Living in Burgess Hill
What is life like in Burgess Hill
Located in mid-Sussex, Burgess Hill is a small and quiet town with plenty to offer anyone who chooses to live there.
It is just a few minutes from the rolling hills of the South Downs and a little further from Brighton and the rest of the south coast. What's more, it is a business hub and is home to plenty of firms, providing excellent employment opportunities to all.
The standard of housing in the town is high and there is a busy and vibrant town centre, including many shops, pubs and restaurants. What's more, direct train services to London and Brighton make Burgess Hill one of the best connected places in Sussex.
The growth of Brighton in the late 18th and early 19th centuries brought more people to the region and played a key role in driving expansion of Burgess Hill.
In the years following World War II, Burgess Hill was the fastest-growing town in the south-east, with its population of 7,000 almost doubling between 1951 and 1961. During this period, the Victoria Industrial Estate was completed and this brought many people to Burgess Hill.
Several new housing estates were constructed in the 1970s and 1980s, allowing the town to grow further and ensuring its supply of housing stock remained high in quality. A development to the south, including a new Tesco superstore, was named Priory Village and is now one of Burgess Hill's most popular areas.
Holly Willoughby is the most famous person associated with the town, having been born in Brighton but educated at the prestigious Burgess Hill School for Girls. Professional basketball player Richard Midgley and Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye are among the celebrities to have been born in Burgess Hill.
Entertainment, sport and days out
Martlets Hall is the primary entertainment venue in Burgess Hill, with shows, concerts, exhibitions and conferences all taking place there. Anyone is free to use the facility and put on their own event, so budding actors or producers could find Burgess Hill is the ideal place to get their career off the ground.
Burgess Hill Town FC play at Leylands Park and currently compete in the eighth tier of English football. There are also several green spaces – such as St John's park – where local football and cricket teams take to the field each weekend.
Anyone who fancies a swim, a workout or tackling almost any sport should head to the Triangle Leisure Centre, which is Burgess Hill's number one leisure facility.
When it comes to choosing a day out to enjoy with a loved one or with the whole family, there are plenty of options. Soaking up the sunshine on Brighton beach is sure to be a popular option, while some people might prefer to venture into the surrounding South Downs, with its magnificent views and wildlife.
Eating, drinking & shopping
The town centre is home to a good range of bars, pubs and restaurants, such as the Mexican eatery Spiral and the popular Italian brand Ask. There are also a range of Chinese and Indian establishments, offering tasty fare to local people.
For a relatively small town, Burgess Hill is incredibly well served by pubs, with a variety of hostelries dotted through the area. Some of the favourites include the Woolpack, the Windmill Inn, the Railway and the Potters.
The Martlets is Burgess Hill's premier shopping facility and contains a number of the UK's largest high street names. The likes of Waitrose, Argos and Peacocks are all based at the centre, along with a number of independent outlets.
Schools & healthcare
Burgess Hill School for Girls is the most famous education institution in the town, with parents from far and wide keen to enrol their children there. There are plenty of other options too, such as St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School and Southway Junior School, both of which are close to the town centre.
Only a mile or so outside Burgess Hill is Hurstpierpoint College, providing a route into further education for local teenagers.
The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath is the nearest facility for serious medical cases, although there are several doctors' surgeries in Burgess Hill. Haywards Heath is also home to a Nuffield hospital, while there are a further three hospitals around ten miles away in Brighton.
Burgess Hill boasts an excellent local transport network and easy access to many important wider links. A bus service runs in the town and connects it with a host of other mid-Sussex locations, including nearby Haywards Heath.
It is also just three miles or so from central Burgess Hill to the A23, which connects Sussex with London and the M25.