Sussex Gardens Open for Charity

Sussex Gardens Open for Charity: Bignor Park

Many Sussex Gardens open for charity each year. I recommend a visit to the gardens 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!

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Borde Hill Gardens

Borde Hill Gardens

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

borde hill gardens west sussex

The gardens are set 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 Azelea 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 2018)

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.

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

Arundel Castle reopens on the 30th March 2018

 

I recommend visiting Arundel Castle and it’s attractive gardens. The castle overlooks the River Arun and was built at the end of the 11th century. 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 you can explore the small historic town and could also visit the museum, which is almost opposite the castle.

In 2018 the castle and grounds will be open until Sunday 28 October from Tuesday to Sunday each week

They will also be open on the following Mondays:

Easter Monday, 2 April

Early May Bank Holiday Monday 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday Monday 28 May

Monday 6 August, 13 August & 20 August

Summer Bank Holiday Monday 27 August

 

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….

brighton winter sussex

This 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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Local pubs with a real fire

Looking for local pubs where you can snuggle up in front of the fire?

You won’t have far to go if you are staying at Rosebud Cottage! There are several pubs I can recommend in the cooler 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!

St Leonards Church near Arundel

St Leonards Church near Arundel

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.

Widewater Lagoon at Lancing

Widewater Lagoon at Lancing

You can see the lagoon just beyond the footpath – this beautiful, coastal nature reserve is one of Lancing’s hidden treasures, situated a short stroll along Lancing seafront, between Beach Green and Shoreham Beach.

As seasons change throughout the year, you will 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, you can 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 about 6 miles from Steyning.