Sussex Exclusive Issue 8. Summer Edition

This summer is edition of the Sussex Exclusive Magazine is packed with Sussex adventures and summer traditions as well as fantastic foodie experiences including places to eat, and where to find the best local produce. It's also filled with inspiration with the Sussex Exclusive "48 hours in" series for anyone looking for a weekend away or for cool summer walks in some of the most beautiful spots in the county. And it's got all the usual Sussex inspiration from stunning local architecture to local authors, gardening advice, sumptuous travel ideas and much more.

This summer is edition of the Sussex Exclusive Magazine is packed with Sussex adventures and summer traditions as well as fantastic foodie experiences including places to eat, and where to find the best local produce. It's also filled with inspiration with the Sussex Exclusive "48 hours in" series for anyone looking for a weekend away or for cool summer walks in some of the most beautiful spots in the county. And it's got all the usual Sussex inspiration from stunning local architecture to local authors, gardening advice, sumptuous travel ideas and much more.


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<strong>Issue</strong> 8 2024<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Adventures<br />

Time to step out of<br />

your comfort zone<br />

48 hours in<br />

Explore hidden<br />

twittens, art galleries,<br />

castles & try local wine<br />

Enjoy these <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

summer traditions<br />

From Beating the Bounds<br />

to modern day festivals<br />

98 pages of<br />

beautiful <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Discover Art<br />

Deco <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Cool summer<br />

walks<br />

Perfect for hot summer<br />

days & magical<br />

evenings<br />

Fabulous foodie<br />

Where to find the<br />

freshest <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

produce & the best<br />

lunch<br />

Weird &<br />

wonderful<br />

Unearthing <strong>Sussex</strong>’s<br />

stranger secrets

A word<br />

from the editor<br />

Editor<br />

Lucy Pitts<br />

lucyp@sussexexclusive.com<br />

Deputy Editor<br />

Janine Marsh<br />

Content Editor<br />

Aifric Peachey<br />

Design<br />

Philippa French<br />

Sales<br />

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<strong>Sussex</strong> <strong>Exclusive</strong> Magazine<br />

www.sussexexclusive.com<br />

Welcome to the latest edition of the <strong>Sussex</strong> <strong>Exclusive</strong><br />

Magazine.<br />

As the county slowly eases itself into summer mode, the<br />

team and I have had great fun exploring and scouring the<br />

county, looking for interesting places to visit, things to do<br />

and produce to try. And it never ceases to amaze me what a<br />

wonderfully diverse and captivating county <strong>Sussex</strong> is.<br />

In this edition, enjoy the next in our 48 hours in series in the<br />

Arun and Hastings districts, as well as some of the stunning<br />

Art Deco buildings we have in the county. As it’s summer,<br />

we’ve also got a look at some <strong>Sussex</strong> summer traditions as well<br />

as some ideas if you’re looking for a <strong>Sussex</strong> adventure. And of<br />

course, we have a couple of cool summer walk suggestions for<br />

you too.<br />

For the foodies amongst you, we have our usual foodie section<br />

along with a summer recipe, some summer bakes, and of<br />

course, a couple of restaurant recommendations. With news<br />

of the next Bubbles and Botanicals Fair, we also have a date<br />

for your diary if <strong>Sussex</strong> wine is your thing.<br />

In other news, we have our usual gardening feature from<br />

well-known <strong>Sussex</strong> gardener Geoff Stonebanks and news from<br />

the Friends of the South Downs. On top of which we also<br />

have our <strong>Sussex</strong> quiz, our health section, a spotlight on local<br />

authors and fashion. And in this edition, we also have not<br />

one, but two travel ideas for you.<br />

So, as always, pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of<br />

something <strong>Sussex</strong> and enjoy. Until next time.<br />

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<strong>Issue</strong> 8 2024<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Adventures<br />

Time to step out of<br />

your comfort zone<br />

48 hours in<br />

Explore hidden<br />

twittens, art galleries,<br />

castles & try local wine<br />

Enjoy these <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

summer traditions<br />

From Beating the Bounds<br />

to modern day festivals<br />

Discover Art<br />

Deco <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Cool summer<br />

walks<br />

Perfect for hot summer<br />

days & magical<br />

evenings<br />

Fabulous foodie<br />

Where to find the<br />

freshest <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

produce & the best<br />

lunch<br />

Weird &<br />

wonderful<br />

Unearthing <strong>Sussex</strong>’s<br />

stranger secrets<br />

Front Cover<br />

The Pierhead Pavilion<br />

on Worthing Pier<br />

By <strong>Sussex</strong> <strong>Exclusive</strong><br />

Lucy Pitts<br />


Contents<br />

8<br />

8 In the Diary<br />

Fill your diary with our pick of some of the<br />

many diverse & interesting things going on<br />

this summer<br />

46<br />

17<br />

13 <strong>Sussex</strong> summer traditions<br />

From Jack in the Green to Beating the<br />

Bounds and summer festivals, take a look at<br />

some of the county’s many traditions<br />

17 A guide to <strong>Sussex</strong> adventures<br />

Grab your inner explorer and try<br />

something completely different whether<br />

that’s paragliding, mountain biking or<br />

ruin hunting<br />

51<br />

44 <strong>Sussex</strong> bakes<br />

If rain stops play, head into the kitchen and<br />

getting baking with our mouthwatering<br />

summer bakes and cakes<br />

51 Foodie corner<br />

Grab a knife, fork and napkin and dig<br />

into our selection of exquisite <strong>Sussex</strong> food<br />

experiences, restaurants and producers<br />

28<br />

28 Discover Art Deco<br />

We shine the spotlight on some of the<br />

county’s magnificent Art Deco buildings that<br />

line our <strong>Sussex</strong> shores<br />

32 48 hours in Hastings<br />

Explore Thorney Island, visit the Medieval<br />

cathedral and enjoy a night at the theatre<br />

before spending a day exploring the<br />

boutiques and antique shops of Petworth<br />

35 48 hours in Arun<br />

Enjoy cocktails and jazz, harbour walks<br />

and cobbled streets, coupled with<br />

vineyards, Medieval castles and Art Deco<br />

pavilions in Rother<br />

66<br />

58 News from Friends of the<br />

South Downs<br />

Friends of the South Downs share news of a<br />

new walking route that celebrates the work<br />

of Hillaire Belloc<br />

66 Gardens galore<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> gardener, Geoff Stonebanks, shares<br />

heaps of advice on how to create a stunning<br />

garden display this summer<br />

72 <strong>Sussex</strong> health<br />

From Feng Shui in the garden to conjuring<br />

up cerebral adventures, our experts look after<br />

your health<br />

38 Two cool summer walks<br />

Discover a Saxon village and walk in the<br />

shade of Friston Forest or climb the South<br />

Downs to enjoy stunning, summer sunsets<br />

and Bronze Age burial sites<br />

79 Weird and wonderful<br />

For those epic Instagram shots and those<br />

surprising discoveries, we share some of the<br />

weirder places in <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

35<br />

42 Dog friendly <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Bring your four-legged friend with you<br />

and check out these dog friendly summer<br />

activities and places to visit<br />

90<br />

90 <strong>Sussex</strong> travel<br />

Pack your bags and head to Capri or<br />

Newquay for two holidays packed with<br />

glamour, coastal walks and fabulous views<br />

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course!), before travelling the<br />

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glass artist. She now runs<br />

www.hyggestyle.co.uk, an online<br />

boutique in <strong>Sussex</strong> specialising in<br />

Danish and Scandinavian gifts. She<br />

is the author of three craft books<br />

focusing on upcycling.<br />

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In the<br />

Diary<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Exhibition at<br />

Moncrieff Bray, Petworth<br />

Fill your diary with some of the many and diverse events<br />

taking place across the county this summer<br />

Battle Medieval Fayre, Battle<br />

26-27 May<br />

History comes alive once again at the<br />

Battle Medieval Fayre. Prepare to be<br />

entertained by Battle’s Fighting Knights<br />

as they clash in combat, while the jesters<br />

keep you and your family laughing.<br />

Battle Medieval Fayre<br />

3 May-15 June<br />

Held at this contemporary gallery<br />

in Petworth, the exhibition will be<br />

displaying paintings and sculpture<br />

from over 40 leading British artists,<br />

including Jill Berelowitz, John<br />

Hitchens, Deborah Gourlay, and<br />

Paul Vanstone.<br />

A Night at the Musicals,<br />

Tottington Manor, Henfield<br />

1 June<br />

Enjoy an evening of musical theatre hits,<br />

stories and a three-course meal with<br />

leading West End man Dean Chisnall.<br />

Artists and sculptors drawn from all<br />

corners of the British Isles exhibit in a<br />

stunning <strong>Sussex</strong> Barn and landscaped<br />

gardens. It is a wonderful opportunity<br />

to see a range of outstanding<br />

contemporary British sculpture in the<br />

heart of the South Downs National<br />

Park. There are small-scale intimate<br />

works for interiors as well as large<br />

pieces for the garden.<br />

Charleston Festival, Charleston<br />

near Firle<br />

16-27 May<br />

This festival describes itself as bringing<br />

together “today’s most exciting artists,<br />

thinkers and changemakers to engage<br />

with art and ideas.”<br />

Spring into <strong>Summer</strong><br />

2 June, Muster Green, Haywards Heath<br />

A celebration of the beginning of<br />

summer, this event includes charity stalls,<br />

fairground rides, and performances.<br />

An Exhibition of Paintings and<br />

Sculptures, Star Brewery Gallery,<br />

Lewes<br />

1-9 June<br />

A new body of work created over the last<br />

two years by <strong>Sussex</strong> artist Sarah Money.<br />

Following on from the success of her<br />

inaugural solo show, Star Brewery Gallery<br />

are hosting an exhibition of the latest<br />

works by <strong>Sussex</strong> artist Sarah Money.<br />

Craig David at Goodwood<br />

7 June<br />

Singer-songwriter and DJ, Craig David<br />

will present TS5 at ‘Three Friday<br />

Nights’ at Goodwood Racecourse -<br />

a series of unforgettable events<br />

combining horse racing, music and<br />

dancing throughout June 2024. The<br />

Grammy Award-winning music artist<br />

will perform in the laser lit Goodwood<br />

Parade after an afternoon of horseracing<br />

for an evening filled with music at<br />

one of Britain’s most picturesque<br />

racecourses, nestled within the heart of<br />

Goodwood Estate’s rolling countryside.<br />

Star Brewery Gallery<br />

exhibition<br />

© Sarah Money<br />

Resting, Glazed<br />

Ceramic.<br />

© Sarah Money<br />

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Discover the Beachy Head<br />

Landscape<br />

3 June and 15 July<br />

A new series of creative study walks<br />

are taking place exploring the history,<br />

geology and archaeological landscape at<br />

Beachy Head. Sea Creatures on Monday<br />

3 June, will delve into the hidden<br />

world of modern marine mammals and<br />

cetaceans and the imagined world of<br />

folkloric sea monsters.<br />

Genius Loci on Monday 15 July will<br />

tap into the Roman idea of the Spirit<br />

of the Land, of household gods and<br />

hero-ancestors, the guardians of hearth<br />

and field.<br />

Workshops take place at The Beachy<br />

Head Story from 10.30am – 12.15pm.<br />

Writers will be invited to create their own<br />

pieces of text based around these multilayered<br />

themes while learning a little more<br />

about this incredible landscape.<br />

Forest Row Festival<br />

14-16 June<br />

A unique local festival that this year will<br />

focus on art, music wellness, community,<br />

fashion, poetry and food!<br />

Northiam Midsummer Festival<br />

22 June<br />

With craft stalls, music from Sarah G and<br />

the Other 3, sampling of local beers &<br />

ciders at the Highwayman’s Bar, as well as<br />

Pimms, BBQ and teas. There will also be<br />

a range of classic vehicles on display and a<br />

dog show.<br />

Horsham Artists’ Trail<br />

22-23 June and 29-30 June<br />

This fabulous annual event sees artists and<br />

makers from across the district open their<br />

doors to the public.<br />

Horsham Children’s Parade,<br />

Horsham<br />

7 July<br />

Hundreds of children from across<br />

Horsham District will showcase their<br />

creations and costumes made in<br />

workshops with professional community<br />

artists. The theme is ‘Spirit of Sport –<br />

The Olympics & Paralympics’. Expect<br />

a carnival atmosphere and to see a wide<br />

range of Olympics and Paralympics<br />

sports celebrated.<br />

Battle Scarecrow Festival<br />

13-28 July<br />

If you can’t make it to the Medieval<br />

Festival, head over to Battle in July and<br />

you’ll find the town awash with strange<br />

looking scarecrows!<br />

Beachy Head Story<br />

©Visit Eastbourne<br />

Horsham Causeway<br />

Borde Hill Garden Festival,<br />

Haywards Heath<br />

22-23 July<br />

Featuring guest speakers, curated stalls,<br />

fringe events, fusion food, live music<br />

and a kids’ corner, with over 40 stalls<br />

of artisans, specialist growers and<br />

lifestyle trends, including Beth Chatto’s<br />

Plants and Niwaki. Enjoy talks from<br />

leading garden designers and experts,<br />

including Jo Thompson and Jinny Blom,<br />

and fringe events with guests Cath<br />

Kidston, florist studio Bloom and<br />

Burn, and festival partners Gardens<br />

Illustrated, Wiston Estate, and the RHS.<br />

Immerse yourself in live music on the<br />

South Lawn and discover a fusion of<br />

foodie flavours from <strong>Sussex</strong>’s best pop-ups.<br />

Sky dining event with Red,<br />

Brighton<br />

26 July<br />

Brighton i360 observation tower is<br />

hosting an exclusive one-off sky dining<br />

event with the prestigious singer, Red. It’s<br />

£160 per person for a three-course meal<br />

in the glass pod 450ft above the iconic<br />

Brighton beach, where people will be able<br />

to eat whilst watching Red perform.<br />

Loxwood Joust, Loxwood<br />

Meadows<br />

3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 August<br />

New for the Loxwood Joust in 2024,<br />

The Boars - The Kingdom of Loxwood’s<br />

Jousting Team are hosting a new<br />

Jousting League. Competing against the<br />

spectacular Londinium Lions, the new<br />

Boars team is expected to be hopelessly<br />

outclassed by the biggest and most highly<br />

skilled team from the capital, but Sir<br />

Duncan, Captain of The Boars will<br />

lead his team to valiantly Joust for their<br />

Queen, honor and glory.<br />

In addition three new puzzle trails stories<br />

shall be weaving their way across<br />

the Kingdom, immersing you in the<br />

Loxwood experience. And at the archery<br />

enclave, those with archery prowess will<br />

be encouraged to prove their skills and<br />

gain the highest score in the Champion’s<br />

Target challenge.<br />

Sky dining with Red<br />

Borde Hill<br />

Black Jousting Knight<br />

preparing to run<br />

the tilt<br />

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<strong>Sussex</strong> <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Traditions<br />


From Dancing the Sun Up to Beating the Bounds,<br />

our <strong>Sussex</strong> traditions tell the stories of times gone by<br />

Whether it’s the wild<br />

meadows of swaying<br />

summer flowers,<br />

the dappled shade<br />

of our ancient<br />

woodlands or the military lines of vines<br />

heavy with fruit decorating the Downs,<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> in summer is a glorious place.<br />

It’s a county that has also always been<br />

rich in summer traditions, traditions<br />

that evolve with the passing centuries<br />

and change with the landscape. With<br />

an increasingly successful wine culture<br />

taking root in the county, no doubt new<br />

traditions will start to emerge based on<br />

the ebb and flow of the wine maker’s<br />

calendar. After all, a tradition is no more<br />

than a custom, practice or ritual passed<br />

down through the generations. And<br />

what a great way to honour and recall<br />

the hard work and toil of both our peers<br />

and our ancestors.<br />

But before we look forward to the<br />

traditions of tomorrow, what of<br />

yesteryear’s traditions? What were they<br />

and are any of them still practised today?<br />

May moments<br />

Turn back the clock 150 years or so,<br />

and the summer in <strong>Sussex</strong> would start<br />

with May Day celebrations. Young<br />

families would get up early and gather<br />

wildflowers to make garlands and<br />

children would carry these May Garlands<br />

through the streets, singing as they went<br />

and hoping to earn a penny or a slice of<br />

cake for their endeavours.<br />

Jack in the Green was a May Day festival<br />

that you might have stumbled across in<br />

the likes of Brighton, Lewes, Henfield<br />

and Horsham. These were traditions<br />

often brought to <strong>Sussex</strong> by the chimney<br />

sweeping fraternity and the chimney<br />

sweeps would dress up and parade<br />

around the town, sometimes with a<br />

fiddler in tow.<br />

These days, head to Hastings for their<br />

glorious three day Jack in the Green<br />

festival where you’ll find the Old Town<br />

awash with green men and women,<br />

Morris dancing and much celebration.<br />

Morris dancing is very much associated<br />

with May and you’ll still find Morris<br />

sides dancing on May Day or at<br />

Whitsun. In fact, if you fancy an early<br />

start to the day, many Morris sides rise<br />

before dawn and assemble to “Dance the<br />

Sun Up” as May Morning breaks, like<br />

the Chanctonbury Ring Morris men who<br />

meet on the Downs at 7 am.<br />

Jack in the Green<br />

Hastings Old Town<br />

Sompting Village<br />

Morris dancers<br />

And before we leave May Day behind, let’s<br />

not forget the shepherds and fishermen<br />

of <strong>Sussex</strong> who, as always with a <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

tradition, were in on the act, with the<br />

masts of the fishing boats decorated with<br />

garlands and sheep being garlanded too.<br />

Beating the Bounds and<br />

Ascension Day<br />

Rogationtide was a religious festival<br />

that was held between the Monday and<br />

Wednesday of Ascension Day (the fortieth<br />

day after Easter) and involved fasting and<br />

prayer. It was often accompanied by a<br />

procession around the parish boundaries.<br />

This was a way of recalling where the<br />

boundaries were, and younger generations<br />

were often “beaten” to help them<br />

remember. As a result, this became known<br />

as the Beating of the Bounds.<br />

Dating back hundreds of years, there<br />

were Beating of the Bounds events in<br />

Burpham, Littlehampton, Barcombe and<br />

Hastings. And in the late 1970/80s, there<br />

was a revival of the tradition in Chailey,<br />

where I spent a number of childhood<br />

summer days lazing around on haybales<br />

and scrounging soft drinks while my<br />

father was involved in the organisation.<br />

Luckily, I wasn’t beaten.<br />

Meanwhile in Hastings at this time of<br />

year, you used to be able to join the<br />

annual procession from St Clements<br />

Church to the harbour, for the Blessing<br />

the Sea ceremony, originally held on the<br />

Wednesday before Ascension Day (but<br />

more recently held in August).<br />

Finally, Nettle Day was an early<br />

summer <strong>Sussex</strong> tradition and a <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

interpretation of the Oak Apple Day<br />

celebrations of the restoration of the<br />

monarchy on the 29th May (1660).<br />

School children would wear oak leaves<br />

to represent their support for the king or<br />

have their legs beaten with nettles!<br />

Midsummer <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

There is plenty of <strong>Sussex</strong> folklore<br />

surrounding Midsummer including<br />

tales of ghostly horses at Lancing Clump<br />

and a white “ghost” dog that appears<br />

every seven years on Midsummer’s<br />

Eve on the road between Alfriston and<br />

Seaford, bringing with it bad luck. And<br />

Midsummer’s Eve used to be known as<br />

the opportune time to see fairies, see into<br />

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Our Guide to<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Adventures<br />

the future or to make “Midsummer Men”<br />

to discern the path of your future love.<br />

These days, in terms of Midsummer<br />

traditions, if you find yourself at<br />

Highdown near Worthing at Midsummer,<br />

you might come across the The Sompting<br />

Village Morris who celebrate the solstice<br />

on the 20th of June by walking up<br />

Highdown Hill to “Dance Down the Sun”<br />

with flaming torches and a beacon, before<br />

walking back down the hill by candlelight.<br />

High summer <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Lammas or Loaf Mass Day is an ancient<br />

celebration connected with the harvest<br />

on the 1st August. In Eastbourne, this<br />

used to be celebrated with a parade<br />

along the seafront with Morris dancing,<br />

drummers and musicians and with<br />

further events in the evening. And the<br />

good news is that rumours abound that a<br />

Lammas Festival is being planned in the<br />

town for 2024.<br />

More modern traditions<br />

These days the summer months in<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> are often filled with festivals<br />

