Find your perfect spot for a picnic in the huge expanse of parkland at Petworth. Enjoy the serenity of our stately mansion nestled in the South Downs and catch a glimpse the fallow deer that live here.
During the summer holidays - 15 July to 10 September - families can join our Summer Party Trail, where you’ll find out what it was like to be one of the children invited to the Earl’s grand summer picnics.
Picnics are welcome in the garden at Nymans, with its romantic ruins, stone archways and tree-lined avenues, surrounded by lush green countryside. The café is open for takeaway coffees and ice-creams to top up your hamper.
Our gardens are all at their colourful best during the summer months with vibrant colours, relaxing spaces and breath-taking views. From the summer borders at Nymans, Bateman's and Standen to Capability Brown landscapes at Sheffield Park and Petworth; come and find a summer garden near you.
Make the most of late summer with a walk in the West Sussex countryside. Take your pick from these downloadable walking trails which will lead you to the very best landscapes for butterflies and wildflowers, lanes and hilltops in the South Downs, open parkland and coastal paths.
A butterfly dancing from blossom to flower is always a cheerful sight, these bright, colourful emblems of warmth and sunshine are perhaps our best-loved insects. Enjoy a stroll in the sunshine at some of our best Sussex butterfly spots.