Arundel Festival takes place every August. This is one of the biggest arts and music festivals in West Sussex. This year’s festival, in 2018, is from the 18th to the 27th August.
The small historic town is a half an hour drive from Steyning and well worth a visit.
Find out about the Steyning Food and Drink Festival
Wine Tasting is on the Doorstep
Wine Tasting on the Doorstep at the Wiston Estate: Enjoy a tour and taste wines at the nearby Wiston Estate … Just a mile or so from Rosebud Cottage.
The cost is £15 per person.
Find out when the tours are and book!
Read about tours at Stopham Vineyard
English Wine from Upperton Vineyard
English wines from Upperton Vineyards have won several awards in recent years.
You can visit Upperton without paying or join a tour. Read about their tours at http://www.uppertonvineyards.co.uk/tours-events/
The vineyard is a 40 minute drive from Steyning on the A283.
T 01798 343695
You could combine a trip here with a visit to Petworth House or to Bignor Roman Villa.
West Sussex vineyard tours are also available at Stopham Vineyard
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Stopham Vineyard Tours
Stopham Vineyard Tours are held on every other Saturday from April to October with optional lunch at the nearby White Hart Pub .. seen here in my photos ..
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.
It costs £25 for the tour – an extra £17 for the two course lunch..
Details and booking at
Stopham Vineyard Tours
+44 (0)1798 865666
You can travel there from Steyning on the 100 bus. This service is hourly and takes 30 minutes with an 8 minute walk. Alternatively you can drive there via the A283 in 25 minutes.
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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.
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
The pubs in Steyning are all within a 10 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage!
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
Lovely Borde Hill Gardens will open to the public from 20th March 2018 and remain open until the end of October.
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 B2135, A281 and A272…
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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.
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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South Downs Night Sky Events
South Downs Night Sky Events: Friday 9 February – Sunday 25 February
Two weeks of fun with parties, talks and family activities taking place across the South Downs National Park to celebrating the wonderful dark night skies.
Read about the nearby Stargazing Party on 16 Feb in Pulborough
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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.
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.
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