Chanctonbury Ring<br />

sunrise<br />

Ancient <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

woodland<br />

rather than traditional events and you’re<br />

likely to find music festivals, festivals of<br />

beer, food and wine festivals, festivals<br />

of wellbeing and walking festivals.<br />

There’s even a lawn mowing festival and<br />

a birdman festival (where participants<br />

attempt to fly) and it could be said,<br />

that in their own way, these festivals are<br />

becoming the traditions of tomorrow<br />

and a celebration of all that is wonderful<br />

and worthy in the county of <strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

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Adventure is defined by<br />

the Concise Oxford<br />

Dictionary as “an unusual<br />

and exciting experience<br />

or a daring enterprise”.<br />

This definition is important for two<br />

reasons. Firstly, it means that adventure<br />

is subjective and what is adventurous to<br />

you may not be as daring or even unusual<br />

for someone else. That doesn’t matter –<br />

it’s you that counts.<br />

Secondly, it means you don’t have<br />

to travel far or spend a lot to have<br />

adventures. In fact, there are adventures<br />

to be had right on your doorstep and<br />

definitely all across <strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is a great time for having<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> adventures. But if you’re not sure<br />

where to begin or perhaps even how to<br />

have adventures, here is our guide and a<br />

few ideas.<br />

1. Be bold. You don’t have to be<br />

massively courageous, just step out<br />

of your comfort zone a little. For<br />

example, if you never go out walking<br />

alone, grab a map, start small but<br />

explore a new route on your own.<br />

2. Do something you wouldn’t normally<br />

do (although always make sure you are<br />

properly equipped and well prepared).<br />

If your weekends are normally<br />

confined to where you live, head off<br />

to the other side of the county for<br />

the day. Perhaps start super early<br />

so you can watch the sunrise from<br />

somewhere magical like Beachy Head<br />

or Bramber Castle. Or maybe visit a<br />

ruin, or try a new activity. Paragliding<br />

is supposed to be fun!<br />

3. Bear in mind you don’t have<br />

to be an active person to have<br />

adventures. What about a boat<br />

trip along the south coast, a hot<br />

air balloon ride over the county, a<br />

town ghost tour, a helicopter ride<br />

or even an open top bus tour from<br />

Eastbourne to Brighton.<br />

4. Be curious and spontaneous. If you<br />

have always wondered about a certain<br />

landmark or place, then go and find<br />

it. If you fancy going somewhere new<br />

at the weekend – do it! Don’t put it<br />

somewhere on the “To do one day”<br />

list. And if someone offers you an<br />

opportunity to do something new,<br />

grab it.<br />

5. Generating ideas. A good map often<br />

shows points of interest you might<br />

want to explore (as well as any<br />

footpaths, bridlepaths or roads that<br />

you can take to get there). Or what<br />

about setting yourself a challenge<br />

– like finding all the trig points,<br />

waterfalls, ancient trees or follies<br />

(basically whatever interests you) in<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong>. A Google search (or a look at<br />

our website) will normally give you a<br />

short list of places, then all you’ve got<br />

to do is find them. That’s the fun part.<br />

6. Speak to people and say yes. Saying<br />

yes is always a slightly risky enterprise<br />

as is talking to strangers. That said,<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> is filled with interesting<br />

and quirky people and random<br />

conversations often seem to lead to<br />

adventures! I don’t know how this<br />

works, it just does.<br />

7. To plan or not to plan? If you’re going<br />

off to explore for the day, having a<br />

plan is always a good idea. But don’t<br />

be afraid to go off script if something<br />

pops up on the way that is worthy<br />

of some time and investigation.<br />

What’s that strange looking building<br />

on the horizon? Go and take a look.<br />

Where does that footpath take you?<br />

Walk down it. And sometimes, just<br />

sometimes, go out with no plan at<br />

all and just follow your nose and see<br />

what happens.<br />

Still looking for ideas?<br />

Well, what about:<br />

• Walking a long-distance trail<br />

• Go horse riding<br />

• Try a beekeeping course<br />

• Go camping<br />

• Explore the back streets of a town<br />

you’ve never visited before<br />

• Follow a sculpture trail<br />

• Choose a theme and visit all the sites<br />

connected to the theme in <strong>Sussex</strong> (i.e.<br />

the Bloomsbury Set, Martello Towers,<br />

forts, ancient bridges, etc.)<br />

• Instead of driving somewhere – walk<br />

or cycle there<br />

Happy adventuring!<br />

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Horsham to<br />

Almodington by Bike<br />

– a lot of which is in public ownership.<br />

The oldest building here still has its<br />

Medieval minstrels’ gallery and the area<br />

is said to be haunted. The Medieval Hall<br />

was in the ownership of the Earls of<br />

Arundel and in Henry VIII’s time the<br />

dowager Duchess ran a finishing school<br />

for young, aristocratic women. Catherine<br />

Howard lived here before her marriage<br />

to Henry. I understand that some<br />

archaeological excavation is being planned<br />

for this area. It is suspected that a Saxon<br />

settlement was here – possibly a mill.<br />

We crossed the river Arun and cycled<br />

up Pedlar’s Way past one of the oldest<br />

oak trees in <strong>Sussex</strong>. Coltstaple Lane at<br />

the top of Pedlar’s Way took us over<br />

the A24 to Southwater. We skirted the<br />

new village centre and past Southwater<br />

Country Park. Cripplegate Lane took us<br />

to Dragon’s Green. We cycled along a<br />

very uncomfortable bridleway full of ruts,<br />

skirting fields to Dragon’s Green.<br />

Tracy and Dom Valente take<br />

to two wheels and set off on<br />

an adventure<br />

On a warm and sunny<br />

July day, when we<br />

knew the Downland<br />

wild flowers would<br />

be at their best, my<br />

husband and I cycled<br />

from our doorstep in Horsham to<br />

Almodington on the Manhood peninsula,<br />

via Chichester.<br />

Horsham to Knepp<br />

We used a mapping software called<br />

Komoot and began by cycling through<br />

the historic Chesworth estate in Horsham<br />

Views from South<br />

Downs at Amberley<br />

Mount<br />

Remains of Knepp<br />

Castle<br />

Just before the A272, the bridleway goes<br />

through a farmyard. In a barn there<br />

is an interesting collection of 1950s<br />

Routemaster Buses. We crossed the A272<br />

and cycled along an unpaved road skirting<br />

Shipley with a view of the windmill, over<br />

the river Adur and onto the Knepp Estate<br />

Wildlands through a large gate which<br />

stops the big herbivores from wandering<br />

off the estate. Here we passed one of their<br />

big oaks with a viewing platform.<br />

On a sandy bridleway, cycling through<br />

a narrow shaw, just as we were leaving<br />

the Knepp Estate we saw two buzzards<br />

objecting to the presence of storks. The<br />

storks were circling in the thermals over<br />

pastureland. I have seen their nests on the<br />

Knepp Estate in the spring. They are the<br />

size of bathtubs!<br />

Knepp to Amberley<br />

We cycled through fields and past<br />

Barford farm airstrip. The land started<br />

to rise and the Downs were ahead of<br />

us. The bridleway rose steeply up to<br />

Warminghurst. We paused at the top of<br />

the hill by the old flint church to rest and<br />

admire the view of the Downs.<br />

It was near lunch time and we decided to<br />

take a detour to Washington for lunch.<br />

We cycled steeply downhill and parked<br />

our bikes in the garden of the Frankland<br />

Arms. We had a light lunch here and then<br />

cycled back to our route.<br />

The bridleway became white chalk and<br />

a 500 foot climb up to Barns Farm Hill<br />

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took us up the Downs, pasture on one<br />

side and chalkland wildflowers in full<br />

bloom on the other side. It was a good<br />

year for orchids.<br />

At the top of the hill we cycled for 3 ½<br />

miles along the South Downs Way to<br />

Kithurst Hill. The brambles were already<br />

fruiting in the sheltered areas. Travellers<br />

joy, in full flower, tangled itself amongst<br />

the brambles.<br />

Clockwise:<br />

The bridge at<br />

Amberley<br />

The George at<br />

Eartham<br />

South Downs Way<br />

towards Kithurst Hill<br />

Chichester harbour<br />

View from Riverside<br />

Tea Rooms at<br />

Amberley<br />

At the end of our downland cycle we<br />

had a 700 foot descent to Amberley. We<br />

paused at the Riverside Tea Rooms near<br />

Houghton bridge overlooking the Arun.<br />

Here the river is wide, deep and tidal.<br />

Kayaks can be hired here and launched<br />

from a jetty.<br />

I must mention at this point that<br />

although my husband was using nothing<br />

but muscle power, I was relying on a<br />

motor attached to my bike to get me<br />

up the steep hills. I was running out of<br />

charge and the people at the café kindly<br />

allowed me to recharge the battery.<br />

grassy track that sloped gently downhill.<br />

We took the road to Eartham and<br />

stopped at an old and charming country<br />

pub called The George for a packet of<br />

crisps and a drink. The pub was just<br />

about to close but the staff kindly served<br />

us and allowed us to sit in the garden.<br />

The gardens here have been designed with<br />

privacy and seclusion in mind. Tall hedges<br />

screen the car park and we sat under a<br />

shady pergola hung with climbing plants.<br />

Riverside Tea Rooms have a creative menu<br />

with five different ways of serving cream<br />

tea. We sat on a sunny deck overlooking<br />

the river and watched people kayaking on<br />

the river and ate a rhubarb scone with jam.<br />

Amberley to Eartham<br />

Taking to our bikes again with a partial<br />

charge we crossed the Arun on a<br />

footbridge over farmland and floodplains<br />

and climbed the Downs again. It was a 3<br />

mile, 700 foot climb over Bignor Down.<br />

At the top of the hill was an amazing<br />

view. Here we could see the spire of<br />

Chichester Cathedral and beyond it the<br />

peninsula that we were heading for. In the<br />

distance beyond was the Isle of Wight.<br />

The path became a grassy track dotted<br />

with the umbellifer flowers of wild carrot.<br />

Near Glatting Beacon we cycled along<br />

part of Stane Street (the old Roman road<br />

from Chichester to London). It was a<br />

Eartham to Almodington<br />

Soon after Eartham our way was sign<br />

posted with blue bike track signs<br />

following the A27 into Chichester. We<br />

approached the city from the east and<br />

cycled through an ancient gate in the old<br />

city walls. We wended our way to The<br />

Nags Head where we were just in time<br />

for roast beef dinner from their carvery<br />

before it closed. The pub was full and<br />

buzzing with people. There were a lot<br />

of Canadians and people from the US<br />

visiting Goodwood.<br />

It was starting to get late now and the air<br />

was a lot cooler. From The Nags Head<br />

we cycled to the Chichester Ship Canal.<br />

The cycle path followed the canal towpath<br />

for 4 miles. It was quiet and apart from<br />

a couple of late dog walkers we had it to<br />

ourselves. The canal becomes overgrown<br />

with rushes and vegetation further along<br />

and it’s a haven for wildlife here. We saw<br />

moorhens, ducks and swans with half<br />

grown cygnets starting to roost.<br />

We left the old towpath just before<br />

Chichester Harbour. We took the flat<br />

country lanes of the Manhood Peninsula<br />

to a small hamlet called Almodington<br />

where we were staying at an Airbnb called<br />

The Barn. It was nearly dark when we<br />

arrived and altogether our journey had<br />

taken 12 hours with 4 stops. We had<br />

covered 42 miles and climbed 2100 feet –<br />

according to Komoot.<br />

The next morning was bright and sunny<br />

and we cycled to Bracklesham Bay on<br />

the edge of the peninsula. Here there<br />

is a bright café with lots of windows<br />

overlooking a shingle beach and the sea.<br />

Billy’s on the Beach served us breakfast<br />

and we sat sipping our coffee watching<br />

terns flying over the sea and diving for<br />

their breakfast.<br />

Originally the intention had been to<br />

cycle back the next day but in spite of<br />

the help from my motor-powered bike<br />

I was too exhausted. We decided to<br />

take the train home. So after breakfast<br />

we cycled slowly back along the quiet<br />

roads of the peninsula and retraced<br />

our way back to Chichester along the<br />

towpath. It was a lot busier at this time<br />

and we had to pull aside for pedestrians<br />

and dog walkers. We were very grateful<br />

to find that bicycles are allowed on<br />

the train outside of rush hour. We<br />

found a corridor for bicycles with<br />

seats and, although my husband was<br />

disappointed, I was very grateful for my<br />

train ride home.<br />

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Take to the Hills<br />

Marmalade MTB eases you into the world of adventure by bike<br />

So you’ve been inspired to get<br />

back on a bike, but you lack the<br />

confidence or resources to get up<br />

on the South Downs and have<br />

a go. Fortuitously, Sean and the<br />

gang from Marmalade MTB have got<br />

your back.<br />

They love mountain biking. But more<br />

importantly, they love sharing that love<br />

along with helping people get out and<br />

about in the <strong>Sussex</strong> countryside. You<br />

can hire a bike from them, and they<br />

have rides for novice, intermediate and<br />

advanced. They are a really supportive<br />

bunch who help you build your<br />

confidence as you tackle those first few<br />

ups and downs.<br />

Discover the South Downs<br />

Once you’ve plucked up the courage to<br />

give it a go, they have a whole host of<br />

tantalising South Downs rides to choose<br />

from which include a Ride and Dine in<br />

the Cuckmere Valley or on the Wiston<br />

Estate (yes, so you can finish your day<br />

with wine tasting!), Goodwood and<br />

Kingley Vale. Or if you’re brave enough,<br />

you could cycle the entire length of the<br />

South Downs Way, doing it in style, of<br />

course, by staying in Arundel each night,<br />

and being collected and taken to the day’s<br />

cycling start point.<br />

Starting your adventure<br />

The Marmalade folk also offer<br />

introduction sessions which are 3 to 4<br />

hours and a gentle ride with no pressure.<br />

They start and finish at Riverside South<br />

Downs near Amberley, so cake is often<br />

involved.<br />

Cycling is a great way to explore <strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

You cover more ground than by foot,<br />

and there is nothing quite like that<br />

thrill of whizzing down a sloping track<br />

or conquering that first hill. So your<br />

legs might hurt a little, but the sense of<br />

achievement is massive. And getting out<br />

and about by bike opens up a whole new<br />

world of adventure.<br />

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Terra Restaurant<br />

Nestled in the picturesque heart of<br />

the South Downs, within Tottington Manor, lies the stunningly<br />

refurbished TERRA restaurant. We invite guests to join us to<br />

indulge in a culinary journey like no other. Renowned for its<br />

commitment to sustainability and quality, TERRA proudly<br />

champions locally sourced produce, ensuring a menu that<br />

reflects the rich bounty of the region.<br />

At Tottington Manor<br />

With plenty of<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> wine<br />

on the menu,<br />

live music on<br />

a Friday night<br />

and a boutique<br />

hotel if you<br />

don’t want to<br />

go home ...<br />

From an indulgent afternoon tea<br />

after a hearty walk on the South<br />

Downs, to a quintessentially<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> dinner sitting on the<br />

terrace in the evening sun, Terra<br />

Restaurant is all about enjoying the very<br />

best <strong>Sussex</strong> has on offer.<br />

Terra roughly translates as land and<br />

represents the Terra teams’ dedication<br />

to all things local. With 90% of their<br />

ingredients coming from <strong>Sussex</strong>,<br />

including South Downs lamb, fish landed<br />

at Newhaven, and vegetables from Chefs<br />

Farm, the Terra menu is very much about<br />

the flavours of <strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

They make their own pickles, chilli<br />

oils and even their own gin and their<br />

menu changes seasonally according to<br />

what is available.<br />

Surrounded by an air of tranquillity<br />

that only comes with a position right at<br />

the foot of the Downs, the restaurant<br />

is contemporary and warm, and the<br />

spacious outdoor seating is perfect for<br />

long summer days. They even have a<br />

heated pergola and fire pits for when the<br />

sun sets.<br />

Their “simple ingredients, cooked well with<br />

flair and passion” motto might tempt you<br />

to try their <strong>Sussex</strong> cheese twice baked<br />

soufflé, <strong>Sussex</strong> lamb meatballs or garlic and<br />

chilli clams amongst other dishes. Or you<br />

might just opt for a selection of appetisers<br />

– after all – who doesn’t love the sound of<br />

aubergine Baba Ganoush? Or why not try<br />

a <strong>Sussex</strong> sharing platter and finish off with<br />

their <strong>Sussex</strong> apple tart, seasonal cheesecake<br />

or <strong>Sussex</strong> cheeseboard?<br />

With plenty of <strong>Sussex</strong> wine on the menu,<br />

live music on a Friday night and a boutique<br />

hotel if you don’t want to go home, Terra<br />

Restaurant just might become your go to<br />

restaurant of the summer.<br />


Edburton Road, Henfield,<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong> BN5 9LJ<br />

