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16 free and great value things to do in West Sussex

Experience West Sussex Partnership has put together free and low-cost ideas for exploring what’s happening in the county.

Solve the Mystery – Pick up a free new Mystery Trail from the local library in one of Horsham’s seven pretty towns (Horsham, Southwater, Steyning, Pulborough, Billingshurst, Storrington, Henfield) and follow the clues to solve the crime. Essentially an outdoor escape room, Whistlestop Arts has cooked up 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 county’s most scenic spots. At Devil’s Dyke, the South Downs disappear and the Sussex Weald stretches out before you in all its panoramic glory. Rumor has it that the Dyke, part of the South Downs National Park, was created by the devil. It offers a myriad of opportunities for short walks and long trails through the stunning countryside. The best places to picnic in West Sussex | Discover West Sussex


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

I love the Lido – the only remaining lido in West Sussex, Arundel’s 25m pool and paddling pool has views of the town’s magnificent castle. There is also a lawn for picnics and a small gazebo for refreshments. Open now until 11 September, Adults £6 Children £3 Reception (

Engage with The Coastal Creatives – Three local artists are on a mission to foster creativity through illustration, beach craft, photography and songwriting this summer. Their free summer exhibition at the West Buildings Shelter on Worthing Promenade runs from July 7th to September 30th and aims to raise awareness and change to celebrate and conserve our beaches. Coastal Creatives – Time For Worthing

Worthing Heritage Trails

Learn more about deer – Take the whole family for a day out at Sky Park Farm in West Harting, open seven days a week from July 11 to September 4. Ticket (adults £6, children £3, under 3 free) includes parking, farm entry, deer enclosure, Explorer Farm Trails, Meet the Rangers, large adventure playground and rest areas at beside Dew Pond and the River Rother.

Build a Sandcastle – Compete for victory in Littlehampton’s annual sandcastle competition. Head to the waterfront on August 9 at 10 a.m. to pick up your free bucket before the competition starts at 11 a.m. The competition is fierce and places are limited so don’t be late.

Get your camera out – The Ouse Valley Viaduct is one of Sussex’s best Instagram spots. 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 partnered 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 things to do in Chichester this summer visit

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Rock the rockpools – It’s free, it’s fun and you’re on the coast; what’s not to love about a little rock pooling? Discover the beaches of Shoreham Fort, Climping Beach, Worthing Pier, West Wittering and Felpham Beach. Look for starfish, crabs, shrimp, limpets and snails among other aquatic animals. Check out this expert guide to rockpooling.

Enjoy the Gardens – Learn about historic horticulture at Highdown Gardens, the beautiful and unique chalk gardens at the top of 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 stunning views of Worthing and the sea, all for free.

Hear the Band – Enjoy a traditional Sunday afternoon gig at Hotham Park, Bognor Regis this summer. At the bandstand, there will be a variety of free performances between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on July 17, August 14 and September 11, 2022.

Immerse yourself in medieval magic – Be transported to medieval England and enter the magical kingdom of Loxwood. Discover the Living History Village, go to Knight School, watch jousting, falconry, archery and enjoy live music and mead – all for £16 per adult and £8 per child over two weekends on 6, 7 and 13, 14 August 2022.

Bring Your Teddy – Kids bringing their favorite stuffed animal to the annual Bluebell Railway Teddy Bears Picnic ride free August 6-7. Accompanying adults buy an All-Day Rover ticket (£23.50) to travel along the line and get off at Kingscote station to enjoy a picnic in the paddock next to the playground.

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

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