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48 Hours in Sussex by Girl About Sussex

By Jo White – 16th June 2020

A Weekend in Sussex:


Sussex is located just south of London and boasts a rich history, forests in abundance and over 90 miles of coastline, all to be easily explored over a weekend. From the bustling city of Brighton to the rolling chalks hills in the South Downs, Sussex is the perfect choice for a weekend break or family staycation. Known as the ‘heartland of UK wine production’, any visit to Sussex should definitely include a glass or two of the locally produced award-winning vino!

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Friday Lunchtime in Sussex:

Arrive into Brighton by car or train; Brighton is just 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport Station and just over an hour from London Victoria. You can get the Gatwick Express from London to Brighton too.

Check into the bohemian Artist Residence Hotel, Brighton. www.artistresidence.co.uk

Have lunch at JB’s American Diner, a unique Brighton eccentricity that people travel from all over the world to visit. If you decide to pre-book, ask for a booth to add to the Americana experience. Personally, I always go for the Buffalo Chicken Wings, but there are plenty of veggie and vegan options too. https://jbsdiner.co.uk/


Friday Afternoon in Sussex:

Enjoy panoramic views of Brighton, and even France and the Isle of Wight on a clear day, from the British Airways I360 on the seafront. I’ve been up a few times and I love spotting the art of top of the buildings.  If you are going for a special occasion, be sure to include the champagne in your ticket. https://britishairwaysi360.com/

Friday Evening in Sussex:

There’s a load of places to eat at Brighton Marina but the recently opened Emerald Lounge Bar is the one place couples and groups of friends should definitely choose to go. The bar encompasses the laid-back atmosphere of the city and you can enjoy cocktails and delicious Greek cuisine whilst overlooking the marina. https://www.emeraldloungebar.com

Families may prefer having dinner at Las Iguanas or Gourmet Burger Kitchen, before Teeing-off in the dark at Globalls, a glow in the dark crazy golf attraction, packed with colourful dinosaurs and animals. www.globalls.co.uk


Saturday Morning/Afternoon in Sussex:

For families, I would suggest going to Drusillas Park, widely regarded as the best small zoo in Europe. Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy observing the hundreds of animals, large soft and water play areas, a Hello Kitty Secret Garden and mazes for all ages. https://www.drusillas.co.uk/

Couples and groups of friends should drive just twenty minutes out of Brighton up to Bolney Wine Estate, one of England’s oldest and most stunning vineyards. Walk through the vineyards at leisure and sample the chardonnay, sparkling wines and Pinot Noir at the family-run estate. https://bolneywineestate.com


Saturday Evening in Sussex:

Families should continue the QT, switch off devices and overnight in the Big Green Bus, a retro, double-decker bus converted for the ultimate quirky getaway in the Sussex countryside. The bus has three bedrooms, two doubles and one bunk bedroom. Enjoy the hot tub or cook marshmallows on the campfire.  http://www.biggreenbus.co.uk/

Couples on a romantic break can enjoy something a little more fancy, and overnight at Cisswood House Hotel, a charming country house hotel just 10 minutes from Bolney Wine Estate. Book a spa treatment, dine in the delightful Garden Restaurant and explore the gorgeous grounds. https://www.cisswoodhouse.com

Sunday Morning in Sussex:

No family visit to Sussex is complete without a visit to the world-renowned Ashdown Forrest, also known as Winnie the Pooh land! Pull your wellies on and go for a walk through the Hundred Acre Wood to Pooh Sticks Bridge, where A.A. Milne wrote the iconic Winnie the Pooh stories. Don’t forget your sticks so the whole family can play the game. https://www.poohcorner.co.uk/

Couples should venture 10 minutes away to the centre of Horsham, a historic, award-winning market town. There are specialist shops, art galleries, continental al fresco dining options and incredible gardens such as Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens. Recently re-opened following the largest garden restoration in England, the ancient gardens are Grade 1 listed and should not be missed. https://www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk


Sunday Lunchtime in Sussex:

Families: After some time exploring the brand new Pooh-seum which opened in December 2019 and showcases over 100 years of Milne family artefacts, enjoy a relaxed lunch in the Piglet tearoom at Pooh Corner, Hartfield. https://www.poohcorner.co.uk/

Couples should end the weekend in style and lunch at the unique fine-dining Restaurant Interlude at the Italianate-styled Mansion House in Leonardslee Estate. The mouthwatering menu includes oysters, scallops and wild garlic pork. https://www.restaurant-interlude.co.uk



5 of my favourite places to stan in Sussex:


1: Amberly Castle (Best for Luxury) – https://www.amberleycastle.co.uk

2: Cavendish Studios Eastbourne (Best apartment) – https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/14469993?sug=50&source_impression_id=p3_1591611411_rDinwX4HvlSo6hpM

3: The Shelleys (Best outside of Brighton) – https://www.the-shelleys.co.uk

4: Driftwood Hotel Bexhill (Best boutique hotel in Sussex) – https://www.thedriftwoodbexhill.co.uk

5: Clayton Wickham Farmhouse – Best location http://cwfbandb.co.uk

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