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Sussex Prairie Garden

Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116), Near Henfield, West Sussex

Exciting prairie garden of approx. 8 acres crammed with colour. Planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants and over 800 different varieties. Expect layers of colour, texture and splendour. Unusual plants for sale , teas ,coffee and home baking. Rare breed sheep and pigs. Permanent and exhibited sculpture collection.

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

This heritage Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, created from specimens accumulated by the great plant collectors and tended with passion by four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family. Borde Hill combines outstanding vistas with tranquil outdoor garden rooms, including the fragrant Rose Garden and scenic Italian Garden.

Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks, picnics by the lakes, or watch the kids play in the adventure playground. There are unique events throughout the season including a Sculpture Trail, Roses in Bloom and Kids Activities from Spring to Autumn. Dogs on leads welcome. House and garden tours available.

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel, West Sussex

Ancient Castle and stately home of the Dukes of Norfolk, reflecting nearly 1,000 years of history with magnificent views across the South Downs and River Arun.

The stunning and inspirational walled gardens include the internationally renowned Collector Earl’s Garden, The Stumpery; the hot and cool Herbaceous Borders with contrasting foliage plants; the Cut Flower Garden and Organic Kitchen Garden and a restored lean-to peach house and vinery.

Do not miss the Fitzalan Chapel with it's own delightful garden planted in white, and the Rose Garden, with old-fashioned English roses, in what was once a Medieval bowling green.

St Mary's House & Gardens

Bramber, West Sussex

Enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber. St Mary's is still a lived-in home, with fine panelled rooms, including the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room.

There are five acres of beautiful gardens, with an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, landscape water garden and Rural Museum.

High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex

A hidden gem in the Weald of Sussex which has been sensitively planted with many rare trees and shrubs to create an enchanting, tranquil woodland and water garden. In Spring bluebells carpet the many glades surrounded by the glorious colour and scent of azaleas.

The beautiful Rhododendron loderi flower in May and in June one of the best ancient wildflower meadows in the south is at its peak. Autumn brings a stunning blaze of colour provided by the many acers, nyssas and liquidambers.

Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park, Near Uckfield, East Sussex

This National Trust landscape garden and surrounding historic parkland is well known for its spectacular autumn colour, but is glorious in all seasons. Originally designed in the 18th Century by gardening greats such as Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, the garden contains four lakes joined by a waterfall and cascade, while the parkland stretches down to the River Ouse and the Bluebell Railway.

Families will enjoy the Ringwood Toll play trail in the parkland or taking part in the 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge. Pick up a free booklet at reception and see how many you can tick off.
The Coach House tearoom and two on-site shops are open daily and regular events take place throughout the year including talks, walks, family trails and outdoor activities.

See the website for full details.

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Michelham Priory Road, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham, East Sussex

Michelham Priory boasts England’s longest medieval water filled moat and offers a great day out for all the family. The moat encircles a site steeped in history dating back to 1229, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

On this picturesque island you will find the magnificent Tudor mansion, impressive 14th-century gatehouse with an interactive medieval gallery, working watermill and forge, replica Bronze Age roundhouse and Elizabethan Great Barn. In the 7acres of grounds discover the kitchen garden, physic and medieval herb garden. Visit the website for the regular events program throughout the year.

National Trust Nymans

Staplefield, Handcross, West Sussex

A garden lovers’ home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins. One of the National Trust’s premier gardens, Nymans was a country retreat for the creative Messei family, and has views stretching out across the Sussex Weald. From vibrantly colourful summer borders, to the tranquillity of ancient woodland, Nymans is a place of experimentation with constantly evolving planting designs and a rare unusual plant collection.

The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messei family, from the Countess of Rosse to Oliver Messei and photographer Lord Snowdon.

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex

Discovered in 1960, Fishbourne Roman Palace displays the largest collection of early Roman mosaic floors in Britain and museum displaying artefacts found during excavations. Replanted formal garden laid out to its original plan as discovered from excavation, featuring box hedging.

The Roman plants garden features many culinary and medicinal plants available during the life of the Palace. The Collections Discovery Centre houses 500,000 artefacts in the bulk and sensitive stores. The garden has been carefully replanted to its original plan with box hedging and fruit trees. The Collections Discovery Centre houses a sensitive store, research room and conservation laboratory.

Standen House & Garden

East Grinstead, West Hoathly Road, West Sussex RH19 4NE

Family home with Arts & Crafts interiors famous for Morris & Co.designs.
The hillside garden offers something for every season and footpaths lead to the High Weald AONB.
OPEN DAILY (closed 24/25 Dec).
Tel: 01342 323029.

Tulleys Farm

Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex

Tulleys Farm has evolved into a countryside venue for Seasonal Family Events such as the world famous Halloween festivals. The Farm is the home of our famous Tea Room and Garden, with Play Area and Animal Patch - OPEN DAILY year round. Tulleys is also the ideal place to hold your function, business or family, festival and weddings.

Our Family Events includes spooky daytime fun for younger children and Night time Scares for over 15s at the Shocktober Fest Scream Park. 'Haunts' include the Haunted Hayride, The Cellar Haunted House, Street Theatre and lots more thrills!.

The year closes with our hugely popular Family Christmas Event and Christmas Store, including 'Santa's Post House' 'Santa's Sleigh Ride' fun Puppet Shows and lots of fun.

Pashley Manor Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex

Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas that form this award winning garden.

Relish the gardeners’ attention to detail; savour the homemade, local food in the café; relax on the terrace with refreshments; be captivated by the exhibitions of sculpture and art; peruse the gift shop and be charmed by the knowledgeable, friendly team.