Telephone: 01903 815757<br />



01903 815757<br />

info@tottingtonmanor.co.uk<br />

www.tottingtonmanor.co.uk/terra<br />

Chris Hilton<br />

head chef<br />

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If you think <strong>Sussex</strong> is all about<br />

historic Medieval villages and<br />

buildings, you’d be right. And you’d<br />

be wrong. Because dotted along<br />

the coast are a number of stunning<br />

Art Deco buildings. Some of them are<br />

original, some of them slightly less so,<br />

but catch them on a sunny day, when<br />

shimmering white curves meet a blue<br />

sky, and they’ll take you to a time of<br />

bobbed hair, bias cuts, Coco Chanel,<br />

Elsa Schiaparelli and silhouette<br />

hugging silk dresses.<br />

Goodwood Aerodrome,<br />

near Chichester<br />

This building's Art Deco frontage is the<br />

replica of the Earls Court Motor Show<br />

exhibition area where the 1950s motor<br />

show was held, promising to display<br />

'cars of the future' inside. It was unveiled<br />

at the 2008 Goodwood Revival.<br />

Selsey Pavilion<br />

Three Decks<br />

Selsey Pavilion, Selsey<br />

Selsey Pavilion is a theatre hall that’s<br />

graced Selsey’s High Street since 1913.<br />

After years of careful planning and<br />

considerable fundraising, this Art Deco<br />

style building has recently been acquired<br />

by the Selsey Pavilion Trust - 50 years<br />

after its closure. Their plan is to bring<br />

it back to life as a cultural centre of live<br />

entertainment and cinema. There’s still<br />

much work to be done and you can<br />

read more about this great community<br />

project at: www.selseypavilion.org<br />

Goodwood Aerodrome<br />

Art Deco <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Three Decks,<br />

near Bognor Regis<br />

Just outside Bognor Regis is Three Decks<br />

which was built in the 1930s. The story<br />

goes it was built for a sea captain. Now<br />

privately owned, it has three floors, and<br />

from the beach, it resembles a small<br />

ocean liner.<br />

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Manor Road Garage,<br />

East Preston, near Littlehampton<br />

Tucked away in the backstreets of<br />

East Preston, Manor Road Garage<br />

was built in approximately 1919 but<br />

extended in the 1930s. It still has four<br />

decommissioned forecourt petrol pumps<br />

which date from the late 1940s or early<br />

1950s. It operated as a garage until 1973<br />

but was then left derelict and abandoned<br />

until 2011/12 when it was converted<br />

into stylish apartments.<br />

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing<br />

Built in 1926, the Pavilion Theatre is a<br />

central landmark in the town with pride<br />

of place at the entrance to the pier. The<br />

original pier was destroyed by fire but<br />

was rebuilt in 1935, in distinct Art Deco<br />

style that reflects the theatre.<br />

Connaught Theatre, Worthing<br />

Originally built in 1916, the Connaught<br />

was refurbished in 1935. Upstairs in the<br />

café there are still some interesting Art<br />

Deco lights and finishing touches.<br />

Shoreham Airport, Shoreham<br />

Officially called Brighton City Airport,<br />

the terminal was built in 1936 and<br />

has a wonderful Art Deco interior and<br />

café. Well worth a coffee while you<br />

watch the fleet of small aircraft coming<br />

and going.<br />

The Seahorse, Brighton<br />

Formerly known as the Brighton Beach<br />

Club and before that as the Milkmaid<br />

Pavilion, the building on the seafront<br />

now known as The Seahorse wasn’t<br />

actually built until the 1950s. It was<br />

built as part of the Festival of Britain<br />

and an Art Deco style restaurant was<br />

added in 2000.<br />

Clockwise:<br />

Manor Road Garage<br />

East Preston<br />

De La Warr Pavilion,<br />

Bexhill<br />

Eastbourne Bandstand<br />

Salt Dean Lido<br />

Marine Court,<br />

St Leonards<br />

Shoreham Airport<br />

Worthing Connaught<br />

Worthing Pier<br />

Centre:<br />

Brighton Beach Club<br />

Salt Dean Lido, Salt Dean<br />

Salt Dean Lido makes quite an<br />

impression as you drive along the<br />

A259. It’s often described as one of<br />

the best surviving examples of lido<br />

design in the UK and in 2018, it was<br />

named by English Heritage as one of<br />

the Seven Wonders of The English<br />

Seaside. Designed by architect RWH<br />

Jones and opened in 1938, it was saved<br />

from demolition in 2010/11 by a local<br />

community campaign and is now reopen.<br />

Restoration work is ongoing.<br />

Eastbourne Bandstand,<br />

Eastbourne<br />

The bandstand was bult in 1935 and<br />

remains a distinctive and stylish feature<br />

on the seafront where it is home to lots<br />

of live music events.<br />

De La Warr Pavilion,<br />

Bexhill on Sea<br />

Built in 1935 and a central point in<br />

Bexhill, this contemporary art centre<br />

suffered bomb damage in 1940 and<br />

although it carried on hosting a<br />

programme of events, the building<br />

gradually fell into disrepair. It was<br />

granted listed status in 1985 and 1989<br />

saw the formation of the Pavilion Trust,<br />

a group dedicated to protecting and<br />

restoring the building.<br />

Marine Court,<br />

St Leonards on Sea<br />

Built between 1936 and 1938, this<br />

stunning seafront building was<br />

designed to look like an ocean liner.<br />

It is 14 stories high and at the time of<br />

opening, it was the tallest residential<br />

building in Britain.<br />

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Saturday morning<br />

The late Victorian<br />

East Hill funicular.<br />

This happens to be<br />

the steepest funicular<br />

in the UK and takes<br />

you up to Hastings<br />

Country Park.<br />

48 Hours in Hastings<br />

Browse in contemporary art galleries, explore twittens and secret<br />

passageways and enjoy the catch of the day<br />

The Borough of Hastings in East <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

includes Hastings, Hastings Old Town and<br />

St Leonards on Sea. The town predates<br />

the Norman Conquest, but this is 1066<br />

Country and there are plenty of reminders.<br />

Although the Battle of Hastings in 1066<br />

actually took place at nearby Battle,<br />

William landed on the coast between<br />

Hastings and Eastbourne at Pevensey, and<br />

later built Hastings Castle on West Hill<br />

above the town.<br />

Hastings went on to become a Medieval<br />

Cinque Port and by the 19th century (and<br />

with the arrival of the railway), it was a<br />

fashionable seaside resort. St Leonards on<br />

Sea to the west of Hastings was developed<br />

in the 18th century as a seaside town. Both<br />

towns are rich in interesting architecture<br />

and history, have miles of beach, and a<br />

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unique and modern vibe, making them<br />

great for a cultural city break.<br />

Friday afternoon arrival<br />

If you can, arrive early and visit Hastings<br />

Contemporary on The Stade. It’s a<br />

museum of contemporary British art<br />

and they have a couple of fascinating<br />

exhibitions this year that include a<br />

Quentin Blake exhibition and an Elias<br />

Sime exhibition. Last entry is at 4.30 pm<br />

and they close at 5 pm. Then for dinner,<br />

why not try The Stag Inn in All Saints<br />

Street in the Old Town. This is the oldest<br />

residential street in the town and the pub<br />

dates back to the 16th century. They’ve<br />

got a fabulous garden and host live bands<br />

at the weekend.<br />

Start your Saturday exploring the fishing<br />

quarter at Rock-a-Nore and the Old<br />

Town. Rock-a-Nore stretches from the<br />

Old Town eastwards with cliffs to one<br />

side and the beach (named The Stade)<br />

to the other. You’ll see the distinctive<br />

black fishermen’s huts, the East Hill<br />

funicular, the Fishermen’s Museum and an<br />

aquarium. Get here early to see the day’s<br />

catch being landed and buy fresh seafood<br />

from one of the many fisheries. And<br />

lookout for the sculpture of a winkle on<br />

Winkle Island. It’s by local sculptor, Leigh<br />

Dyer, and is one of a number you’ll spot<br />

around the town.<br />

Then head into the Old Town. It centres<br />

around the High Street and George Street<br />

but includes a labyrinth of narrow lanes,<br />

twittens, passageways and hidden squares.<br />

The Old Town has squashed itself between<br />

East and West Hills and is a fabulous mix<br />

of architectural styles, with Medieval,<br />

Tudor and Victorian buildings scrambling<br />

upwards towards the cliffs above. This<br />

was the territory of smugglers who would<br />

stash their wares in the caves on the hill.<br />

Nowadays, the Old Town has a wonderfully<br />

bohemian atmosphere with lots of<br />

independent shops and cafés. Be sure to<br />

look out for the next Leigh Dyer sculpture<br />

of an octopus playing chess in Butler’s Gap<br />

as an eel watches on! And for something<br />

really different, try AG Hendy and Co in<br />

the Old Town High Street for lunch. Run<br />

by a food journalist and photographer, this<br />

seafood restaurant only has a few tables,<br />

but everything served is fresh off the boats.<br />

This is not just lunch. This is a seafood<br />

experience, and they also do a number of<br />

interesting workshops if you have the time<br />

and prebook.<br />

Saturday afternoon<br />

Take the Victorian cliff railway (complete<br />

with original carriages) up through a<br />

tunnel to the top of West Hill. The views<br />

are spectacular as you look down at the sea<br />

and town below, and across to East Hill.<br />

Apart from admiring the views, this is<br />

also where you’ll also find the remains of<br />

Hastings Castle and St Clement’s Caves<br />

(AKA Smugglers Cave). The caves are<br />

interactive, and the castle has yet more<br />

stunning views and played a significant role<br />

in the early days of the new Norman era<br />

following the Norman conquest. There are<br />

various ticket combinations you can get<br />

for entry to both. When you’ve finished,<br />

walk down via the narrow streets and steps<br />

back to the Old Town.<br />

Saturday evening<br />

If you’ve not had enough of seafood yet,<br />

try dinner at the renowned Webbe’s fish<br />

restaurant. Then walk along the seafront<br />

towards the pier looking out for the next<br />

Leigh Dyer sculpture on the beach. It’s<br />

called The Landing and represents the<br />

prow of a Norman longboat. Opposite the<br />

pier is the White Rock Theatre. Both the<br />

theatre and the pier have a programme<br />

of events, shows or live music for your<br />

evening’s entertainment.<br />

Sunday morning<br />

Sunday morning is all about exploring<br />

St Leonards on Sea. From the pier, walk<br />

along the seafront to Marine Court. You’ll<br />

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know it because this Art Deco building<br />

looks like a huge ocean liner has drifted up<br />

on to the road. There are all sorts of cool<br />

cafés along the promenade for a morning<br />

coffee which include Starsky and Hatch,<br />

and the colourful and musical Goat Ledge.<br />

Look out for Bottle Alley on the seafront<br />

and Warrior Square to your right, with its<br />

grand Victorian buildings. From here, you<br />

want to head inland and explore.<br />

Much of St Leonards is focused around<br />

Norman Road and Kings Road. This<br />

is home to an eclectic collection of art<br />

galleries, vintage clothing shops, record<br />

stores and cafés. Pop into Heist which is<br />

an indoor street food market for a coffee<br />

or a light bite, but do make sure you leave<br />

time to explore the wider area.<br />

St Leonards Gardens in between Maze<br />

Hill and Quarry Hill is a little area<br />

of tranquillity, and this area has some<br />

fabulous architecture which includes<br />

Baston Lodge, North Lodge (once home<br />

of Sir Henry Rider Haggard - author<br />

of ‘King Solomon’s Mines’), the Gothic<br />

Clock Tower house and rows of brightly<br />

coloured buildings. If you have time, walk<br />

along the seafront a little further west<br />

to see the latest Leigh Dyer sculpture:<br />

Marina. Then grab lunch back in the<br />

Kings Road before heading out of town<br />

for the afternoon.<br />

Sunday afternoon<br />

Before you leave Hastings, there’s just<br />

time for a little “green exploring” and for<br />

this, you have options. Alexandra Park is<br />

about a mile inland from Hastings town<br />

centre. It covers 109 acres and includes<br />

formal gardens, wooded areas, lakes, a<br />

bandstand and a miniature railway. Along<br />

the eastern side is a magnificent row of<br />

Victorian houses.<br />

For those with a more adventurous spirit,<br />

climb up East Hill (or take the East Hill<br />

funicular because it is quite a climb).<br />

East Hill is a large area that leads into<br />

Hastings Country Park. Here there are<br />

waterfalls, hidden coves and glens, and<br />

amazing coastal views. The park covers<br />

853 acres and there is a Visitor Centre on<br />

the eastern side.<br />

Places to stay<br />

The Laindons Guest House in Hastings<br />

Old Town is a boutique B&B in a<br />

Georgian property right in the heart of<br />

the Old Town.<br />

The Royal Victoria Hotel is a grand<br />

Victorian hotel right on the seafront of St<br />

Leonards.<br />

The Bath House is a converted Turkish<br />

bath house and Airbnb in Quarry Hill in<br />

St Leonards.<br />

Travel to Hastings<br />

Hastings is 53 miles (85 km) south east<br />

of London. There are mainline train<br />

services to Hastings and St Leonards<br />

from London and journey times are<br />

approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.<br />

Top: Bailiffscourt<br />

Right: Bailiffscourt<br />

cocktails<br />

48 Hours in Arun<br />

Enjoy coastal walks, sumptuous<br />

spas, an ancient castle, quirky cafés<br />

and boutiques, and local wine<br />

The district of Arun includes<br />

Pagham, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton<br />

and Arundel. To the south, it has<br />

approximately 25 km of coast and to the<br />

north are the stunning South Downs.<br />

It’s home to a magnificent castle, the<br />

River Arun, nature reserves and forests.<br />

The recently released film Wicked<br />

Little Letters starring Olivia Colman,<br />

Jessie Buckley and Timothy Spall was<br />

based on a true story that took place in<br />

Littlehampton and was filmed in Arundel<br />

and Worthing. Some of the actors stayed<br />

at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa during<br />

filming. All of which makes Arun a<br />

fantastic place to escape for 48 hours.<br />

Friday afternoon arrival<br />

If you’re staying at Bailiffscourt, you<br />

might just want to relax and unwind in<br />

their surroundings on Friday afternoon<br />

and evening. This is a gorgeous Medievalstyle<br />

hotel that has a 13th century chapel,<br />

underground tunnels, an inner rose-clad<br />

courtyard, 30 acres of private parkland<br />

and access to the seafront. Have a<br />

cocktail in the garden or courtyard, walk<br />

down to the beach or check out their spa<br />

facilities. Then enjoy a great night’s sleep<br />

in one of their fourposter beds (check<br />

availability when booking).<br />

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Saturday morning<br />

After breakfast, it’s a 4 km coastal walk<br />

to Littlehampton harbour bridge where<br />

you cross the River Arun and enter<br />

Littlehampton town. You’ll pass the edge<br />

of a nature reserve and Littlehampton<br />

Fort before you come to the river and<br />

harbour.<br />

Once in the town, visit the free museum<br />

to get a sense of the area. It’s in the<br />

Manor House in Church Street and<br />

from there, if you’re a big Wicked Little<br />

Letters fan, you could visit Western Road<br />

where the main protagonists of the film<br />

lived at number 45 and number 47. That<br />

said, although it’s a pretty enough street,<br />

there’s not much to see.<br />

After this, it’s down to the seafront. Walk<br />

along the wide promenade that overlooks<br />

the harbour. Try a little crabbing over<br />

the side of Littlehampton pier, or muck<br />

about on the mile long sand and shingle<br />

Blue Flag beach. When you’ve built up<br />

an appetite, grab some fish and chips<br />

from Pier Road and eat them on the<br />

UK’s longest bench, or grab a bite from<br />

the unusual looking East Beach Café.<br />

Saturday afternoon<br />

Saturday afternoon is all about water<br />

sports and adventure, and you need to<br />

make your way a little further east along<br />

the seafront to the Beach Café. This<br />

distinctive wooden building has a roof<br />

top terrace and all the action you could<br />

need. Take your pick from windsurfing,<br />

kiteboarding, paddleboarding, wingfoil<br />

Top: Littlehampton<br />

Harbour<br />

Right: Littlehampton<br />

Long Bench<br />

Bottom:<br />

Littlehampton<br />

Beach Cafe<br />

or sea swimming. And if you’re not<br />

tempted by that, try skateboarding, yoga<br />

or dancing!<br />

The Beach Café also host lots of events, so<br />

if you have any energy left, check out what’s<br />

on there and join them for an evening<br />

beach barbeque or live music on Saturday<br />

night. They serve food until 9 pm.<br />

Alternatively, grab your stuff and head<br />

north to the town of Arundel for your<br />

second night. Arundel Jailhouse is a<br />

unique underground venue where they<br />

host a programme of different events from<br />

murder mystery to Motown, and the town<br />

also has a number of good restaurants.<br />

Sunday morning<br />

Start your morning with a walk around<br />

Arundel town where some of Wicked<br />

Little Letters was filmed. There are lots<br />

of independent shops in the town which<br />

include art galleries, book shops, antiques,<br />

fashion and work by local artisans.<br />

Don’t miss Nineveh House or the Old<br />

Printworks shopping arcade. There’s a<br />

Farmers Market on the third Saturday of<br />

each month if you’re here on a Saturday<br />

and a wine merchant (Digby Fine<br />

English) which sells local wines and has a<br />

tasting room in the High Street. They are<br />

open from 12 to 4 pm on a Sunday.<br />

If you have time or the energy, walk up to<br />

Arundel Park and the Hiorne Tower and<br />

get a quick peek at the stunning South<br />

Downs before making your way to the<br />

Black Rabbit, set on the river banks just<br />

out of town. This quirky pub has views<br />

of the castle and lots of memorabilia. Ask<br />

them about their Harry Potter boat from<br />

The Philosopher’s Stone.<br />

Sunday afternoon<br />

Sunday afternoon is about history and<br />

culture because you can’t visit this town<br />

without a tour of Arundel Castle. With<br />

foundations dating back to 1067, but<br />

with lots of subsequent refurbishment,<br />

there is so much to see here. Climb the<br />

Keep for views across the county, admire<br />

the grandeur of the Baron’s Hall and<br />

Dining Room, and lose yourself in the<br />

magnificent library. And if you’re lucky,<br />

you might just have time for a quick beer<br />

at the Fauna Brewing Taproom in the Old<br />

Engine Shed, a short distance away before<br />

you head home.<br />

Top: Arundel Castle<br />

dining room<br />

Right:Arundel Tea &<br />

Biscuit Club<br />

Arundel Cathedral<br />

Arundel Castle<br />

grounds<br />

Bottom:<br />

Arundel Castle<br />

Planning your trip<br />

Littlehampton is approximately 50 miles<br />

from London and train times are about<br />

1 hr 40 mins. The nearest airports are<br />

Gatwick and Brighton City Airport.<br />

Return trains from Arundel to London<br />

take about 1 hr 30 mins.<br />

Places to stay in Arundel<br />

Places to stay in Arundel include The Pig<br />

in the Downs (just outside the town) and<br />

the Norfolk Arms.<br />

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This 5.5 km South Downs<br />

