A day out in London for us this week - it's so easy from Sussex, and it's quieter now the schools have gone back, so that's one day of your holiday sorted. But here's a tip: don't try to meet friends at Tate Modern unless you know the place well. It's enormous. 'See you at the main doors,' we agreed. Then we all waited at different 'main doors'. Nightmare.
If it's galleries and culture you're after, why not stay in Sussex? This county has its own world-class art galleries. Some of the largest and most famous are the Pallant House Gallery at Chichester, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion and the Turner collection at Petworth House - and I've probably forgotten one or two that ought to be in that list. And these Sussex galleries are noted for their buildings and architecture as well as their collections. They also run talks, activities and workshops so you can get stuck in and participate as well as just looking.
Then there's a host of smaller galleries in places like Brighton, Lewes, Rye and Hove. Many of the historic towns and pretty villages in Sussex have their own galleries and museums, whether public or privately-run. And they're not all indoors - getting tactile with some outdoor sculpture, say at the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Chichester or the gorgeous Borde Hill parkland near Haywards Heath, is a great way to get the whole family interested. So whether you like to study art, discuss it, gaze longingly, walk around it, lose yourself in it or, indeed, buy it, there's a Sussex gallery for you - and almost certainly within easy reach of our brilliant holiday cottages
or self-catering apartments.
Local artists regularly exhibit and I would include gardens under the 'art' banner too. Even when flowers aren't quite at their best Sussex has some lovely variations such as prairie gardens and coastal landscaping. And I think some of these are ideal for visitors of all ages, as they often have space for children to let off steam and interesting views and textures on a large scale.
Rain or shine, there's always plenty to do in Sussex.