If you’re planning to be in South East England during the summer, then you might want to consider spending some time in beautiful Sussex. A number of exciting events take place in Sussex in the summertime.
The county is also home to a variety of fascinating points of interest. Whether you adore history, beaches or even shopping, Sussex can make a magnificent summer destination
Sussex Summer in 2014
Sussex Game & Country Fair: Takes place in the middle of June at the lovely Parham Estate. If you want to relish the scenic country charms of Sussex, this jovial fair might be ideal for you. Some of the diverse activities available at the Sussex Game & Country Fair include rural arts and crafts, archery, a food festival, ferret racing and bungee trampolines. If you’re an animal enthusiast, you’ll be able to see everything from meerkats to snakes, too.
If you love beaches: Then visiting East Sussex is the perfect way to enjoy a summer in the region. If you want to walk on the sand and gaze out at the shimmering waters, you can visit Camber Beach, Pevensey Bay and Hastings Beach, to name a few examples. If the idea of going to an idyllic fishing village appeals to you, Pevensay Bay is a strong option. If you enjoy water sports and energetic, lively atmosphere, Camber Beach and Hastings Beach are both terrific.
History lovers: Will surely appreciate a visit to Sussex in the summer. While everyone else you know is at the beach, you can step into the past by exploring various noteworthy historic attractions. If you stop by Chichester Cathedral, you’ll be able to gaze at a structure that’s close to 1,000 years old. If you visit Arundel Castle, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on quaint gardens and artwork from centuries ago. Michelham Priory is yet another ‘must-see’ for visitors to Sussex.
The priory has the distinction of being encircled by the nation’s lengthiest water-filled moat. Michelham Priority also hosts various fun events each year. In June, you might be able to enjoy the ‘Michelham Goes Wild!’ event, which involves a dog show, various activities for children and even wildlife exhibitions.
Passionate about arts and crafts: Be sure to visit the county’s various craft centres. The Oxmarket Centre of Arts, English Country Crafts and the Bosham Walk Art & Craft Centre are all good examples. If you want to see lovely handmade crafts up close, all of these places make excellent summertime destinations.
Science fans: Can also have a good time in Sussex. If you have a strong appreciation for the world of science, then you might want to consider going to Chichester’s South Downs Planetarium. An afternoon at the planetarium can give you insight into everything from the weather and the stars to the galaxy and meteorites. Not only is the South Downs Planetarium fascinating, but it’s also highly educational for visitors.
Adore greenery: see it in stunning Sussex. If you’re in the mood to savor lush parklands, then you have an array of good options to choose between. These options include Denmans Garden, the aforementioned Arundel Castle and Gardens, Nymans, West Dean Gardens and the Collector’s Earl Garden. If you’re experiencing a lovely summer day in Sussex, not many things can be better than a relaxed stroll through a soothing garden, after all.
Spot of shopping in Sussex: The County Mall Shopping Centre is an excellent shopping destination in the area. Located in the middle of Crawley, the County Mall Shopping Centre features 90+ high street shops. The shopping centre’s most notable shops and department stores include Debenhams, River Island, Primark, La Senza, Oasis and Next. If you’re hungry, you can also enjoy a quick meal at any of the centre’s several dining establishments. Fast food restaurants are also available.
If South East England is on your summer travel schedule, don’t forget to visit Sussex. As far as attractions go, Sussex offers practically everything a visitor could want, from peaceful beaches to intriguing historic landmarks and more. A variety of exciting fairs and events take place in Sussex each year, as well.
Top 5 Hotels in Sussex
Pride of Britain Hotels have five member luxury hotels situated in Sussex
Ockenden Manor in West Sussex
The gardens of England are world famous, and nowhere could be better located for visiting many of the finest and most memorable than Ockenden Manor, in the heart of West Sussex.
This lovely Elizabethan country house hotel is itself set in nine acres of gardens, with far-reaching views over the South Downs. The hotel is tucked away down a quiet, winding lane in the unspoiled and charming village of Cuckfield.
Address: Ockenden Lane, Cuckfield, West Sussex , RH17 5LD
Reservations: 0808 163 9094
Bailiffscourt Hotel in West Sussex
Bailiffscourt is an architectural fantasy, a medieval manor built in the 1930s at immense cost to satisfy a caprice of the late Lord Moyne, from materials dating as far back as the 13th century. Bailiffscourt hotel and spa has a unique atmosphere and a captivating charm. Just a five minute walk through the grounds to one of the most natural, unspoilt beaches in West Sussex.
Address: Climping Street, Climping, Nr. Arundel, Sussex, BN17 5RW
Reservations: 0808 163 9207
Ashdown Park Hotel in Sussex
Ashdown Park Hotel sits proudly at the heart of Ashdown Forest. Evolving from a 19th century listed mansion house, the hotel provides today’s guests with the perfect setting to relax, unwind and indulge.
The sense of grandeur that strikes you on arrival carries through to the palatial lounges and 106 lavishly decorated bedrooms, which overlook the beautiful grounds.
Address: Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row, Sussex, RH18 5JR
Reservations: 0808 163 9078
South Lodge Hotel in Sussex
In the heart of the dramatic Sussex Downs, less than an hour from Central London lies South Lodge Hotel, an inspired and spacious retreat to indulge yourself with fine wine, gourmet food and unbeatable horizons.
Built in 1883, South Lodge Hotel is a magnificent, former family country house – the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the finer things in life.
Address: Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Nr. Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS
Reservations: 0808 163 9207
Gravetye Manor in Sussex
Situated down a mile long private drive, through rolling Sussex countryside, is Gravetye Manor. A Grade 1* listed house built in 1598 and set in 1000 acres of parkland and gardens, famous for being created by William Robinson, arguably one of England’s greatest gardeners. Operating since 1958, it was one of the first country houses to open its doors as a hotel in Britain.
Address: Gravetye Manor, Vowels Lane, West Hoathly, Sussex, RH19 4LJ
Reservations: 0808 163 9086