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Things to do in Sussex at Easter
The view of a greenhouse from below.
Jackie Field, Where Nature and Culture Meet III, 2009. (Detail)

By Chris Bennett
BBC Sussex

It would seem almost churlish not to get out into the great beyond this Easter.

After all, this week saw the arrival of the South Downs National Park.

There are many walks you can enjoy under those wide open skies.

The variety of groups which have set them up means that there is something for walkers of all abilities.

Walkers in a field of rape
Perhaps hit the hills this weekend?

The River Ocean Foundation has a range of walks on its site which cover the area between Brighton and Winchelsea.

The National Trust has a good walk on its site around the area of the Birling Gap. It also has a walk on East Head on Chichester Harbour.

Cliffs at Beachy Head
Beachy Head

The site The Walk Zone has a number of Sussex coastal walks. The site itself is rich with photographs of the author's own journeys along the paths described.

If you fancy something longer, then the Ramblers Association features the European Coastal Path. When finished, this path will cover a distance of around 3000 miles between Capo de São Vincente, Portugal and Narva-Jõesuu in Estonia.

You don't have to tackle the whole The South Downs Way. You could just do a bit. One site which offers a comprehensive guide to the walk is National Trail.

North Downs Walks

The North Downs Way, which runs for 150 miles from Farnham to Dover, is well explained on National Trail.

A site by walkers Kevan and Liz Wilkinson also takes a personal and revealing look at the North Downs Way. He has walked the route and gives a consumer test of the best and worst things about it.

Bluebell Railway
The Bluebell Railway

Of course, as ever, we're just slightly dependent on the weather. Check it here before you lace up and stride out.

New art by Sussex people has gone on show at one of the county's leading galleries.

A team including the town's Mayor picked 31 artists to exhibit their work in the new Towner gallery in Eastbourne.

You can see The East Sussex Open at the Towner from 3rd April - 3rd May 2010.

Bank Holiday Monday sees an unusual event at the Ardingly Showground near Haywards Heath.

The London Harness Horse Parade attracts horse-drawn transport enthusiasts of all kinds.

There will be Shire and heavy horses, hackney horses with Hansom cabs, Welsh Cobs with London Trollies and others. Admission:£5 per adult but under sixteens get in free.

The Bluebell Railway is running steam trains all weekend from its base at Horsted Keynes in Mid Sussex.

There will be an afternoon tea train, a dining train in the evening and even a vintage bus to collect you from Brighton.

Or, if other kinds of antiques take your fancy, then Goodwood is hosting a large antiques and collectors fair.

Organisers say that, with around 300 stalls, it is the largest in West Sussex. It will be open from 9am to 4pm on Easter Monday.

Finally, if you're on the borders of Sussex, don't forget to take a look at our Things to Do guides for Surrey and Kent.

What's on in Kent over Easter?
05 Mar 10 |  Things to do


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