Balcombe lies a few miles north of Haywards Heath and benefits from its own railway station with mainline services to London Bridge via Gatwick Airport, and to Brighton via the iconic Ouse Valley Viaduct – often referred to as the Balcombe viaduct. The railway helped put Balcombe on the map as a popular commuter village.
There are 59 listed buildings within Balcombe civil parish, of which two are Grade I. The Parish Church of St Mary dates back to the late 13th/early 14th Century and Stone Hall, a late 17th Century house was the dower-house of the Balcombe Place Estate., a Grade II* listed country house built in 1856, which is today a popular and characterful wedding, corporate and private hire venue.
With over 20 clubs and societies, including a theatre company who put on a number of shows each year, there’s plenty for residents of Balcombe to do,. Each July the village also puts on a traditional summer fete, as well as The Balcombe Bull Run – a 7km cross-country run along public footpaths, challenging tracks and lanes.
There are a number of small, independent shops in the village, as well as cafes and the village’s only pub, The Half Moon Inn.