West Sussex

Properties and events in West Sussex

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Adur Connected

36 High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DA
Online & In person
Pre-booking not required

Adur abounds with the heritage of transport. With Shoreham's harbour, airport, river and sea, Adur has been at the forefront of exploration. Find this new exhibition across Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick and Lancing.

Arundel Museum

Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Arundel Museum is open for FREE this Heritage Open Day on Saturday 14 September This year marks 60 years since the Museum first opened underneath the Town Hall. Now, in the purpose-built Museum, enjoy seeing displays charting the history of Arundel.

Camelsdale Primary School

School Road, Haslemere, West Sussex, GU27 3RN
In person
Pre-booking not required

Camelsdale Primary School 2024 Open Afternoon- September 15th. Why not come and visit the first school opened by West Sussex County Council back in 1904 here near Haslemere, Surrey! All welcome!

Display and opening of the WWII Pillbox on Patterson's Walk in Ferring

Patterson's Walk, Ferring, West Sussex, BN12 5HD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Access to the best preserved example of a Coastal WWII Pillbox in West Sussex.

Echoes of the Woods National Trust Standen House and Garden

National Trust Standen House and Garden, East Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4AE
In person
Book on day

Embark on an immersive woodland ramble with our ranger - a rare opportunity to uncover the rich historical narrative woven into these woods. This unique ranger led tour explores ancient practices and their modern relevance.

Fernhurst Furnace Open Weekend

Vann Road, Fernhurst, Vanlands, Fernhurst, West Sussex, GU27 3NJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

See the recently conserved Wealden Blast Furnace site. Admire the Sealed Knot skirmish. Many demonstrations, displays and refreshments. Country location in beautiful woodland. Guided tours.

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PP
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore over 200 years of history with free entry on 6 September 2024. Discover winding paths, towering trees, tranquil lakes, enchanting wildlife – including our rare wallabies, captivating sculpture, a new Play Park and a world of fun for all ages.

Marlipins Museum

Marlipins Museum, 36 High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DA
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Grade II listed Norman building in the high street of the coastal town of Shoreham-by-Sea is famous for its striking flint and limestone chequerboard façade.

Nymans

Nymans, Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB
In person
Book on day

Discover Nymans Garden and House with free entry on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September.

Old Shoreham Heritage Festival

St Nicolas Church, St. Nicolas Lane, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN435NH
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Old Shoreham Heritage Festival will launch the 50th anniversary of Old Shoreham Conservation Area with a new heritage trail,and other events, focusing attention on the conservation of this vulnerable green gap in the southern coastal strip.

Old Shoreham Heritage Trail - Guided Tour

St Nicolas Church, St. Nicolas Lane, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN435NH
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Our new Heritage Trail will be a highlight of the Old Shoreham Heritage Festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Conservation Area with a focus on protecting the ancient routes through this vulnerable green gap in the southern coastal strip.

Petworth House - Highlight Talks in the House

Petworth Park, London Road, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Petworth House displays one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust, and a history of almost 1000 years. Join us for 10 minute "highlight talks" about the collection and family history throughout the weekend.

Petworth House - Tours of the House

Petworth Park, London Road, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR
In person
Book on day

A magnificent 17th-century house displaying one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust, nestled in a 700-acre deer park. Join us for 45 minute guided tours of the House throughout the 14th - 15th September.

Petworth House Heritage Open Weekend

Petworth Park, London Road, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR
In person
Pre-booking not required

A magnificent 17th-century house displaying one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust, nestled in a 700-acre deer park. Explore the House, Servants Quarters, Gardens and Park for free.

Shoreham Fort - Giving History a Future by Bringing History to Life

Shoreham Fort, Forthaven, Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN435HY
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and join us at Shoreham Fort and watch the Scheduled Monument come to life.

Shoreham Fort HOD Tours

Shoreham Fort, Forthaven, Shoreham Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN435HY
In person
Pre-booking required

Come and join the volunteers at Shoreham Fort and they will share with you some of the unique and diverse history of this hidden Scheduled Monument, situated at the very eastern end of the shingle spit that used to be known as Bungalow Town.

St John the Evangelist Church, Newtimber

Newtimber Church, Church Lane, Newtimber, Brighton, West Sussex, BN6 9BT
In person
Pre-booking not required

Newtimber church is a local parish church with a significant place in global history; with links to the enslavement of Africans in Jamaica, a prominent abolitionist, it also offers a resting place for the souls of the SS Mendi disaster of 1917.

The Tudor Townhouse hiding a Serene Garden: Sackville House

Sackville House, High Street, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3DE
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Built around 1520, this Landmark Trust property is a large timber-framed house with rooms of wood and lime plaster and the patina of centuries past. In the middle of East Grinstead the house hides a large, peaceful garden.

Tour of St Mary de Haura church, Shoreham-by-Sea

St Mary de Haura, Church Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DQ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Visit this unique parish church, a Grade 1 listed heritage site which dates back to the 12th century.

Who Needs Five Bridges?

Coronation Green, High Street, 59 Connaught Avenue, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Shoreham with five river crossings is surely mimicking London! Why so many? And isn’t there an obscure law about bridge spacings on a river? Discover all [or nearly all] on this Heritage Open Days event.