Posted 19 March 2019 by Andrew Gardner
In a recent, wonderful BBC documentary the great photographer Don McCullin turned his lens on some quintessentially English places – and Sussex featured strongly. Three of our favourites were in there: namely, Eastbourne; Glyndebourne; and Goodwood. If you missed the programme it's worth finding on catch-up. His portraits of English life and Sussex visitors were gritty, affectionate and gently humorous in equal measure.
Visiting Eastbourne, he noted that “People look really pleased to be here,” which we think sums up Sussex very well. He found visitors enjoying traditional English tea, holidaymakers strolling on the beach, locals taking a lunchbreak on the promenade and, best of all, music-lovers gathered around the bustling Art Deco bandstand. As the brass band played on in the rain he couldn't stop laughing, or having what he called a “Monty Python moment”, but there was no doubting his genuine empathy with this English seaside scene and the people in it. You'll find loads of different music there by the way; it's not all brass bands!
At Glyndebourne he drove in through gorgeous Sussex lanes, dressed up for the occasion and charmed the opera-goers into posing for his camera, or simply allowing him to photograph them enjoying their picnics on the lawn. He captured the genuine love of culture and the English eccentricity, and if you're heading for the opera this summer where better to stay than our lovely holiday cottages near Glyndebourne and Lewes?
Finally he visited the Goodwood Revival, a hugely popular event that's great fun and full of holiday spirit, with so much to see, and of course the South Downs setting is second to none. Our holiday cottages near Goodwood are perfectly placed for the Revival, the Festival of Speed and of course the Glorious Goodwood horse-racing.
It all shows how versatile a Sussex cottage holiday can be. You could be self-catering at the seaside, staying in a chic apartment or hiding away in a cosy country cottage, all with easy access to peace and quiet or plenty of holiday activities, and your own space at the end of the day.
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