Reasons to visit Brighton in the Winter!

Have you ever seen an empty beach like this in Brighton?

Perhaps you have never been there in the winter months….

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It is my photo and I took it one February..

Brighton may be the UK’s most popular tourist resort for overseas visitors but they must stay in when it is warmer! Could the winter be the best time to visit?

Open All Year

The pier is open all year .. so is the splendid Brighton Royal Pavilion and the stunning new observation tower.

Steyning is within easy reach of Brighton .. just 10 miles away. Stay in cosy Rosebud Cottage!

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Veteran Car Race!

Don’t miss the annual veteran car race from London to Brighton!

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the longest-running motoring event in the world. The first run was in 1896, and it has taken place most years since its initial revival in 1927. To qualify, the cars must have been built before 1905.

The race this year … in 2017 …will be the 121st race. It is always on the first Sunday in November…

More details at

Also in November Petworth Literary Festival



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Visit Brighton’s observation tower!

The World’s Tallest Moving Observation Tower

Situated by Brighton’s historic West Pier, the amazing British Airways i360 tower is 162 metres tall, with the fully enclosed glass pod soaring to 450 feet. Up to 200 visitors at a time enjoy unfolding 360-degree views of the UK’s most popular seaside town, wild expanses of the South Downs National Park, dramatic chalk cliffs, the English Channel and 26 miles of the Sussex coastal landscape.

Brighton observation towerThe pod itself is 4.7 metres high and 18 metres wide, with an elegant futuristic design that has made its mark on Brighton’s iconic seafront. It is heated and air conditioned, fully accessible for wheelchair users, has bench seating for passengers and houses a Sky Bar for refreshments.

The visitor centre, at its base, incorporates a 400-seat restaurant, gift shop, children’s play zone, exhibition space, tea rooms and conference and event facilities.

‘Flights’ on British Airways i360 last 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes after 6pm. Tickets cost from £13.50 for adults and from £6.75 for children, with under 4s free.

Watersports festival in Brighton

Watersports festival in Brighton

Paddle Round the Pier

Join the free ‘Paddle round the Pier’ event in Brighton, featuring the very best in water, street & urban sports, live music, kids’ entertainment & ‘have a go’ opportunities

Watch surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, skating, windsurfing and free running, as well as all new sports like Surf Life Saving, land paddling, Kite surfing and freestyle mountain biking..

This event takes place the first weekend of July each year. Details at

Tea for two in Steyning, West Sussex?

Tea for two in Steyning, West Sussex?

Local Tea Rooms

You are spoilt for choice if you would like a traditional afternoon tea is Steyning. The High Street has 5 or 6 cafes where you can treat yourself! One of my favourites is the Steyning Tea Rooms. They are within a 5 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning (& within easy reach of Brighton).


Afternoon tea, is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. The custom of drinking tea dates back to the third century BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife. However it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.

The idea seems to have been introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. She asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.

This break for refreshments became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon treat which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.


River and countryside walk from Steyning

River and countryside walk from Steyning

Adur walk from Steyning

It is always good to have a circular walk that will take you back to your starting point! This is a pleasant fairly level walk which follows the river Adur for about a third of the way. I have done it myself and it took about 3 and a half hours. You’ll see views of local landmarks en route: Truleigh Hill, Lancing College and Chanctonbury Ring. You can stop for a picnic on the river bank or on a well positioned bench!

You’ll find copies of a leaflet describing this walk waiting for you if you stay as a guest at Rosebud Cottage in Steyning. You can also download it: Circular river and countryside walk


If you're in Sussex make sure you visit Michelham Priory

If you're in Sussex make sure you visit Michelham Priory

England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229. Michelham has a fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house. It is a lovely peaceful place – one of my favourites!

As well as the historic house there are seven acres of grounds with kitchen garden and medieval herb garden, a working watermill, working forge & interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse.Details at

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The Priory is a 45 minute drive from Steyning in West Sussex & within easy reach of Brighton

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Devil’s Dyke just outside Brighton

Devil’s Dyke just outside Brighton

The Devil’s Dyke is the longest ‘dry’ valley in the UK and home to the ruined ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, as well as some adventurous hang gliders!
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This is a deservedly popular spot ….. Hikers can join the South Downs Way here and soon escape any crowds…

So you can get the most out of some of the South Downs most beautiful locations, there is a special bus service during weekends and public holidays from Brighton – Devil’s Dyke. Catch the no 77 (weekends and public holidays only)

The Devils Dyke is just 7 miles from rural Steyning in West Sussex.