Escape for a weekend to the laid-back town of Midhurst. The area has a real ‘country village feel' where life runs at an altogether slower pace. Midhurst’s history dates back to the medieval times and evidence remains in some of the buildings and architectural features around the town. Famously home to the typically English game of Polo, there is plenty to see and do in and around the area.
One of Midhurst’s most celebrated attractions is Cowdray Park and Ruins. The surviving remains of this Tudor house were restored in 2007 and are now one of England’s most important sites from the Tudor period. This once magnificent mansion stands amid acres of green fields and is a great place to start exploring Midhurst.
On the Cowdray Estate, visitors can try golf, fishing and clay pigeon shooting, but during the summer months, the glamorous polo matches are not to be missed. Spend an afternoon pottering around the local shops in Midhurst and you’ll find a whole host of boutiques and independent stores. There are plenty of quirky shops where you can pick up everything from handmade fudge to Havana cigars.
Dining in Midhurst is a real delight, with dozens of individual restaurants and cafes full of unique character and local charm. Try one of the restaurants that offer a range of different cuisines. Or head to one of the pubs and inns to hang out with the locals over a pint of Sussex-brewed ale.
Although Midhurst is set in the heart of the countryside, the town is far from quiet. In fact, it has a lively atmosphere with events and festivals running throughout the year, making it an enjoyable place to spend a weekend. If you want to stay for longer, there is a range of comfortable hotels and B&Bs around the area.