‘Brighton Festival has been at the forefront… an arts festival that makes connections with the real world’ The Times
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.
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.
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 …
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.
This National Trust property is near East Grinstead and within easy reach of Steyning.
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.
Enjoy the authentic Italian taste of their handmade-to-order wood-fired pizzas. They use locally sourced ingredients whenever they can.. Choose from their menu or build your own pizza from their extensive extras board.
You’ll find them in Steyning High Street car park every Fri evening from 6 to 9. Just a 5 minute walk away from Rosebud Cottage