Posted 3 October 2016 by Andrew Gardner
Will you be self-catering in Sussex in time for the Autumn Countryside Show at Singleton on 8-9 October, or the Hastings Bonfire and Procession on 15th? Have you made it to any Sussex apple fairs this holiday? There are so many events in Sussex this month, from the Chichester and Beachy Head half marathons (9th and 29th respectively), to the Worthing Beer Festival mid-month and, whisper it, the pre-Christmas art, craft and design show at Ardingly on 27th. For those of you not familiar with the South of England Showground at Ardingly, it's a large and well-organised venue so this fair will be big-scale but also very friendly with a great atmosphere.
Very close to West Sussex you'll also find the Liphook Carnival on 29th October, which should be fun - and I love that they're holding it in October half term instead of the traditional summer carnival season. Apparently it stems from the bonfire tradition - early last century the local lads who traditionally collected wood from the common lands for the Guy Fawkes Night bonfire decided to use the occasion as a charity fundraiser. This year you'll find children's fancy dress competitions, carnival floats and of course the crowning of the carnival queen, along with plenty more entertainment. Liphook is easy to find from many of our lovely West Sussex holiday cottages (click here) and executive holiday homes, and a pretty drive to get there too.
While we're in festival mode, early November sees the Petworth Festival Literary Weekend, and the historic little town of Petworth is delightful to explore at any time of year. The landscape of Petworth Park, one of Capability Brown's finest, is beautiful at any time of year and the autumn colour is glorious now, so why not combine your literary leanings with a stroll among the resident deer before heading back to your cosy holiday cottage?