Promoting tourism is good for Lewes and is a means of celebrating our heritage.  To this end, we continue to call for improved pedestrian signing and a dedicated visitor coach park.

The Friends of Lewes has played a key part in ensuring the success of the Heritage Open Days each September, taking on the lead role since 2011.

In addition, we have funded or contributed to a wide range of projects, for example:

  • Tourist information boards displaying pictorial maps which assist visitors to discover what Lewes has to offer.
  • The Offham Chalk Pits heritage interpretation board of the South Downs National Park Authority celebrates a rare feature of the industrial history and heritage of the Lewes area.
  • Cast iron commemorative plaques, provided in conjunction with Lewes Town Council, have been put up on various buildings and structures around the town. They are intended to inform visitors and residents of historic points of interest around our town and to help bring history to life.
  • For the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes in 2014, we supported the initiative by the Priory Trust to restore the memorial (a sculpture in the form of a helmet) in the Priory Park, which had been erected 50 years previously. We also combined with several other groups, including Bonfire Societies, to develop suitable banners on approach roads to the town.  These banners were created by prisoners in Lewes prison and are shown below in the prison on completion, but before installation.

Battle of Lewes 750 Years Anniversary Banners