circular walk from Chantry<br />

Post near Storrington in<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong> is very much<br />

about stunning views and<br />

walking in the footsteps of our ancestors.<br />

If you’re looking for a Midsummer<br />

evening walk, it’s perfect.<br />

Take the A283 (from the A24) and<br />

head towards Storrington. Just before<br />

the town, turn left down Chantry Lane.<br />

It’s narrow, long and steep in places but<br />

will take you to the top of the South<br />

Downs to the Chantry Post car park<br />

which is free.<br />

walk, you want to bear right towards Lee<br />

Farm. But if you are ever lucky enough<br />

to find yourself on Harrow Hill, it is<br />

breathtaking. Just ask the sheep.<br />

Alternative route<br />

If you wish, you can follow the path<br />

to the west side of Harrow Hill until it<br />

loops around to the south where you<br />

turn left, and then head north back to<br />

the South Downs Way passing between<br />

Harrow Hill and Blackpatch Hill. This<br />

route is about 7 km.<br />

Midsummer<br />

South Downs<br />

Circular Walk<br />

The perfect summer sunset walk at Chantry Post<br />

Chantry-sunset<br />

Harrow Hill<br />

You’ll need Ordnance Survey Explorer<br />

OL10. At the car park, the South Downs<br />

Way runs from east to west, but you<br />

are heading south through a gate with<br />

Angmering Estate signage on it. In the<br />

distance, you can see a very distinctive<br />

hill (Harrow Hill) and the path takes you<br />

straight towards it.<br />

Harrow Hill<br />

It’s just short of 2 km to Harrow Hill<br />

with cracking views all the way. Harrow<br />

Hill is a scheduled monument and as<br />

you approach, you can see a sort of<br />

dimpling to the left side of the hill. The<br />

hill has a Neolithic flint mine and a<br />

Martin Down-style enclosure from the<br />

Bronze Age. The flint mine is right on<br />

the top and includes a large number of<br />

shafts and pits. When one of the shafts<br />

was excavated in 1924–25, they found<br />

engraved designs above the entrances.<br />

A Martin Down-style enclosure is a<br />

type of Bronze Age domestic enclosure<br />

and includes very visible banks and<br />

ditches. Excavations were done in 1936<br />

here and pottery shards from about 600<br />

BC were found.<br />

The footpath appears to go straight up<br />

the hill but in fact, there is no public<br />

footpath up and onto the hill and for this<br />

Blackpatch Hill<br />

Blackpatch Hill is another scheduled<br />

monument and also has a Neolithic flint<br />

mine, as well as Bronze Age barrows<br />

(mounds of earth and stones raised over<br />

a grave). If you wish to climb it, there’s<br />

a footpath to it from the Chantry Post<br />

car park.<br />

Lee Farm to Kithurst<br />

If you’re not taking the alternative route,<br />

bear right as you pass the foot of Harrow<br />

Hill at a little crossroads and towards<br />

Lee Farm. In amongst the small crop of<br />

farm buildings, there is a bridlepath to<br />

the right which will take you all the way<br />

back up to the South Downs Way. At<br />

sunset, the sun is slightly ahead of you<br />

but stop and look back often because<br />

the panoramic views of <strong>Sussex</strong> and her<br />

coastline are incredible.<br />

With a barley crop swaying in the<br />

breeze on either side of the footpath as<br />

it slowly climbs back towards the South<br />

Downs Way, the setting sun ahead and<br />

a rising full moon behind, it’s truly<br />

magical. Once back on the South Downs<br />

Way, turn right and follow it back to the<br />

car park at Chantry Post. The views keep<br />

on giving all the way back to the car!<br />

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Friston Forest<br />

Escape the heat of the summer in the shade of the forest<br />

View of Cuckmere<br />

Haven from Friston<br />

Forest<br />

White Horse<br />

Friston Forest<br />

Westdean Church<br />

Friston Forest is within the<br />

South Downs National Park<br />

between Lullington Heath<br />

National Nature Reserve and<br />

Seven Sisters Country Park<br />

and in between Seaford and Eastbourne<br />

in East <strong>Sussex</strong>. The forest was only<br />

planted in the 1930–40s by the Forestry<br />

Commission and is mainly made up of<br />

beech trees.<br />

There are three car parks, namely<br />

at Exceat at the Visitor Centre, off<br />

Litlington Road and at Butchershole.<br />

Forestry England have two recommended<br />

short walks: the Butchers Trudge Trail<br />

(1.2 km) and the White Horse View<br />

Trail (2.5 km) from which you get a<br />

view of the White Horse (a figure cut<br />

in chalk into the hillside). The forest is<br />

also waymarked for cyclists and there<br />

are two recommended cycle routes, an<br />

easy family friendly route or a more<br />

challenging one. You can download a<br />

map of these routes from the Forestry<br />

England website. Alternatively, grab<br />

Ordnance Survey Explorer 25 and follow<br />

your nose.<br />

A 5 km loop<br />

The joy of Friston Forest is that you can<br />

go as far (or not) as you like, joining it<br />

up with the Seven Sisters or just sticking<br />

to the shade on a hot summer’s day. But<br />

it’s a shame, if you’re in this part of the<br />

world, to miss Westdean and the descent<br />

from there back to the car park.<br />

Park at Exceat and walk up the steep<br />

hill behind the Visitor Centre and away<br />

from Cuckmere Haven. You’re heading<br />

north east and at the top, you climb<br />

over a shallow wall before descending<br />

a flight of steps to Westdean. At the<br />

bottom of the steps turn right and<br />

just follow the path eastwards into the<br />

forest. There are lots of tracks you can<br />

take, but for a nice loop, walk for about<br />

2 km until you see a fairly main path to<br />

your left. Take that until it joins another<br />

main path where you go left again and<br />

follow it back to Westdean.<br />

Westdean<br />

Westdean is a small, pretty, unusual and<br />

historic village that dates back to the<br />

Saxon period. It is claimed that Alfred<br />

the Great had a palace in the village,<br />

and later, after the Norman conquest,<br />

William the Conqueror’s half-brother,<br />

Robert Count of Mortain, became the<br />

owner of the village. There are plenty of<br />

historical buildings to admire such as the<br />

church and the Old Parsonage – believed<br />

to be the oldest continually inhabited<br />

home in Britain.<br />

Sadly, the Black Death of 1348 struck<br />

the village and surrounding area leading<br />

to the nearby village of Exceat being<br />

abandoned.<br />

Once you’ve wandered through the<br />

village, head back up those steps … it’s a<br />

tough climb but worth every step when<br />

you enjoy the views across to Cuckmere<br />

Haven from the wall before you descend<br />

to the car park.<br />

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Saltmarsh<br />

Farmhouse<br />

breakfast<br />

Cuckmere<br />

Haven<br />

Dog friendly beaches<br />

Cuckmere Haven Beach, East <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

In between Seaford and Eastbourne, Cuckmere Haven<br />

is a particularly stunning spot, where the winding<br />

river finally meets the sea. You can walk along the flat<br />

riverbanks and beach, or you can challenge yourself<br />

to climbing the steep path up to the start of the<br />

Seven Sisters.<br />

The beach is one of the quieter ones in the area and dogs<br />

are allowed on this beach all year-round. There are areas<br />

where you need to keep your dog under control and / or<br />

on a lead to protect local wildlife.<br />

Head back to the dog friendly Saltmarsh Farmhouse Café<br />

for a late breakfast in the courtyard when you’ve finished<br />

your walk.<br />

Paws in the Park<br />

Dog Friendly <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Pagham Beach, West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Pagham Beach is just west of Bognor Regis and dogs are<br />

welcome all year round. Pagham Harbour nature reserve is a<br />

short walk away (although dogs should be kept on leads there<br />

to protect the wildlife in the reserve).<br />

After your walk, head to The Lion pub for a bite to eat when<br />

you’re ready. It’s in Nyetimber Lane, and they have a dog<br />

friendly bar.<br />

Dog events<br />

Paws in the Park <strong>Sussex</strong> Show<br />

18th to 19th May 2024, South of<br />

England Showground, Ardingly,<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

This is a veritable celebration of all things<br />

dog related. There are dog agility displays,<br />

there are opportunities for you and<br />

your hound to have a go at dog agility<br />

or flyball, there are lots of competitions<br />

from Canicross to pedigree classes, and<br />

lots and lots of shopping. You can camp<br />

on site if you’re coming from out of area.<br />

Goodwoof<br />

18th to 19th May 2024,<br />

Goodwood Kennels, West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

You’ll find world-class competitions<br />

from top canine athletes at this event<br />

along with wellness workshops, talks<br />

from key behavioural and veterinary<br />

experts and free-of-charge activities<br />

that you can take part in with your<br />

dog. There are also Field & Trail<br />

demonstrations plus treats and plenty<br />

of play.<br />

Dog friendly places to visit<br />

Parham House, Wakehurst and Borde Hill allow dogs.<br />

Check first to see what areas they are allowed in. The<br />

following National Trust properties also allow dogs:<br />

Bodiam, Bateman’s, Sheffield Park, Birling Gap and<br />

Seven Sisters, Petworth, Standen, Nymans and Uppark.<br />

Dog friendly places to stay<br />

If you want to explore Ashdown Forest, your dog will be<br />

welcome at The Cat in West Hoathly. It’s a 16th century<br />

inn with a ton of history. At the other end of the county<br />

(well almost) is Ashling Park, a great base from where to<br />

explore places like Kingley Vale, the South Downs and<br />

Chichester. One dog is allowed by prior arrangement in<br />

the lodges, restaurant and in their vineyard.<br />

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FOOD<br />

FOOD<br />

Citronmåne Lemon<br />

Marzipan Cake<br />

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Baker’s Oven<br />

Bursting with summer flavours, Becci Coombes of Hygge Style<br />

shares two mouthwatering cake recipes<br />

Damp, fragrant and dense, this is<br />

my version of that Scandinavian<br />

supermarket staple, the Danish<br />

lemon half-moon cake. Popular in<br />

Denmark as an emergency purchase<br />

when friends are visiting (and a constant presence in<br />

my mum’s kitchen since I was little), it can usually<br />

be found on the shelves of most petrol stations.<br />

Legend has it that just as New York's finest love<br />

their doughnuts, the Danish police force adore their<br />

Citronmåne! Here the addition of ground almonds<br />

add a lovely texture, while the zesty icing will perk<br />

up any coffee gathering; pop the marzipan in the<br />

fridge for an hour or so before you start cooking<br />

and you will find it much easier to grate.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

200 g sugar<br />

200 g butter, softened<br />

200 g plain flour<br />

4 eggs<br />

50 g ground almonds<br />

100 g marzipan<br />

1 tsp baking powder<br />

1 lemon<br />

200 g icing sugar<br />

25 g flaked almonds to decorate<br />

Method:<br />

Pop the marzipan in the fridge to chill while you<br />

preheat the oven to 160 degrees and grease and line a<br />

25 cm springform cake tin with baking paper.<br />

Zest and juice the lemon.<br />

Place the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, add half<br />

the zest and mix gently for three to four minutes; this<br />

will release the oils from the lemon skin ensuring the<br />

sugar is beautifully fragrant.<br />

Add the butter to the lemon sugar and whisk until<br />

pale and fluffy; while the mixer does its work, grate<br />

the marzipan.<br />

Crack the eggs into the mixer one at a time and stir<br />

in, adding a spoonful of flour each time.<br />

Tip the remaining flour, marzipan, almonds and<br />

baking powder into the bowl along with half the<br />

lemon juice (this should be roughly one and a half<br />

tablespoons of liquid). Beat gently until the mixture is<br />

smooth then scrape into the prepared tin.<br />

Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes,<br />

until the top is golden, and a skewer poked in comes<br />

out clean.<br />

Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before<br />

turning out onto a wire rack.<br />

To make the topping, sieve the icing sugar into a large<br />

bowl. Stir in the remaining lemon juice then add boiling<br />

water, a spoonful at a time, until the icing is thick and<br />

smooth (you want an icing the consistency of thick<br />

cream, so it doesn’t pour off the sides straight away).<br />

Flip the cake upside down to give you a nice flat<br />

surface for decorating. Tip the icing into the centre of<br />

the sponge then gently nudge it towards the edge of<br />

the cake using the back of a spoon (if it gets too sticky<br />

and starts dragging cake crumbs around, you can dip<br />

the spoon in hot water, so it just glides along!).<br />

Scatter the remaining zest over the top of the cake<br />

along with the flaked almonds, then leave to set for an<br />

hour or so before serving.<br />


FOOD<br />

FOOD<br />

Mum’s Favourite<br />

e<br />

Persian Love Cake<br />

Imagine if you will, the heady promise of a<br />

traditional lemon drizzle cake taken to new<br />

exotic heights with fragrant Middle Eastern<br />

flavours and spices, then decorated with some<br />

of your beautiful dried rose petals; perfect for a<br />

special afternoon tea or summer celebration. A moist<br />

almond, cardamom and pistachio cake is lightly<br />

drenched with lemon and rose water syrup while still<br />

warm, then spread with a zesty lemon icing. This is<br />

what my mother insists on calling ‘a proper icing’,<br />

none of that fluffy, buttery stuff that the rest of us<br />

could eat all evening with a spoon. She says it tastes<br />

even better on the second day, when all the beautiful<br />

flavours really start to shine through.<br />

A word about rose water; rather than buying it in<br />

the baking section of your local supermarket, have a<br />

look in the World Foods aisle, where it seems to be<br />

about a third of the price. Secondly, different brands<br />

can vary wildly in strength. If in doubt, go easy with<br />

it, as our hope is the cake will evoke the heady scent<br />

of a warm summer’s day, rather than a bottle of<br />

complimentary hotel shampoo.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

For the cake<br />

110 g butter, softened<br />

150 g caster sugar<br />

250 g ground almonds<br />

180 g self raising flour<br />

4 eggs<br />

2 large tablespoons Greek yoghurt<br />

10 cardamom pods<br />

Zest and juice of one lemon<br />

1 tbsp rose water<br />

25 g green pistachio kernels, chopped<br />

For the drizzle<br />

2 tbsp caster sugar<br />

Juice of half a lemon<br />

1 tsp rose water<br />

For the icing<br />

150 g icing sugar<br />

Juice of half a lemon<br />

25 g green pistachio kernels, chopped<br />

Edible dried rose petals<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C. Grease and line<br />

an 8-inch baking tin with greaseproof paper.<br />

Using a pestle and mortar, crush the cardamom pods<br />

until the shells split. Remove the husks and then<br />

grind the seeds that are left behind until they begin<br />

to release their wonderful floral fragrance.<br />

Using either a stand mixer or an electric whisk,<br />

beat together the butter and sugar until they are light<br />

and fluffy.<br />

Add the eggs one by one, accompanying each with a<br />

hefty spoonful of flour to stop the mixture curdling.<br />

Tip in the rest of the flour, ground almonds, yoghurt,<br />

lemon juice, zest and rose water and mix again until<br />

thoroughly combined.<br />

Lastly stir in the chopped pistachios and scrape into<br />

your prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes in the<br />

centre of the oven or until a poked-in skewer comes<br />

out clean (I tend to check it after about 35 minutes<br />

and then pop a piece of tin foil over the top if it<br />

looks like it is browning too quickly).<br />

As soon as you have removed the cake from the oven,<br />

place the ingredients for the drizzle in a small pan<br />

and set over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer and<br />

stir until all the sugar has dissolved.<br />

Carefully tip the still warm cake out onto a wire rack<br />

and peel off the greaseproof paper (the top is now<br />

essentially the bottom, giving you a lovely flat surface<br />

to ice). Poke lots of little holes all over the cake with<br />

a cocktail stick then slowly pour over the drizzle.<br />

Once the cake is completely cold, prepare the icing.<br />

Sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl and then stir<br />

in the lemon juice. Keep adding drops of cold water,<br />

a few at a time, until you have a thick icing. Tip it<br />

into the middle of the cake, then gently encourage it<br />

out towards the sides using the back of a spoon.<br />

Sprinkle over the chopped pistachios and dried<br />

rose petals.<br />

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FOOD<br />

FOOD<br />

Sticky Chilli Chicken<br />

With Rice & Crispy Kale<br />

Vanessa Jamieson shares a supper club favourite<br />

This recipe is one of my “go<br />

to” favourites when feeding a<br />

crowd and it’s always a winner!<br />

Juicy, sweet and with a hint of<br />

chilli, these chicken thighs and crispy<br />

kale make a warming combination and it<br />

is perfect for a mid-week friends supper<br />

club. This feeds six hungry guests,<br />

although it is so moreish, don’t expect<br />

any left for lunch the next day!<br />

Ingredients<br />

50 g unsalted butter<br />

2 finely sliced onions<br />

400 g basmati rice<br />

800 ml chicken stock<br />

12 boneless and skinless chicken thighs<br />

Olive oil<br />

1 large bag of kale<br />

8 tbsp or 120 ml sweet chilli sauce<br />

8 tbsp or 120 ml runny honey<br />

2 crushed garlic clove<br />

Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger,<br />

finely grated<br />

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds<br />

Method<br />

Heat the oven to 180 degrees, fan<br />

assisted.<br />

Cut the thighs into large pieces and<br />

fry in a generous glug of olive oil until<br />

golden and cooked through – this will<br />

take around 15-20 mins because of the<br />

quantity or you may prefer to do this in<br />

two batches.<br />

Melt the butter in a large pot over a<br />

medium heat, then slowly fry the onions<br />

for around 10 mins until they start to<br />

caramelise. Stir in the basmati rice, then<br />

pour in the chicken stock. Let that come<br />

to the boil and then cover it with a lid (or<br />

tin foil if using a large baking tin like I<br />

did), then turn the heat to low and cook<br />

for 10-15 minutes until all the stock is<br />

absorbed by the rice. Remove from the<br />

heat and cover it to keep warm.<br />

Spread the kale onto a large baking tray,<br />

drizzle it with a tbsp or so of olive oil and<br />

season with sea salt. Pop in the oven for<br />

10 minutes or until starting to crisp and<br />

blacken at the edges.<br />

Mix the sweet chilli sauce, runny honey,<br />

6 tbsp or 90ml water, garlic and ginger.<br />

Season, then stir into the chicken. Turn<br />

the heat to high and stir-fry the chicken<br />

for another 3-4 minutes or until the<br />

sauce is thick and coating the chicken.<br />

Layer the kale on top of the rice and<br />

pour the chicken and sauce over the top,<br />

sprinkling with the toasted sesame seeds<br />

to finish and serve the dish.<br />

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FOOD<br />

Handcross Park School<br />

Bubbles & Botanicals is a <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

sparkling wine and craft gin event,<br />

being held at stunning Handcross Park<br />

on the 2nd November 2024. <strong>Sussex</strong> is<br />

now on the world stage with its awardwinning<br />

wines and gins, and this is a<br />

rare chance to meet a number of local<br />

producers.<br />

• Try and taste superb local sparkling<br />

wine and gins.<br />

• Learn more about the vineyards<br />

and distilleries.<br />

• Speak to the growers, winemakers<br />

and distillers who each have their<br />

own unique story to tell.<br />

• Buy wines straight from the<br />

producers for the festive period<br />

and beyond.<br />

With more than 15 stalls representing<br />

some of the best sparkling wine<br />

producers and gin makers from<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> and the surrounding areas,<br />

there will be samples and event-only<br />

deals for ticket holders. Bubbles &<br />

Botanicals is the perfect opportunity<br />

to get together with friends, stock<br />

up on Christmas supplies, enjoy<br />

some great local wines and learn<br />

more about the <strong>Sussex</strong> wine and<br />

gin industries. Early bird tickets are<br />

just £15.<br />

Bubbles & Botanicals is the perfect<br />

opportunity to get together with<br />

friends, stock up on Christmas<br />

supplies, enjoy some great local wines<br />

and learn more about the <strong>Sussex</strong> wine<br />

and gin industries.<br />

A celebration of <strong>Sussex</strong> Sparkling Wine & Gin<br />

Saturday Afternoon - 2nd November 2024<br />

1 pm to 5.00 pm<br />

London Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6HF<br />

Book your ticket today<br />

www.bubblesandbotanicals.net<br />

Tuck your napkin in, and prepare to whet your appetite with our round up<br />

of some of the best <strong>Sussex</strong> foodie experiences<br />

Top image:<br />

© Phil Winter of<br />

sussexruralimages.co.uk<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> Foodie<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> producers and<br />

foodie experiences<br />

South Brockwells Farm, near<br />

Uckfield, East <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

South Brockwells Farm is a family<br />

run, multi award winning farm in<br />

East <strong>Sussex</strong>. They have their own farm<br />

shop and kitchen (open Wednesday to<br />

Sunday and every day during asparagus<br />

season). This is the place to go for <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

asparagus which they cut daily from the<br />

start of the season on St George’s Day<br />

(23rd April) to the <strong>Summer</strong> Solstice<br />

(21st June). But they also sell their own<br />

homegrown, free-range pork, lamb<br />

and goat meat as well as vegetables and<br />

produce from other local suppliers.<br />

They’ve also now added their Kitchen to<br />

their repertoire, open at the weekends<br />

where they serve hot and cold food that<br />

showcases local wild game and their<br />

produce. If you’re looking for super local<br />

produce, this farm should definitely be on<br />

your list.<br />

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Pure Seafood, Pease Pottage,<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

