Summer experiences in West Sussex

There’s no better place to spend summer than West Sussex. With fantastic beaches and hundreds of ways to discover the never-ending countryside, you can explore at your own pace, whatever that may be.

Whether you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground with a scenic walk, paddleboard your way along the River Arun or see West Sussex from above with a hot air balloon ride, discover your perfect summer adventure with us.

From top foodie destinations to free events, cultural hot spots and after-dark experiences – we’ve put together a list of some truly unmissable activities for you to try this summer!

Foodie experiences

Plant based

Vegan Street Food Company Based in Worthing, this unique café offers up a range of delicious vegan, nut and gluten free foods. With everything from breakfasts, wraps and salad pots to subs, sides and sweet treats the Vegan Street Food Co. has you covered.

The Conscious CowDishing up some delicious staples with a vegan twist this Horsham based, family-run vegan café provides an array of locally sourced, fresh ingredients for an affordable price.


The Woods Some of the best burgers in West Sussex are slung out of The Woods in Worthing. Operating since 2016, this quirky and cool kitchen offers up a number of inspired burgers, wings, sides and shakes. With veggie, vegan and gluten free options available, this place is definitely worth a visit!

Sage Café Culinary classics with a vegan twist, this Crawley based café has some of the best-rated jackfruit burgers in West Sussex. Playing their part in the ‘eating ethical’ movement, Sage has pledged to minimise pollution by providing their tasty treats in compostable packaging.

Seasonal produce

Weston’s Farm Shop A strong sense of caring about food and where it comes from is what puts Weston’s Farm Shop at the forefront of quality. With homegrown produce and locally reared meat, they provide a selection of other locally sourced seasonal treats from near Horsham.

Horsham market – Horsham markets by Food Rocks is a twice-weekly market selling award-winning local produce, art and craft from local artists and a sensational selection of street food and drink. In Summer, the Saturday market expands to over 40 exciting stalls along with pop-up bars, street food and live music!

Locally caught cuisine

CrabShack A family-owned seafood restaurant and beach bar in Worthing, serving up freshly prepared and cooked to order local fish and seafood in a warm and welcoming seaside location.

47 Mussel Row The clue is in the name, 47 Mussel Row in Littlehampton is the place to go for a large pot of fresh, steamy mussels. Serving up a number of other fresh fish and seafood dishes, this restaurant is not one to miss off the checklist.

BBQ locations

Goring by sea beach

Goring Gap and Lancing Beach BBQs Both beach spaces are popular among water sports enthusiasts and sun seekers alike. With fixed BBQ posts and extensive green spaces, these seaside destinations attract families from far and wide each summer.

Buchan Country Park and lake

Buchan Country Park 170 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of Crawley. High-quality facilities and BBQ fixtures make this fantastic location one to enjoy. Explore the grounds and settle in for some delicious BBQ food.

Pick your own

Roundstone Farm PYO With the biggest selection of PYO (pick your own) crops in the South of England, we are lucky to have the Roundstone PYO farm right on our doorstep in Worthing. A day out with the family in the sunshine collecting your own high quality, homegrown fruit and vegetables is a great way to spend a summer’s day. With an on-site farm shop, you can also enjoy an array of refreshments and locally sourced treats.

Ice cream

Pinks Parlour, Bognor Regis A fun family-run ice cream parlour in Bognor Regis, featuring homemade artisan gelato in an array of exciting flavours. Quintessentially British with an Italian twist, the parlour is situated a mere stone’s throw from the beachfront, making it a popular spot for a summer’s day sweet treat!

Wine tastings and tours

Wiston Estate Vineyard Safari experience Run throughout the summer months, this 2.5-hour wine tour near Worthing will enable you to discover the entirety of the estate, covering the production areas, coquard press, tank hall and Findon Park Vineyard with a ride on the winery trailer. An unmissable experience exploring the process of wine making from one of the South of England’s most highly renowned producers.

After-dark experiences

Big screens

Screen on the Green
Screen in the dark

Littlehampton screen on the green Hosted on the East Green of Littlehampton beach’s greensward, this annual event attracts hundreds of visitors for an outdoor viewing experience. Fun for all the family, this free event is one to add to the list.

After-dark events

Nourish After Hours An immersive experience at sundown, this event is packed with evening performances in the atmospheric landscape of Wakehurst’s wild botanic garden. Featuring several large-scale art installations and food tasting, this well-rounded experience has something for everyone.

Comedy at Leonardslee Teaming up with award-winning Grinstock Comedy, Comedy at Leonardslee brings some of the country’s best comedians from the national TV circuit to an outstanding event that’s bound to be full of laughter.

Stay somewhere exciting

Wild Combe CampingAt Wild Combe Camping, you can enjoy the luxury of a fully-furnished bell tent with access to grass pitches and two private reservoirs for swimming.

Knepp Safaris Stay in your choice of a Shephard’s Hut, Treehouse, Bell Tent or Yurt on one of the largest rewilding projects in Britain. Wake up to the sound of the birds, explore the area and even enjoy a workshop or two.

Art and culture experiences

Celebrate PRIDE

Crawley, Chichester and Worthing Pride Festivals! – Celebrate diversity, equality and inclusivity at a number of annual events across West Sussex. LGBTQI+ festivals include a fabulous lineup of amazing artists, stallholders and fantastic food that’s fun for the whole family!

Mystery  Trails

Whistlestop Arts Mystery Trails – Whilstestop Arts have created seven free immersive and exciting outdoor mystery trail games across the Horsham District, in Horsham, Southwater, Billingshurst, Pulborough, Henfield, Steyning and Storrington. Play as a family, with friends, or use them as a team-building exercise!


Worthing is buzzing throughout the year, especially in summer! With so many venues scattered across this idyllic seaside town ,there’s always something going on from art exhibitions, craft fairs, theatre and a diverse range of music performances.

Wonderful watersports

Moxie unleashedSpecialising in SUP and SUP yoga, this unique water-based experience is one to add to your list. Find your balance and take in the serenity of locations across West Sussex with this brilliant watersports activity, suitable for all abilities.

Mulberry MarineBased in Selsey, this snorkel, freediving and scuba based marine ecology centre offer you the chance to participate in a truly unique underwater experience. From your first experience to qualifying courses, Mulberry Marine Experiences has it all.

Free activities

Wonderful walking routes Ouse Valley Viaduct, Worthing Pier, Tilgate Park – we have wonderful walking routes in abundance. Get inspiration for your next ramble or trek in the heart of West Sussex with a pre-planned route in a seaside town or find your own path in a popular countryside destination.

Explore Petworth ParkExperience the best of the summer sunshine on the lawns of the beautiful Petworth Park estate. Celebrate their 75th birthday with talks about the house, tours of the park and family games with the perfect picnic backdrop.

Steyning Art TrailDiscover a number of extremely talented artists’ work spotted throughout 20 locations in the Steyning market town, celebrating exceptional talent and locally inspired artists.

Unique experiences


Hot Air A truly unique and breath-taking experience from above. Watch wild deer roaming the parklands of Petworth, spot the sixteenth century Cowdray ruins and take in views all the way out to the stunning Isle of Wight in this private balloon flight.

With plenty of opportunities to experience new and exciting activities, West Sussex is the place you need to be this summer.