In a place distinguished by its beautiful countryside, it can be difficult to think of things to do indoors when the Sussex rain begins to fall. Here are a few ideas to brighten up those dreary rainy days…
Uncover the Arts and Antiques of Petworth
The quaint village of Petworth is nestled in the heart of Sussex and has a well known reputation for being a unique retail haven, harbouring antique treasures on every corner, as well as many wonderful boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Petworth is home to 37 renowned antique and art establishments, all within half a mile walking distance, which feels even less once you’ve found yourself a vintage umbrella from Anthony Short Antiques, or an antique stand for it at William Hockley. Petworth is the perfect place to indulge in something different on a drizzly, dull day.
For more information on Petworth’s arts and antiques, visit www.discoverpetworth.uk/shop/
Visit Monk's House and Step into A Room of One's Own
Monk’s House is a lovely place to escape from the rain and delve into the world of Virginia Woolf, who retreated from London to the tranquil 17th century cottage in 1919. There are always events going on at Monk’s House, such as readings, screen printing workshops as well as all sorts of interesting tours. Although the fruitful gardens may go amiss, the house is a beautifully designed, weather boarded hideaway that has been left just as the writer had lived in it. It is as though she just popped out for a stroll in the rain.
Location: Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3H5
Prices: Adult £5.50, Child £2.85
For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house
Cosy up to a Movie at an Independent Cinema
Whether you’re a film fanatic or not, these unique and extraordinary cinemas are the perfect retreat from the outside, showing independent and commercial movies with an enhanced cinematic experience. The iconic Kino-Teatre in St. Leonards features a restaurant that offers weekly movie and meal deals, as well as the Baker-Mamonova art gallery, exhibiting beautiful 20th century Russian artwork - enough to fill an entire day of rain! Or, if you’re interested in history, visit the equally distinctive picture house: The Duke of York’s in Brighton, the oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain. Having opened in 1910, the architecturally-stunning building has been largely unaltered since, celebrating many innovative film festivals as well as regularly showing film themed days such as ‘Vintage Sundays’. Going to an independent cinema is the ideal way to get away from the weather, to sit back and relax in a cosy hideout.
Location: Preston Circus, Brighton, BN1 4NA
Prices: Adult £10, Child £6.50
Location: 45-43 Norman Road, St. Leonards on Sea, TN38 0EQ
Location: New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY
Prices: Adult £8.50, Child £3.50
Enjoy a Cream Tea in Goodwood's Magnificent Ballroom
Goodwood is known for its glorious outdoor events such as horse racing and speeding motor cars, but not necessarily for slowing down and smelling the roses. However, the pictorial Goodwood House Estate is home to one of the most significant private art collections in the UK, all to be enjoyed with a cup of tea and a scone. You can take a tour of the stately apartments and the old house, which includes the beautiful Egyptian dining room and the stunning gold-laced Yellow Room, and then relax with some cake and finger sandwiches in the ballroom, an experience guaranteed to keep your eyes off the rain running down the window.
Location: Goodwood House Estate, Chichester, PO18 0PX
Prices: £34.50 per person, including cream tea and entry fee.
For more information, visit www.goodwood.com/estate/goodwood-house/plan-your-visit/afternoon-tea
Try Something New at an Exciting Workshop
From jewellery making, writing and photography, to screen printing, therapeutic arts and pom-pom decorations, there is a workshop for everyone at Made in Brighton. There is also a workshop specialising in chocolatiering just outside of Chichester, where adults and children can indulge in the delicious art of chocolate moulding in many different workshops, guaranteed to send you home with a chocolate covered smile on your face. Workshops are a great way to practice new art forms and experiences and what better use for a grey day than learning something new?
Location: 66 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD
Prices: Around £35 per workshop.
Le Salon Du Chocolate
Location: Hortons Yard, Melbourne Road, Chichester, PO19 7ND
Prices: £20-£25 per adult/child.
Location: Bosham Lane, Bosham, Chichester, PO18 8HX
Written by: Laurie Robertson
Laurie has lived in Sussex since she was ten years old. As a book-lover, Laurie's favourite thing to do on a rainy day in Sussex is visit literary landmarks such as Monk's House.