This family run business was established<br />

in 2011 and is part of The Pure Oyster<br />

Company (which has been run by the<br />

Tabor family since 1907). The Tabor<br />

family have actually been in the fish trade<br />

for 500 years, originally farming oysters in<br />

Brightlingsea, Essex, under the company<br />

George Tabor Ltd.<br />

Pure Seaford is under the care of 5th<br />

generation brothers Nick and Tom. Their<br />

shop is open Tuesday to Saturday (9am to<br />

2pm) and you can choose from a glorious<br />

selection of whole fish, fillets, shellfish,<br />

smoked fish and stocks and sauces. You<br />

can also order online.<br />

Beer and Cider by the Sea,<br />

Eastbourne<br />

Held on Eastbourne’s Western Lawns,<br />

this three-day festival from the 17th to<br />

19th May is an annual event. Try fine<br />

ales and cask ciders all kept in the best<br />

cellar conditions plus bottled beers of the<br />

world, as well as wines and gins. There<br />

are CAMRA volunteers on hand too to<br />

offer advice and lots of activities across<br />

the weekend with food stalls, music and<br />

over 100+ real ales, craft beers, ciders and<br />

perries to choose from.<br />

Chichester Chilli and<br />

Cheese Festival<br />

Held on the 22nd and 23rd of June at<br />

Oaklands Park, Chichester, it doesn’t<br />

take a genius to work out what to<br />

expect at this foodie event. There will<br />

be cooking demonstrations and talks<br />

by professionals from the cheese and<br />

chilli industry, as well as from hosts<br />

Chilli Olly and Chilli Dave and there<br />

is also live music and other activities<br />

such as tastings and even chilli eating<br />

competitions across the two days.<br />

Lost in the Lanes<br />

Places to eat<br />

Lost in the Lanes, Brighton<br />

Lost in the Lanes in Brighton’s Nile Street<br />

opened in 2017 with a mission to serve<br />

responsibly sourced, pared back, ingredient<br />

led dishes. And they are delivering on that<br />

promise with ingredients sourced almost<br />

exclusively from <strong>Sussex</strong>. Their charcuterie<br />

is made in <strong>Sussex</strong>, their meat is from<br />

Steyning butchers, and their fish from<br />

Brighton and Newhaven. They have a more<br />

or less quarterly changing menu to reflect<br />

the seasons which they tweak according to<br />

availability.<br />

Their menu has an international feel, not<br />

least perhaps because of founder Natalie<br />

Demetriou’s Greek heritage and time spent<br />

in New Zealand, and head chef, Sophie<br />

Taverner’s time spent in Spain.<br />

They’ve recently extended their opening<br />

hours and offering to include Thursday,<br />

Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm<br />

to 11 pm. A Tapas style menu is the order<br />

of the day with some really interesting<br />

combinations and flavours. SE favourites<br />

have to be salt cod Bolinho, their Lost<br />

crispy potatoes with aioli, their chocolate<br />

panna cotta and their Lost ice cream. And<br />

don’t forget to ask for one of their cocktails<br />

inspired by the ingredients of the day.<br />

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The Seaview, East Preston<br />

There is a modern feel to The Seaview<br />

even though the building dates back<br />

to the 1820s. It was taken over by four<br />

locals and stylishly refurbished in 2022.<br />

Just a short distance from the sea, they<br />

have outdoor seating a plenty and you<br />

can choose from a bar menu, starter<br />

and main, Rat Pack menu and even an<br />

Ashling Park wine tasting menu.<br />

So You Think<br />

You Know <strong>Sussex</strong>?<br />

Test your knowledge with our <strong>Sussex</strong> <strong>Exclusive</strong> Quiz<br />

Their menu is described as pared back<br />

with a modern take on the traditional<br />

pub experience, and they source<br />

ingredients from Trenchmore Farm<br />

(Horsham) and Brighton company, The<br />

Cheese Man. They are dog friendly and<br />

host regular events.<br />

Their head chef’s (Kwasi Dua)<br />

philosophy revolves around celebrating<br />

seasonal and local ingredients. He majors<br />

on quality but also sustainability and<br />

supporting <strong>Sussex</strong> farmers. Look out<br />

for dishes like their Trenchmore Wagu<br />

sirloin steak with tomato, mushroom,<br />

chimichurri, broccoli, chips and jus.<br />

The Seaview<br />

East Preston<br />

Baked Curried<br />

Cauliflower<br />

1. What was the first building bought<br />

by the National Trust?<br />

2. Where in <strong>Sussex</strong> was Leo Sayer,<br />

English singer and songwriter, born?<br />

3. In which year did <strong>Sussex</strong> wine<br />

gain Protected Designation of<br />

Origin status?<br />

4. What is the capital of <strong>Sussex</strong>?<br />

5. What is the county town of <strong>Sussex</strong>?<br />

6. What is known as the<br />

'Pride of <strong>Sussex</strong>'?<br />

7. What is a White <strong>Sussex</strong>?<br />

<strong>8.</strong> Which name is common to two rivers,<br />

one in East <strong>Sussex</strong>, the other in<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong>?<br />

9. Where in <strong>Sussex</strong> was Tim Peake, the<br />

first official British astronaut to walk in<br />

space, born?<br />

10. Which game, believed to have<br />

originated in <strong>Sussex</strong>, is described as<br />

'cricket in the air'?<br />

11. Where was the highest recorded<br />

amount of sunshine in a single month<br />

in UK (it's in <strong>Sussex</strong>)?<br />

12. What is a knucker?<br />

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The Chequers at<br />

Rowhook, West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Fine dining at a unique<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> gastropub<br />

As spring rolls into summer,<br />

al fresco fine dining and lazy<br />

afternoons in the sunshine are<br />

the order of the day. And why not make<br />

it a summer to remember with a superb<br />

dining experience at The Chequers?<br />

Seasonal ingredients<br />

Our menu offers a contemporary take<br />

on classic British and French-inspired<br />

cuisine, with every dish freshly-prepared<br />

in our country kitchen.<br />

Our menu changes seasonally but you<br />

can expect the delights of dishes like<br />

homemade king prawns Piri Piri with<br />

toasted sourdough, tartlet of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

brie and leek, with sauté new potatoes,<br />

buttered spinach, French beans and<br />

chive butter sauce, along with orange<br />

and cardamom panna cotta with new<br />

season champagne rhubarb or home made<br />

churros with bitter chocolate sauce.<br />

Outstanding chefs<br />

We’ve featured in the AA, Michelin and<br />

MasterChefs of Great Britain guides. We<br />

have an outstanding reputation for fine<br />

food, excellent wines and great service.<br />

Vine clad terraces<br />

Outside, you’ll find plenty of space with a<br />

sunny vine clad terrace and a large garden<br />

where you can see the kitchen gardens<br />

and home-grown produce. Or you can<br />

watch the world go by from our sunny<br />

front terrace, or if rain stops play, there’s<br />

plenty of room inside by the fire.<br />

Make a day of it<br />

Our historic 15th century building<br />

sits on the edge of ancient woodland<br />

and Stane Street (the original Roman<br />

road to London) and just south of<br />

the <strong>Sussex</strong> Border Path, a well-known<br />

local walking trail. The Chequers Inn<br />

is dog friendly with dog treats on the<br />

bar and water on request, so it’s a great<br />

place to recuperate if you’ve been out<br />

walking and exploring the area.<br />

With an outstanding reputation for<br />

fine food, excellent wines and service,<br />

The Chequers is one of the top <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

foodie destinations for 2024.<br />

Booking is recommended. Plenty of<br />

free parking available.<br />

Call now to book or to find<br />

out more:<br />

The Chequers Inn<br />

Rowhook Road, Horsham<br />

RH12 3PY<br />

thechequersrowhook.com<br />

01403 790480<br />

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The Belloc Way<br />

Friends of the South Downs re walk this epic odyssey<br />

Drawing inspiration from The Four<br />

Men, our trustee and walks leader, David<br />

Green, designed a linear walk known as<br />

The Belloc Way. This six-day adventure<br />

unfolded during the first two weeks of<br />

August 2023, with four dedicated walkers<br />

committed to completing the entire<br />

100-mile route. Along the way, other<br />

participants joined individual legs of the<br />

journey, delving into Belloc's fascinating<br />

life and literary legacy, while immersing<br />

themselves in the scenic landscapes of<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

Belloc<br />

Mad Jack Fuller's<br />

Tower<br />

Mad Jack Fuller's<br />

Needle<br />

Ouse Valley<br />

Viaduct<br />

Three men and a woman<br />

The core group was four: three men and<br />

one woman. Navigating approximately<br />

16.5 miles each day, the group traversed<br />

the countryside on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,<br />

and Thursdays, embracing Belloc's spirit<br />

of exploration. David tried to avoid<br />

roads wherever reasonably possible; not<br />

always easy given that the original walk<br />

was almost exclusively on public roads.<br />

Despite the challenges of route planning,<br />

David prioritized scenic pathways over<br />

roads, staying true to the essence of<br />

Belloc's original pilgrimage.<br />

Hilaire Belloc, a prolific writer, crafted a diverse array of works spanning<br />

fiction, verse, politics, and more over five decades. While The Path to<br />

Rome is hailed as his magnum opus, his renowned 1911 novel The<br />

Four Men: A Farrago delves into a mystical journey across, of all<br />

places, <strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

Four men<br />

Following the pilgrimage of four<br />

unnamed companions, the narrative<br />

unfolds through encounters with local<br />

landmarks, interspersed with lively<br />

exchanges of stories, songs, and reflections<br />

on life and culture. Belloc's evocative<br />

portrayal captures the essence of their<br />

odyssey, revealing deeper truths about the<br />

human condition.<br />

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A new adventure for <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

walkers<br />

David has now compiled maps, route<br />

descriptions, and captivating photos for<br />

a comprehensive guidebook. While the<br />

publication date is yet to be confirmed,<br />

readers can anticipate the release of this<br />

resource, providing an opportunity to<br />

explore Belloc's world and the stunning<br />

landscapes of <strong>Sussex</strong> for themselves.<br />

“The night before we started, we stayed<br />

at The George. The first day took us to<br />

Blackboys by way of Brightling, Mad<br />

Jack Fuller and his follies. We continued<br />

through the High Weald and enjoyed some<br />

lovely countryside and great views. It was<br />

probably the part of the route I knew least.<br />

Perhaps because of that it was one of my<br />

favourite days.<br />

Day 2 took us from Blackboys, through<br />

Uckfield by way of a surprisingly pleasant<br />

through path. Then it was over Piltdown<br />

Golf Club, where there is no shortage of<br />

signage, but not entirely accurate! After<br />

that, it was on to Fletching, which has<br />

to be one of the most unspoilt villages in<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong>. Sadly, at that point, it started<br />

raining and didn’t relent for the rest of the<br />

day. Heaven Farm was far from that and<br />

by the time we reached Ardingly, we were<br />

all soaked to the bone.<br />

The rain stopped overnight, and it was<br />

sunny as we walked out of Ardingly down<br />

the hill to the reservoir with the Ouse Valley<br />

Viaduct in the background. In fact, as we<br />

neared the Viaduct it was apparent that<br />

much of it was swathed in scaffolding while<br />

repointing work was carried out. Then on<br />

to Staplefield, under the M23, Slaugham<br />

and Warninglid, before reaching the<br />

Crabtree and on to the old Railway Station<br />

at West Grinstead.<br />

he lived most of his life. We then walked<br />

on through the Knepp Estate of rewilding<br />

fame, before crossing the A24 and on to The<br />

Fountain in Ashurst and then to Steyning.<br />

First thing the next morning, it was<br />

Steyning to Washington, home to what<br />

was in Belloc’s day the Washington Inn<br />

and ‘the very best beer I know’. It is now<br />

the Frankland Arms. From Washington<br />

the route took us to Sullington where the<br />

priest came out of the church as we sat<br />

having a mid-morning break to offer us<br />

communion, a first, at least for me. Then<br />

it was on to Storrington, Parham Park<br />

and The Bridge at Amberley, another pub<br />

Belloc was fond of. The afternoon saw us<br />

push on to Bury, West Burton and finally<br />

to Sutton where there is a pub I am very<br />

fond of, The White Horse.<br />

Ponies at Knepp<br />

Estate<br />

Parham House<br />

The Church at<br />

West Grinstead<br />

Steyning<br />

Shipley Windmill<br />

The final day, we walked out of Sutton<br />

on a lovely morning, heading towards the<br />

Downs over a freshly harvested field. It<br />

was beautiful and would have been little<br />

changed over the centuries for all Belloc’s<br />

misgivings. The next stop was Duncton and<br />

The Cricketers (you should have noticed a<br />

theme by now), then Graffham, Heyshott<br />

and Cocking. We walked up on to Cocking<br />

Down and along the South Downs Way<br />

for a few miles before reaching the Devil’s<br />

Jumps and then down to Elsted and The<br />

Three Horseshoes, where the Four Men<br />

broke bread and pledged each other for the<br />

last time. From there, just like the Four<br />

Men: ‘… and then again we took the road,<br />

and went forward as we had gone forward<br />

before, until we came to Harting.’<br />

It has to be said there was a sense of<br />

satisfaction when we finished, tempered<br />

by a realisation that there is still work to<br />

be done.”<br />

Resuming walking on Tuesday the following<br />

week took us to the Roman Catholic Church<br />

of Our Lady of Consolation and St Francis<br />

in West Grinstead where Belloc is buried<br />

and then on to Kings Land in Shipley where<br />

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In The<br />

Library<br />

Pull up a chair and flip through the pages of these new books<br />

by two local authors<br />

She adds, ‘Star Survivor is, for the most<br />

part, about four people from very different<br />

backgrounds who begin to come together<br />

through adversity. It’s funny, romantic in<br />

places and has a hint of danger. But it’s also<br />

about our obsession with celebrity, stardom<br />

and social media. And how quickly we can<br />

tear people down, just by what we’re told<br />

by the media.’<br />

Lisa’s novel is already gaining accolades,<br />

with reviews rolling in.<br />

“Chilling and compelling, Star Survivor<br />

is a terrifying glimpse into what can<br />

happen when reality TV goes wrong…<br />

I couldn’t put it down.” Lisa Hall,<br />

bestselling author.<br />


Star Survivor<br />

By Lisa Brace<br />

What would happen if four celebrities<br />

disappeared on their way to film a reality<br />

TV programme? Would the world mourn<br />

their loss? Send a million social media<br />

messages? Or would they be forgotten?<br />

That’s what Horsham based author, Lisa<br />

Brace, has written about in her debut<br />

novel, Star Survivor – published by The<br />

Book Guild.<br />

Here’s the blurb:<br />

The designer luggage is packed. The bodily<br />

fuzz removed. It’s time for Star Survivor.<br />

Hollywood star Zoe Stenson, TV darling<br />

June Sharp, author Toby Masters and<br />

mumfluencer Emily Chase, are ready to<br />

take part in the world-renowned reality TV<br />

show Star Survivor.<br />

The plan is to pretend to survive for the<br />

cameras, safe in the knowledge they’ll be<br />

retiring to five-star comfort amongst the<br />

palm trees and sparkling blue sea when<br />

filming stops.<br />

But when the four celebrities are<br />

accidentally left on the wrong South Pacific<br />

island - a truly deserted one - no amount of<br />

Instagram followers or box office sales will<br />

help them.<br />

Forced to swap the spotlight for spearfishing,<br />

their Bollinger for beach finds, and with<br />

the world’s press clamouring for them to be<br />

found, will it be the making or breaking of<br />

these washed-up celebrities?<br />

Lisa says, ‘I wrote the book during<br />

lockdown so when the four people<br />

are isolated on a desert island<br />

somewhere in the South Pacific a<br />

lot of what they feel, the way they’re<br />

cut off and missing family, friends<br />

and luxuries, is very close to what I<br />

felt during those crazy early days of<br />

lockdown. But I set it somewhere<br />

beautiful and warm, so I could dream<br />

about somewhere else!’<br />

Stories of the Sun<br />

By Dawn Nelson<br />

Writer, storyteller and consultant,<br />

Dawn Nelson, lives within the South<br />

Downs National Park and works with<br />

heritage sites, museums, schools, outdoor<br />

educators, community groups, councils<br />

and libraries to bring history and nature<br />

to life through storytelling.<br />

Here’s the blurb about her most recently<br />

released book,<br />

For millennia we have looked to the sun to<br />

provide us with light, food and warmth.<br />

Yet, in our attempts to increase the<br />

productivity of each hour, we have skewed<br />

our days and stretched them through the<br />

use of candles, electricity and LED bulbs,<br />

our faces glowing in the unnatural light of<br />

screens and electronic devices.<br />

Within the pages of this book, lies the<br />

chance to reconnect with our primal life<br />

force through folklore, exploration of<br />

ancient cultures, myths, legends and tales of<br />

our past. By understanding the power of our<br />

ancient star through the wisdom of those<br />

who walked this land before us, we can<br />

hope to unplug ourselves from the synthetic<br />

glow that surrounds our lives and reconnect<br />

with the stories of the sun.<br />

This wonderfully written book takes you<br />

through the twelve months of the year<br />

with a mixture of sunrise vigils, ancient<br />

tales, seasonal activities and recipes,<br />

folklore, crafts and mindfulness.<br />

Dawn explains that when the pandemic<br />

hit and she was walking in the South<br />

Downs, she started to feel and experience<br />

the landscape in a new way. “It spoke to<br />

me in a different way and everywhere I<br />

looked I saw stories, … through these<br />

stories, many voices spanning hundreds<br />

of years spoke to me. They spoke their<br />

rhythm and cycles over and over. The<br />

stories sang to my bones: they were part<br />

of me”.<br />

Stories of the Sun is published by The<br />

History Press and is available to buy from<br />

their website.<br />

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<strong>Summer</strong> Trends<br />


