Sussex Gardens Open for Charity
Brighton and Sussex

Sussex Gardens Open for Charity

Sussex Gardens Open for Charity: National Gardens Scheme Many Sussex Gardens open for charity each year under the National Garden Scheme. This scheme provides visitors unique access to over 3,700 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. Hopefully it…

Pubs in Steyning
Brighton and Sussex

Pubs in Steyning

You can walk to the pubs in Steyning from Rosebud Cottage in under 10 minutes! The Star The Star Inn, in the High Street, is the most recent, 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. Emma…

Spring Flowers at Rosebud Cottage
Brighton and Sussex

Spring Flowers at Rosebud Cottage

Spring flowers at Rosebud Cottage are there for holiday guests and passers by to enjoy! Crocuses, Bergenia and Tete A Tete daffodils are amongst the first to appear. They make a lovely display up the side path with the flint wall behind them. I took the photo below in early March. Spring flowers at Rosebud…

Lewes – the county town of East Sussex
Brighton and Sussex

Lewes – the county town of East Sussex

Lewes is a most attractive market town. It’s a half an hour drive from Steyning. Go there and you’ll see medieval streets, old English churches and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway). Although surrounded by chalk cliffs, the town is dominated by the remains of a 1000 year Norman castle. Panoramic views are guaranteed…

Borde Hill Gardens
Brighton and Sussex

Borde Hill Gardens

Borde Hill Gardens are open to the public from 19th February 2022. Country Life magazine describes Borde Hill as: “One of the country’s truly great gardens.”  The grounds cover over 200 acres across the gardens, woodland and parkland, with beautiful views over the Sussex Weald.  There are 17 acres of formal gardens, which are designed…

Brighton Festival
Brighton and Sussex

Brighton Festival

‘Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world’ The Times Brighton Festival is a popular annual event each May: It usually takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton & Hove. Join the celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and…

The Best Gardens in Sussex
Brighton and Sussex

The Best Gardens in Sussex

The best gardens in Sussex – within easy reach of Steyning. Here are some of my favourites: I revisited all of them last year! Sussex Prairie Garden An 8 acre garden planted in a naturalistic style, with swathes of grasses and perennials surrounded by mature oak trees. Near Henfield and just a 15 minute drive…

Rewilding at the Knepp Estate
Brighton and Sussex

Rewilding at the Knepp Estate

Rewilding at the Knepp Estate, just south of Horsham, West Sussex, began in 2001. Their aim is to establish an ecosystem where nature has as much freedom as possible.  Rare species  E.g. Nightingales and purple emperor butterflies, now breed here and numbers of common species have increased substantially. As you enter the estate the sign…

National Trust Sites near Steyning
Brighton and Sussex

National Trust Sites near Steyning

National Trust Sites near Steyning are within easy reach by car. The Closest Sites Cissbury Ring A former Neolithic flint mine and Iron Age hill fort, Cissbury is the most historic hill on the South Downs. The site is just outside Worthing and only 10 miles by car: It should take 18 mins to get…

Castles near Steyning and Brighton
Brighton and Sussex

Castles near Steyning and Brighton

There are several castles near Steyning and Brighton which are open to the public and well worth a visit. Bramber Castle The remains of this Norman castle are on a small hill overlooking the River Adur, defending a gap in the South Downs. The one surviving wall of the tower, 14 metres high, suggests how…