Steyning Festival

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

The programme is available from the middle of June.

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

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 Steyning https://steyningcottages.co.uk/steyning-west-sussex/

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 an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events. It takes place in a variety of venues across Brighton & Hove and lasts for 3 weeks each May.

Guest Director

This year, 2019, Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rokia Traoré is the Guest Director.

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 aims to make 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.

Getting to Brighton

Brighton is just 10 miles from Steyning. Trains run from Shoreham to Brighton every 10 or 15 minutes. There is also an hourly bus service from Steyning.

Read more about Brighton

South Downs Dew Ponds

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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: https://steyningcottages.co.uk/horseshoe-walk-steyning/

Standen House

Standen House is a wonderful Arts and Crafts family home!

Designed in the 1890’s, the house is decorated with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers.It still has its original electric light fittings.

National Trust

This National Trust property is near East Grinstead and within easy reach of Steyning.

Standen House Sussex

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 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden

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 will hold a Christmas Fair on Friday 3rd Nov 2018 from 9.30 to 1.30.

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 this year will go to Children in Need.

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

 

 

Wine Tasting is on the Doorstep

Wine Tasting is on the Doorstep

Wiston wine tours Steyning Sussex

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.

I also particularly recommend a visit to Nutbourne vineyard and winery near Pulborough.

Find out when the tours are and book!

Read about tours at Stopham Vineyard

English Wine from Upperton Vineyard

English Wine from Upperton Vineyard

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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.

Upperton Farm
Tillington
West Sussex
GU28 0RD
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

Read about 10 of my favourite places to visit

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