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Show Some Support for Sussex Day Posted On 18 June 2021

Sussex Day may have come and gone, having been celebrated on Wednesday June 16th, but it’s not too late to celebrate all things Sussex

 

The origins of Sussex Day date back to 2006, when resident Ian Steedman suggested the idea to Henry Smith, who at the time, led West Sussex County Council. This led to the first celebration of the event taking place in 2007, and Sussex Day has had a date in the diary ever since. The festivities have always been enjoyed on June 16th, to coincide with St Richard’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Sussex, St Richard of Chichester.

On the day itself, many local businesses, who are trying to bounce back after the impact of the pandemic, ran special events. For example, The Artisan Bakehouse near Horsham offered a pastry making class with internationally renowned baker and author, Emmanuel Hadjiandreou, and Heads Up Navigation delivered a running taster session on the South Downs.

But even though the official day has passed, nothing is preventing you from taking advantage of the area into the weekend and beyond! The rolling hills of the South Downs are right on the doorstep, and offer wonderful walks and views, at all times of the day. In a similar way, the dramatic white cliffs offer a similarly tranquil experience, for anyone who is looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

There are also 97 miles of award-winning beaches, which are a must visit. For those looking to experience the buzz of a seaside town, Brighton, and its beach, offers everything, including a plethora of bars and restaurants to indulge in. If you prefer a quieter area, then this is also possible, with a trip to one of the quieter beach areas, which are also home to one of Brighton’s early morning swimming groups.

Jo Williams, Partnership Manager at Experience West Sussex, encouraged people to take advantage of the activities on offer during Sussex Day, although her words are applicable for the entire summer. She said, ‘This summer it is more important than ever to support local businesses. We want to use Sussex Day to give a big shout out to all those in tourism and hospitality that have struggled over the past year and a half’.

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