers with food and drink.

Over the past 41 years since Arlington opened to the public, the Friends of Arlington Bluebell Walk have raised more than £240,000 for 60 local charities - more than £500,000 at today’s values.

The team at Arlington is also hosting a series of activities throughout the bluebell season.

Visitors can take a picture and enter the photographic competition – and the winning photo will feature on the front cover of the 2014 publicity leaflet. There’s also a children’s quiz, a painting competition, the chance to see farm cows being milked, and a farmers’ mini market.

The eight walks over three working farms are suitable for all, including those with walking difficulties, who can be helped with free disability scooters, which were used a 300 times last year. Dogs are also welcome, on leads.

For more information, contact Ann Grain on 07861 376 844 or visit the website at