The Bolney Estate runs regular tours – you can book online:
Grand Gourmet Tour: £42.50 per person – A comprehensive tour of their vineyard and winery, a tutored tasting of five of their award winning wines and a charcuterie style lunch (allow up to 3½ hours)
Sparkling Afternoon Tea Tour: £34.50 per person – A comprehensive tour of their vineyard and winery, a tutored tasting of four of their award winning sparkling wines and an Afternoon Tea (allow up to 2½ hours)
Taster Tour: £16.00 per person – A tour of their vineyard and winery and a tutored tasting of three of their award winning wines (allow up to 1½ hours)
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?
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
St Botolph’s Church has been referred to by a historian as one of the ‘lost downland churches”. It is in a peaceful spot next to the River Adur. Pay a visit and admire the clean lines and perfect setting of the small, attractive church!
The building dates to about 950 AD, and Saxon construction can be seen in the south wall and chancel arch. The slender tower, though it looks Saxon, is actually a 13th century addition, as is the chancel, which replaced a Saxon apse. At the west end of the south wall is an original round-headed Saxon window. The church also has fragments of medieval wall painting …
The Saxons took advantage of the power vacuum in Sussex left behind by the Romans when they could no longer afford to maintain outlying parts of their empire in the fifth century. When the people of Sussex asked Rome for help in defending themselves from Saxon raiders, the Empire decided it couldn’t afford to strike back and left Britain to fight for its own future.
The name Sussex comes from an adaptation of the name South Saxons.
This lovely small church is just a couple of miles from Steyning & within easy reach of Brighton. I have walked there from nearby Bramber following the River Adur.
You are spoilt for choice if you would like a traditional afternoon tea is Steyning. The High Street has 5 or 6 cafes where you can treat yourself! One of my favourites is the Steyning Tea Rooms. They are within a 5 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning (& within easy reach of Brighton).
Afternoon tea, is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. The custom of drinking tea dates back to the third century BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife. However it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.
The idea seems to have been introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. She asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.
This break for refreshments became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon treat which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
Steyning is a fascinating place if you love history: The small rural town pre-dates the Norman Conquest.
St Cuthman, a Celtic saint from c8 or c9, is alleged to have arrived here pulling his sick mother in a cart. When the tow rope broke he assumed that this was a sign from God that Steyning was where he should stay. He built built a wooden church – and administered to the needs of his adopted flock. After his death, the church became a place of pilgrimage. The sea was much closer by in those days and so a port of St Cuthman was built on the River Adur nearby. The church at Steyning was part of a monastery …
The church was rebuilt in later years on the same site. Inside the building, is a truly glorious Norman nave, complete with the most beautifully harmonious decorations and carvings.
Chambers Bistro aims to provide a very relaxed and informal approach to dining in style. The ground floor of the Old Town Hall is beautifully restored and welcomes everybody with open arms.
Every Friday evening at Chambers they treat their guests to some fabulous live acoustic music which transforms the dining experience and creates some really memorable and magical nights out. Different jazz, swing, bossa nova and gypsy jazz duos play every week ….
The Bistro offers an a la carte menu or a good value set menu at lunchtime and early evening..
England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229. Michelham has a fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house. It is a lovely peaceful place – one of my favourites!
As well as the historic house there are seven acres of grounds with kitchen garden and medieval herb garden, a working watermill, working forge & interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse.Details at https://sussexpast.co.uk