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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 the annual Pride parade in Brighton. 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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Uckfield

Uckfield

Uckfield is an attractive market town combining classic values of strong community spirit and friendliness with all the modern necessities of life....

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  1. 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.

  2. Add Petworth to your Itinerary

    Petworth

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    Petworth - a perfect blend of history, culture and shopping!

  3. Add Ditchling to your Itinerary

    Ditchling

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    Tudor houses, Georgian homes, village pond and mediaeval church set on the green. This is the picture postcard village of Ditchling.

  4. Add Lindfield to your Itinerary

    Lindfield

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    Situated to the north of Haywards Heath, lindfield has four ingredients traditionally required for an attractive Sussex village -a historic church, a picturesque High Street, (once one of the coaching routes to Brighton), a tranquil pond graced by wi

  5. Add Steyning to your Itinerary

    Steyning

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    Steeped in History and set against the inspiring landscape of the South Downs, Steyning is one of the most picturesque towns in Sussex.

  6. Add Hassocks to your Itinerary

    Hassocks

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    Hassocks

    Hassocks is a attractive village situated just to the north of the South Downs in Sussex, some 7 miles from Brighton. It is ideally situated, having links by both road and rail to London and the Sussex Coast, and direct access to the South Downs. The

  7. Add Arundel to your Itinerary

    Arundel

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    Arundel

    Charming, stylish and full of history, this picturesque market town is probably most famous for two stunning landmarks - Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral.

  8. Add Gatwick to your Itinerary

    Gatwick

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    With the villages of Horley and Copthorne and the town of Crawley close by there's more to Gatwick than the international aiport.

  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 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.