Fancy a mid-autumn break? To help you make the most of your outdoor leisure time, weathertrending highlights the Monthly SweetSpot. For October, we explore the delights of Sussex. We pick out some of the events and attractions to look forward to in the area.
Have you noticed a nip in the air these last few mornings? Autumns’s coming on, isn’t it? But tucked away in the shelter of the South Downs, those wintry north winds are last to reach our southernmost counties. In fact, Sussex has a microclimate and a quirky landscape all of its own.
The seaside offers huge variety too. Why not start your trip by the historic harbour-side at Bosham. This quaint village has a rich history that stems back as far as King Canute (via King Harold and the Bayeux Tapestry). From the bobbing sailing dinghies of Bosham, the pebbly beaches of the Witterings and Littlehampton offer the winter walker much wider windswept vistas out to sea.
Sea meets downland at the other end of the county, resulting in magnificent precipitous chalk cliffs. The beauty of Seven Sisters will take you breath away! Then for a change of pace, maybe make your way to the bustle of Brighton?
Weald and Downland
But it’s not just the seaside the Sussex has to offer. Take a wander inland along the popular South Downs Way. Alternatively, discover some of the prettiest towns and villages in England by wandering the Sussex Weald, before settling down for a well-earned meal in one of the many rustic inns that the county boasts.
The weather does look like behaving itself through much of October, with plenty of dry weather on offer. Read John’s latest month-ahead forecast here
Whatever the weather, by the end of your visit, you will be struck by just how much variety Sussex offers at every turn too.
As half-term approaches, here are a few suggestions for some events and activities – some of them rather spooky(!) – in the month ahead:
1st-7th Oct: Unlocking Petworth
6th Oct: Brede Steam Giants Come to Life
6th Oct: Camber Castle Guided Tours
6th-14th Oct: Hastings Week
6th-14th Oct: PURE Autumn Art Fair
7th Oct: Walk with a Warden
13th-14th Oct: Re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings
13th Oct: Spider Saturday
14th Oct: Apple Day
14th Oct: Brightona
14th Oct: Sussex Landmarks Hike
20th Oct: Ghost Walk
20th-28th Oct: Black Cat Halloween Trail
21st-28th Oct: Smugglers Half Term Trail
23rd Oct: Healthy Walks in Sussex by the Sea
24th Oct: Halloween Half-Term Fun Day
24th-25th Oct: Norman Knights in the Keep
27th-28th Oct: Petworth House Costumed Encounters
27th-28th Oct: Witches and Wizards School
28th Oct: Halloween Horrors
30th Oct: Halloween Crime Walk
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