Nicki Painter of The Secret Wardrobe in Seaford<br />

talks about high street trends and summer fashion<br />

Victoria tee – assorted colours £24.95<br />

Aloha airy fairy<br />

midi dress £69.99<br />

Polka dot trim sun hat<br />

£20.00<br />

The high street has changed over<br />

the last few years, and wellknown<br />

brands we loved have<br />

disappeared.<br />

So now is the time to fall in love with<br />

your local independent boutique. You<br />

will find a thoughtfully chosen collection<br />

of stylish, fashionable clothing, footwear<br />

and accessories in quality, natural fabrics<br />

with knowledgeable friendly staff to<br />

listen to your needs and guide you into<br />

making the right considered purchase<br />

that will soon become your favourite go<br />

to item for this season and beyond.<br />

With new trends each season, it can<br />

be overwhelming to know what suits<br />

you and how to wear items to bring<br />

your outfits bang up to date. Choosing<br />

the right style for you can make all<br />

the difference. A good fit flatters your<br />

figure in all the right places, giving you<br />

confidence whilst looking stylish and<br />

comfortable. And the colours you wear<br />

reflect your personality and how you feel.<br />

For summer 2024, lilac is the colour to<br />

be seen in and here are some suggestions<br />

on how to wear it.<br />

Long blue mix floral print kimono £4<strong>8.</strong>00<br />

Blooms jumpsuit<br />

£70.00<br />

The Secret Wardrobe<br />

7 Place Lane, Seaford BN25 1LA<br />

To shop online and view our latest<br />

collections, visit thesecretwardrobe.org<br />

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Gardens Galore<br />

Gardening writer, Geoff Stonebanks, shares his pick of the best<br />

for a summer garden full of interest and colour<br />

Spring is an uplifting and<br />

hopeful time of year for many<br />

of us as we watch the natural<br />

world burst into life. More<br />

importantly, as the weather gets<br />

warmer and the days get longer, many<br />

gardeners will be busy sowing seeds and<br />

preparing flower borders.<br />


Making the most of May<br />

April was a good month to plant<br />

perennials, sow hardy annuals like<br />

marigolds and plant summer-flowering<br />

bulbs like lilies and gladioli. Late May<br />

is a good time to prepare your beds by<br />

removing weeds and digging and raking<br />

the soil. As daffodils and other spring bulbs<br />

die back you can start dividing crowded<br />

clumps to help spread them out next year.<br />

During dry spells, you should water plants<br />

at the beginning and end of the day.<br />

I always fill my containers in early May,<br />

to get the garden ready for opening on the<br />

1st June. Over the years, I have drastically<br />

reduced them in number and changed<br />

the plants I use too. Gone are the pots<br />

brimming with beautiful petunias and<br />

the like and in their place geraniums,<br />

pelargoniums and osteospermums. As<br />

climate change takes hold it is much<br />

easier to maintain plants that are more<br />

drought tolerant, therefore requiring less<br />

watering. Whilst I always loved petunias,<br />

they used to get badly damaged by heavy<br />

downpours and looked very bedraggled<br />

when I needed them to be looking their<br />

very best!<br />

At this time of the year, there are also<br />

many spring bulbs still evident around the<br />

garden like tulips, daffodils and muscari.<br />

Muscari is a genus of perennial bulbous<br />

plants native to Eurasia that produce<br />

spikes of dense, most commonly blue,<br />

urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of<br />

grapes in the spring. The common name<br />

for the genus is grape hyacinth, but they<br />

should not be confused with hyacinths.<br />

Tulips, muscari and<br />

daffodils at Driftwood<br />

Ferns emerging<br />

Blossom, ferns, tulips<br />

and daffs<br />

Fronds of fern<br />

Bursting forth in the garden are the<br />

amazing fronds of my large collection of<br />

ferns, which are perfect for adding that<br />

ornamental and often exotic feel to your<br />

garden display. Like few other shrubs,<br />

ferns can offer a fresh garden look and<br />

feel, and they are a great shade loving<br />

plant too. They are beautiful foliage plants<br />

that vary in shapes and sizes, so you can<br />

choose something that will add stature,<br />

such as a tree fern or royal fern, or opt<br />

for the lower-growing specimens. All<br />

mine are hardy ferns, which are tolerant<br />

of cold winter temperatures and can be<br />

grown outdoors year-round. The great<br />

thing about a fern if it is planted in the<br />

ground is that there is nothing that needs<br />

to be done to protect it in the winter.<br />

And in my garden, they look so dramatic<br />

with their emerging fronds set against the<br />

corten steel wall behind.<br />

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Beautiful blossom<br />


Another favourite at this time of the<br />

year is the pretty apple blossom. Most<br />

apple varieties have pure white blossom,<br />

although before the flowers are fully<br />

open, they usually have a crimson-pink<br />

tinge. In some varieties the pink colour<br />

is retained. In most varieties the leaves<br />

open at about the same time as the<br />

blossom and provide an attractive fresh<br />

green backdrop. Apple blossom time<br />

is spread out over a number of weeks,<br />

months even, from April through to<br />

June. This has enormous advantages both<br />

for the decorative nature of the apple tree<br />

flowers, and for the fruit to follow. I have<br />

two apple trees and one pear tree in my<br />

garden and they always look so pretty.<br />

Rows of roses<br />

A pretty addition to any garden is the<br />

rose. As a general rule of thumb, roses<br />

tend to bloom from late spring through<br />

until early autumn. Some bloom only<br />

once and others continuously bloom<br />

throughout the season. I have two<br />

very pretty ones on my garden, both<br />

gifted to me. The gorgeous Tess of the<br />

D’Urbervilles was a present from two<br />

ladies who used to help on open garden<br />

days, Liz & Linda, quite a few years ago<br />

now, but it can be relied upon to produce<br />

masses of repeat blooms throughout the<br />

summer months. It is a very striking<br />

climber bearing large, deeply cupped,<br />

bright crimson-red blooms, with a<br />

pleasing Old Rose fragrance. It is a<br />

relatively compact climber clothed in<br />

large, dark green leaves.<br />

The other is a beautiful little shrub<br />

rose, Macmillan Nurse, with large<br />

old-fashioned, rosette style blooms of<br />

white, occasionally flushed peach, borne<br />

in clusters. Subtly scented and prolific<br />

throughout the summer and autumn<br />

against dark green, glossy foliage. This<br />

was a gift from Macmillan Cancer<br />

Support’s Fundraising Manager in the<br />

South East, Megan, a few years ago and is<br />

in a large container on the rear patio.<br />

Hoards of hostas<br />

Starting to come into their own at this<br />

time of year are the hostas. In my garden,<br />

they are very different plants in beautiful<br />

Apple blosson on<br />

Cox's Orange Pippin<br />

Rose Macmillan Nurse<br />

Rose Tess of the<br />

D'Urbervilles<br />

Clockwise:<br />

Hostas<br />

Sea campion<br />

Crambe maritima<br />

shades of green. I have to confess to<br />

having had them for a such a long time<br />

now that their individual names escape<br />

me. Visitors are aways impressed with<br />

their appearance, never showing signs<br />

of slug or snail damage. Whilst there<br />

has to be a lot of luck involved, I always<br />

find it helps to place them on an island.<br />

Position a large saucer on the ground,<br />

invert a slightly smaller one inside and<br />

pop the pot on top and keep the larger<br />

saucer filled with water. It certainly seems<br />

to work for me.<br />

Scents of the sea<br />

Being so close to the sea, I enjoy having<br />

a variety of coastal plants around the<br />

garden. One in particular is the pretty sea<br />

campion. It will grow wild on cliff ledges<br />

and mountainous rocks throughout this<br />

country. The plant forms flat mats of<br />

glaucous green leaves with large white<br />

flowers in summer borne on long trailing<br />

stems. It will need a well-drained sunny<br />

position in a rockery, front of the border,<br />

on walls or even in pots and containers.<br />

Another firm seaside favourite is Crambe<br />

Maritima, commonly known as sea<br />

kale. It is a striking plant that is both<br />

ornamental and edible. The large leaves<br />

are a lovely glaucous green, with wavy<br />

edges, and in summer these are crowned<br />

with a cloud of tiny white perfumed<br />

flowers. Its nectar-rich flowers are great<br />

for attracting pollinating insects. As the<br />

name suggests, sea kale is often found<br />

growing wild on the coast. In gardens, it<br />

looks good planted in dry sunny beds or<br />

into gravel, with other plants that favour<br />

this habitat, such as knifphofia and thrift.<br />

Or you could include it in your vegetable<br />

plot and harvest the young shoots in<br />

spring to eat raw or steamed – they taste<br />

like asparagus. For best results, grow sea<br />

kale in full sun or partial shade in fertile,<br />

very well-drained soil. The position needs<br />

to be deep enough to accommodate the<br />

long tap root of the plant with plenty of<br />

space for it to spread out. I have several<br />

large clumps in my beach garden with<br />

the one pictured growing through a large<br />

lobster pot in the back garden.<br />

Big for bees<br />

Growing well, in both containers<br />

and in the ground at Driftwood are<br />

large specimens of Honey spurge, or<br />

Euphorbia mellifera. It is a handsome,<br />

semi-evergreen shrub native to Madeira<br />

and the Canary Islands. It has become<br />

a popular garden plant for its honeyscented<br />

summer flowers, which are<br />

popular with bees, attractive domed<br />

growth habit and waxy leaves. It can<br />

be grown in full sun or partial shade<br />

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and will vary in habit depending on<br />

the sunlight it receives. In full sun it<br />

will develop a denser, more compact<br />

shape and in shadier spots a looser and<br />

taller habit. It looks brilliant growing in<br />

exotic borders or gravel gardens. It can<br />

be pruned back hard in spring if it starts<br />

to get too leggy, but remember to wear<br />

gloves when pruning, as the milky white<br />

sap can irritate the skin and eyes.<br />

Magnificent mangaves<br />

A relatively new plant to add to the<br />

garden in the summer months is the<br />

mangave. With their awesome colours<br />

and bold silhouettes, they really strike<br />

a pose on the patio! These unusual<br />

succulents form fleshy rosettes of<br />

evergreen spiky leaves edged with<br />

soft spines. Displayed as a collection<br />

they make a stylish design statement<br />

as you can see from the collection on<br />

my patio at Driftwood. Their strong<br />

symmetry and glowing colours form<br />

dramatic living sculptures which<br />

instantly capture attention. They are<br />

an innovative cross between the Agave<br />

and a Manfreda, combining the best<br />

qualities of both. They’re fast-growing,<br />

drought tolerant, low maintenance and<br />

hardier than agave, plus they come in<br />

a fabulous array of colours and forms.<br />

In very mild coastal and city gardens,<br />

these tender succulents can be grown<br />

outside all year. That said, I prefer to<br />

transfer them into my back heated<br />

porch, to appreciate them through the<br />

winter months too.<br />

My collection of agaves is over-wintered<br />

in a side alley, which has a purpose-built<br />

perspex roof over it! So, every spring it’s<br />

a case of struggling to carry them from<br />

under cover, out into the sunshine, in<br />

the beach garden. The large one pictured<br />

is agave parviflora, which can be quite<br />

sharp on the leaf edges, so wearing thick<br />

gloves is usually a good option during<br />

the process.<br />

Beautiful bottlebrush<br />

A relatively unusual shrub, a native<br />

of Australia, in the back garden is my<br />

Callistemon, or white bottlebrush. They<br />

have become popular in Europe because<br />

of the spectacular flowers in axillary<br />

spikes, which look like bottle brushes. In<br />

colder areas they can be grown in pots,<br />

kept under cover in winter, given plenty<br />

of water during the flowering period,<br />

little in winter. They require moist, welldrained<br />

soil and will withstand pruning<br />

and drought. The abundant white<br />

bottlebrush flowers it produces in mid to<br />

late summer look absolutely stunning as<br />

you can see. This shrub was a gift from<br />

a friend who sadly passed away back in<br />

2012, so it is a lovely reminder of her<br />

every summer. My shrub is planted in<br />

the ground, so I ensure it has 2 or 3 good<br />

fleeces wrapped around it through the<br />

winter months to protect it. Every May<br />

I pull the covers off and there are already<br />

pretty flowers to be seen.<br />

Left:<br />

Euphorbia mellifer<br />

Mangaves transferred<br />

out into the garden for<br />

the summer<br />

Right:<br />

White bottlebrush<br />

Geoff being filmed for<br />

Gardeners' World<br />

Have a wonderful summer<br />

in the garden and maybe<br />

book a visit to see<br />

Driftwood, between<br />

1st June and 31st July<br />

by emailing<br />

visitdriftwood@gmail.com<br />

You may have seen the<br />

garden on BBC Gardeners’<br />

World on 22nd March, if<br />

not you can view it on BBC<br />

iPlayer or through<br />

my website at<br />

www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk<br />


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Activating your garden’s<br />

energy areas<br />

North: Cultivate ambition<br />

and growth<br />

In the northern sector of your garden<br />

plant tall trees and climbing vines to<br />

symbolize upward movement and career<br />

advancement. Enhance this area with<br />

blue flowers like Forget-Me-Nots and<br />

blue Hydrangeas, invoking clarity and<br />

ambition in your professional endeavours.<br />

Northeast: Embrace wealth<br />

and wisdom<br />

blooming flowers and a tranquil fishpond,<br />

inviting good fortune and prosperity<br />

into your life. Let the vibrant colours of<br />

Marigolds and Sunflowers illuminate your<br />

path to abundance and success.<br />

Northwest: Connect with helpful<br />

people and adventures<br />

Invoke the energy of supportive<br />

relationships and exciting adventures in<br />

the northwest area. Place six cylindrical<br />

balls touching each other and a playful pig<br />

statue, symbolizing the assistance of<br />

helpful people.<br />

Harnessing the<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Magic<br />

Create a serene sanctuary for<br />

contemplation and abundance in the<br />

northeast corner. Surround yourself with<br />

lush greenery and vibrant red and yellow<br />

flowers, inviting prosperity and learning<br />

into your life. Set up a peaceful area for<br />

quiet reflection and goal setting.<br />

West: Channel your creativity<br />

Let your imagination soar in the west where<br />

creativity takes centre stage. Create an<br />

outdoor art studio surrounded by mosaic<br />

pathways and artistic sculptures, infusing<br />

the space with inspiration and innovation.<br />

Feng Shui consultant, Janine Lowe, with advice for creating some garden magic<br />

Welcome to the realm of<br />

summer magic, where<br />

your garden becomes a<br />

canvas for manifesting your dreams<br />

and desires. As we embrace the vibrant<br />

energy of the season, let us unlock the<br />

ancient wisdom of the Lo Shu Grid<br />

to infuse our outdoor sanctuaries with<br />

abundance, harmony and love.<br />

Unveiling the Lo Shu Grid<br />

At the heart of our garden journey<br />

lies the mystical Lo Shu Grid,<br />

a sacred symbol of balance and<br />

harmony. With its nine sectors<br />

representing different aspects of<br />

your life, the Lo Shu Grid offers us<br />

a blueprint for harnessing positive<br />

energy and creating a garden oasis<br />

brimming with potential.<br />

South East<br />

Good Fortune<br />

Wind<br />

East<br />

Romance/Family<br />

Wood<br />

Thunder<br />

North East<br />

Quiet Contemplation/<br />

Knowledge/Wealth<br />

Mountain<br />

South<br />

Illumination/Fame<br />

Fire<br />

Centre<br />

Health<br />

North<br />

Career/Journey<br />

Water<br />

South<br />

West<br />

Relationships<br />

Earth<br />

West<br />

Creativity/Children<br />

Metal Lake<br />

North West<br />

Helpful People<br />

Metal<br />

Heaven<br />

Janine is a<br />

classically trained<br />

Feng Shui<br />

consultant in the<br />

arts of Bazi, Flying<br />

Stars, Auspicious<br />

Dates, Qi Men Dun<br />

Jia and I Ching.<br />

janinelowe.co.uk<br />

South and Southwest: Celebrate<br />

relationships and joy<br />

Transform the southern and southwestern<br />

areas of your garden into vibrant party<br />

zones, where laughter and connection<br />

abound. Illuminate the space with<br />

colourful party lights and adorn it with<br />

warm hues like red, orange, and yellow,<br />

igniting passion and camaraderie among<br />

friends and loved ones.<br />

East: Nourish family bonds<br />

and vitality<br />

Foster harmony and well-being in the<br />

eastern sector by creating a nourishing<br />

space for family and health. Plant<br />

medicinal herbs and fruit trees and place<br />

a mirror to reflect the abundance of love<br />

and vitality within your household.<br />

Southeast: Invite good fortune<br />

and abundance<br />

Activate the southeast corner with<br />

Centre: Cultivate balance and<br />

stability<br />

At the heart of your garden, establish a<br />

serene focal point such as a tranquil water<br />

feature or a harmonious sculpture. Let<br />

this sacred space embody balance and<br />

stability anchoring the energy of your<br />

garden sanctuary.<br />

Summoning the power of the<br />

Wood Dragon<br />

As we embark on the year of the Wood<br />

Dragon 2024, place a dragon statue in the<br />

southeast corner of your garden to amplify<br />

your luck and blessings. Let the majestic<br />

presence of the dragon guide you towards<br />

prosperity and success in the coming year.<br />

With the power of intention and the<br />

wisdom of the Lo Shu Grid, your<br />

garden becomes a sacred space for<br />

transformations and manifestation.<br />

May your summer garden reflect your<br />

dreams, blooming with beauty joy and<br />

endless possibilities.<br />

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What Causes<br />

Urticaria?<br />

Or hives to you and me.<br />

Our <strong>Sussex</strong> Health expert from Pure Bio takes a look<br />

Urticaria, or hives, is an allergic reaction<br />

in the skin which causes white or<br />

pink welts or large bumps surrounded<br />

by redness. These welts are known<br />

as “wheal and flare lesions” and are<br />

caused primarily by the release of histamine in the<br />

skin. People with hives may also have wheezing,<br />

or swelling of the eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat.<br />

