Steyning District Food and Drink Festival is from 2nd September to the 8th October 2017
Make sure you don’t miss Steyning’s first ever Bake Off on 16 September from 13:00–17:00. This promises to be an exciting event.
Get your secret family recipes out and bring along your delicious home-made cakes for the first Steyning Festival Bake Off !
Competition categories include Best Decorated Cake, Best Cup Cake, Best Victoria Sponge, Best Overall Cake and more … There will be professional judges with prizes for the winners.
Make it a party afternoon, come along to view the entries, then enjoy a cup of tea and competition cakes, which will be sold to raise funds, once the judging has taken place. Buy more to take home as well !
The competition is at the Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ. The centre is a 10 minute walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage (currently available from 16th – 23rd Sept!)
Find details about the annual festival at http://www.steyningdistrictfooddrinkfestival.co.uk
If you would like a short easy walk head along Mouse Lane…. this runs from Steyning High Street to Wiston House. It is just around the corner from Rosebud Cottage and can be seen in my photo.
There are several footpaths going off Mouse Lane which you can explore. You’ll find a more challenging one on the left that leads up to Chanctonbury Ring
Do watch out for traffic as cars drive along the lane.
The Downs Link Path
If you are would like a longer walk on mainly level paths The Downs Link path could be just right for you. It goes between St Martha’s (near Guildford in Surrey) and Botolphs (near Bramber and Steyning) following old railway routes for most of the way. Where the route ends at Botolphs it joins the South Downs way and The Coastal Link path to Shoreham by Sea.
The route passes through a variety of countryside areas well worth seeing and at Loxwood it is very near the Wey and Arun Canal.
The route is approximately 36 miles long and is suitable for walking, cycling and horses riders.
St Cuthman was an 8th century Saxon saint who settled in Steyning, and founded the first church. He is said to have been wheeling his invalid mother in a handcart when it broke. This was seen as a sign from god that he should establish a church close by.
St Cuthman is depicted in three stained glass windows in St Andrew’s and St Cuthmans’s Church in Steyning. You can see him as a shepherd, as a builder and in the one in the photo with his mother in a handcart
You can also see a modern sculpture of St Cuthman’s was made to commemorate the millennium: He is looking across the road at his church.
The Norman Church
The church built by the Normans in the late eleven hundreds was nearly twice the size of the present building. It had transepts and a much longer chancel than the present 19th century one. It also had two extra bays at the west end of the nave, where the 16th century flint chequer work tower now stands.
The earliest part that remains is that which now forms the chancel arch. The surviving bays of the nave arcade, built around 1170-1180, have truly wonderful carving on most of the arches and capitals with no shortage of the customary zigzags and scallops as well as many less conventional motifs and designs.
Unusual shopping opportunities in the High Street!
Independent retailers run almost every shop in Steyning. There’s an excellent book shop, haberdashery and many more you wouldn’t expect in a small rural town – including the wonderful dolls’ house shop in my photo!
Dolls’ house shop
Not only can you buy a dolls house … furniture, lighting and accessories are available too. You’ll find roofing, flooring and wallpaper -even doors and windows if you have a restoration project.
As you will see in the photo you can even buy a greenhouse or shed!
Find out more about the shop at http://www.steyningdollshouseshop.co.uk
Rosebud Cottage is just a couple of minutes walk from the High Street where you’ll find this shop
There are two excellent local trails: The Lower Horseshoe and the more challenging Upper Horseshoe. This climbs high into the South Downs and then follows the horseshoe shaped ridge before descending back into the town. Whilst it is a short walk, the climb is fairly strenuous so it is ideal for people who may be short of time but still want a challenge.
The path follows chalk and clay paths which may be muddy after wet weather. There is a long and reasonably steep climb to reach the ridge and some sections of the descent are also a little steep. There are no stiles and just a few gates and kissing gates. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Start by walking up Sir George’s Place in Steyning – just off the High Street. Turn right up a footpath when you see the tennis courts. Turn left just as you reach an open field for the Lower Horseshoe walk. Keep heading for the trees on the skyline for the Upper Horseshoe walk. Once you approach the trees you will be able to enjoy magnificent views down to Steyning and across the Downs to the east …
Bear left as you walk through the trees. When you leave the trees head along the footpath back down into the town. You will come into Newham Lane and later the High Street.
If you would like a longer demanding walk I suggest walking to Chanctonbury (3 miles) or further to Cissbury (5 or 6 miles).
Although there are many apple growers in the UK it can be difficult to find them in shops. Head for the Sussex Produce Company in Steyning High Street where you will always find English apples for sale
Just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Cottage
Steyning is a great base for exploring Sussex and visiting Brighton.