Sussex in southern England has the same chalky subsoil found in the Champagne region of France. The sunny, dry climate means that, as well as award-winning reds, whites and rosés, East & West Sussex vineyards produce sparkling wines that regularly beat French Champagnes in international competitions and blind taste tests!
One of the best known vineyards is at Nyetimber just outside Brighton. I recommend their Open Day: You can join them for an exclusive tour of the Nyetimber Estate, followed by a Masterclass tasting of their award-winning sparkling wines, led by their head winemaker.
Dates: 10th and 11th June / 1st and 2nd July 2017
Times: 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm across both weekends
The fascinating Weald and Downlands Museum at Singleton has an annual historic gardens weekend each year in late June.
Find out about their six period gardens and meet their gardening team.
Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used. This will explain what people did from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era.
Find out how they use the plants grown in the Museum’s gardens for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. You can also learn how important gardens were to the ordinary working rural people of the past and how they would have been managed.
There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view their short film about the gardens. You can also chat to their gardening team and see the Museum’s Herbarium.