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Top reasons to visit Mid Sussex this spring

Need some ideas for where you can go in Mid Sussex this spring? See our quick round-up of our favourites to get started with.

Nature

Mid Sussex is full of natural beauty, with lush woodland, lakes and parks. The National Trust works hard to ensure the Devil’s Dyke area stays undeveloped and remains accessible for all. At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the UK. Visitors can enjoy leisurely walks or more challenging hikes through stunning scenery, making it a great destination for true nature lovers or for anyone looking for a mental health break from the city.

History

If you’re a history buff, Mid Sussex boasts some wonderful historic sites such as the Priest House in West Hoathly,  the stunning Borde Hill and the picturesque Nyman Gardens. These sites offer insight into the area’s rich history and are worth a visit. The Priest House stands in a cottage garden in West Hoathly, on the edge of Ashdown Forest, and is a short walk from one of our favourite pubs The Cat Inn.

Arts & Culture

From comedic performances at local theatres to marvellous displays in art galleries, this part of Sussex has something for everyone when it comes to culture and entertainment. The Hawth Theatre in Crawley always has a huge array of performances and this spring is showing a mixture of opera, musicals, stand-up and more.

Gastronomy

Mid Sussex is a food lover’s paradise. With a variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs serving up delicious traditional and international dishes, there’s something to please every palate. Apparently, Arundel has the most pubs per capita in Sussex but the truth is Sussex is famed across the country for its amazing array of gastro pubs and fine dining restaurants.

If you’re looking for something different, why not try 180 Degrees Bar & Kitchen at Cuckfield Gold Club offers a menu of outstanding cuisine.

Cuckfield Golf Club scallops
Delicious scallops at 180 Degrees Bar & Kitchen. Image ©SussexBuzz

Adventure Sports

From rock climbing to kayaking, visitors can enjoy a range of adventure sports in the area. Whether you’re seeking thrills or more leisurely activities such as fishing, sailing or cycling, Mid Sussex has plenty to offer.

Go Ape at Tilgate Park in Crawley offers an alternative experience for kids and big kids looking for something different. Clambering on high ropes in the tree canopy isn’t for everyone bt the park has one of the best playgrounds for young children in Mid sussex.

Festivals & Events

Throughout the year, locals and visitors alike can enjoy an array of festivals and events taking place across Mid Sussex. Popular highlights include The Ardingly Show in July and the World Grouse Shooting Championships in August.

Golf Courses

Mid Sussex enjoys a wide selection of golf courses, with varying challenges for the beginner up to the semi-pro. Pyecombe, Singing Hills, Effingham Park, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath all make the list of top courses in the area. Many offer expert coaching, either one-to-one or for groups. There’s no shortage of places to practice and build your golfing skills or just enjoy an afternoon of leisurely play.

Accommodation

For visitors who plan on staying a while, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from in Mid Sussex. From luxurious resorts to quaint bed & breakfasts and camping sites, you won’t have trouble finding somewhere comfortable to rest your head.

Ockenden Manor in Cuckfield offers an excellent, modern spa and restaurant led by award-winning Chef Stephen Crane. South Lodge near Horsham is one of the most popular hotel experiences in the area and in its restaurant Camelia it boasts MasterChef professional winner Tom Hamblet, an upcoming star and one to watch. You may need to book your table well ahead!

 

Mid Sussex has so much to offer both locals and visitors alike. With its vibrant culture, exciting events and plentiful nature, it’s an ideal destination for a weekend getaway or longer stay. Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, indulge in local cuisine or just relax and take in the scenery, Mid Sussex is the perfect place to do it all!

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