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.
In the 19th century it was possible to travel by boat from London to Littlehampton on the south coast passing through Weybridge, Guildford, Pulborough and Arundel.
The route was via the rivers Wey and Arun, linked between by the 23-mile Wey and Arun Canal. This formed a vital link, the only one between the south coast and the river Thames, linking London and the English Channel.
Sadly the route fell into disuse when railways became established. Fortunately volunteers are now restoring the waterway…
West Sussex Canal Cruises from Chichester
Trips also run from time to time on the Chichester Ship Canal. They offer special Fish and Chip, Afternoon Tea and Pie and Mash cruises.
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)
Gliding in West Sussex can be enjoyed at the South Downs Gliding Club in Cootham.
Gliding on the Downs dates back to June 1909, when 16 year old Gordon England flew from Amberley Mount, a few miles away from the current site.
Southdown Gliding Club started in 1930, so is one of the oldest in the UK. It is also one of the largest and best equipped voluntary clubs.
The club is closely affiliated to the British Gliding Association, which controls all aspects of the sport. Their location close to the South Downs allows them to soar on the up-draughts or lee waves from the Downs, ride the sea-breeze fronts, or soar in thermals.
Their fleet consists of 3 modern two seat training gliders, 3 single seat gliders, and one motor glider, along with tug aircraft for aero tows.
Members keep over forty privately owned gliders at the airfield. While many members enjoy local flying, some regularly make cross-country flights of 300km or more. Others participate in competitions.
Gliding in West Sussex: Courses
Courses on all aspects of gliding take place throughout the year. Lessons are usually available all year round on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
After a ground briefing you are first aero-towed to 2,500 feet. Next the instructor explains the action of the controls and guides you through some simple manoeuvres for a flight lasting approximately 20 – 30 minutes. You will receive a signed certificate to commemorate your flight!
Visits to other gliding clubs both in Britain and overseas are another popular activity.