The Steyning Stinger

The Steyning Stinger is a multi-terrain marathon. It was first run in 2002 and takes place on the first Sunday of March each year. There is also a half marathon race.

steyning stinger

The undulating / hilly race takes place the South Downs between Steyning, Storrington and Shoreham-by-Sea. The route covers countryside and roads, including four hills (or ‘stings’) up towards the top of the Downs. Walkers, joggers and runners can take part.

Steyning Stinger Free Breakfast

There are several drink stations en route, one approximately every three miles.

All runners get a “free” breakfast at the end of the event at Steyning Grammar School.

Up to 500 people can take part. You must be over 18 and can’t run with a dog!

The start time is between 7.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m.

Steyning Athletics Club

Book your place through the Steyning Athletic Club

Stay in Steyning

Rosebud Holiday Cottage provides cosy, comfortable local accommodation for up to 3 people. A lovely place to unwind after the race.

Many keen hikers are guests at the cottage. You will find local maps and walks guide books there. The South Downs Way is within a mile away and country footpaths start almost on the doorstep!

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Where to Eat in Steyning

Where to Eat in Steyning?

There is a very good choice of places where you can eat in Steyning High Street. They are all within a very short walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage so there’s no need to drive!

Steyning Cafes and Restaurants

Chez Joel

This cosy cafe is usually open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with an excellent French menu. It’s the ideal place to go if you would like to brush up on your French language skills. Thursday is the best night for this as Sarah, who runs the cafe, tries to avoid speaking English this evening!

chez joel cafe steyning
Chez Joel Cafe

Mamma Mia

This Italian restaurant is open every evening: Pasta, fish and meat dishes are available.

mamma mia  steyning
Mamma Mia Restaurant

Steyning Pubs Where You Can Eat

The White Horse

This pub has an attached restaurant which opens each evening.

Inside it is decorated in a contemporary classic style. Outside there’s a large verandah covered with huge parasols from which you can enjoy views of the countryside as you dine.

white horse restaurant
White Horse Restaurant

The Star Inn

This traditional cosy pub has a log fire in winter. It opens from Monday to Saturday evenings.

star inn steyning

Prefer to Eat In?

Big Fish Take Away

Big fish sells really excellent fish and chips and is generally open every night. It opened during 2019 and has proved very popular with locals.

big fish steyning
Big Fish Take Away


Find out more about historic Steyning

Steyning Food and Drink Festival

Read about the annual festival which is held each September

West Sussex Vineyard Tours

West Sussex Vineyard Tours are on offer through the summer months. The number of successful vineyards in Sussex have been growing in recent years. Locally produced wines often do very well in international competitions.

I have paid enjoyable visits to both Upperton and to Nutbourne Vineyard and Winery

My First Visit

Upperton Vineyard Shop West Sussex
Upperton Vineyard Shop

We walked around the vineyard then went into the shop. There is an attractive terrace with views over the Downs where you can sit and try a glass of wine.

Upperton Vineyard West Sussex
Upperton Vineyard in August

You can visit Upperton without paying or join a tour. The vineyard is near the town of Petworth and a 40 minute drive from Steyning on the A283 (18 miles away)

Upperton Farm
West Sussex
GU28 0RD
T 01798 343695

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You could combine a trip here with a visit to Petworth House or to Bignor Roman Villa.

West Sussex Vineyard Tour at Nutbourne

On our tour at Nutbourne we sampled grapes on the vines as we walked around so we could compare the flavours. We learnt all about the work involved in growing the grapes and producing the wine.

Bridget provided generous samples of many of the different types of wines with excellent explanations about how they differed. Finally we walked around the winery to understand the work involved in arriving at the final product.

Nutbourne Vineyard Wine Tasting
Bridget pours the wine for us to try
Nutbourne Vineyard Shop
Nutbourne Vineyard Shop

If you enjoy wine – especially sparkling white – do fit in a visit here!

West Sussex Vineyard Tours at Stopham

Stopham Vineyard Tours are held on every other Saturday from April to October, with an optional lunch at the lovely White Hart Pub by Stopham Bridge

White Hart Pub Stopham Sussex
White Hart Bar
Pub Stopham Bridge West Sussex

The vineyard, winery and wine tasting tours start at 11 am or 2 pm. Tours are led by the winemaker and last about 2 hours.

