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!
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.
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!
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 – 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.