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May events

Forest Bathing at Wakehurst

Immerse yourself in nature, enhance your well-being with our calming forest bathing half-days. Reconnect and unwind..... See more >
Wakehurst, Selsfield Rd, Haywards Heath, RH176TN RH17 6TN
Sat 9 Mar, Sat 16 Mar, and more dates until Sat 4 May

FREE taster session with the Worthing Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Worthing Rock Choir If you are pondering whether there is a 'pop or gospel choir near me' then you may be interested in the... See more >
Vale School, Vale Avenue, Worthing BN14 0DB
Thu 14 Mar, Thu 21 Mar, Thu 25 Apr, Thu 2 May

47 Denmans Lane - Open Garden for NGS

47 Denmans Lane - Open Garden for NGS This beautiful and tranquil 1 acre garden was described by Sussex Life as a 'garden where plants star'... See more >
47 Denmans Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 2JN
Sat 30 Mar, Mon 1 Apr, Sun 14 Apr, Mon 6 May, Sun 19 May

The Old Vicarage - Open Garden for NGS

The Old Vicarage - Open Garden for NGS Gardens of 3½ acres set around 1832 Regency house (not open). The front is formally laid out with topiary, wide lawn,..... See more >
The Old Vicarage, Washington RH20 4AS
Mon 1 Apr, Mon 27 May

Daily guided tours of the garden at Nymans II

Daily guided tours of the garden at Nymans II Join a daily guided garden tour led by expert garden guides. Booking not needed. This event is free, but normal..... See more >
Nymans Handcross near Haywards Heath RH17 6EB
Mon 8 Apr to Wed 5 Jun

Peelers Retreat - Open Garden for NGS

Peelers Retreat - Open Garden for NGS This inspirational space is a delight with plenty of shaded areas to sit and relax, enjoying delicious teas... See more >
Peelers Retreat, Arundel BN18 9EX
Sat 20 Apr, Tue 23 Apr, and more dates until Tue 18 Jun

Highdown Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Highdown Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Highdown Gardens were created by Sir Frederick Stern. They are home to rare plants and trees, many grown from seed..... See more >
Highdown Gardens, Worthing BN12 6FB
Thu 2 May

East Grinstead Spinners at Standen II

East Grinstead Spinners at Standen II Join the East Grinstead Spinners at Standen on the first Friday of every month. Booking not needed... See more >
Standen West Hoathly Road RH19 4NE
Fri 3 May, Fri 7 Jun

Sompting & District Model Club - Annual Exhibition

Model Railway layouts in 00, N and 009 in a variety of eras and locations. ‘Hands on’ children’s layout... See more >
St. Peter The Apostle Church, Bowness Ave, Sompting, Lancing BN15 9TS
Sat 11 May

Cookscroft - Open Garden for NGS

Cookscroft - Open Garden for NGS A garden for all seasons which delights the visitor. Started in 1988, it features cottage, woodland and Japanese style..... See more >
Cookscroft, Chichester PO20 7JG
Sat 11 May

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

A massive success in 2023. 32 quality stalls offering a large range of quality artisan made and bought in crafts and..... See more >
Chichester Assembly Rooms, The Council House, North Street, Chichester PO19 1LQ
Sat 11 May, Sat 1 Jun

Hammerwood House - Open Garden for NGS

Hammerwood House - Open Garden for NGS Large south facing garden with lots of mature shrubs inc camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. An arboretum with a..... See more >
Hammerwood House, Midhurst GU29 0PF
Sun 12 May

Borde Hill Garden - Open Garden for NGS

Borde Hill Garden - Open Garden for NGS Tranquil and picturesque, Borde Hill has been planted with passion by five generations of the Stephenson Clarke family... See more >
Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP
Tue 14 May


Ockham’s Razor have announced the West End run of their bold new vision of Hardy’s classic novel, Tess of the... See more >
Worthing Theatres and Museum Connaught Theatre Union Place BN11 1LG
Wed 15 May to Fri 17 May

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

In the middle of May, Petworth will be abuzz with visitors from around the UK and maybe even a few interior enthusiasts... See more >
The Marquee, Petworth House and Park, Petworth GU28 0QY
Fri 17 May to Sun 19 May
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Things to do around West Sussex

West Sussex, nestled between London and the south coast of England, offers a delightful mix of natural beauty, historical sites, and family-friendly attractions. Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's something for everyone in this picturesque county. Let's explore the best things to do in West Sussex:

1. Fishbourne Roman Palace and Chichester Cathedral:
- Start your day in the charming city of Chichester. Explore the remarkable Fishbourne Roman Palace, the largest residential Roman building ever unearthed in Britain. Admire the well-preserved corridors, mosaics, and courtyard gardens. Don't miss Chichester Cathedral, a blend of Norman Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Inside, discover rare Medieval artifacts and reliefs, including the story of Lazarus from the 12th century. Gustav Holst, the composer, is also entombed here¹.

2. Walk in Chidham:
- For a peaceful day out, explore the outdoors in Chidham. Cycle or walk the public footpaths through fields and admire the charming farmhouses. Enjoy the tranquility of this area of England⁶.

3. Harbour Park in Littlehampton:
- Head to Harbour Park, an amusement park located on the beach in Littlehampton. Opened in 1932, it features rides, games, and attractions adjacent to the working Harbour & Marina. Enjoy a fun-filled day with family and friends².

4. Huxley's Birds of Prey Centre and Gardens in Horsham:
- Experience close encounters with birds of prey at Huxley's Birds of Prey Centre. Explore the zoo, watch birds fly during daily displays, and learn about these magnificent creatures. The center also features meerkats and other animals for an educational and entertaining day out⁵.

5. Explore West Wittering Beach:
- End your day at West Wittering, a perfect sandy beach along the south coastline. Enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, and take in the breathtaking views. It's a great spot for relaxation and beachcombing¹.

Remember to check opening hours and any booking requirements for these attractions. Whether you're interested in history, wildlife, or outdoor adventures, West Sussex promises an unforgettable day out! 🌟🏞️🎉¹²⁵⁶.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 30/01/2024
(1) . https://bing.com/search?q=activities+within+West+Sussex+for+a+day+out.
(2) 15 of the Best Days Out in West Sussex | Day Out in England. https://dayoutinengland.com/days-out-in-west-sussex/.
(3) Harbour Park. https://www.harbourpark.com/.
(4) Huxley's Birds Of Prey Centre And Gardens. https://www.huxleysbop.co.uk/.
(5) Fishers Farm Park. https://fishersfarmpark.co.uk/.
(6) Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. https://tangmere-museum.org.uk/.
(7) Things To Do & Days Out in West Sussex | Experience West Sussex. https://www.experiencewestsussex.com/things-to-do/.
(8) THE 10 BEST Things to Do in West Sussex - 2024 (with Photos) - Tripadvisor. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186404-Activities-West_Sussex_England.html.