Read more about Stopham Vineyard

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Steyning Food & Drink Festival

Steyning Food & Drink Festival takes place every year. It runs throughout September and in early October.

The programme is available from the middle of June.

steyning food and drink festival

The Festival starts with the Farmer’s Market on the first Saturday in September. You will find the market in the High Street car park.

Steyning Food & Drink Festival 2019

Throughout Festival Period

Speciality Charity Dish at: Gorilla Kitchen (The Star Carpark), Chez Joel, The Chequer Inn, The Star Inn, The Cobblestone Tea House, The Sussex Produce Cafe, Truffles (all in Steyning) & The Artisan Bakehouse (Ashurst)

Steyning Museum Exhibition: “Whacky Recipes” throughout festival. FREE ENTRY

St. Mary;s House & Gardens, Bramber: September Open Days.

September 2019

7  FARMERS MARKET – with music, live cooking demonstrations, Ready, Steady, Cook sessions and special offers from stallholders.   Steyning High Street Car Park

7  Farmers Market – Presentation to winner of the Allotment Competition

7  Judging of Best Food Theme Shop Window Competition – Steyning High Street 

7  Riverside Brewery Open Day – 2 tours.  11am & 1pm

8  Steyning Downland Scheme – The Big Picnic – The Rifle Range, Steyning.  FREE ENTRY

8  Instagram Cake Decorating Challenge at The Big Picnic – venue as above               

8  Wiston House Garden Tour & English Sparkling Wine Tasting – Wiston House

10/11/12  Festival Open Day – Lunches(inc Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst  

11  Ladies Cocktail Making Evening – with Mixologists Extraordinaire,  Kai & Frank at The White Horse Smokehouse & Grill

12  Drinks, Nibbles & Antique Valuations – with Henry Nicholls at The Artisan Bakehouse

12  Wiston Estate Winery Tour, Tasting & Canapes

13  Fawlty Towers Dinner – Tottington Manor, Edburton

13  Mad Hatter Tea Party with Jazz Singer – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst


14  Stan’s Big Breakfast & Craft House Coffee Single Origin Coffee Tasting – Stan’s Bike Shack


17/18/19  Festival Open Day – Lunches(inc Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

17 CCC Morning – Coffee, Cakes & Chestnut Tree House – Springwells Boutique B&B, Steyning.  Donation to CTH     

18 Ashurst Tasty Walk – The Fountain/Country Walk/Artisan Bakehouse

20 Sussex Gin Tasting & Nibbles – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

20/21/22  BEER FESTIVAL – Steyning Cricket Club      

21 West Grinstead Ploughing Matches – Applesham Farm, Coombes.

21 Mulled Wine & Star Gazing – Star Inn & Wiston Big Picnic Field. Donation to CTH

22 Pubs & Breweries of Steyning Walk – led by Dr Janet Pennington  FREE ENTRY  

22 Steyning Community Orchard Apple Day – Fletchers Croft Village Green, Steynin

22 Daylands Farm Walk & Cream Tea – in aid of Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

22 Harvest Festival Service & Lunch – Steyning Methodist Church   

24 Food Theme Pub Quiz – The Star, Steyning  

27 Wood Fired Pizza & Pud Supper Club Night – at The Artisan Bakehouse              

28 Adur Brewery Open Day – 11am to 6pm

28 Pick It Cook It – Hedgerow Booze, Daylands Farm

28 GREAT STEYNING BAKE OFF – Steyning Centre        

29 Pastures New – One Year On & Optional Tea at St Mary’s House & Gardens

29 Daylands Farm Walk & Cream Tea – in aid of Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

October 2019

5  FARMERS MARKET – with music, pumpkin weigh, sloe gin demo & tasting and special offers from stall holders. Steyning High Street Car Park

5  Harvest Supper & Barn Dance – The Towers Convent School, Upper Beeding

6  Harvest Festival Lunch – St Peter’s, Upper Beeding & St Nicholas Bramber

6  Harvest Festival Service & Harvest Celebrations – St Andrew’s & St Cuthman’s Steyning.

TBA Celebrity Author Dinner at The Sussex Produce Café

Festival Breakfast

Some local cafes offer a special festival breakfast. Part of the money paid goes to a local hospice.

