Step Back in Time at the Weald & Downland Museum in West Sussex England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Ever wondered what it was like over the last 1000 years in West Sussex in England? Step back in time at the Weald and Downland Living Museum.

The open-air museum is in the beautiful South Downs in Singleton in West Sussex on the South Coast of England.

You can get there by car or bus. If you are coming from London take the train to Chichester and then the bus from Chichester to Singleton.

What to See

On the 40-acre site discover rescued rural buildings from the past and how people lived and worked in them.

There are more than 50 buildings to explore and see demonstrations from cooking in Tudor times to wheat being ground to make flour at the watermill.

This museum is perfect for all ages and you can even bring the dog! I have been visiting this museum since I was a child and have seen the museum grow and get more interesting over the years.

I went on Mothering Sunday in March with my mum and we had a great day walking around each beautiful rescued building from the past. It is fascinating how Sussex was over the years and how buildings have modernised.

The buildings date as far back as 950 AD to the 19th Century and they are from areas in Sussex and have been rescued from being destroyed.

The buildings are carefully dismantled and then rebuilt on site at the Weald and Downland Museum.

There are live demonstrations of how people dressed and worked, that make you feel like you are really back in that era.

The Buildings

There are so many buildings to visit on site some are clustered together around the ‘town centre’ and others are spread over the grounds.

There are barns, farmhouses, a carpenter’s shop, a joinery shop, a plumber’s workshop, a school, a church, stables, a kitchen, shops, sheds, cattle sheds, houses and a watermill.

All from different eras and you can go inside and see how the furniture was at that time. In some of the older homes, the mattresses of the beds were made of straw and the ceilings were very low.

A some of my favourite buildings are; the Granary this building is from 1731 and inside there is a fire pit inside.

In the town centre are the medieval shops from the 15th century and the upper hall that would have been where meetings would have taken place.

The watermill is from the early 17th century and was in use until 1935. It is very interesting to see how wheat was ground and milled to make flour. It is still working today and they sell the flour in the gift shop.

Popular Cottage is a beautiful thatched roof cottage and inside they are normally cooking demonstrations and you can walk around the house and the garden.

The school is a tiny building with small desks, individual chalkboards on each desk. It shows how far schools have come along!

All of the buildings are very interesting to see from the outside and to explore inside. How the architecture has come along over the centuries and how objects have modernised.

Dining

At the museum, there is a café to have refreshments, a snack or lunch. The café opens before the museum opens so you can have your morning coffee beforehand. We had cappuccinos and cake and they were very nice.

The Café sits beside the mill pond that gives a lovely view if you are sitting by the window or outside. Also, there are picnic benches around the site, so you can bring own lunch or snacks.

Year round there are seasonal events going on so always check on the Weald and Downland website before you go to see what’s on.

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 Why to Visit Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Gunwharf Quays is in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England is a great place to spend the day.

It is easy to get to by train from London or other towns and cities. The station is Portsmouth Harbour and it is a 2-minute walk from the station to Gunwharf Quays.

Visit the statuses 170 meters (560ft) tall Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Take the elevator up to the observation deck for spectacular views of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas on a clear day.

 

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It was opened in 2005 and has become a fantastic tourist attraction. There are three observation decks; the very top – the Sky Deck that has a mesh roof and is open to the elements so be prepared for your hair to be blown in the wind!

On the first viewing deck, dare to walk over the glass floor and look down 100 metres above sea level!

It was built to celebrate the Millennium, but the work did not start until 2001 and was completed in 2005 and opened to the public. It originally was going to be called the Millennium Tower, but because it was not built in time it was named the Spinnaker Tower as it looks like a spinnaker sail.

The tower can be seen from Selsey Bill on a clear day.

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Gunwharf Quays is set on the harbour, so you can see the ferries, yachts and boats sailing by all day long. The lovely waterfront has lots of restaurants and bars to watch everything go by.

Shop till you drop as it is also a premium outlet mall with all the top brands from Cath Kidston to Michael Kors.

It is an open-air mall; some parts are partly covered. It is a great place to spend the day all times of the year, but on a sunny day, it is glorious.

Need more entertainment?  Watch a movie at the cinema on site or stay all night at the bars and nightclubs.

If you are driving there is a large underground carpark, but it does get full quickly on the weekends and school holidays. So bear that in mind before you go and set off early if going at these times.

Close to Gunwharf Quays are the historic dockyards to visit the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose. They are worth a visit too and I will tell you more about those in another blog post in the future.

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Beautiful Country & Seaside Walks on the South Coast of England - Lucy Williams Global

 

There is one thing I love to do when I am back in West Sussex, on the south coast of England is to go for a walk in the countryside. Country and seaside walks in West Sussex are beautiful and in the areas of Selsey, Pagham Harbour and Church Norton are fantastic.

The reason is that you get the seaside and the muddy fields perfect for putting those welly boots to use!

I love this part of the UK because I grew up here, so maybe I am a little biased! There are many lovely places to go for country walks all over the UK. These parts are special to me and that is why I am sharing here.

 

Beautiful Country & Seaside Walks on the South Coast of England

 

How To Get To These Parts of West Sussex

If you are coming from London, you can take the train to Chichester. From Chichester, you can take the number 51 bus to Selsey, Pagham Harbour or Church Norton.

The train is 1 ½ hours from London to Chichester. The bus from Chichester to Selsey is 45 minutes, Pagham Harbour 30 minutes, Church Norton 35 minutes (approx.).

 

Beautiful Country & Seaside Walks on the South Coast of England - Lucy Williams Global

Selsey

Selsey is surrounded by the sea and has a shingle beach with a little sand. You can walk from Selsey Bill all the way around to East Beach.

