OCTOBER SweetSpot – Sussex – A ‘softer’ climate by the sea

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.


Historic coastline

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.


Upcoming Events

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



Follow this link to the Love Sussex website for lots more attractions in the area

Attractions all around the UK can be found here at the Visit Britain website

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