Posted 30 October 2015 by Andrew Gardner
Halloween is here again, and I can hardly believe the annual excuse for fun and frolics is almost upon us. Although I confess this year the scariest part, for me, is just how quickly it has come around - wasn't the last one just a few months ago? (anyone over the age of fnfnfthy-mumble will probably know the feeling).
A half term break in Sussex is the perfect excuse to enjoy some brilliant holiday attractions and where better to start than the Pumpkin Festival at Slindon? The famous 'Pumpkin House' is a must-see - I bet you'll never have seen so many pumpkins, so cleverly arranged. The tradition of decorating all the barns and buildings with pumpkins in every variety (over 50 varieties, in fact) and colour you can imagine was started by the late Ralph Upton and now his son Robin and a loyal team keep it going each year. You can visit all this month and next, although naturally Hallowe'en will be the highlight. Opening times are about 10am-6pm but do check before you go. And if it's too chilly for a picnic, the local churches operate a charity cafe during half term week which is usually open between 10am and 5pm but again, do check. Slindon Pottery will doubtless rise to the occasion with themed souvenirs and the local bakery is something of a local legend - well worth checking out.
Slindon village is worth a mosey for its own sake, a pretty place on the lower slopes of the South Downs, just a few miles from Goodwood, full of historic houses and surrounded by deciduous woodland giving onto farmland and the open downs. Saints and smugglers people Slindon's history and it lays claim to being the place where cricket was invented. Such claims are always open to contention but the village cricket club goes back more than 250 years, so there must be something in it.
We have some superb holiday cottages near Slindon for families or for couples seeking a relaxing break - ghost trains and pumpkins optional. Click here to see our South Downs cottages!