The vibrant market town of Midhurst draws its inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of the South Downs National Park, which it sits at the very heart of. The town is overlooked by the imposing Cowdray Ruins, one of the most important Tudor houses, known to have been visited by Elizabeth I and Henry VIII and part of the Cowdray Estate, a dynamic and progressive country estate where you’ll find a variety of experiences ranging from food to sport and wellness, and including a diverse programme of events, some of which take place within the only remaining part of the Cowdray Ruins.

An image showing the ruins at Cowdray Estate known locally as Cowdray Castle

As a destination, Cowdray Estate offers a range of premium country pursuits, from golf on a Championship course, award winning clay-pigeon shooting, fly fishing on the River Rother, walking in Cowdray Park, cycling, riding, and polo events, to hospitality at Cowdray Farm Shop & Café, accommodation at Cowdray Lodge, wedding venues and the stunning Cowdray House.

There’s nothing quite as English as an afternoon tea complete with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cakes, and a proper cup of tea served in fine bone china.

A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 1,000-year period ­ from…