Posted 15 January 2016 by Andrew Gardner
Sussex has so much to offer at this time of year - as indeed it does all year round. But when the days are shorter and you don't want to commit to a full day out on the South Downs, here in my home county we can offer you lovely towns, visitor attractions, sightseeing opportunities and activities as well as glorious countryside.
So when you plan your winter holiday or short break in Sussex, how about lunchtime concerts in Chichester, theatre trips, fine dining or indoor karting? And for a combination of elements, the Winter's Trail at Sheffield Park continues this month, so there's family fun, a lovely restaurant and tea shop all amid the stunning parkland on the edge of Ashdown Forest. The famous trees may be bare but that makes the wonderful views all the more visible. From there you could take a ride on the historic Bluebell Railway, which also offers options for dining trips and caters for special occasions.
If anyone wants to disappear from the family fun for a quiet day's golfing there are plenty of golf courses in Sussex with welcoming club-houses where visitors can spend a stress-busting day - or indeed where groups can get competitive. It occurs to me that I haven't really covered golf in these blogs, but rest assured Sussex has many beautiful courses - click here to view our selection of accommodation close to some excellent golf courses.
Another brilliant day out would be arena polo at Hickstead, a fairly new concept that goes on all through the winter months until March and again, there are great hospitality opportunities both on site and nearby if you're thinking of entertaining friends, family, clients or colleagues. Fast and furious and a great way to get in touch with your inner Jilly Cooper - if you haven't been to a polo match don't just take my word for it, go along and have some fun.
And looking forward to the summer, I'm thrilled to see the next Wildlife festival has been confirmed for June, presented by Disclosure and Rudimental. I'd recommend booking your holiday cottage now - click here to view our West Sussex selection - as demand will be high in the summer. We really look forward to welcoming all of you.