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Get your skates on

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Ice rinks pop up all across Sussex over the winter - here are some of the places where you can recreate your favourite 'Dancing on Ice' moves.....

London To Brighton

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The Veteran Car Club made it's annual pilgrimage from London to Brighton this month and we were there to catch their progress through West Sussex...

Hug a tree today

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Forest Bathing - a new phrase for something we've been doing for years, find out more in our latest blog...

Light My Fire

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Remember the 5th of November?  We're blogging about the origins of 'Guy Fawkes' or 'Bonfire Night' and where to catch the action in Sussex.

Blue plaques in Sussex

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Discover Sussex and the notable people who have lived here by looking for Blue Plaques - We've some ideas of where and who to look for....

Christopher Robin and friends - Or were they?

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 A new film came out earlier this month, a behind-the-scenes look at author A.A. Milne and the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son - have you seen it yet?

Wild Boar Week Coming To Rye

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Autumn brings so many delights to Sussex and coming up next is Wild Boar Week in the quaint town of Rye...

The Berwick Murals

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Exploring the village churches of Sussex makes for the perfect day out and you'll come across some real hidden treasures... 

Boasting ghosts

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With half term and halloween just round the corner here's our round up of where to have spooky fun in Sussex this October....

World's Oldest Elm Tree

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You won't find the 'Preston Twins' in the gossip columns they're actually a pair of might fine elm trees in Brighton - find out why they are worth a visit...

Arty Sussex

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Sussex is full of art galleries, some of them in the most suprising places..

A Taste Of Sussex

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Glorious local food is on offer all over Sussex this autumn, find out where you can taste our harvest.

Dolphins, Laughter, Colours!

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Vibrant Sussex has so much more than you'd expect as our latest blog shows...

A natural phenomenon

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Dear old Sussex by the sea throws out lots of suprises - read our latest musings...

Come Fly With Me

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After a false start last year I finally took my flight on Brighton's British Airways i360 - read about my experience here.

Leonardslee To Reopen

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Leonardlee Gardens in Sussex is rumoured to be reopening it's gates to visitors, find out more about one of our favourite West Sussex gardens. 

Good Clean Fun

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Winkle Tossing in Hastings? now that got us intrigued... just one more reason to take a trip to the beautiful Sussex coast.

Racing Ahead

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Glorious Goodwood might be coming to an end for 2017 but there are plenty of other race meetings and things to do in the area - theatre, festivals, steam trains and so much more...

A Seaside Picnic

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Anytime is a nice time to be beside the seaside, our latest blog reminds us that it isn't just hot sunny days that are a perfect time to hit the beach..

Roman Holiday

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Step back in time and explore what the Roman's called 'Noviomagus Reginorum' or Chichester as it's know today...

Sports and Social

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Hickstead is one of the major sporting venues to be found in Sussex, and whether your sport is equestrian, motor or putting a ball you'll find plenty of days out.

Eastbourne's First Hot Air Balloon Festival

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Up and away with the Eastbourne International Hot Air Balloon Festival!

Culture Vultures

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From a one day music festival on Hastings Pier to opera at Glyndebourne, with poetry in between we're spoilt for choice when it comes to culture in Sussex this July!

It's Regency Season

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It's 'Regency Season' in Brighton this summer and brings work by Constable and Jane Austen to the Royal Pavillion and Museums. 

Sussex, a fab location

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Why Sussex? Why Now? Why Not?

Anyone seen Dick Turpin?

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Explore the lanes of leafy Surrey - but first read about who used to (and still might) also wander these lanes...

See Chicks For Free!

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Check out the new arrivals at Chichester Cathedral.

Arundel Castle's Big Birthday

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Arundel Castle is 950 Years old And You're Invited To A Year Long Party!

Mysterious places on the High Weald

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We know some magical spots in the High Weald, let us share them with you.

Sussex Cottage Gardens

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Gardens galore all across Sussex and no better time to visit them! 

Horsham Fake Festival

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Festival fever continues across Sussex with Horsham Fake Festival coming on June 3rd...

Brighton's Brilliant Festivals

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Brighton is buzzing in May with the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe - Here's a look at what's on and what's intriguing us this year...  

Famous faces

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Let's take a look at some famous Sussex residents who've been in the news recently...

Let's Get Festive!

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May Day brings festivals of all kinds to Sussex - see what's on near where you are...

Welcome Back to Parham

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Parham House and Gardens is open to visitors from Easter Sunday - have a look what's on offer over the Easter period.

Have a laugh in Sussex

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Come to Sussex and have a laugh - we've comedy galore!

Invest in Rye

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If you're thinking of investing in a holiday cottage - take a look at Rye...

Flying Scotsman to visit Sussex!

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This week we've got a special passenger announcement, the 'Flying Scotsman' is going to pay it's first visit to the Bluebell Railway next month!

Run for the hills

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The Coastal Trail Series is coming to East Sussex this month - A great way to explore the beauty of Sussex whether you're a competitor or not.

Explore The Beauty Of The South Downs

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Did you watch the wonderful Peter Owen-Jones South Downs programme? Take a look at this stunning snapshot of a remarkable county. 

Seaside safety

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Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Sussex - but do it safely - read our advice on how to keep safe

Travel Links to Sussex

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Travel by land, air or sea - Sussex is so easy to get to!

February Half Term Fun in Sussex

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You'll find fun for all the family across Sussex this half term.

Glorious Goodwood is racing into the future....

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Glorious Goodwood - a quintessentially English affair to be found in Sussex - find out about it's history and why it will continue.

Out to tea

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Nothing more English than stopping for Afternoon Tea - here are our favourite places to partake in Sussex.

Local Heritage - Find a Museum on Your Sussex Holiday

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Hunt out the local museum on your next holiday - you'll be amazed at some of the things you'll find there!

Dear Deer...

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Deer can be found in the wild and in managed herds across Sussex, take a look at where you might spot them.

January Outdoors!

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Get yourself outdoors with the perfect winter weekend break in Sussex.

January Sales!

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If you prefer your shopping at destinations other than large out of town retail parks, then have a look at some real shopping alternatives. We take you through what's on offer from Rye to Brighton to Chichester. If you hop over the county border to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, you'll find a designer outlet that is quite different!  

Turner at Petworth

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January marks the first opportunity to visit historic Petworth House in West Sussex for an exhibition by Turner as well as many of his contemporaries. Titled Turner and the Age of British Watercolour, Petworth is already home to many of his classic landscape paintings and the exhibition will also display works that are normally housed in other galleries as well. Commencing on Saturday 7 January it runs through to early March.