How to get there

Many events take place in Steyning High Street, just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

Read more about the festival

Read more about Steyning

Steyning Country Fair

Steyning Country Fair takes place every other year on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May. The next fair will be in 2021.

Steyning county fair

What happens at the fair?

This is always a wonderful day out for all the family. Steyning High Street is closed to traffic and lined with stalls, entertainment and displays. There is a special sense of times past, with traditional costumes, crafts, food, Morris dancing, music, magicians, puppet shows and livestock.

There are fair rides and raffles, the dog show and the traditional cricket match. The Steyning Centre becomes an exhibition hall. You can treat yourself to food and drink all day from street stalls, local pubs, shops and restaurants.

A lovely event. Make sure you are at the next one!

Steyning Country Fair Location

Just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

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Brighton Festival

‘Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world’ The Times

Brighton festival
Performers with the pavilion in the background

Brighton Festival is a popular annual event: It takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton & Hove each May. Join the celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events!

Leading Arts Festival

Established in 1967, the festival has become one of Europe’s leading arts festivals. It has an ambitious and daring programme which makes the most of the city’s distinctive cultural atmosphere. It draws on some of the most innovative artists and companies from the UK and across the world.

Festival 2020

Brighton Festival 2020 will open on Sat 2nd May and run until 24th. It will open with the popular Children’s Parade, produced in partnership with a Brighton based community arts charity.

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However ‘Brighton Fridge’ events run throughout May 2020 from the 1st to 31st.

Stay in Steyning at Rosebud Cottage

Find out about Rosebud Cottage in Steyning: Brighton is just 10 miles away. Trains run from Shoreham to Brighton every 10 or 15 minutes. There is also an hourly bus service from Steyning.

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South Downs Dew Ponds



Walk on the South Downs and you will come across dew ponds. You can find these small ponds wherever sheep and cattle traditionally went for summer grazing. Surviving ponds probably number at least 500 across England. Today they are often overgrown with their banks badly trampled by livestock. They have become picturesque havens for butterflies and romantic spots for ramblers enjoying a picnic.

They still have a magical and highly significant property. ‘People have noticed that they rarely run dry, even in the hottest summer, and it is apparent that, during the night, they receive a supply of water sufficient to counter-balance the great drags that are made upon them by cattle and evaporation,’ notes Edward Martin, in a research paper entitled Dew Ponds: History, Observation and Experiment.

The great mystery is where the water that fills them up at night can come from. These ponds – also known as ‘mist ponds’ or ‘fog ponds’ lie on the downs far above the level at which streams begin to form, nor does any piped-water supply reach them. The name ‘dew pond’ is the clue. According to folklore, it is the overnight dew itself, that keeps them full, whatever the weather …

Read about the local horseshoe walks:

Standen House

Standen House is a wonderful Arts and Crafts family home!

The building was designed between 1891 and 1894 by architect Philip Webb, who was a friend of William Morris, for a prosperous London solicitor, his wife and their family of seven children. The house is constructed in the Wealden vernacular style with sandstone quarried from the estate and locally made bricks and tiles. The interior is decorated with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers, with furnishings also by Morris, and the garden complements the beauty of the house. The house had electric power, originally generated by a donkey engine in a shed by the old barn. The house still has its original electric light fittings.

National Trust

In 1972 Standen House was given to the National Trust.

Standen House Location

The property is near East Grinstead and within easy reach of Steyning.

December Treat

Go into the house past the lit fireplace in the hall. You will find each room dressed for a different decade in which the family celebrated Christmas at Standen. Once you have enjoyed the festivities in the house, check out the Arts and Crafts inspired gifts in the shop. After that enjoy a warming drink and Christmas treat in Barn Café.

Find out more details at

Read about 10 of my favourite things to see and do in my Sussex Guide

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair at Windlesham House School

Windlesham_House_School christmas fairThis local school usually holds a Christmas Fair in November

The venue is just a 12 minute journey by car from Rosebud Cottage. Drive west along the A283 then head south down the the A24. The postcode is RH20 4AY.

This is a free annual event.  All profits go to charity.

Find out about some of my favourite places to see and other things to do in my Sussex Guide


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