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?

July highlights

You can find up 50 species of plant in ancient chalk grassland © Graham Wellfare

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

Silver spotted skipper butterfly © UK butterflies

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

September highlights

Devil’s-bit scabious on the South Downs © Graham Wellfare

All the grassy slopes turn bright purple as the Devil's bit scabious blooms. As good as any bluebell wood, this spectacle is best appreciated on the west facing slopes.


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