I particularly recommend visiting the small town of Arundel – just a half an hour drive from Steyning. This famous West Sussex market town is most well-known for its 11th century Castle and its Victorian gothic cathedral.
There are nearly 1,000 years of history at the castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun. It was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery. The oldest features are the motte and the gatehouse. The motte is an artificial mound, over 100 feet high from the dry moat, and was constructed in 1068.
The castle is open from Good Friday to the end of October on Tuesdays to Sundays, May Bank Holiday Mondays & August Mondays. Admission costs: Adults £9 (gardens) to £18; Seniors £9 to £15.50; Children £9.
You can visit the cathedral at any time of year and admission is free.
Explore more of the area’s history and heritage at Arundel Museum or look at the town from a different perspective at the Arundel Jailhouse and Ghost Experience!
If you enjoy art you will be happy at one of the superb galleries. Interested in antiques? You’ll find plenty of shops with collectables.
If shopping is your ‘bag’ then you’ll enjoy the wide range of contemporary and traditional independent shops.
Water enthusiasts can hire a rowing boat on Swanbourne Lake or take aboat trips on the River Arun. If you love nature I particularly recommend a visit to the Wetland Centre.
Perhaps you will just want to relax in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants or in a traditional English pub!
The George At Burpham is a unique 17th century inn. Burpham itself is a charming small village near Arundel in the South Downs National Park.
The pub has an inviting modern interior and serves seasonal, locally-sourced, freshly-cooked food, beers, wines and spirits.
It is locally owned and aims to live up to the ambition . . . “By the locals, for the locals, of the locals – and a very warm welcome to everyone.”. . . including muddy-booted walkers and well-behaved dogs!
They serve delicious British food – always home cooked with the freshest seasonal ingredients, locally sourced where possible.
This pub is close to footpaths so is a good place to stop if you are hiking locally
This picture shows the beautiful church of St Leonard in South Stoke village, near Arundel, West Sussex.. It was recorded in the Domesday Book – a great land survey from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror – when the village was named as “Stoches”.
To find the church head for Arundel then travel down Mill Road until the road ends in a t-junction. Turn left, following the signpost to South Stoke. Go beyond the entrance to the farm and turn left with the road – the gate to the church is down a (signposted) short pathway to the right, about one hundred yards further on. Well worth finding!
South Stoke is about a half hour drive from Steyning and close to the South Downs.
Don't miss this annual event at the fascinating Arundel Castle in West Sussex: Experience the thrill of the renowned Arundel International Jousting Competition, as revered knights from around the world gather to test their chivalry and skill at mounted combat in full plate armour.
Set within an authentic medieval style encampment, with the knights and men-at-arms of Raven Tor, Distant Trumpets Story Teller and the musicians of Rough Musicke, this is a unique week-long tournament.
The thrilling tournament will be accompanied by have-a-go archery and a host of craft displays and entertainment.
Held at the Norfolk Centre in the beautiful setting of Arundel in West Sussex, the first exhibition of the year takes place in spring and is followed by another one in late summer.
These are always popular with locals and visitors to the area due to the consistently high standard of work produced by the society. The work of several of their artists has become collectable and they have established quite a following locally.
Works can be purchased on the day of your visit and they have a selection of un-framed originals for ease of transportation by overseas visitors. There is always something new to see as works are replaced as they are purchased.
The Downland Art Society subjects cover familiar landscapes and seascapes, people and animals – in oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel.
When: Friday 19 August – Friday 26 August 2016 Where: The Norfolk Centre, Arundel, BN18 9PA