Posted 15 March 2019 by Andrew Gardner
Missed the Sussex Puddle-Jumping Championships in February? Don't worry, just book a cosy cottage for next year to be sure of your spot – meanwhile, Sussex has plenty more fine traditions to liven up your holiday.
Sussex Sheep Fairs
Shepherds are always there in folklore, but you'll still find them on the South Downs. From lambing in early spring to shearing in summer their skills remain important. Its a less lonely job now they have quadbikes, but markets and sheep fairs remain part of the social landscape. A day out at Findon Sheep Fair, the huge Dolphin Sheep Fair or Hailsham Stock Show is great fun; experience rural life with plenty of attractions as well as cute sheep.
This crazy seaside event (formerly Worthing Birdman) returns after a year off as part of Bognor's inaugural Pride celebration in August. Colourful, fun, quite daft, not for the faint-hearted and a must-see if you're on holiday in Sussex.
Morris folk take to the road in earnest in spring and summer. With May Day celebrations and plenty of folk-based activity around Easter, plus country fairs throughout the season and New Year traditions, you're sure to find something going on near your Sussex holiday cottage. The Good Friday clog dancing and traditional long-rope skipping at Firle is delightful - these skipping ropes are adorned with flowers, unlike the ones you'd use in a fitness class – or you'll find the Long Man Morris Men at Alfriston on Easter Monday. And for a traditional, more edgy atmosphere, be at the Long Man of Wilmington from dawn on May Day.
Easter egg trails
April's the month for family fun with Easter Egg Trails: Amberley Industrial Museum; Petworth House; Fishers Farm Park; Borde Hill; the Weald & Downland Open-Air Museum and Blackberry Farm are just a few of the venues hosting them.
Hastings Blessing the Sea
An interdenominational service from a Lifeboat at Rogationtide in May or June. Sea-themed hymns accompanied by a Salvation Army band, with a collection in aid of the local lifeboat crews.