Southdown Way is located in the heart of West Sussex. We are also convenient for the South Coast resorts of Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Bognor, Littlehampton and Eastbourne. The Historic Town of Lewes is located about 8 miles away. London is an hour away by train.
Places of Interest
Our closest town is Hassocks, which is home to a wealth of architectural, historic and natural heritage and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book.
Other places of interest include the pretty towns of Steyning and Bramber. At Arundel there is an impressive Castle and the Arundel Wetland Centre.
Brighton is a 15 minute drive away, where you can visit the Brighton Pavilion, The Marina, shop in the Lanes, walk the promenade or just sit on the beach and enjoy sun and sea.
Active and Fun
For those who prefer a more active holiday, Southwater Country Park is nearby where you can enjoy a number of outdoor activities including: swimming in the lake, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and cycling.
To entertain the children, Fishers Farm Park offers a mix of farm animals and adventure play.
There are beaches all along the South Coast from Bognor Regis to Eastbourne, as well as the Brighton Pier and Sea Life Centre, while Chessington World of Adventures is close enough to allow all the family to enjoy a fun packed day.
There is horse racing at Brighton, Fontwell, Lingfield, Plumpton and Goodwood, as well as show jumping at Hickstead. Horse riding, golf and angling are available close by. There are a number of 1st class cricket venues and soccer stadiums in the area.
There are good shopping facilities and excellent pub/restaurants in the area. Locally, Hassocks and Burgess Hill provide a number of supermarkets. Brighton is excellent for general shopping, attractions and an array of pubs and restaurants by the sea. Regular trains from Hassocks take 9 minutes to Brighton, just two stops away. In the opposite direction London is just an hour away by train.
Places to visit
Fisher Farm Park
Fishers Farm Park is the top, award-winning family visitor attraction located in Wisborough Green. It offers a unique mixture of farm animals and adventure play – the ideal place for action-packed days out with the kids, birthday parties, schools and groups. The Park is ideal for families with toddlers and children up to 10 years old.
The Bluebell Railway
A steam train ride on the Bluebell is one of the top things to do with kids on holiday for a day out in Sussex. This heritage railway is close to Haywards Heath, Gatwick Airport, Uckfield, Brighton and Lewes. The railway runs steam trains on about 3/4 of the days in each year.
The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Discover the lives of our ancestors their homes and the way they built them, their crops and flowers and the way they grew them, their animals and the way they raised them. Explore the museums farmsteads, village, Tudor kitchen, working watermill and superb collection of rescued buildings set in the glorious Sussex Downland landscape.
Arundel Castle and Arundel Wetland Centre
The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art.
Amberley Working Museum
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), connected Earth telecommunications hall, printing workshop and much more.
The Clayton Windmills – known as Jack and Jill Windmills
Jill, along with her neighbour Jack, overlook the campsite, atop the scenic South Downs with spectacular views of the Sussex Weald. You will have the opportunity to step back more than one hundred years into a working windmill. Jill Mill is open to the public on most Sundays during the summer.
Cissbury Ring and Devils Dyke
Devil’s Dyke is one of the South’s most picturesque beauty spots located on the South Downs. On a good summer’s day this stunning view point attracts over 25,000 people a day. When John Constable described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as “the grandest view in the world”, he wasn’t wrong.
St Mary’s House At Bramber And The Castle Ruins
A late 15th century timber-framed house on a site associated with the Knights Templar, which was a monastic hostel for pilgrims and for monks who collected the tolls at Bramber bridge. On a small hill stands the remains of a Norman castle, held during the 11th to 14th centuries by the Braose Lords of Bramber.
South-water Country Park
Offers a selection of outdoor activities including an adventure-style play area, orienteering course, and tuition in canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. The park also includes a beautiful wildlife area ‘The Quarry’, which is managed for nature conservation and supports wildlife such as lizards, Kingfishers, Nightingales and various butterflies and dragonflies.
The South Downs Way
Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne. If you are interested in great views, attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages, or if you just fancy a challenge, the South Downs Way awaits you.
Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit
Goodwood Circuit is an historic venue for both two- and four-wheeled motor-sport in the United Kingdom. The 2.4 mile circuit is situated near Chichester, West Sussex, close to the south coast of England, on the estate of Goodwood House, and completely encircles Chichester/Goodwood Airport.
From iconic tourist attractions, such as The Pavilion, The Lanes, Brighton Pier and the Sea Life centre, to the popular beachfront, Brighton is a treasure trove of things to do and places to go. Vibrant, colourful, fun and free, Brighton offers the energy of the city and freedom of the sea.
The Seven Sisters Country Park
The Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. It is a popular place for a number of outdoor activities including walking, bird-watching, cycling and canoeing. The Country Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs on one of Britain’s finest unspoiled coastlines.