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Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day at Ashdown Park Hotel

First appearing on bookshelves in 1926, Winnie the Pooh and his friends have remained a permanent fixture in homes around the world, on Wednesday 18 January you can celebrate all things Pooh with national Winnie The Pooh Day, A.A. Milne’s birthday.

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How better to celebrate the day than by visiting the very place where it all began?

Ashdown Forest in East Sussex is better known as the inspiration behind AA Milne’s 100 Acre Wood, made famous by the Winnie the Pooh stories. In his autobiography, Christopher Milne (the inspiration behind Christopher Robin) describes Ashdown Forest as being identical to Pooh’s forest, and hidden within the 6,500 acres are the very spots that were brought to life within the pages of the stories.

Stay at Ashdown Park Hotel in the heart of the forest, and enjoy a luxurious base for exploring the iconic locations and bringing back memories from childhood.

Head out towards Cotchford Farm and find the footbridge across a tributary of the River Medway in Posingford Wood, made famous as ‘Pooh Bridge’ where you can play a real life game of Pooh Sticks.

Explore the forest further and discover Galleons Lap (real name Gills Lap), the original enchanted place mentioned in the last chapter of ‘The House at Pooh Corner’.

Spots from the famous tales can be found all over the vast forest and a selection of dedicated Pooh walking routes can be downloaded here to help you find each and every spot with ease.

Ashdown Park is renowned for its exceptional food and drink and children won’t be disappointed, with a themed Winnie The Pooh afternoon tea including ‘Hunny’ sandwiches, Roo’s fruit salad, Tigger’s sponge and a Kanga cup cake from just £8.95.

For more information about Ashdown Park Hotel or to book your stay from £79.50 per person per night, visit www.ashdownpark.com or call 01342 824988.

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