Petworth and Shimmings Valley

Think walking and trekking, and you’ll no doubt think of Sussex and the South Downs National Park. Home to famous walking trails including the South Downs Way, the Serpent Trail and New Lipchis Way, walkers are spoilt for choice in this leafy corner of the country.

If you’re looking for family friendly things to do, whether it be for half-term, wet weekends or family holidays, Sussex has it all. From toddler friendly days out, to activities to engage the most reluctant of teens, we have something to enlighten all the family.

a miniature railway train

Travel back in time and experience the South’s industrial and rural heritage for a unique day out in West Sussex. With over 40 different exhibits to discover, from transport to industry to communications there is something for all ages and…

See a working waterwheel power an 18th century beam pump and explore an enchanting riverside heritage site. An exhibition explains the history of Coultershaw – the early use of water power and the installation in 1782 of a pump to…

An image showing the view from Duncton Hill across the Rother Valley

Enjoy panoramic views across the South Downs from this viewpoint just above Duncton village. A parking area can be found after a steep, winding climb on the A285 towards Chichester.   Nearest postcode: GU28 0NA   Image: Nigel Freeman / Viewpoint at Duncton…

A popular all-inclusive family adventure park in Wisborough Green, West Sussex

an image of Graffham Common in West Sussex

Graffham Common is a 94-acre nature reserve between Midhurst and Petworth, located on both sides of the Selham to Graffham road, and is owned and managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. It’s a former pine plantation being restored back to heath and…

a photo showing a pretty cobbled street in Petworth, West Sussex

Petworth is a quaint, typically English market town within easy reach of London which is famed for its antique shops

A dog on the South Downs Way

If Britain is a nation of dog lovers then Sussex is undoubtedly the county of dog lovers.

It will come as no surprise then, that the Chichester District – or the Great Sussex Way as we’re known – is home to some of the best dog walks in the country. Come and explore what’s on offer.

a photo showing a stately home with a garden full of daffodils in the foreground

Explore some great West Sussex gardens across Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Arundel and surrounding areas

Image of beer bottles

Langham Brewery offers delicious, fresh beers – in cask, keg, bottles and cans – which are lovingly created and brewed at their award-winning independent microbrewery, near Petworth, in the stunning South Downs National Park. Offering over 17 innovative, flavoursome real…

An image of Newlands House Gallery in Petworth, West Sussex

Visit Newlands House Gallery for leading international modern and contemporary art in the charming market town of Petworth, complete with the Hungry Guest Café located amongst the tranquil gardens. Combining both coffee and culture. Newlands House occupies an 18th century…

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