Sussex Weekenders

A Weekend in… Dieppe

Dieppe, an easy and inexpensive four-hour ferry hop from Newhaven, is one of France’s most popular seaside resorts, with a rich cultural heritage dating back to its foundation by Viking settlers…

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A Weekend in… Lewes

Founded as a trading port on the formerly navigable River Ouse, Lewes certainly has an interesting history, which has led to a hodgepodge of architectural styles, from half-timbered medieval townhouses (including Anne of Cleves’ House, now a museum) to Georgian crescents…

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A Weekend in… Rye

The first thing you should do when you arrive in Rye is to make a beeline up the hill it’s built on, to St Mary’s Church. Once there, having admired the stained-glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, you can pay an old chap £4 to gain access, via a harum-scarum system of steps and ladders, past a set of gigantic brass bells, to the top of the tower…

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A Weekend in… Chichester

Chichester enjoyed something of an annus mirabilis in 2022, with its ‘Season of Culture’ celebrating a remarkable slew of landmark birthdays for the wealth of artsy institutions and events in town: The Festival Theatre was 60, Pallant House 40, the Chichester International Film Festival 30, the Festival of Chichester 10, and the Novium Museum 10…

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A Weekend in… Eastbourne

Is it time to reassess the reputation of Britain’s sunniest town, traditionally (and rather sneerily) nicknamed ‘God’s Waiting Room’, due to its notionally elderly population?

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A Weekend in… Petworth

‘Proud Petworth, Poor people. High Church, Crooked steeple’

So goes the traditional rhyme about the West Sussex town of Petworth, which has become rather out of date, on a couple of counts…

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A Weekend in… St Leonards

St Leonards-on-Sea (popularly just ‘St Leonards’) is located within the Hastings Borough, and is often associated with its joined-at-the-hip neighbour. But it’s very much a town with its own identity, and is well worth a visit in its own right…

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