Bargains, bargains, bargains calling: it's January sale time in Sussex. We have such a variety of shopping experiences here, there's something for everyone.
For serious shoppers I recommend a quick trip to Portsmouth, where Gunwharf Keys Designer Outlet will keep you busy for most of the day - so perhaps not quite such a quick trip after all, but still the perfect antidote to chilly winter.
If you're after a more quirky experience, with old and new shops nestling alongside each other and plenty of alleys and corners to explore, how about Brighton
, where major chains sit hand in hand with small shops in the old Lanes; or pretty, somewhat upmarket and certainly charming Tunbridge Wells? Or how about historic Chichester
, where you can also walk out around the old walls and take in the cathedral - great for a breather when the shopping gets too much. These would all be great choices if someone in your party is a little less keen on the retail side!
Alternatively, go for the antiques, bric-a-brac and arty atmosphere of towns like Lewes, Rye, Arundel and Midhurst. Fabulous, historic buildings are home to beautiful shops, galleries, pubs and tea rooms, as well as top-end restaurants if a long lunch is on the menu, while there are also lots of lovely walks and strolls of various lengths within easy reach. It's not quite the traditional January sales experience, but if you're anything like me, that's the heart of its appeal. You'll almost certainly find yourself spending longer than you expected in places like this, so do allow most of the day. It'll feel like a real holiday and you'll have some lovely souvenirs to take home.
Of course Sussex has plenty more shopping to suit everyone, so whether you've chosen to stay in a rural retreat or a cosmopolitan city centre, you're spoilt for choice.