Sussex Gardens Open for Charity

Sussex Gardens Open for Charity: Bignor Park

Many Sussex Gardens open for charity each year. I recommend a visit to the gardens in Bignor Park. Visit on Tuesday 17 April, Tuesday 15 May or Sunday 10 June (2 – 5pm) 2018. Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.

 

You will find 11 acres of gardens to explore, with fantastic views of the South Downs. You’ll see interesting trees, shrubs, and wild flower areas. The walled flower garden has wonderful herbaceous borders. Wander and admire the temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures.

Sussex Gardens Open for Charity

Bignor Park is in West Sussex, RH20 1HG. It is 5 miles south of Petworth & Pulborough. It is well sign posted from the B2138. The nearest villages are Sutton, Bignor & West Burton. It’s just a 30 minute drive from Rosebud Holiday Cottage in Steyning!

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Pubs in Steyning

Pubs in Steyning

The pubs in Steyning are all within a 10 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage!

pubs in steyning sussex
The Star Inn, in the High Street, is the newest, yet dates back to the early 1700’s! It’s a cosy place in the winter months, whilst in the summer you can relax outside in their garden.

A little further on you’ll find The Chequer Inn – a historic 15th Century Coaching House. The inn today retains many of its original features, including open fires and intriguing timber-framed architecture.

The next pub you’ll see is The White Horse – perhaps the first pub in Steyning. The oldest part of the building – nearest the High Street – probably dates from the 15th century.

All three of these pubs serve food throughout the year.

Finally there the Norfolk Arms in Church Street. The bar is rather like someone’s front living room!

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Borde Hill Gardens

Borde Hill Gardens

Lovely Borde Hill Gardens will open to the public from 20th March 2018 and remain open until the end of October.

borde hill gardens west sussex

The gardens are set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with beautiful views over the Sussex Weald. Borde Hill’s grounds cover over 200 acres across the garden, woodland and parkland. The formal gardens are designed in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’. you can explore the exotic ‘Garden of Allah’, the beautiful Azelea Ring, the traditional Rose Garden and a peaceful Italian Garden, 

Borde Hill has received many awards, including the Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year’.

Day Tickets for Individuals and Families

Adult – £9.50
Concession – £9.00
Child (aged 3-16) – £6.35
Child under 3 – Free

Borde Hill is 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath. The gardens are a 35 minute drive from Steyning via the B2135A281 and A272…

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Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex

Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex

If you love history and architecture do make sure you visit the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex.

weald and downland museum west sussex

This excellent museum showcases rural buildings over the centuries and is open throughout the year. They also have special day and weekend events. This April 14th – 15th 2018 there will be a Rural Life Weekend.

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Parham House

Parham House and Gardens reopen

Parham House is a wonderful example of an Elizabethan building with a great hall and long gallery. It also has the most fantastic gardens and an excellent plant shop.

Parham house sussex

The house and gardens will reopen from 1st April until the 14th October 2018.

Visit on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

House | 14:00 – 17:00

Gardens | 12:00 – 17:00

Big Kitchen Restaurant | 12:00 – 17:00

Last Admission | 16:30

It is a short drive from Steyning by car or you can catch the number 100 bus. This runs every hour in the daytime, except on Sundays.

Find out more about places to visit in locally in our Sussex Guide

 

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle reopens on the 30th March 2018

 

I recommend visiting Arundel Castle and it’s attractive gardens. The castle overlooks the River Arun and was built at the end of the 11th century. The oldest feature is the motte (an artificial mound) which dates from 1068. You can see it in the photo below.

Arundel castle west sussex

Whilst you are in Arundel you can explore the small historic town and could also visit the museum, which is almost opposite the castle.

In 2018 the castle and grounds will be open until Sunday 28 October from Tuesday to Sunday each week

They will also be open on the following Mondays:

Easter Monday, 2 April

Early May Bank Holiday Monday 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday Monday 28 May

Monday 6 August, 13 August & 20 August

Summer Bank Holiday Monday 27 August

 

Borde Hill Gardens

Borde Hill Gardens Magnolia Tours

Magnolia Tour with Borde Hill Gardens Head Gardener

Tues 27 Mar  & Fri 6th April 2018 from 2 – 3 p.m.

borde hill gardens

Join Head Gardener, Andy Stevens for a guided tour of Borde Hill’s wonderful collection of early-flowering magnolias.

Borde Hill has one of the best collections of magnolias in England, with many listed as ‘Champion’ trees.  There are over 100 trees and 25 species planted throughout the garden and woodland.

Many of the magnolias are the original plants collected by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900’s. The Garden’s founder Colonel Stephenson R Clarke planted some of these over 80 years ago.

Tickets available on the day: £3 per person, plus standard garden admission

 

 

Steyning Farmers’ Market

Steyning Farmers’ Market held monthly

This excellent market is held in the High Street car park opposite the clock tower. It takes place from 9 a.m to  1 p.m on the first Saturday of the month.

steyning sussex farmers market

A great place to stock up on local produce. There is usually live music to entertain you whilst you shop.

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Brighton Half Marathon

Next Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 25th February

2018 will be the 28th year of The Grand Brighton Half Marathon. One of the first major ‘halfs’ in the running calendar, the race is now one of the most popular races in the UK.

brighton half marathon

The start and finish of the race are on Madeira Drive next to the Steve Ovett statue. You can see maps of the full course and the race village here. The race start time is 9am…

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