16 free and cheap things to do in West Sussex

16 free and cheap things to do in West Sussex | Pro Club Bd

Experience West Sussex Partnership have put together some free and inexpensive ideas for exploring what’s going on in the county.

Solve the Mystery – Pick up a new free Mystery Trail from the local library in any of Horsham District’s seven pretty towns (Horsham, Southwater, Steyning, Pulborough, Billingshurst, Storrington, Henfield) and follow the clues to solve the crime to solve. Essentially an outdoor escape room, Whistlestop Arts has put together an intriguing story where you are the detective.

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Picnic with the Devil – Pack a picnic and head to one of the most scenic spots in the county. At Devil’s Dyke the South Downs drop away and the Sussex Weald spreads out before you in all its panoramic glory. Rumored to have been created by the devil, the Dyke, part of the South Downs National Park, offers endless opportunities for short walks and long trails through beautiful countryside. Best Picnic Spots in West Sussex | Experience West Sussex

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Visit Chichester Cathedral for free – There is so much to discover in this stunning cathedral which has been the center of Chichester’s community for over nine hundred years. It’s the only English cathedral with a free-standing medieval bell tower and is packed with iconic works of art, including part of a Roman mosaic floor and the magnificent Marc Chagall window.

Love the Lido – the only remaining Lido in West Sussex, Arundel’s 25 meter pool and paddling pool overlook the town’s magnificent castle. There is also a grassy area for picnics and a small kiosk for refreshments. Open from now until 11th September Adults £6 Children £3 Home (arundel-lido.com)

Get Involved with The Coastal Creatives – Three local artists have made it their mission to encourage creativity through illustration, beach sculpting, photography and songwriting activities this summer. Their free summer exhibition at the West Buildings Shelter on Worthing Promenade runs from 7th July to 30th September and aims to create awareness and change to celebrate and preserve our beaches. The Coastal Creatives – Time for Worthing

Worthing Heritage Trails

Learn about the deer – Take the whole family to Sky Park Farm in West Harting, open 7 days a week from July 11th to September 4th. Admission to the farm, deer paddocks, Explorer Farm Trails, Meet the Rangers, large adventure playground and seating areas adjacent to Dew Pond and River Rother. www.skyparkfarm.com

Build a Sandcastle – Compete to win Littlehampton’s annual sandcastle competition. Come to the Boardwalk at 10:00am on August 9th to collect your free bucket before the competition starts at 11:00am. Competition is fierce and places are limited, so don’t be late.

Get your camera out – The Ouse Valley Viaduct is one of the best Instagrammable spots in Sussex. Park at Ardingly Reservoir and take a scenic walk through the nature reserve to the viaduct. You can also explore the pretty village of Cuckfield afterwards.

Find your inner artist – The Novium Museum in Chichester has teamed up with Article 12 Arts to offer free Summer Art Workshops for children and young people every Tuesday and Wednesday in August this summer. For more great things to do in Chichester this summer, visit www.TheGreatSussexWay.com

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Rock the rockpools – It’s free, it’s fun and you’re on the shore; What’s not to love about a little rock pooling? Visit the beaches of Shoreham Fort, Climping Beach, Worthing Pier, West Wittering and Felpham Beach. Keep an eye out for starfish, crab, shrimp, limpets and snails, and other aquatic life. Check out this expert guide to rock pooling.

Enjoy the Gardens – Discover historic horticulture at Highdown Gardens, the beautiful and unique chalk gardens perched atop the hill of the same name. You can learn about their fascinating history at the Visitor Centre, picnic among the flowers and follow the Highdown Gardens and Hill Heritage Trail for sweeping views over Worthing and out to sea, all for free.

Listen to the band – Enjoy a traditional Sunday afternoon concert at Hotham Park, Bognor Regis this summer. Various free performances will take place at the music pavilion on July 17, August 14 and September 11, 2022 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Medieval Magic – Be transported back to medieval England and enter the magical kingdom of Loxwood. Experience the Living History Village, visit the Knights’ School, watch jousts, falconry, archery and enjoy live music and mead – all for £16 per adult and £8 per child over two weekends 6th, 7th and 7th. and 13, 14 August 2022. www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk

Bring your teddy – kids who bring their favorite teddy to the Bluebell Railway’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic get a free ride on August 6th and 7th. Accompanying adults purchase a full-day Rover ticket (£23.50) to travel up and down the line Disembark at Kingscote Station to enjoy a picnic lunch in the paddock next to the playground.

Meet the wildlife – the Tilgate Nature Center in Crawley (adults £7, children £6) is home to over 500 animals, from owls to otters, reindeer, ravens, frogs and pheasants. Make a day out of it with a picnic in the park with its lakes, lawns and gardens and miles of forest to explore.

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