We’re delighted to announce the winners of our Winning Weekend Competition.
We loved reading your entries and hearing about your dream weekend here in The Great Sussex Way, so we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.
The winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges. Anke Monestel – Visit England; Samantha Richardson – National Coastal Tourism Academy; and Dr Jorge Gutic – University of Chichester Business School
Each of the three winners receives a delicious hamper worth £75 from Petworth’s The Hungry Guest, along with a bespoke prize for each category.
Going Green : this category looked for innovative ways to make a weekend getaway more environmentally friendly
Prize: A weeknight stay at the stunning Ashling Park Estate with a tour of the winery & an afternoon exploring the South Downs by electric bike, courtesy of Southern eBike Rentals.
Winner: Anya Frampton from Mulberry Marine Experiences in Selsey took the top prize for her unique take on how to combine ecology with a fun day out, with sustainability at its heart, combining experience with nature.
“It showcases the best of the Sussex Coast and the South Downs National Park in one weekend.” – Dr Jorge Gutic – University of Chichester Business School
Runner Up: Stacy Wright. Stacey put together a fantastic weekend based out of Sussex Eco-Huts. A key highlight of this winning weekend was the careful selection of places to eat – all of which are known for offering locally sourced, fresh produce.
Business Collaboration – this category asked local businesses to come up with ideas of how they can work together to improve the visitor experience and support the local economy
Prize: 30 seconds advertisement slot on V2 Radio running 4 weeks
Winner: The Star of the show in the business collaboration category came from Dr John Mason from the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester.
This unique weekend away pays homage to the stars and our area’s unique connection with space, as the hometown of British astronaut Tim Peake. This fantastic entry brings together many elements that can be adapted to any weekend, whether from family fun to a Romanic getaway.
The stargazing theme was described as the “favourite itinerary” by competition judge Anke Monestel, from Visit England. John’s winning weekend starts in Selsey where you can see the home of BBC TV astronomer Patrick Moore whose home is marked with a blue plaque at 39 West Street.
Runner up: Nature Trek developed a wonderful weekend that was all about the birds. They highlighted the best spots to enjoy our bird-wildlife from Pagham Harbour’s RSPB Nature Reserve, to the resident Peregrines of Chichester Cathedral. They even suggested a boat trip around Chichester Harbour where birds like Ospreys are abundant, and you may even glimpse a seal or two.
Creative Connectivity – looked at how people were getting from A to B,
Prize: An hour-long scenic aeroplane tour of the Sussex coast with bubbly for two, courtesy of V2 Radio.
Winner: Local resident, Ashley K, stole the top prize for the creative connectivity itinerary with careful planning.
Her winning weekend is designed to do an entire two days filled with activities and that make the most of the area all by bike. Based out of Plush Tents Glamping, that sits between Lavant and West Ashling, Ashley’s weekend exemplifies how all you need is a pushbike to get from A to B.
Ashley’s glamping itinerary had a great mix of some hidden gems and some key attractions, all easily accessible by bike. – Samantha Richardson, National Coastal Tourism Academy
Runner up: Molly O’Malley’s entry included getting around by paddleboard. We loved this alternative to using a car, especially to enjoy gems of the area, like the picturesque pub, The Crown and Anchor in Dell Quay.
For foodies: Margaret Challen “Make sure you have some prawns, crab, cockles all freshly prepared at Potters, a local family run business on the seafront at Selsey”.
Best budget activity: Andrea Gadd “watch the views pass you by from the top deck of the bus through the South Downs”.
Reliving History: Andrea Smith recommended Weald and Downland Museum for learning skills of old, “I have made an axe out of flint.[…] I have done a living off the land course, made a toasting fork on a blacksmith’s course and best of all (but you can’t do this in a day) made a coracle.”
Walk the Roman Walls of Chichester
Top Selfie Spots
#ChiCity – Sitting on the bench next to the sculpture of John Keats in Eastgate, Chichester.
#SausageLegs – By the sea was a popular choice with suggestions like Bracklesham Bay, The Witterings, but the most mentioned was Bosham Harbour for that all important social media moment.
#SpringSnap – For a seasonal pic, The Pleasure Gardens of Petworth Park with the spring flowers
#MadeInSussex – the village green in Lavant – quintessentially English, especially if they are playing cricket!
#EnglandsMountainGreen – top panoramic view, the Trundle with 360degree views over the City and towards the rolling hills to the north.