Autumn glory at Sheffield Park Gardens

Autumn glory at Sheffield Park Gardens

The magnificent landscaped gardens at  Sheffield Park are especially popular in autumn.

‘Capability’ Brown designed the wonderful layout in the eighteenth century.  It was developed further in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G Soames. The centrepiece is the original four lakes.

The gardens are lovely throughout the year. You’ll find dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring.  The rhododendrons, azaleas and stream garden are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs …perhaps the best time to visit?

Details at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden

 

Relax at Chanctonbury Ring in West Sussex

Relax at Chanctonbury Ring in West Sussex

Relax and enjoy the views!

If you have climbed up to Chanctonbury Ring you will probably be ready to sit down and relax! This ancient site is a great place to sit and admire the fantastic views over the surrounding countryside

It was originally a small hill fort so needed a commanding position. Pottery found and carbon dating on an animal bone suggest it was built in the early Iron Age, but some Bronze Age pottery has also been found.

The site is well known due to the beech trees, planted in 1760 by Charles Goring. They subsequently became a famous landmark, however, the Great Storm of 1987 destroyed most of them. The replanted trees are doing well.

If you walk on the South Downs Way – one of 17 national trails – you will pass Chanctonbury Ring. It is 242 metres above sea level.

It is only 3 miles from Steyning & 15 miles from Brighton

 

 

This historic Sussex building is well worth a visit!

This historic Sussex building is well worth a visit!

One of England's most important early Tudor houses – Cowdray in West Sussex was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Its magnificent ruins in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. It was so important it was visited by both Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII.

Open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from Saturday 30th April until Sunday 4th September 2016. 11 am – 4 pm with last entries at 3 pm.

Admission for adults: £6.50.

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Cowdray is near Midhurst, within easy reach of Steyning!

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Join the South Downs Way near Steyning

Join the South Downs Way near Steyning

South Downs Way

The South Downs National Park is one of 15 in the UK. You can walk the length of the Downs on the South Downs Way – a long distance footpath. There are some great sections of the trail which start within a mile of Steyning.

Walk to the west for 3 miles and you will reach Chanctonbury Ring. This is a large Bronze Age hill-fort, with far ranging views across the Weald to the North Downs. There are also views of the sea and lines of sight to other prehistoric landmarks, for example, Cissbury. You’ll see ancient tracks, round barrows and cross-dykes that surround Chanctonbury.

Join the path on the road to Shoreham at High Trees car park and head east.  After 6 miles or so you will arrive at Devil’s Dyke. Rumour has it that the dyke was created by the devil who was trying to flood part of the country..

The Monarch’s Way also runs close to Steyning – said to be used by King Charles 2nd in the 17th century, on his escape to France..  There are many, many other well signposted public footpaths and bridleways that you could explore too

 

Join an International Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week

Join an International Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week

Tuesday 26 – Sunday 31 July, 2016

Don't miss this annual event at the fascinating Arundel Castle in West Sussex: Experience the thrill of the renowned Arundel International Jousting Competition, as revered knights from around the world gather to test their chivalry and skill at mounted combat in full plate armour.

Set within an authentic medieval style encampment, with the knights and men-at-arms of Raven Tor, Distant Trumpets Story Teller and the musicians of Rough Musicke, this is a unique week-long tournament.

The thrilling tournament will be accompanied by have-a-go archery and a host of craft displays and entertainment.

Details about this & other events at http://www.arundelcastle.org

Arundel is a lovely small town – well worth a visit!

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Arundel is a half an hour drive from Steyning.

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A great place to visit with children!

A great place to visit with children!

Drusilla’s Park

This small zoo in East Sussex is is widely regarded as the best in the country. They’ve created an animal and child friendly, family environment where the focus is always on involvement.

On a hot summer’s day it is the place to cool off on their splashpad!

Details at http://www.drusillas.co.uk/

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Nature Reserve at Woods Mill in West Sussex

Nature Reserve at Woods Mill in West Sussex

Nature Reserve Near Steyning

Woods Mill  has lots of wildlife with coppiced woodland, meadows and a reed-fringed lake. There is an all-weather path around the reserve and boardwalk across lake and reed bed. There is also a hide for birdwatching, and a wildlife garden.

The reserve is the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre, with lots of events and courses throughout the year. As this is an educational reserve no dogs are permitted.

Free admission and open all most of the year…

Woods Mill Countryside Nature Reserve. Shoreham Road, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9SD

Details at http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/reserves/woods-mill

Woods Mill is just a couple of miles from Steyning in West Sussex

 

Enjoy art? Visit the Downland Art Society summer exhibition!

Enjoy art? Visit the Downland Art Society summer exhibition!

Held at the Norfolk Centre in the beautiful setting of Arundel in West Sussex, the first exhibition of the year takes place in spring and is followed by another one in late summer.

These are always popular with locals and visitors to the area due to the consistently high standard of work produced by the society. The work of several of their artists has become collectable and they have established quite a following locally.

Works can be purchased on the day of your visit and they have a selection of un-framed originals for ease of transportation by overseas visitors. There is always something new to see as works are replaced as they are purchased.

The Downland Art Society subjects cover familiar landscapes and seascapes, people and animals – in oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel.

When: Friday 19 August – Friday 26 August 2016
Where: The Norfolk Centre, Arundel, BN18 9PA

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Arundel -in West Sussex – is a half an hour's drive from Steyning.

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Shoreham Beach on the Sussex Coast

Shoreham Beach on the Sussex Coast

Warm enough for a dip in the sea? Head for Shoreham!

The Sussex coast is just 6 miles from Steyning at Shoreham by Sea. The beach there is a designated Local Nature Reserve and you’ll find a variety of plants growing on the shingle.

On a windy day you will find windsurfers making the most of the weather and perhaps some kite surfers too.

Drive there or catch the number 2 bus!

It will be far quieter than Brighton (10 miles away).

Golf at Singing HIlls

Golf at Singing HIlls

Golf fans are guaranteed a warm welcome at Singing Hills Golf Course

Guests staying at Rosebud Cottage in Steyning recommended Singing Hills. They were able to borrow clubs with no extra charge.

The course is in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Sussex sheltered by the South Downs. Singing Hills has 27 holes in three loops of nine holes, allowing golfers to play any combination and providing a true test for all abilities. The practice area includes a 15 bay driving range and putting green …

Players can also enjoy a first class restaurant, delightful bar and well-stocked shop. Singing Hills is one of the county’s top 27 hole golf venues.

Location

Singing Hills Golf Course, Muddleswood Road, Albourne, West Sussex, BN6 9EB.

Tel: 01273 835353

The course is 9 miles from Steyning. It takes about 15 minutes to reach by car via the A2037. The 100 bus will take you there in about 35 minutes.

Details at http://www.singinghillsgolfcourse.co.uk/