Things to see & do

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What's on

Saddlescombe hosts two open days in April and September. There are numerous other events around Saddlescombe Farm, Newtimber, Devil's Dyke and Wolstonbury Hill throughout the year. Why don't you join us?

June highlights

Common spotted orchids © Craig McCoy

High summer sees a variety of orchids bloom on the open downs. The woods offer a cool retreat on a hot day and a chance to find our largest and oldest tree - the large leave lime.

July highlights

Field scabious in chalk grassland  © Nick Walford / National Trust

This is the time to really see chalk grassland at its best - a living carpet of colourful flowers and flying insects. To seek out this spectacle look on the west side of Newtimber.

August highlights

A male chalkhill blue butterfly © Matthew Oates

The nationally rare silver spotted skipper butterfly can be seen in abundance on the west facing slopes. Its also a great time to see other rare butterflies such as the Adonis blue and chalkhill blue.

Don't miss

  • Our busy open days with a whole host of activities and demonstrations
  • A cream tea at the Hiker's Rest café
  • A walk through Newtimber's ancient woodland
  • A walk on Newtimber in August when the hill is alive with butterflies
  • A circular walk to Devil's Dyke and back
  • Newtimber in autumn when the hill is purple with devil's bit scabious