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West Dean Gardens, nr Chichester

Muddy says: This arts and crafts-focused college has plenty of short courses plus award-winning gardens to explore. There's also a popular annual Chilli Fiesta.

Accommodation

Noble and Stace

Muddy says: indulge in these beautiful small batch chocolates (great for gifting if you can bear to share) and join a workshop to learn how to make your own!

Cookery courses

Herstmonceux Castle

Muddy says: Explore themed gardens with a castle backdrop, hire a unique wedding venue, or join in the annual Medieval Festival or other fun events

culture

The Highdown, Goring-by-Sea

Muddy says: There are plenty of reasons to make a trip to this recently refurbished hotel, pub, tea rooms and charming secret gardens rolled into one

Accommodation

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton

Muddy says: History has never been such fun! Step into real homes and workplaces of bygone centuries transported to one gorgeous setting - great for family days out, even weddings.

Cafes

Creating Ceremony

Muddy says: Trust Sussex award-winning celebrant Claire Bradford to help you create unique days to remember whatever the occasion

Celebrant

The Old Market, Hove

Muddy says: This smart Regency building hosts a contemporary mix of comedy, music, theatre and fringe and is available as a party venue besides.

Bars

Fontwell Park

Muddy says: Close to Arundel, this unique jumps course makes for a fun day out. Keep an eye on the calendar for family days and other themed events

culture

Canvas & Stars

Muddy says: family glamping... with gin and a hot tub? A chilled weekender with partner or friends? This just might be the comfiest you can get under canvas.

Accommodation

Lingfield Park Resort

Muddy says: Lingfield Park is more than just a racecourse – it is a leisure resort offering racing, a 4* Marriott Hotel and spa and a championship 18-hole golf course.

Accommodation

The Arabian Tent Company

Muddy says: create a magical setting for a party or wedding with this luxury tent and marquee hire company that’s all about the finishing touches.

Bar Hire

QQW Weddings

QQW Weddings

Muddy says: Give cookie cutter weddings the elbow and trust your party planning to these cool and quirky specialists 

Party

Pallant of Arundel

Muddy says: From picnic and dinner party fare to everyday treats plus gifts and seasonal hampers, Pallant is a foodie heaven.

Cakes

Halinka's Fairies

Halinka’s Fairies

Muddy says: These lovingly Sussex-made characters are perfect for gifts, children's rooms and Christmas trees

Cake Toppers

Borde Hill Garden

Muddy says: historic plants, sweeping views and frequent family events mean there's always a reason to return to this special place

Activities

The Bell in Ticehurst

Muddy says: Humorous decorative touches meet historic charm at this gastro pub with rooms and lodges and a wedding licence.

Accommodation

Sew In Brighton

Muddy says: These fun sewing workshops from a fashion designer will help you run up anything from a dress to, err, nipple tassles, whatever your ability

ALL

Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton

Muddy says: Is this the most fun place to lay your head in Brighton? Probably. Book into a themed room or drop in for bands, comedy and cocktails.

Accommodation

Metro Deco, Kemptown

Muddy says: Vintage Parisian style with a touch of kitsch injects the fun into afternoon teas, cocktails or a loungey lunch in this buzzy Kemptown café.

Afternoon teas

Great British Wine Tours

Muddy says: A brilliant way to discover more about Sussex's vineyards with tours, tastings and lunch in lovely surrounds

ALL

Rathfinny Wine Estate

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston

Muddy Says: This lofty vineyard at Alfriston boasts beautiful views, wildlife walks, pop-up dining and gorgeous accommodation in its Flint Barns.

Accommodation

The Beauty Island Sanctuary

Muddy says: This town centre oasis, handily opposite Worthing station, is a one-stop-pampering hangout with its own hydrotherapy pool and sauna.

Beauty parlours

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Plumpton Racecourse

Muddy says: This compact racecourse backed by the South Downs is a hidden gem. Make a day of it with a meal on site or hire a venue with a view for a big bash.

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Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton

Muddy says: Bang on the seafront, this stylish hotel has a quirky basement spa and is a top spot for afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails.

Accommodation

The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

Muddy says: An award-winning country retreat where you can learn to bake bread and cakes, walk off your indulgence and stay over in cottages. Or, simply stop in for lunch or tea.

Accommodation

The Beauty Bar, Wadhurst

Muddy says: This smart Muddy Award-winning salon in lovely premises offers a wide range of treatments besides its popular nail bar.

Beauty parlours

Park House Hotel & Spa

Park House Hotel & Spa, Midhurst

Muddy says: Indulge in spa treatments, fine dining, perhaps even a spot of croquet, at this country house-style retreat in the South Downs.

Accommodation

Simon Pure Jewellery

Muddy says: Making contemporary understated jewellery with a pop of colour, Simon Pure is a perfect antidote to bling. Visit to browse or discuss your ideas, or shop the gorgeous range online.

Fashion

the-Bias-Cut.com

Muddy says: an online boutique that specialises in stylish pieces for fashion-loving older women who feel ignored by the high street. Get thee to the cashmere pronto, I say.

40+ fashion

Cameron Contemporary Art

Muddy Says: a friendly go-to gallery to help you add unique style to your home or find that perfect gift

ALL

The Gallivant, Camber

Muddy Says: A little taste of California right here in Sussex. This restaurant with rooms opposite Camber Sands and near historic Rye is a gem for fine dining or a cheeky getaway.

Accommodation

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