Weekends are about kicking back, getting out there and taking in some culture. Peruse modern art, shop ‘til you drop, unearth vintage finds or take a romantic ride on a steam train – you’re spoilt for choice in West Sussex.
Culture is everywhere throughout the region. If the jam-packed Chichester Festival Theatre programme doesn’t tempt you to visit West Sussex’s only city, take a tour of the grade II listed 1960s modernist building instead and marvel at the stunning architecture. In Chichester you’ll also discover art galleries, museums, Chichester Cathedral, excellent shopping and secret foodie haunts.
With a stunning 17th century mansion to explore, breathtaking grounds and beguiling 700-acre deer park, culture vultures won’t be disappointed by Petworth House, one of the many National Trust-owned properties in West Sussex. Peruse priceless artworks inside the house before heading into Petworth to buy some of your own. The market town is known as ‘the antiques centre of the south’ and you never know what you might unearth.
Vintage lovers should make a beeline for Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair, the largest event of its kind in the South. Or maybe you want to step back in time and experience the fabulous, flamboyant Goodwood Revival, a three-day festival held at the iconic Goodwood Estate that sees festival goers of all ages descend on the motor circuit dressed in vintage threads to watch the UK’s most historic motor racing event.
Whatever you choose to do, your cultural senses will most definitely come alive in West Sussex.