About AFTA

The Ashdown Forest Tourism Association (AFTA)

What is the Ashdown Forest Tourism Association?

AFTA is a membership group that helps to promote over 150 tourism associated businesses based on and near the beautiful Ashdown Forest.

The group was started in 2004 and consists of a wide range of organisations which are listed under the categories of :

  • Places to Stay –  Bed and Breakfasts, Self Catering, Camp sites, Hotels, International Country House Hotels and Spas
  • Places to Eat – Pubs, restaurants, tea rooms, cafes and wine bars
  • Places to Visit – Farm shops, animal parks, craft centres, art galleries, museums and more
  • Activities – Climbing, crafts, walking, golf, orienteering, den building, activity centres
  • Local Shopping – Antiques, artifacts from around the world, clothing, toys, garden centres, gift shops, farm shops and craft shops
  • Conference Venues – A wide selection of venues from small meeting rooms to 5 star conference venues
  • Local Information and Services –  Local Government, Tourism Offices, Taxi, Printers and more

What are the aims of the group?

  • to build a strong business support network across the Ashdown Forest area
  • to promote and develop sustainable tourism on the Forest
  • to ensure that a business voice is included in local decision making.

What are the benefits of Joining AFTA?

  • A listing with photos on our popular website –  www.ashdownforest.com
  • Location and Contact details on our Member’s map (40k copies printed annually)
  • Free link from our website to member’s websites
  • Whats On listings on our website – including regular events such as Quiz Nights
  • Additional promotion via local radio and social networking
  • Regular Newsletters
  • Regular Members Meetings to include leaflet exchanges and topical speakers
  • Joint marketing opportunities
  • Preferential rates for joint membership with Tourism South East
  • Dedicated email and phone support
The AFTA Committee for 2014
  • John Smith, Perryhill Orchard, Hartfield.  T : 078111 05128  E : cidercentre@aol.com  (Chairman)
  • Juliet Murray, Cogcraft Art Studios, Nutley T : 01825 712565  E : juliet@cogcraft.co.uk
  • Jacqui Wilcox, Becketts B&B, Cowden, Kent.  T : 01342 850514  E : jacqui@becketts-bandb.co.uk
  • Jenny Sharman, Brambletye Hotel, Forest Row  T : 01342 824144    E : jenny@admill.co.uk
  • Sylvia Martin, Laurel Cottage, Baxters Lane, Chelwood Gate T : 01825 740547 E : smartin@chelwood.fsnet.co.uk
  • Robin Wood, Field View, Chelwood Gate.  T : 01825 740562  E: rockinrobin@cgate.plus.com

For further information about membership of  AFTA or for a copy of our  FREE  map of Ashdown Forest  and the AFTA business members please contact :

Barbara Hibbart:  E : info@ashdownforest.com   T : 01435 863091


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