Perfect for walking the dog or just getting some fresh air. In East Beach there is the lifeboat station, to see the new Lifeboat and a little shop. Walk further and pick up some crab, cockles and mussels in the fish shops.

This is a lovely walk along the seafront and you will get a good dose of vitamin sea!

 

Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

Pagham Harbour is beautiful and peaceful. Lovely country lanes to walk along with a tiny little harbour. Here you get the water and the green countryside.

It is a sheltered inlet where you can see ducks, geese and lots of other birds flying through or stopping by during migration in the winter months.

This is a bird watching stop and there is the RSPB Nature Reserve information area with events going on through the year and where you can stop and have a cup of tea and buy bird books.

The Crab and Lobster Pub is close to the harbour, so you could even pop in for a quick drink or sit outside if the sun is shining!

Church Norton

Church Norton is again by the water and this is where the Chapel of St. Wilfrid’s is. The chapel dates to the 13th century. The original church that was there was St. Peter’s Church, but in 1864 it was moved stone by stone and rebuilt in Selsey.

After the removal, the remaining chancel was closed and used as a mortuary chapel. The Chapel of St. Wilfrid’s was granted its chapel status in 1917.

The walk here is beautiful peaceful countryside/seaside so the best of both worlds and a great place to get away from it all. There is a lot of nature here too, so perfect for bird watching.

There are lovely views of Chichester Cathedral and the South Downs from Church Norton by the seaside.

Now you know where to go on your next walk when in West Sussex to see some wildlife and breath in some real fresh air.

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Visit Chichester on the South Coast of England - Lucy Williams Global

 

Fancy a change from just visiting London? Just one hour and 30 minutes on the train from London is Chichester in West Sussex on the South Coast of England.

Chichester is a beautiful small walled city and is only classed as a city because it has a cathedral. It dates as far back as the Roman era as the Roman’s built a wall around the city.

There is a lot of history from the Roman Wall to the 12th-century cathedral. Chichester is very flat until you reach the South Downs, so it is the perfect place to walk around.

I grew up in Chi, as we call it, so maybe I am a little biased! It is always a lovely place to return to after my travels around the world.

 

Chichester Market Cross - Lucy Williams Global

 

What does Chichester have to offer?

Why should you visit Chichester? It is a charming city, it has lots to offer from visiting the cathedral to the lovely shops.

Stop and watch a play at the Chichester Festival Theatre, walk around the beautiful Chichester Cathedral and around the Bishop’s Palace Gardens or take a cruise down the Chichester Canal.

The city centre is easy to navigate as the city centre is divided into four streets like a cross and in the centre of the four streets is the Market Cross.

There are walking tours of Chichester with local experienced guides that can show you the attractions of Chichester the historic Cathedral city within the Roman walls.

Here is what to visit while in Chichester:

Chichester Festival Theatre

The Chichester Festival Theatre is located at the top of North Street, in Northgate by the car park. It is a fantastic theatre that always has a lot on.

Plays often start here and then go the Westend in London, so book your tickets!

Chichester Cathedral

The Chichester Cathedral is from the 12th-century and is the crown jewel of the city. The spire of the cathedral can be seen for miles in the surrounding areas.

Chichester Cathedral - Lucy Williams Global

It is open daily for visitors and it is worth going inside as it very interesting being 900 years old. The architecture of the cathedral is beautiful to see inside and out with the stain glass windows, the tombs and historic artwork.

Bishop’s Palace Gardens

Bishop’s Palace Gardens are beside the cathedral and are a great place to escape the city, but not leaving the city centre!

The gardens are full of flowers, plants, trees and water features. In the summer months, it is a lovely spot to sit or have a picnic.

Chichester Canal

Take a walk along the canal or try a spot of rowing! Book a boat trip and cruise down the canal for a leisurely afternoon and spot wildlife along the way. You can even go for an afternoon tea or a fish and chips cruise!

The canal runs 4 miles from the Basin in Chichester through Donnington and Huston ending at Chichester Marina.

Shops & Markets

Chichester has lovely shops, many are independents and a bit different from the norm. There are also all the high street shops that you find in all cities around the UK.

There is a market that takes place every Wednesday in the city centre in North Street and East Street and every Saturday in the Cattle Market Carpark.

Here you will find greengrocers, general  and outdoor clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, scarves, soaps, garden plants, flowers,  jewellery, bread, cakes, sweets, cheese, fresh fish, olives, eggs, sausages, coffee, greetings cards and paper, hand-made cards, fudge, coffee beans, hand-made cushions, household goods, garden plants, watches, phone accessories, tool sharpening, crockery and kitchenware, pet food and hot food/catering.

On the 1st and 3rd Friday each month in Chichester is the Farmer’s Market. Each market is attended by stallholders selling a wide variety of fresh quality produce.

All of the stallholders are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 30 miles of Chichester. The majority of our stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit, vegetables and eggs. Other types of produce include fish, cheeses, honey, cakes, chutneys and plants. In addition, you will find a number of guest producers who provide specialities across the year.

Coffee Shops

There are many coffee shops in Chichester, so you have lots to choose from to have a quick coffee or a cup of tea and a cake.

My favourite coffee shop is Baileys Artisan Gelato, located by the Market Cross in West Street. The coffee is very good, and all their cakes are gluten-free and you can’t even taste the difference they are so good!

They use local products, local fruits, coffee roasted in Arundel and Goodwood organic milk, which is very good quality from the Goodwood Estate just outside Chichester.

There is lots to see and do in the surrounding towns including the Roman Palace, castles, galleries and more. I will be writing more about West Sussex over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

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