The Steyning Stinger is a multi-terrain marathon. It was first run in 2002 and takes place on the first Sunday of March each year. There is also a half marathon race.
The undulating / hilly race takes place the South Downs between Steyning, Storrington and Shoreham-by-Sea. The route covers countryside and roads, including four hills (or ‘stings’) up towards the top of the Downs. Walkers, joggers and runners can take part.
Steyning Stinger Free Breakfast
There are several drink stations en route, one approximately every three miles.
All runners get a “free” breakfast at the end of the event at Steyning Grammar School.
Up to 500 people can take part. You must be over 18 and can’t run with a dog!
The start time is between 7.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m.
Steyning Athletics Club
Book your place through the Steyning Athletic Club
Steyning Country Fair takes place every other year on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May. The next fair will be in 2021.
What happens at the fair?
This is always a wonderful day out for all the family. Steyning High Street is closed to traffic and lined with stalls, entertainment and displays. There is a special sense of times past, with traditional costumes, crafts, food, Morris dancing, music, magicians, puppet shows and livestock.
There are fair rides and raffles, the dog show and the traditional cricket match. The Steyning Centre becomes an exhibition hall. You can treat yourself to food and drink all day from street stalls, local pubs, shops and restaurants.
A lovely event. Make sure you are at the next one!
Steyning Country Fair Location
Just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage
To learn more about the night sky you can also visit the Planetarium in Chichester.
South Downs Planetarium 100 seater auditorium provides an opportunity to view 4,500 stars, planets, Sun and Moon. These are projected onto 10.8 metre dome. An astronomer will be there providing an expert commentary.
Relax and explore the past, present and future of the universe and the magic of the night sky in warmth & comfort!
Admission: Adults £7:00. Children 6 to 16 years £5:00.
The Brighton Half Marathon race takes place each year in February. It is one of the first major half marathons in the running calendar and is now one of the most popular races in the UK.
The flat course provides a great introduction for novice runners and a fantastic training run for those working up to a full marathon distance.
Last year just under 8,000 runners took part in the event. It passes several of the city’s landmarks along the 13.1-mile route, including the Royal Pavilion, piers and Hove beach huts
The 13.1-mile race starts at Madeira Drive. Runners turn right at the Sea Life Centre towards Blind Veterans UK, further along the coast in Ovingdean. After that runners make a sharp turn on the road before the Greenways Roundabout. This brings them back west towards Brighton taking in cliff top and panoramic city views
A Wheelchair Race, Relay and Youth Races are also part of this event which, in 2020, is celebrating 30 years of running.
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 is always on the first Sunday in November…
Findon Sheep Fair takes place every year in Findon Village on the second Saturday of the month in September.
Festivities start on Friday evening with a funfair on the green and a Barn Dance in the marquee
Saturday is the fair itself, with…
FREE ADMISSION! (car parking £4)
There are craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging, a funfair, food stalls, and many other displays on the green.
In the evening, you can dance to live music from the popular local band Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes in the marquee (admission by pre-paid ticket)
An annual three day fair began in Findon, back in 1261, with a government charter . The Sheep Fair proper was started by George Holford on Nepcote Green sometime before 1785. A lamb sale was held on 12th July followed by The Great Fair, always held on 14th September. Before that the sheep had been sold by private deals and the first auction sales started in 1896.
From 1925 sheep were driven in large flocks over the downs to Steyning train station for delivery but this stopped when the Steyning line was sadly closed in the 1960’s. Gradually lorries took over and sheep are no longer delivered on foot in the traditional way.
In the 1950’s the date changed to the second Saturday in September and in 1971 the July lamb sale stopped.
Most dramatically the breed of sheep, which used to be almost all Southdown’s, have tended to be replaced with other breeds so that in recent years very few Southdown sheep have been sold and the most popular rams are Suffolk’s.
How to get to Findon
Travel by car via A283 and A24. It should take about 15 min(7.6 miles)