Posted 30 October 2014 by Andrew Gardner
Surely it's not Christmas already? I've only just got my head around Bonfire Night, and several of us here at Amberley House Cottage Holidays are gearing up for an outing to the fabulous Rye bonfire on Saturday 8th. The big one at Lewes is on Bonfire Night itself, as are those at lovely Lindfield and Icklesham, but for me the harbour setting at Rye is one of the best. Click here to view our cottages in the Rye area.
But Christmas? I know most of the big shops have had their festive stuff on display for weeks now, but I didn't expect to see a Santa Run listed among local events for this month, let alone two. Still, if you head along to Horsham or East Grinstead on Sunday 16th and remember to say 'ho ho ho' a lot it'll be a good laugh, especially for the kids. And it's good to be forewarned, as the sight of a family of Santas cycling down the high street of your local 'historic market town' can be quite surreal.
Sussex is good at putting on events for visitors all year round and whether you're gearing up for the festive season or just looking for a nice amble out from your cosy holiday cottage, the seasonal craft fairs will get into full swing this month. Venues include Brighton Racecourse, Michelham Priory, the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton and Bedgebury Pinetum. Picturesque Alfriston village, right there in the Cuckmere valley, is holding a Dickensian evening to turn on the Christmas lights in style; go as yourself or blend in with the crowds by dressing in period costume to take in morris dancing, carol singing and, I nearly forgot, a spot of shopping.
I'm rather tempted by the open evening at Herstmonceux Observatory on 29th though. There's something really magical about gazing at a dark, starlit sky on a frosty night and when it's too chilly to be outside then the observatory - or the South Downs Planetarium at Chichester - comes into its own. They're both wonderfully informative, too. Mind you, some of our gorgeous South Downs holiday cottages- many with cosy real fires - boast magnificent views of the sky from their own windows, so visitors are spoilt for choice - click here to view our selection. Enjoy your winter break in Sussex!