About 50% of people with chronic hives develop<br />

angioedema – this is a deeper, more serious form of<br />

hives which involves the tissue below the surface of<br />

the skin.<br />

There are many triggers that lead to the release of<br />

histamine from white blood cells, such as:<br />

• Some foods (see below) and plants<br />

• Medications, such as antibiotics (especially<br />

penicillin and sulfa), aspirin and ibuprofen<br />

• Insect stings or bites<br />

• Physical stimuli, such as pressure, cold, heat,<br />

exercise or sun exposure<br />

• Latex<br />

• Blood transfusions<br />

• Bacterial infections, including urinary tract<br />

infections and strep throat<br />

• Viral infections, including the common cold,<br />

infectious mononucleosis (Glandular fever) and<br />

hepatitis<br />

• Pet dander and pollen<br />

Urticaria is classified as acute or chronic, depending<br />

on how long the rash has been there. Acute hives<br />

usually resolves without treatment. Chronic urticaria<br />

can be caused by the same things that cause acute<br />

urticaria. Other possible causes include autoimmune<br />

diseases and chronic infections.<br />

Holistic treatment options<br />

Stress may play an important role in the<br />

development of hives by decreasing the effectiveness<br />

of the immune system that would normally block<br />

allergic reactions. Relaxation therapy and hypnosis<br />

have proved effective in reducing the incidence of<br />

flare-ups.<br />

Bicarbonate of soda baths (run a shallow bath<br />

containing no oils or perfumes and throw in two<br />

large handfuls of bicarbonate of soda; then soak in<br />

the water for 15 minutes) provide immediate relief<br />

from itching. They also help to alkalinize the skin,<br />

preventing further irritation and burning. Aloe vera,<br />

applied topically, reduces inflammation and provides<br />

a protective coating to the skin. It is cooling to the<br />

tissues, relieves itching, redness, stinging and pain.<br />

Dietary modification<br />

Allergies to foods and food additives is a common<br />

cause of hives, especially in chronic cases. The foods<br />

most often reported to trigger hives are:<br />

• dairy products<br />

• eggs<br />

• chicken and cured meat<br />

• alcohol<br />

• chocolate<br />

• citrus fruits<br />

• shellfish<br />

• nuts<br />

Food additives that have been shown to trigger hives<br />

include:<br />

• colourants (azo dyes)<br />

• flavourings (salicylates)<br />

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HEALTH<br />

• artificial sweeteners (aspartame)<br />

• preservatives (benzoates, nitrites, sorbic acid)<br />

• antioxidants (hydroxytoluene, sulphite, gallate)<br />

emulsifiers/stabilizers (polysorbates, vegetable<br />

gums)<br />

Numerous clinical studies have shown that<br />

diets free of the foods and food additives that<br />

commonly trigger allergic reactions produce<br />

significant reduction in symptoms in 50–75% of<br />

people with chronic hives.<br />

Nutritional supplement treatment<br />

options<br />

Bromelain extracted from pineapple – has been<br />

shown to be effective as an anti-inflammatory in<br />

repeated trials. It decreases the allergic response<br />

and accelerates healing. Bromelain has been found<br />

to be non-toxic even in large doses.<br />

Quercetin is a non-toxic, potent antihistamine<br />

bioflavonoid, which decreases inflammation caused<br />

by allergic skin conditions, as well as hay fever and<br />

asthma. Quercetin has shown to be useful both<br />

during an acute outbreak of urticaria, and also as a<br />

preventative measure.<br />

Betaine Hydrochloride – lack of hydrochloric<br />

acid (HCl) secretion in the stomach is often found<br />

in association with chronic hives, presumably<br />

because the deficiency increases the likelihood of<br />

developing food allergies.<br />

Green Tea –two components of green tea<br />

(the polyphenols epigallocatechin (EGC) and<br />

epicatechin gallate (ECG)) have been shown to<br />

have an antihistamine effect.<br />

Vitamin B12 has been reported to reduce<br />

the severity of acute hives as well as to reduce<br />

the frequency and severity of outbreaks in<br />

chronic cases.<br />

Vitamin B-Complex can reduce the severity of<br />

hives, especially when used in conjunction with<br />

HCl.<br />

Vitamin C taken at high doses (2000mg) may<br />

help people with hives by lowering histamine<br />

levels.<br />

Botanical treatment options<br />

Curcumin (Turmeric/Curcuma longa) there<br />

are increasing amounts of research that confirms<br />

curcumin’s ability to stimulate the body’s production<br />

of its own anti-inflammatory corticosteroids. It is<br />

therefore an effective natural antihistamine and<br />

antioxidant for hives, as well as a variety of other<br />

inflammatory skin ailments.<br />

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) clinical trials have<br />

shown that ginger has potent anti-inflammatory<br />

and antihistamine effects. It also appears to relieve<br />

swelling and remove the inflammatory waste<br />

products associated with hives.<br />

Nettle (Urtica dioica) has a fast-acting<br />

antihistamine function, providing symptomatic<br />

relief for hives. It is particularly effective in reducing<br />

associated oedema.<br />

Burdock (Arctium lappa) assists in the clearance<br />

of cellular and lymphatic debris and reduces tissue<br />

swelling. It has proven efficacy against skin problems<br />

such as hives, acne, boils, eczema and psoriasis.<br />

Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) contains<br />

potent flavonoids that are anti-allergic and antiinflammatory.<br />

It has a cooling effect on the heat and<br />

inflammation associated with hives.<br />

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has both<br />

antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties and<br />

increases levels of cortisone in the body. It can be<br />

used locally on the skin, taken internally, or both.<br />

Use only under medical supervision in the case of<br />

high blood pressure.<br />

Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) has a long<br />

history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine<br />

(TCM) to alleviate hives, eczema and swollen tissues.<br />

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Adventures<br />

of the Mind<br />

Holly Stone explores the power of the mind to create our own adventures<br />

“Try to pose for yourself this task: not<br />

to think of a polar bear and you will see<br />

that the cursed thing will come to mind<br />

every time” – Winter notes on <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Impression, Fyodor Dostoevsky 1863<br />

Adventure – what does this word<br />

mean to you?<br />

For me, it encompasses an array of<br />

things, excitement, fear, risk, the<br />

unknown, amazement and magic. The<br />

adventurer never sits still, they are always<br />

looking for the next unknown or to<br />

satisfy a curiosity. I often think that life<br />

is an adventure full of potential and<br />

hope, yet often stunted by fear and lack<br />

of confidence. The way that we view our<br />

present and future can make a significant<br />

difference to how we then experience<br />

them. I don’t discard the past and we<br />

can’t change what has happened, but we<br />

can shape what is to come.<br />

Understanding how our brain<br />

responds to adventure and our<br />

thoughts can enable us to get the very<br />

best out of our time.<br />

If I tell you to not think of polar<br />

bears, then you may just find them<br />

everywhere. When we try to not think<br />

of something, one part of our mind<br />

is able to avoid the dreaded thought<br />

(our intellectual control mind) whilst<br />

the primitive mind (limbic survival<br />

centre) will check in regularly to make<br />

sure that the thought is not coming<br />

up – consequently bringing it to<br />

mind. The irony.<br />

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So, what can we do instead?<br />

We can take ourselves on adventures in<br />

our own minds. Did you know that the<br />

mind is unable to differentiate between<br />

imagined thought and our reality?<br />

How many times have you found<br />

yourself negatively ruminating about a<br />

past event and found that even though<br />

the event is past, you still experience<br />

the emotions associated with it? Or do<br />

you feel anxious thinking about a future<br />

event that hasn’t even happened yet?<br />

This can work positively too, recalling<br />

a funny moment can re-ignite the<br />

laughter, can’t it?<br />

The solution is to focus on what you<br />

want and not what you don’t want in<br />

order to allow the power of your own<br />

imagination to support your preferred<br />

reality. You may not always achieve<br />

exactly what you wish for but, you will<br />

maintain a more positive mindset that<br />

enables you to be best placed to cope<br />

with any unexpected surprises to the<br />

best of your ability, enabling you to keep<br />

moving in your chosen direction.<br />

Plus, we have another tool at our<br />

disposal; the fact that the mind will<br />

magnify what we focus on. We have<br />

an area called the Reticular Activating<br />

System and this is wired to bring focus to<br />

our chosen thoughts. So, if we focus on<br />

the positive aspects in our life, the brain<br />

will start looking for more good things.<br />

And this is good for us too; for the more<br />

that we focus on the positive aspects of<br />

our lives, the better we will feel and the<br />

more in control of our thoughts and our<br />

feelings we will be.<br />

So, I wonder as you wander down the<br />

concourses of your mind what you will<br />

find there?<br />

We don’t always know where we are<br />

going, but an adventure will be full of<br />

thrills and excitement. So let me ask you<br />

some questions that will take you on an<br />

adventure in your mind:<br />

If the adventure that you were seeking<br />

was a mood, what mood would you<br />

choose? To be happy and upbeat or<br />

maybe slightly more sophisticated? Does<br />

the place that you wish to adventure to<br />

make you feel mysterious or romantic?<br />

If your adventure was a movie which<br />

one would you choose? I often ask this<br />

question of my clients when asking them<br />

to describe their life so far and more<br />

importantly the life that they wish to<br />

achieve. What was the last film that truly<br />

moved or inspired you?<br />

Where would you like your adventure<br />

to lead you? Do you have a favourite<br />

place that you associate with good times?<br />

I invite you to close your eyes and re visit<br />

it now. Notice everything about it; the<br />

colours, smells, sights and sounds as well<br />

as any feelings of touch.<br />

What is the first colour that pops into<br />

your head when you think about your<br />

preferred future? Is your adventure<br />

swathed in golds, oranges and bright<br />

colours or softer tones of purples, greens<br />

and blues?<br />

Is there a song that brings you joy<br />

whenever you hear it? Music can evoke<br />

many emotions through our associated<br />

experiences. We can create a positive<br />

anchor to a favourite song that will<br />

enable us to lift ourselves when times<br />

are trickier.<br />

So, you see, the power of your<br />

imagination can become the tool for<br />

transformation. There are endless<br />

questions that you can ask yourself<br />

that will help to create your preferred<br />

future. But we must remember that the<br />

adventure that can be had in getting<br />

there is often the best part!<br />

Holly Stone is<br />

an experienced<br />

Solution<br />

Focused Clinical<br />

Hypnotherapist,<br />

Supervisor and<br />

Senior Lecturer<br />

for CPHT Surrey.<br />

Holly Stone<br />

Hypnotherapy<br />

Weird & Wonderful<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Across the county of <strong>Sussex</strong>, you’ll find all sorts of curiosities from days past<br />

and present. Here’s our selection of some of those stranger <strong>Sussex</strong> places that<br />

we have visited in the last few months.<br />

Weird at Wood Mill,<br />

near Henfield<br />

Just south of Henfield is the small<br />

nature reserve of Wood Mill which also<br />

just happens to be the headquarters<br />

of the <strong>Sussex</strong> Wildlife Trust. It has an<br />

all-weather path, ancient woodland, a<br />

lake and a boardwalk along with lots of<br />

wildlife to enjoy. Definitely wonderful<br />

but not particularly weird? Or so you<br />

might think. But as you wander in<br />

amongst the woodland paths you will<br />

come across a stone knight and an<br />

assortment of old stones and ornaments.<br />

There is very little known about them<br />

other than they are authentic and were<br />

probably imported to the site in the<br />

1930s by the then owner who wanted to<br />

build an Italianate garden. That owner,<br />

Arthur Peake, was later convicted of<br />

murder and where the stones came from<br />

and who the knight is, will probably<br />

never be known.<br />

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Wonderful waterfalls<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> is blessed with a number<br />

of waterfalls and one of the most<br />

enchanting has to be the Fairlight<br />

Dripping Well. Fairlight Glen (also<br />

known as Covehurst Bay) is a rocky<br />

beach just past Fairlight south of Pett<br />

Level, in East <strong>Sussex</strong>. You can reach<br />

it via Hastings County Park, through<br />

High Weald ghyll woodland and as<br />

you walk, you may come across the<br />

‘dripping well’, a natural formation<br />

with small streams and waterfalls.<br />

Not far from the well, look out for<br />

Lovers Seat on a ledge of rock just<br />

below the edge of the cliff, 339 feet<br />

above the sea.<br />

Extraordinary sculpture<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> has an amazing depth and breadth of artistic talent, and<br />

you’ll find sculpture and sculpture trails across the county. But<br />

perhaps no sculpture is more extraordinary than the sculptures<br />

(AKA the Flint Grotto) built on Brighton seafront by local<br />

fisherman Rory McCormack. McCormack is the last fisherman<br />

to keep his boat on Brighton beach and is also a self-taught<br />

sculptor. He was allocated a small plot of land by the Council<br />

for his fishing equipment but between 2013 and 2020 he<br />

created a serious of incredible sculptures on the plot mainly<br />

made from flint and based on prehistoric statues such as the<br />

fertility goddess, The Venus of Willendorf, and the Venus of<br />

Vespugue. Since 2020, McCormack has continued making<br />

statues on his allotment.<br />

Mad Jack Fuller had bet a dinner<br />

guest that he could see the spire<br />

of Dallington church from his<br />

sitting room and when he realised<br />

that he couldn’t, he had the Sugar<br />

Loaf (AKA Fuller’s Point) built in<br />

order to win the bet.<br />

Fabulous follies<br />

A folly is an ornamental building<br />

that has no practical purpose, and<br />

we have some truly fabulous follies<br />

in <strong>Sussex</strong>. Perhaps one of the most<br />

distinctive is the Sugar Cone tucked<br />

away in the corner of a field just<br />

off the B2096 in East <strong>Sussex</strong>. At 10<br />

metres high, there’s something rather<br />

beautiful about it and the story goes<br />

that local resident Mad Jack Fuller<br />

had bet a dinner guest that he could<br />

see the spire of Dallington church<br />

from his sitting room and when he<br />

realised that he couldn’t, he had the<br />

Sugar Loaf (AKA Fuller’s Point) built<br />

in order to win the bet.<br />

Mad Jack was born in Hampshire<br />

but in 1777, he inherited his uncle’s<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> estate Rose Hill (which is<br />

now known as Brightling Park).<br />

A philanthropist at heart, he was<br />

elected several times as an MP and<br />

is alleged to have spent prodigious<br />

amounts bribing the electors! He<br />

was later High Sheriff of <strong>Sussex</strong> and<br />

a captain in the Volunteer <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Yeomanry Cavalry as well as a<br />

founding member and passionate<br />

supporter of the Royal Institute. He<br />

also financed the building of the<br />

Belle Tout lighthouse at Beachy Head<br />

and was a supporter of Eastbourne<br />

Lifeboats. He built four other follies<br />

including a pyramid shaped tomb.<br />

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Advertorial<br />

Before we<br />

start any<br />

project, we<br />

will visit your<br />

home, take<br />

pictures of<br />

your existing<br />

kitchen and<br />

ask questions.<br />

Lots of<br />

questions.<br />

We start with<br />

simple ones<br />

such as: what<br />

do you like,<br />

or hate, about<br />

your existing<br />

kitchen?<br />

When you think about<br />

it, a large proportion<br />

of us inherit our<br />

kitchen. We do not<br />

design it ourselves.<br />

Your kitchen may be part of a new build<br />

package, or you will have moved house<br />

and had to make the best use of the<br />

previous owner’s style. Perhaps the family<br />

has expanded or grown up, or your age<br />

and ease of mobility has changed and so<br />

have some of your requirements too.<br />

So, when the opportunity arises to create<br />

and build your new kitchen with your<br />

own personal ‘must haves’ all included,<br />

the many options available can be a little<br />

daunting. And this can be especially so<br />

when you need to stay within the budget<br />

you have set too. So where do you start?<br />

Can we make more space?<br />

The most common question we are asked<br />

is can we make more space? Without<br />

knocking down walls, or building<br />

extensions - both of which we can<br />

arrange - our answer has to be no. But we<br />

can help you to maximise the space you<br />

have to the full and this can make a huge<br />

difference.<br />

Working together<br />

to design your<br />

dream kitchen<br />

Shaun Pentecost from Holmewood Interiors explains<br />

the process of maximising your space and creating the<br />

perfect kitchen that stays within budget<br />

Managing your budget<br />

Cost always comes first. Most customers<br />

will have an amount in mind that they<br />

are able to spend. Understanding this<br />

gives us a starting point. At Holmewood<br />

Interiors we cost each element of your<br />

kitchen under five headings; Furniture,<br />

Accessories, Work Surfaces, Lighting, and<br />

Fittings. Under each heading we then list<br />

each individual item you choose, so that<br />

you can easily see and understand where<br />

your spend is going.<br />

And this works well in so many ways. It<br />

enables you to compare different options<br />

or companies like for like, should you<br />

wish. And you can quickly see the cost<br />

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degrees so that hot pans can be placed<br />

directly on it; or an oven that is more<br />

practical for the connoisseur cook,<br />

rather than a statement oven with style<br />

gizmos and sleeker looks for an ultramodern<br />

positioning.<br />

Other things to consider could be<br />

not placing an oven at floor level for<br />

infirm or mobility impaired users and<br />

installing pull out storage drawers,<br />

rather than base cupboards, for ease and<br />

better accessibility.<br />

What to look out for...<br />

Drinks station<br />

impact of each item before deciding<br />

the areas to reduce or increase spend.<br />

In addition, our team are also able to<br />

suggest suitable ‘swaps,’ and potential<br />

savings for you, to make the process<br />

less stressful.<br />

Regardless of your choice, we pride<br />

ourselves on only working with suppliers<br />

and products we trust; so those who<br />

provide good quality, good service, and<br />

fair price options.<br />

Site visits and lots of questions!<br />

Before we start any project, we will<br />

visit your home, take pictures of your<br />

existing kitchen and ask questions. Lots<br />

of questions. We start with simple ones<br />

such as: what do you like, or hate, about<br />

your existing kitchen? What do you<br />

want incorporated into the new kitchen?<br />

What do you use your kitchen for - just<br />

cooking, or entertaining and working in<br />

too, and what aspect of your new kitchen<br />

will be most important for you?<br />

This is the discovery part for both parties.<br />

Our clients are prompted to think<br />

about some aspects that they may not<br />

have considered, and we at Holmewood<br />

Interiors can start to build a picture of<br />

how your kitchen is used and what part it<br />

plays in your home.<br />

Making it work for you<br />

Our next step is to make it work for<br />

you! We can create just about anything,<br />

with our skilled craftsmen able to make<br />

bespoke, tailor-made furniture when<br />

required too. As one of the busiest<br />

rooms in the home, the design and style<br />

element is key.<br />

We guide our customers through the<br />

practicality of a design and the materials<br />

used, depending on the level of use your<br />

kitchen will get. And we can suggest<br />

the best products to match styles and<br />

durability. This can include scratch<br />

resistant timber painted doors that often<br />

work better for busy families with four<br />

legged friends, rather than the high gloss<br />

finishes that can show every smudge.<br />

Or perhaps for the avid cook, a Dekton<br />

worktop which is heatproof up to 800<br />

Our most frequent query comes with the<br />

fitting of new taps. Remember, the fitting<br />

of a new kitchen does not immediately<br />

improve water pressure when running a<br />

tap, although there is often an assumption<br />

that a new tap will resolve this. If the<br />

water pressure to your current kitchen tap<br />

is poor, without resolving the underlying<br />

issue it will not improve. But a careful<br />

choice of tap type can sometimes help.<br />

The second biggest surprise is the<br />

amount of detailed planning that goes<br />

into designing your kitchen. Yes, the<br />

worktops and cupboard fronts are<br />

obvious, but choices also need to be<br />

made on the colour of cabinet carcases,<br />

which handle will complete your look,<br />

which worktop design, material and<br />

styling to go for, and do you want to<br />

personalise a splash back? Do you need<br />

a drinks station area? What about the<br />

energy efficiency of any white goods and<br />

how can you light the area to suit the<br />

kitchens different uses? The list goes on<br />

and creating your best kitchen will take<br />

time and planning.<br />

Managing expectations and<br />

good communications<br />

At Holmewood Interiors we are proud<br />

to be a small, ‘can do’ team of office staff<br />

and on-site fitters. And we always try to<br />

deliver on time. We are honest, will not<br />

overpromise, and the reliability and loyalty<br />

given by our staff sets us apart from many<br />

others. However, we are dependent on<br />

our valued suppliers being able to fulfil<br />

their end of the bargain, and on occasions<br />

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immediately advise you. Our clients are<br />

