Sussex Gardens Open for Charity

Sussex Gardens Open for Charity: National Gardens Scheme

Many Sussex Gardens open for charity each year under the National Garden Scheme. This scheme provides visitors unique access to over 3,700 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Hopefully it will be possible to visit many of the gardens in West and East Sussex in 2021.

One of the gardens within easy reach of Steyning is in Bignor Park.

You will find 11 acres of gardens to explore, with fantastic views of the South Downs. You’ll see interesting trees, shrubs, and wild flower areas. The walled flower garden has wonderful herbaceous borders. Wander and admire the temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures.

Sussex Gardens Open for Charity

Bignor Park is in West Sussex, RH20 1HG. It is 5 miles south of Petworth & Pulborough. It is well sign posted from the B2138. The nearest villages are Sutton, Bignor & West Burton. It’s just a 30 minute drive from Rosebud Holiday Cottage in Steyning!

Next Open

Hopefully in 2021!

Home-made teas.

Adult: About £5.00
Child: Free

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Borde Hill Gardens

Borde Hill Gardens

Lovely Borde Hill Gardens open to the public from late March until the end of October.

borde hill gardens west sussex

The gardens are within an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ with beautiful views over the Sussex Weald.

Borde Hill’s grounds cover over 200 acres across the garden, woodland and parkland. The formal gardens are designed in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’: You can explore the exotic ‘Garden of Allah’, the beautiful Azalea Ring, the traditional Rose Garden and a peaceful Italian Garden, 

Borde Hill has received many awards, including the Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year’.

Day Tickets for Individuals and Families 

(Correct in 2019)

Adult – £9.50
Concession – £9.00
Child (aged 3-16) – £6.35
Child under 3 – Free

Borde Hill is 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath. The gardens are a 35 minute drive from Steyning via the B2135A281 and A272…

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Parham House

Parham House and Gardens

Parham House is a wonderful example of an Elizabethan building with a great hall and long gallery. It also has the most fantastic gardens and an excellent plant shop.

The house and gardens are currently closed. The gardens are due to reopen in 2021.

Parham house sussex

The house and gardens are usually open from April until the mid October.

Visit on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

House | 14:00 – 17:00

Gardens | 12:00 – 17:00

Big Kitchen Restaurant | 12:00 – 17:00

Last Admission | 16:30

It is a short drive from Steyning by car or you can catch the number 100 bus. This runs every hour in the daytime, except on Sundays.

Find out more about places to visit in locally in our Sussex Guide

Arundel Castle and Gardens

Arundel Castle and Gardens

Open Tues – Sun until 1st November 2020.

Gardens 10-4, Castle 12-4. Gardens £10, Castle and gardens £15. Pre booking essential

I recommend visiting Arundel Castle and it’s attractive gardens. This restored medieval castle overlooks the River Arun and was built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel

The oldest feature is the motte (an artificial mound) which dates from 1068. You can see it in the photo below.

Arundel castle west sussex

Whilst you are in Arundel make sure you explore the small historic town. I also recommend visiting the museum, which is almost opposite the castle.

The castle and grounds are usually open from April until November on Tuesday to Sunday each week. They are also open on some Mondays.

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Arundel is just a half an hour’s drive from Steyning and well worth a visit.

A great day out if you stay at Rosebud Cottage

Visit Brighton in the Winter

Visit Brighton in the winter: Avoid the crowds and find plenty of things to do!


The observation tower!

The British Airways observation tower operates throughout the year. Choose a day with good visibility and you can see fantastic views over Brighton, the Sussex coat and the surrounding countryside. You will glide up to 450 feet in a fully enclosed glass viewing pod.

British Airways Observation Tower

visit brighton in the winter

Brighton Beach and Pier

Walk along the promenade and enjoy the empty beaches. I took this photo in February.

Brighton Pier is open every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day) and admission is free.

brighton royal pavilion ice rink

Visit Brighton in the winter: The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

The Royal Pavilion is another fascinating place which is open all year.

Outside each winter you will find a magical ice rink – open to the public each year from early November to mid  January.

It’s beautiful, twinkly, romantic and child-friendly… if you don’t want to skate you can enjoy beautiful food in their rink side bar and restaurant.

Winter visits

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

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

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Rosebud Cottage in Steyning

Pubs with real fires in and near Steyning

Pubs with real fires are close to Rosebud Holiday Cottage. There are three within a ten minute walk where you can enjoy the heat in the winter months!

fountain inn brighton sussex

All the pubs in Steyning High Street have open fires: The Star, The Chequer Inn and the White Horse …

A few miles away you can take a seat and warm your toes at the Fountain Inn in Ashurst – seen here in the photo.

Just what you need after a walk on the South Downs!

All the pubs in Steyning are within a short walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

Lancing’s Widewater Lagoon

shoreham beach-worthing footpath

Lancing’s Widewater Lagoon

During medieval times Lancing’s Widewater Lagoon was a part of an area of salt marshes, creeks and and sea inlets to the east and west of the mouth of the River Adur.

The villages of Lancing and Sompting were on high ground well to the north. The small port of Pende stood west of Shoreham but has long since been lost to the sea. Today it is only marked by Lancing’s Penhill Road – Pende Hill – and the Shopsdam.Widewater Lagoon Lancing Sussex

Today Lancing’s Widewater Lagoon is a beautiful, coastal nature reserve. Find it by taking a short stroll along Lancing seafront. It is between Beach Green and Shoreham Beach.

As the seasons change throughout the year, discover a rich diversity of birds that rest, migrate and reside here. Watch the Little Egret wading through the shallow waters with its elegant, crested plumage. Listen to the haunting cry of the Oyster Catcher or simply sit and watch the swans as they glide serenely by.

All around the banks of this saline lagoon, enjoy the colourful plants and flowers that thrive in shingle and coastal grassland. Rabbits run free from the banked bracken and bats fly silently when the sun has set.

The lagoon is within easy reach of Rosebud Cottage: About 6 miles from Steyning.

Read about some of my favourite things to do in Sussex Sussex Guide


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