Category Archives: Sussex

Goodwood Revival 14th-16th September 2012

Goodwood RevivalHere is a bit of an advanced warning about the Goodwood Revival Meeting that will take in Sussex in September and is well worth visiting and booking tickets for now.

This year the Goodwood Revival is set to be the biggest and most glamorous Revival yet, with incredible on-track action, wonderful aircraft displays, anniversary celebrations and the classic running vintage theme. They have combined all this with even more fabulous attractions from a Victory Street Party to the unique Chap Olympiad, live music to fabulous food.

Goodwood Revival 2012 is proud to be supporting the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, which provides financial support to keep the Royal Navy’s iconic historic aircraft flying at air shows around the country, bringing pleasure to millions every year. This provides a powerful and exciting link between the Royal Navy’s historic past and today’s modern audiences.

You have to buy tickets in advance for the Goodwood Festival of Speed by calling 01243 755055, e-mail ticket.office@goodwood.com or online.

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Yum… French Market in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, 20th July 2012

French Market CakesWe have just taken a look at today’s French Market at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex and it’s looking just a little bit tasty!

In fact, we may have to be dragged away kicking and screaming from the cakes and bread stalls this morning. Also check out our favourite addition to the High Street, continuing the French theme, the delightful Real Patisserie for lovingly hand-made cakes and more.

There are even blue skies this morning so if you fancy something ‘naughty but nice’ head to this pretty little Sussex town, just don’t blame us if you put on a few extra pounds 😉

If this puts you in the mood for a French holiday then we suggest you check out some great value holidays in France.

Olympic Holiday Self Catering Accommodation – looking beyond London

The London 2012 Olympics are just a couple of weeks away and if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to one of the London events finding accommodation of any type is hard to come by, certainly at a realistic price. However, don’t despair, you have more options than the pricey London hotels who are making the most of the extra tourists.

The South East region of England has excellent public transport links via rail, coach, underground and tram which mean that it’s as easy to stay outside of London and travel in as it is to get to the venues from a London hotel.

With the main Olympic park to the east of London, East Anglian counties such as Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Peterborough are within an hour’s train ride of Stratford International.  In the south-east counties such as Essex, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex are also an hour outside of London by train.  To the west of London Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire also offer a quick route in to London.

What this means to you is that rather than concentrating your accommodation search on London you can find some excellent self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and caravans that are superb value for money during this Olympic period.  of course when you are not travelling to and from the Olympics they are also perfect for a short break or summer holiday where you can enjoy the countryside or British coastline.

Useful accommodation links:

 

What A Brilliant Day at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex

What a wonderful day out Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex is, so much to see and do for young and old, simply packed full of entertainment whether you are a petrol head or just having a passing interest in motor sport.

We were newbies to the Festival so when we arrived early on Friday morning, when to be fair the weather was a little damp, we weren’t sure what to expect. The first thing that hits you is the sheer scale of the event, its huge… the car parks alone stretch for miles (do make sure you make a note of where you parked because finding it later is a challenge).

Once inside you are straight in to manufacturer display areas that are located near the start line of the Hillclimb.  Here you will find lots of sparkly new and exhibition cars from some of the world’s top car manufacturers.  While making your way through the stands you can’t help but hear the cars roaring away from the start line, its amazing how exciting the noise is, and so you quickly move on to see some of the action.

The Hillclimb circuit is the centre piece of the Festival of Speed, weaving its way from the entrance/start line past Goodwood House and up to the forest finish line 300 feet higher on the chalky South Downs.  The straw bale lined circuit lets you be safely close to the action so you can not only hear but smell the rubber being burnt!  There are grandstands along the track but you can also just walk and find a good spot to watch the action.

There is a full programme on the Hillclimb throughout the day including vintage cars, grand prix motor cycles, Formula 1 cars, rally and touring cars and supercars… some racing, some doughnutting, some simply out on show!

Walk through all the paddocks and see all the cars up close, when they are not performing of course.  From the Grand Prix cars who seem to have teams of people working on them with all the electronic gadgetry to the vintage cars where you can simple appreciate their beautiful designs and admire the nerve it must have required to drive them at fall speed with so little protection.

However there is so much more than the Hillclimb.

I was not expecting the air display to be so awesome, but the Red Arrows performing dare-devil stunts across the bright blue sky was pretty special.  And as for the Eurofighter performing high-speed manoeuvres, wow!

The off-road activity centre looked great fun, and great to get some pictures of vehicles being pushed to their limits.

At the very top of the estate you will find the rally stage, see cars navigate this professionally laid out 1.5 mile circuit through the forest against the clock.

As we headed back down we discovered the huge display areas where there is everything from ‘cars of the future’ to the awe-inspiring prototype of the car that hopes to break the 1,000 mile an hour land speed.  Just as we were wandering around this area we saw the amazing Moto X display with motorbikes quite literally flying through the air in every direction – definitely wish we had got their earlier as it was quite a sight.

If you are going over the weekend have a fantastic time… a couple of tips:

  • take some good walking shoes, there is a lot of walking and standing
  • prepare for all-weather – we had glorious sunshine (requiring shades and sunscreen), wind (jumper/coat needed) and rain (umbrella/waterproof) during the day
  • take quite a lot of cash as most stands for food, programmes etc don’t do credit cards
  • take some food along with you, no food is cheap… burgers are £6 ish

However, don’t let this put you off, it is a spectacularly good day and we would highly recommend it.

Click to see our pictures of the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Facebook or here to find out more about how to get there and where to stay when visiting.

 

Source: Find Cottage Holidays

Lots of School Fairs on in Sussex

Today seems to be a popular day for School Fairs in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex today.

I suspect we are not alone as a Saturday in June is always going to be a popular date. Are you at a School Fair today, why not give it a shout out here?

Here are 2 we are going to be at

Swiss Gardens School, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex

St Nicholas and St Mary School, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex

Wherever you are we hope the weather is being kind and you have a great day.

Family Fun in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex

If you are looking for some family fun this afternoon (2nd June) in the West Sussex area, then head to Beach Green on Shoreham Beach where there is a Family Fun Day.

Highlights will include performances by Herbie Flowers and Michael Hinton, a Scruffs dog show and displays by the Zumbatonics.  The programme also includes refreshments from the Church Café and a Real Ale Bar, a bouncy castle, face-painting, games and stories. There will also be a fire engine, skill testing with Adur Outdoor Activities Centre, PASS soccer coach testing and challenges for young and old, set by Shoreham gym Beach Fit.

If you are looking for more things to do in the Sussex area or looking to stay near by check out some useful links below: