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Weekends are about kicking back, getting out there and taking in some culture. Peruse modern art, shop ‘til you drop, unearth vintage finds or take a romantic ride on a steam train – you’re spoilt for choice in West Sussex.

Culture is everywhere throughout the region. If the jam-packed Chichester Festival Theatre programme doesn’t tempt you to visit West Sussex’s only city, take a tour of the grade II listed 1960s modernist building instead and marvel at the stunning architecture. In Chichester you’ll also discover art galleries, museums, Chichester Cathedral, excellent shopping and secret foodie haunts.

With a stunning 17th century mansion to explore, breathtaking grounds and beguiling 700-acre deer park, culture vultures won’t be disappointed by Petworth House, one of the many National Trust-owned properties in West Sussex. Peruse priceless artworks inside the house before heading into Petworth to buy some of your own. The market town is known as ‘the antiques centre of the south’ and you never know what you might unearth.

Vintage lovers should make a beeline for Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair, the largest event of its kind in the South. Or maybe you want to step back in time and experience the fabulous, flamboyant Goodwood Revival, a three-day festival held at the iconic Goodwood Estate that sees festival goers of all ages descend on the motor circuit dressed in vintage threads to watch the UK’s most historic motor racing event.

Whatever you choose to do, your cultural senses will most definitely come alive in West Sussex.

Activities

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Discovering architecture and design

Design greats in West Sussex

Jacqui & James reveal their great spots to visit

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Top cultural hotspots in West Sussex

Seek out these cultural gems

Dive into our rich culture

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Enjoying a special lunch in an English country garden

For a very special lunch treat

Sarah loves the endless possibilities in West Sussex

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A backstage tour at Chichester Festival Theatre

For lovers of theatre

Louise combines a backstage tour with a spot of vintage bargains

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The most unmissable independent businesses in West Sussex

High street hidden gems

Seek out these specialist shops

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Unmissable festivals & events in West Sussex

Fabulous entertainment

Don't miss the biggest events

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Exploring the CASS Sculpture Foundation

See something different

Felix & Katie get arty in the West Sussex countryside

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The timeless lure of the coast

See the vibrant colours of the seaside towns

Emma adores the timeless, eccentric coastal towns of West Sussex

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The best theatres, cinemas & live venues in West Sussex

For fans of culture

Find something to catch your eye

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Heritage and Hilarity in Chichester

Discover the beauty of Chichester

Tina and friends have a fun-packed day

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Spoilt for choice for outstanding produce

A tour of the best food and drink

James is on a mission to discover his West Sussex food heroes

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Brilliant low-cost cultural attractions in West Sussex

Affordable cultural encounters

Great days out, whatever your budget

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Castles & Countryside

Seriously beautiful landscapes

Georgina walks 12 miles from Arundel

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