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TRAVEL<br />

Luxury & Bubbles<br />

in Newquay<br />

Over the last few years,<br />

Newquay has worked hard<br />

to overcome its Stag/Hen<br />

do party town reputation.<br />

It still has a great buzz<br />

and loads of energy but it’s also a fun<br />

destination for families and couples, and<br />

offers a bit of luxe for those just wanting<br />

to enjoy a few of the finer things in life.<br />

In the middle of February, when the<br />

weather in <strong>Sussex</strong> was very wet and<br />

windy, we washed up in Newquay to<br />

sunshine, and for both afternoons of our<br />

weekend stay, we had blue skies. There<br />

was a brisk wind as you might expect in<br />

this part of the world, but this made it<br />

ideal walking weather and we did plenty<br />

of that.<br />

Golf course and Pentire Headland on one<br />

side, and on the other side, views towards<br />

Watergate Bay and Trevose lighthouse.<br />

Wow, you just need a moment to take it<br />

all in. It is spectacular.<br />

The Penthouse isn’t short of space. There<br />

are five bedrooms, two with ensuites,<br />

a large family bathroom, and an extra<br />

toilet. All bedrooms have sea views, and<br />

the massive balconies have plenty of room<br />

for lounging around, al fresco dining or<br />

a slow soak in the seven-seater hot tub.<br />

And what’s not to love about a little “you<br />

time” in the hot tub overlooking the<br />

sea, with a glass of bubbles. Although<br />

that said, my favourite spot was sitting<br />

drinking my morning tea at the breakfast<br />

bar overlooking Fistral Beach.<br />

Philippa French explores Newquay Headland<br />

from the vantage point of The Penthouse<br />

The Penthouse at the Headland<br />

We were lucky to be some of the first<br />

guests staying in this stunning new luxury<br />

apartment, which you’ll find west of the<br />

town on the claw shaped headland that<br />

reaches out into the sea.<br />

The lift up to The Penthouse opens up<br />

into the entrance hall which leads into<br />

the open plan living space. You’re on a<br />

peninsula here and from the two large<br />

balconies you’re hit by endless views of<br />

the Atlantic, Fistral Beach, Newquay<br />

What’s on the menu?<br />

You’re a stone’s throw from the<br />

restaurants, bakeries, cafés and shops,<br />

and, of course, world renowned surfing<br />

beaches. So, what do you fancy?<br />

Afternoon tea and spa treatments at The<br />

Headland Hotel (an impressive Grade<br />

II Listed Victorian building and awardwinning<br />

hotel), seafood at an amazing<br />

restaurant called The Fish House (I’m not<br />

fond of fish but after eating their Korean<br />

fried monkfish with gochujang sticky<br />

sauce, I was hooked), booking essential or<br />

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TRAVEL<br />

pizzas at The Stable. And don’t forget to<br />

book a table at Rick Stein’s restaurant and<br />

enjoy famous dining right on the edge of<br />

the Atlantic Ocean.<br />

If you fancy a gorgeous flat white, almond<br />

croissant or a sumptuous cheddar cheese<br />

and Kimchi sourdough toastie, The Pavilion<br />

on Fore Street (one of only two bakeries<br />

outside of London) is the place to go, and<br />

it’s also on the way into town. If artisan<br />

arts and crafts are your thing, then with<br />

views over the bay, head to the Killacourt<br />

shopping pods which are an innovative<br />

way to bring wonderful local glass makers,<br />

illustrators, photographers and painters<br />

together. For those missing <strong>Sussex</strong>, I even<br />

found <strong>Sussex</strong> chocolate, Cocoa Loco, at a<br />

plastic free, ethical store called The Good<br />

Lyfe on the way out of town. And you<br />

wouldn’t be in Cornwall without plenty<br />

of fudge, so feast your senses on the many<br />

fudge shops and watch fudge makers<br />

stirring the pot of their hot, sticky wares.<br />

Exploring further afield<br />

The beaches are a great draw for young<br />

families but there’s lots more for the kids<br />

to do like a visit to Newquay Zoo and<br />

the Blue Reef Aquarium. For adults, it’s<br />

a walker’s haven. Newquay is on the edge<br />

of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding<br />

Natural Beauty and is, of course, home to<br />

stunning coastal paths which includes the<br />

iconic South West Coast Path. Although<br />

it’s not all about the coast and there are<br />

also inland trails and moors to explore.<br />

Great walks close to the apartment<br />

include walking on Fistral Beach or<br />

heading north up the Headland to<br />

Little Fistral Beach and then back to the<br />

distinctive landmark, Huer’s Hut. Or<br />

head south west to the Pentire Headland<br />

and have lunch at Lewinnick Lodge. And<br />

if you want just a little more adrenaline,<br />

what about having a go at coasteering, a<br />

cross between rock pooling, canyoning<br />

and tackling an obstacle course. Moving<br />

on foot, you navigate the part of the<br />

coast where land meets the sea in a fun<br />

(or at least interesting) way.<br />

Newquay is a town with so much<br />

on offer and surrounded by such<br />

wonderful countryside, and a stay here<br />

is both a feast for the soul and a great<br />

way to rest and recuperate before you<br />

head home to <strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

A stay at The Penthouse at the Headland<br />

starts at £1,750 / week.<br />

You can find out more at<br />

www.beachretreats.co.uk<br />

The Penthouse sleeps up to 10 and has<br />

underground parking for two vehicles.<br />

The Fish House,<br />

Korean fried monkfish<br />

with gochujang sticky<br />

sauce<br />

Almond Croissant,<br />

The Pavilion on<br />

Fore Street<br />

Caesar Augustus<br />

Sorrento view<br />

Walking in Capri<br />

Adventurer Kevin Pilley steps up for some capricious adventure<br />

Writers like Mark<br />

Twain, Somerset<br />

Maugham,<br />

Sir Compton<br />

Mackenzie and<br />

Norman Douglas have all written about<br />

the “favoured Land of Capri” and “the<br />

purity of its mysterious divinity”. They<br />

wax lyrical about the Grotto Azzura, and<br />

Mount Solero with its views of distant<br />

Calabria and about the Sirocco wind, the<br />

island’s “gozzo” boats and sublime “ravioli<br />

caprese”. And today’s free thinkers delight<br />

in what a great place Capri used to be for<br />

indulging in immoralities and unlawful<br />

pleasures, recommending it as the best<br />

place to transgress.<br />

Stepping up<br />

Steps are major landmarks on Capri,<br />

where everything is up or down and very<br />

little is flat and across. Building flights of<br />

“scala” is an ancient local craft in southwest<br />

Italy and connecting Marine Grande<br />

and Anacapri, the 921-step Phoenician<br />

Steps were actually chiselled out of the<br />

rockface by ancient Greeks.<br />

A walking holiday along Italy’s Amalfi<br />

coast requires energy and concentration.<br />

Taking on the Path of The Gods is a fine<br />

line between relaxation, exhilaration and<br />

defibrillation. It is the ultimate step-up<br />

class and workout with great views.<br />

But Capri is the place to train. It’s only<br />

four square miles and offers pathed<br />

walking, not “rugged” hiking (and<br />

for rugged, read scary). No poles are<br />

required. But it’s steep enough to remind<br />

you that a fit person is someone who<br />

rarely uses a chairlift and an elite athlete<br />

someone who only very reluctantly<br />

boards a funicular railway.<br />

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Stepping out<br />

Something to drink<br />

Details<br />

My wife and I did the Path of the Gods<br />

on the main land walk between Praiano<br />

and Positano, realising after 30 years of<br />

marriage that we only hold hands now<br />

while scrambling across vertiginous<br />

fenceless paths cut into sheer rock faces.<br />

Along old mule tracks, your partner<br />

becomes less of a soulmate and more of<br />

a handrail. It’s strenuous for a couple to<br />

stay together. As one guide eloquently<br />

forewarned, “You quickly get puffed out.”<br />

On the craggy promontories on Capri,<br />

your thoughts of mortality and emergency<br />

helicopter extraction are less constant.<br />

Hyperventilation is rare. You don’t swear<br />

so much either. You don’t curse the rocky<br />

CUSS’s (cumulative uphill stretches).<br />

Exploring Capri<br />

Accompanied by skittering lizards and<br />

the occasional one-man, narrow minitrucks,<br />

Capri’s paths take you down and<br />

up flowering alleys, past chestnut pole<br />

vineyards, yellow lantern trumpet flowers,<br />

rock roses, broom (known locally as the<br />

flower of St Costanzo), cactii, asphodel<br />

lilies and scarlet geraniums. Your walks<br />

take you under cypress, mastic and giant<br />

“femminiello” lemon trees, through<br />

wisteria bloom and equally fragrant<br />

jasmine and amongst wild myrtle shrubs.<br />

Walking the villa trail<br />

Exploring Capri by foot, you can<br />

concentrate on scent rather than oxygen<br />

intake. A villa crawl will take you to the<br />

1905 Villa Lysis (Fersen), dedicated to the<br />

love of youth and the extensively plundered<br />

ruins of Tiberius’s Villa Jovis, a vast Roman<br />

pleasure complex and alleged scene of<br />

appalling debauchery 250 m above sea level.<br />

Six Euros will get you in, if you’re keen on<br />

ancient cisterns and want to see the remains<br />

of a Specularium – the greenhouse where<br />

Tiberius grew his cucumbers.<br />

Clockwise:<br />

On Foot Holidays -<br />

Amalfi Coast<br />

On Foot Holidays -<br />

Amalfi Coast - along<br />

the peninsula<br />

Capri - Piazzetta<br />

La Palma Cocktails<br />

Capri - Faraglioni<br />

A villa crawl will also take you to see<br />

Villa Damante, the Belvedere of Tragana<br />

lookout. And other highlights include<br />

the modernistic red masonry box which<br />

is Villa Malaparte overlooking the Gulf<br />

of Salerno and not far from the collapsed<br />

Paleolithic grotto turned Arco Naturule<br />

and the Eye of the Needle rock formations.<br />

Near the Giardini Augusto, there’s the<br />

house where Maxim Gorky welcomed<br />

Lenin in 1908 and don’t forget to visit<br />

the former homes of Graham Greene (“Il<br />

Rosaio” bought in 1948) and Dame Gracie<br />

Fields (The Beach Club). “Our Gracie” is<br />

buried in Capri’s Protestant cemetery.<br />

Getting philosophical<br />

One of Capri’s flattest “passetiello” paved<br />

paths is the Via Miglairi (Millet Road)<br />

to the Philosophical Park, with its sixty<br />

tablets bearing miscellaneous nuggets of<br />

wisdom from western philosophers. None<br />

of whom mention cramp.<br />

Behind the park is a wonderful view of<br />

the “Monster’s Teeth” or Faraglioni sea<br />

stacks - Stella, Messo and Scopolo.<br />

Hungry for more<br />

Until you have explored Capri by foot,<br />

you don’t know how desperate a human<br />

body can become for grissini and a<br />

mouthful of “vongole” (clams), baby<br />

squid, amberjack and fresh egg creamed<br />

pumpkin tagliatelle. Luckily, Capri has<br />

some of the finest al fresco fine dining.<br />

Executive Chef Eduardo Vuolo’s<br />

restaurant, La Terrazzo di Lucillo (at<br />

the acclaimed 49-suite, five-star Hotel<br />

Caesar Augustus - the former 1850 Villa<br />

Bitter and home of a Russian prince), is<br />

a wonderful restaurant serving gourmet<br />

“zero kilometre cuisine”. And you can<br />

have your own “exclusive” view of Mount<br />

Vesuvius by booking the Pensatoio<br />

terrace-for-two.<br />

In fact, Capri’s hotel restaurants are as<br />

much a “must” as the Via Krupp (the<br />

1900-02 hairpin footpath connecting<br />

the Charterhouse of San Giacomo and<br />

Marina Piccola named after a German<br />

industrialist to get him to his Grand<br />

Hotel Quisisana).<br />

The walks to the north-east begin and<br />

end at the characterful Capri Tiberio<br />

Palace Hotel, with its collection of<br />

curios and bibelots, marble staircases<br />

with carved ironwork and Jacky Bar. Its<br />

signature cocktail is a gold flake “Great<br />

Gatsby” (F.Scott finished the novel<br />

there), dispensed by Serena Fontanella<br />

and Vincenzo Gambuzza who also age<br />

their own Negroni. Surrounded by<br />

white Borsalino Panama hats hanging<br />

over a white piano, try “The Sea In<br />

Your Hands” (Blue Curacao, white<br />

rum agricole, lime juice and tonic)<br />

and “Welcome to Italy” cocktail (white<br />

vermouth, grappa, limoncello, lemon<br />

juice, and sugar syrup).<br />

A place to rest<br />

The newly-reopened 1822 La Palma<br />

Hotel is the island’s first tourist hotel<br />

and it has a cocktail menu inspired by<br />

Italian gesticulations. You can hail a<br />

“Ma Che Vuou” (gin, lemon and basil)<br />

by impersonating it by closing your<br />

hand in the shape of a pinecone and<br />

waving it back and forth. To order a<br />

“Beviamo” (tequila, rose syrup, lime and<br />

watermelon soda), you use a closed hand<br />

with little finger and thumb extended<br />

towards the mouth. A “Scusate”<br />

comprises vodka, bergamot liquor,<br />

cantaloupe and rose.<br />

Norman Douglas described Capri<br />

as a place where “true beauty resides<br />

with its harmony of form and hue –<br />

here the works of men stand out in<br />

just relations to these of nature, each<br />

supporting the other.”.<br />

It’s a place to enjoy long drawn-out<br />

evenings, lulled by the cicadas, lapping<br />

waves and cloudless cobalt skies. Or to<br />

savour the sun dropping lazily behind<br />

the carob and olive trees that clutch at<br />

the sheer drop limestone ledges into the<br />

Tyrrhenian Sea. Capri is bucket list bliss.<br />

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So You Think<br />

You Know <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

How did you do?<br />

1. The Clergy House in Alfriston was<br />

bought by the National Trust for £10<br />

in 1896.<br />

2. Shoreham by Sea<br />

3. 2022<br />

4. Chichester<br />

5. Lewes<br />

6. The round headed rampion - the<br />

county flower of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

7. A chicken<br />

<strong>8.</strong> Rother<br />

9. Chichester<br />

10. Stoolball<br />

11. Eastbourne (383.9 hours in July 1911)<br />

12. In <strong>Sussex</strong> folklore a knucker is<br />

a water dragon that lives in a<br />

knuckerhole in <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

The<br />

Last Word<br />

This edition’s last word goes to “FC of Eastbourne” who wrote of<br />

the following story in the 1928 edition of <strong>Sussex</strong> County Magazine.<br />

Good luck translating the wonderful <strong>Sussex</strong> dialect.<br />

The Bag of Gold<br />

This story is set down as told, and for what it is worth. A <strong>Sussex</strong> man tells it.<br />

“I were sent down ter Rye on a job just afore the war. I were a jyner, an’ used ter stay wo’ my<br />

owd aunt, aaf a mile from the town. One night I were walkin’ back ‘oäm, an’ it were pitch<br />

dark. Ower I wenbt, sudden like, ower something.<br />

So I picked it up an’ it wur a gurt bag, an’ powerful ‘eavy. I buried it that night in the<br />

garden ‘mong some rubbidge, but the next day I eggamined it. Thur were ‘unnerds o’ suvrins<br />

inside. So I ‘id ‘er agin, as I ‘ad ter goo back next day to the maäster.<br />

It were ower two years afore I see Rye agin, coz I were ‘ad up - leastways,<br />

caäled up – an’ ‘ad ter go fight they Boaches. Aunt were dead<br />

when I got ter Rye ‘an ‘er ‘ouse shut up, but the bag were safe.<br />

So I counted they poun’s, an’ there were fower ‘unnerd on ‘em.<br />

They tell’d I – I were joodishus like – that a gurt cirkis ‘ad bin<br />

ter Rye when I found ‘em. Likely they ‘ad dropped it out o’<br />

their waggins, an’ the war comin’ along, an’ things bein’<br />

arl permiskus like, nothing were done. I knaws they<br />

papers gave no reward.”<br />

“What did you do with your find?” the joiner was<br />

asked.<br />

“It be still there, an’ I be goin’ ter Amerriky<br />

ter-morrer. There bain’t nawthin’ ter do ower<br />

‘ere.”<br />

And if you happen to live in an<br />

old house about half a mile from<br />

Rye, who knows, there might just<br />

be a bag of 400 sovereign coins<br />

buried in your garden!<br />

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