Visit during a special event to enjoy spectacular displays of thousands of tulips, over a hundred varieties of roses, perfumed lilies or colourful dahlias.

1 Apr to 30 Sept, Tues to Sat, Bank Hol Mons & Special Event Days, 11am-5pm.

Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Lane, Singleton, West Sussex

Come and discover 50 rescued traditional buildings in a rural landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in the Weald and Downland region over a 950-year period. Explore the Museum’s 40-acre site and visit our historic houses – many of which are furnished with recreated domestic interiors.

There are six delightful period gardens that have been recreated to show the transition of gardens from the early 16th century through to the late 19th century. They show the herbs, vegetables and plants that would have met the needs of rural households. Each garden represents the period of the house and the social status of the householder.

Visitors can enjoy a changing programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor kitchen, milling in our working watermill, blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy, plus seasonal demonstrations. You can wander in the woodland, visit the café kiosk or picnic by the millpond. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Drusillas Park

Alfriston, East Sussex

Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas.

However animals are only half the fun! Kids will adore all the themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas! Amazon Adventure, plus there’s Hello Kitty Secret Garden and the ultimate splash pad experience, Get Wet!

Plus don't miss Drusillas Park's Go Safari! This totally wild attraction combines an African theme with three exciting children's rides; the Hippopotobus, Flying Cheetahs and the Safari Express train. It will cause quite a fu'roar amongst young lionhearted explorers!

And NEW for 2019, a beautifully mesmerising Rainforest Carousel - the first of its kind in the UK! Due to open Spring 2019!

Located just off the A27 in Alfriston: Open daily from 10am. 01323 874100. www.drusillas.co.uk

West Dean Gardens

West Dean, Near Chichester, West Sussex

West Dean Gardens near Chichester is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England and are open to the public from February to December. Since the storm of 1987 a bold re-development programme has been carried out to bring the nineteenth century gardens into the twenty-first century.

Come and enjoy a relaxing walk round the gardens taking in the walled gardens, 300ft Edwardian pergola, award-winning Sunken Garden, Victorian glasshouses and 50 acre arboretum. The Gardens Restaurant is open to all for delicious lunches and afternoon teas before or after your visit. The Shop offers an imaginative and unusual range of gifts and plants on sale at very reasonable prices.

Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

Tilgate Park, Tilgate drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ

The Award winning Tilgate Park and Nature Centre, situated on the outskirts of Crawley, is a true gem. Boasting a mix of open spaces, lakes, woodlands and landscaped gardens including a Walled garden with an event space, children's maze and a café. There are water sports on the main lake, a children's outdoor play area, a junior and an adult Go Ape tree top adventure course, a Smith and Western restaurant and even a golf course on site.

The Nature Centre is open all year round (excluding 25th December) and is home to amazing animals from around the world ranging from the much loved meerkats, pigs and goats to the weird and wonderful creatures such as tapir, capybara, macaws, chameleons, wallabies and reindeer. Animal experiences with the meerkats and tapir are available (needs to be booked in advance) and even a junior keeper experience for the day. Birthday parties can also be booked in our adjacent Barn with animal experiences included.

Paradise Park

Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex

The Heritage Trail and Gardens at Paradise Park are the perfect day out for all ages. The Museum of Life is one of the finest exhibitions of its type in the country with life size moving dinosaurs and a spectacular collection of fossils, minerals and crystals.

The Planthouses have a spectacular collection of the world’s flora. The gardens are one of Newhaven’s hidden secrets with several small lakes, waterfalls and fountains.

The Sussex History Trail meanders through the gardens with handcrafted models of Sussex landmarks. Children’s activities include Crazy golf, miniature railway, play areas and amusements.

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

High Street, Lewes

Lewes Castle was begun soon after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, by the Norman William de Warenne, a close friend of William the Conqueror. The impressive Barbican Gate was added in the 14th Century.
Climb the steep zig zag steps to the Keep to get stunning panoramic views of the Sussex countryside all the way from the Downs to the coast.

The adjoining Barbican House Museum is home to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology with artefacts and a mini cinema which tells the story of Lewes and the castle from early prehistoric to late Medieval times.
The museum is also home to the Battle of Lewes Tapestry which depicts the battle that opened the way for the eventual introduction of representative democracy.

South Downs Heritage Centre

Brighton Rd, Hassocks

A unique visitor attraction in a stunning oak-framed barn. Independent British artists, designers and makers regularly showcase their work to the public. A local Sussex butcher and the renowned World Cheese Awards judge and cheesemonger, Paul Heasman, join many other artisan food producers in the Sussex Food Hall. Book one of many art and craft courses or join us at one of our events. Visit The Museum of Gardening in association with The Budding Foundation or relax at The Barn Restaurant and Coffee Shop which serves delicious meals, snacks and teas. FREE ADMISSION. We are a growing community of over 60 artists, makers, foodies, educators, gardening history enthusiasts and volunteers.

Discover Worthing

Worthing, West Sussex

Nestled between the sea and the South Downs a weekend in Worthing will be packed with fun.
Take in a show at one of two theatres, try your hand at water sports, uncover independent shops and galleries including beach hut artists’ studios and artisan workshops, take a local history tour and dine out at one of many great eating cafes and restaurants.
With great transport links and good quality accommodation, Worthing’s central Sussex location makes it the perfect base from which to explore the wider area.
For ideas, inspiration and a calendar of events check out disocoverworthing.uk