Just like popular American theme parks, the most important
thing you must remember about Haywards Heath is that you
won't be able to see and do it all in one day. Unlike popular
American theme parks, people that work in Haywards Heath
are allowed beards.
Clair Hall is the artistic hub
of Haywards Heath's cultural wheel and in 1999 celebrated
its 25th anniversary. Its numerous halls perform many functions.
The main hall is used as a cinema, theatre, comedy club
and the annual bridge competition is not to be missed. It
is filled on a regular basis. Clair Hall has hosted the
College Ball on several occasions and I once went to a friend's
6th birthday party there. Jon Day did the magic.
As well as the elaborate golf course
Haywards Heath boasts a wonderful Leisure Centre. Its facilities
combine the traditional water sports of swimming and diving with
some of toady's more modern activities. On Sunday morning there
is a couples only sauna (you do not have to be married), please
book early to avoid disappointment.
cycle lane marked with arrow
Other facilities include squash,
basketball, netball, football, hockey , ice skating and indoor skeet
shooting. It also has a gym and a solarium if you like that sort
of thing. The children's teaching pool is usually warmer than the
other pools and a different colour, but we don't know why. (Please
consult your doctor before using these facilities)
With its extensive network of
cycle paths, Haywards Heath is ideal for bikes of all kinds
and those who like to mount and ride them for relaxation
purposes. The cycle path network extends some 65m along
the A272 providing a picturesque run between Haywards Heath
and the adjacent village of Cuckfield.
end of lane marked with sign
Since the cycle path is unconnected to any
points where your journey may commence you will have to
use the public highway to fully exploit this particular
leisure feature. If you look closely you'll notice that
the driver of the red Peugeot shooting-brake has come fully
prepared with a tailgate mounted cycle rack.
We advise you to only use your cycle on the
highway if you have passed your Cycling Proficiency Test
(or other nationally recognised equivalent) and are displaying
your official handlebar mounted badge and functioning alert
bell (yellow junior sized loud halers that play 3 types
of emergency service siren are not acceptable). Remember
to dismount your cycle as and when local signs advise.
Probably a year ago the B2, formerly
the 7-11, rebranded itself as Budgens Express. Budgens used to have
a major presence in the town occupying the site now occupied by
Trading 4 U formerly occupied by Sainsburys prior to it being occupied
The budgens express (not pictured, youths)
In spite of its rebrand the Budgens Express
continues to be a meeting point for poorly disciplined youths dressed
in white sport suits. We understand such youths are known as chavs
(pronounced charvs). If you are a youth and like to congregate around
the Budgens Express perhaps you'd like explain yourself using our
electric letter facility.
We were unlucky, there was no open day
If you are very lucky, Haywards Heath
fire station might be having an open day when you visit. Sometimes
they parade junior fire persons around the forecourt in the style
of National Service. The fat ones are made to climb to the top of
the tall burning building simulator until they puke up all the dino-bites
they ate for lunch.