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Brighton

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East Sussex

Things To Do in Sussex

With 150 kilometres of coastline and acres of countryside, there are thousands of things to do in a visit to Sussex, whether you're a thrill-seeker, a shopaholic, a nature lover or a foodie - and since you're never more than an hour from London, the capital's delights can play a part in your stay here.

Most of the west of Sussex is made up of the beautiful South Downs National Park, but the whole of Sussex's countryside is a joy to behold. There are elegant stately homes, fairytale castles, colourful gardens and cultural connections including Charleston, where the Bloomsbury artists and intellectuals intertwined their lives and loves. Get up close and personal with Hastings’ smugglers, Eastbourne's adrenaline junkies, Arundel's antiques and Brighton's gastronomy.

Things to do in Sussex this weekend

Many of Sussex's tourist attractions are open all year round so find something to do today with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Or why not browse our events guide to find out what's happening this week.

If you're looking for something for all the family visit Drusillas Park in East Sussex near Alfriston, widely regarded as the best small Zoo in the county. Or use our guide to explore 200 things to do in Sussex.

Top Days Out in Sussex

There are race-courses and casinos for a flutter, people to meet, places to dance and the celebration party of the year which is Brighton’s annual Pride parade. Everywhere you turn there are coffee shops, bars and restaurants of every style, cuisine and budget to tempt you. Don’t forget retail therapy either, with flea markets to mooch around and independent shops filled with clothing, gadgets and nice things you never knew you needed.

Check out our Days Out guide packed with information on what to do in a weekend across East & West Sussex.

Accommodation

A day out in Sussex can easily be extended to two, or three or more days, and luckily Sussex offers an array of hotels, inns, B&Bs and other accommodation that will not only help you extend your stay but enhance it:

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Newtimber

Newtimber

Newtimber, a small, scattered village with a population of about 75, lies just off the London to Brighton road. The Church of St John the Evangelist,...

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  1. Add Newtimber to your Itinerary

    Newtimber

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    Newtimber, a small, scattered village with a population of about 75, lies just off the London to Brighton road. The Church of St John the Evangelist, a small 13th century building with interesting memorials, has been considerably restored.

  2. Add Singleton to your Itinerary

    Singleton

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    Chichester

    Singleton is a village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. It lies in the Lavant valley, north of Chichester on the A286 road to Midhurst.

  3. Add Handcross to your Itinerary

    Handcross

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    Handcross, is a Victorian village close to the A23 main London to Brighton road. Nearby are the 30 acres of Nymans Gardens run by the National Trust, as well as the 20 acres of woodland and water gardens at The High Beeches.

  4. Add Warninglid to your Itinerary

    Warninglid

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    WARNINGLID or Warninglyth, as it was known in the 1300s, has Saxon origins with medieval iron-industry connections. In the last 25 years it has won the Best Kept Village competition three times and been runner-up on six other occasions. Its centre wa

  5. Add Turners Hill to your Itinerary

    Turners Hill

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    Turners Hill village stands on a steep ridge line at one of the highest points, (600 feet above sea level), of the Sussex Weald where two historically important routes, the B2110 and B2028, cross. There are impressive views from the centre of the vil

  6. Add Storrington to your Itinerary

    Storrington

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    Storrington

    Storrington, once the home of a flourishing 1930s artistic community based around the Roman Catholic Priory, now a bustling place ideal for using as a base for exploring the South Downs. Storrington Museum

  7. West Sussex

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    An abundance of castles, gardens, museums, cathedrals and country houses set amid stunning southern coastline, the beautiful South Downs, picturesque market towns and traditional English villages.

  8. Add Ferring to your Itinerary

    Ferring

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    Ferring, Worthing

    A lively Sussex seafront village, between Worthing and Littlehampton.

  9. Add West Chiltington to your Itinerary

    West Chiltington

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    West Chiltington

    West Chiltington, with sunken tree lined lanes and the attractive, unaltered 12th Century church of St Mary's with an oak shingle covered spire and ancient wall paintings

  10. Add Burgess Hill to your Itinerary

    Burgess Hill

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    Burgess Hill

    Burgess Hill is a small town, just a few miles from Haywards Heath. The shopping facilities are very good for a small town, with an 'out of town' supermarket which includes a petrol station and restaurant/coffee shop.