South Pond, Midhurst Photo © Colin Smith (cc-by-sa/2.0)
South Pond, Midhurst Photo © Colin Smith (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Introducing Midhurst

Midhurst is a thriving market town located about 12 miles from Chichester and is home to many independent restaurants, cafes, shops and businesses. It is a place full of history and contains a mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture.  Named as one of the Sunday Times’ best places to live in Britain it’s surely a brilliant place to visit.

Introducing Petworth

Petworth House and Park is a national trust site situated in the South Downs. It was inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and displays an exquisite collection of fine arts. The collection contains the earliest example of an English globe dating back to 1592. The grounds have a 700 acre deer park that was landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. You can go on lovely dog walks through the grounds.

Midhurst, Charlesdrakew at English Wikipedia [Public domain]
Midhurst, Charlesdrakew at English Wikipedia [Public domain]
Petworth Park Photo © pam fray (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Petworth Park Photo © pam fray (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Key Landmarks of Midhurst

Cowdray Ruins are a great example of a Tudor house that was partially destroyed in a fire in 1793. It was once visited by Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. Viscount Montague, a previous owner of the manor, briefly employed Guy Fawkes and was later implicated in the Gunpowder Plot for failing to attend Parliament in 1605. He was imprisoned in the tower of London for nearly a year.

Cowdray Polo Club is home to the famous Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, launched in 1956 and is known as the ‘home of British polo.’ You can watch the polo from a picnicking area.

Midhurst Castle was originally a wooden ringwork fortress built in the Norman times. The castle was later fortified with stone by the Bohun family in the 12th century. It was most likely occupied until 1280 and abandoned during the early 14th century for a new manor house. It is free to visit during daylight hours.

The Midhurst high street is home to many independent retailers catering to any shoppers needs. From vintage clothes to unique gifts and even a third generation jeweller Midhurst town has it all.

The Midhurst Music, Arts and Drama Festival, also known as MADhurst, is an annual community event to celebrate the arts in Midhurst for 10 days in the summer, finishing on the August bank holiday with a carnival parade and a grand finale celebration. The event usually includes concerts and performances, an art trail and an artisan fair among many other things.

Midhurst is just one of the places covered by the free Sussex Local magazine delivered by hand, by local people, every month. The Midhurst edition of the magazine not only covers the town itself, but also the following surrounding villages:

Key Landmarks of Petworth

Petworth House and Park is a national trust site situated in the South Downs. It was inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and displays an exquisite collection of fine arts. The collection contains the earliest example of an English globe dating back to 1592. The grounds have a 700 acre deer park that was landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. You can go on lovely dog walks through the grounds.

There are many community hosted events in the market town. Some of these include a Keep Fit Class, softball and cricket in Petworth Park and a monthly farmer’s market.

Known as the ‘antiques centre of the South,’ Petworth has more antique shops than any other town in the south of England. A mix of independent retailers alongside this makes Petworth a perfect break from the high street.

If you’re feeling peckish, a wide variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes are dotted around the town. You can enjoy classic pub food in the various pubs, including a range of traditional and gastro pubs, have a cream tea and a scone in a tea rooms or maybe dine in one of the town’s high quality restaurants.

With good connections to the rest of West Sussex and beyond, the nearest BR station is only 4.6 miles away at Pulborough and buses serve Chichester, Horsham, Midhurst and Worthing.

Midhurst and Petworth are just two of the places covered by the free Sussex Local magazine delivered by hand, by local people, every month. The Midhurst edition of the magazine not only covers the town itself, but also the following surrounding villages:

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