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  • Vino, Vidi, Vici: The Vineyards, Breweries & Distilleries of Sussex

    James Forryan investigates the history of producing wine, beer and spirits in Sussex, and how we should all say 'Cheers!' to its great success...

  • Homes Extra: Digging a Design

    How exciting, you have a garden to design! Whether you are taking on an established garden or working with a blank canvas, this is a wonderful opportunity to make your dream garden a reality

  • Listening to Nature: Meet the people behind the Ashdown Forest podcast

    Audio Producer Eka Morgan and Wildlife Guide Tom Forward have pooled their expertise to create a podcast championing Ashdown Forest and springboarding conversations about nature. They talk to Sara Whatley

  • Home Style: Tales from the Mill

    The owners of this beautiful windmill have not only painstakingly restored the mill, but have reinstated a valuable local symbol of a once-thriving rural industry

  • SPECIAL OFFER: General Admission Tickets To The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting

    We’ve got a special offer for general admission tickets for all of our Hidden members to this internationally renowned event on either Friday 21 or Saturday 22 June - RSVP on our ticket page and we'll send you a QR code for entry for TWO people!

  • A Gourmet Escape on the Eurostar: London to Amsterdam with Culinary Delights in Almere

    Bill Murray samples the culinary delights of Amsterdam and the nearby resort town of Almere

  • A Little Slice of Heaven

    Farming, food and leisure are the three cornerstones of Heaven Farm, where you will find all three in abundance, including the newly refurbished Butler’s Pantry. Sara Whatley reports

  • What to Watch in June 2024

    Your guide to all the best new films coming this month, as well as all of the new and returning TV shows to look out for in June...

  • Camping & Glamping

    Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the natural world, a camping holiday can be a great way to disconnect from our daily lives and reconnect with nature and loved ones, as Lisa de Silva explains

  • Be Well, Move Happy: Deep Breathing & Cold Water Therapy

    This month Sara Whatley delves into deep breathing for wellness and cold-water therapy for movement

  • Home Style: Pastures New

    The grass really was greener for this family, who left behind their recently remodelled London house for a new life in the country

  • Struck from Above: Why Lightning Loves a Tree

    When trees get struck by lightning it can be a very dramatic event, as Peter Erridge explains

  • City Breaks: Ideas to Inspire You

    Would you like to escape the everyday and broaden your horizons without spending too much time and money? If so, Lisa de Silva says a city break might offer the perfect solution

  • Join Dementia Action Week

    Alzheimer’s Research UK is keen for people to get involved and help support their ground-breaking dementia research work that potentially brings new treatments closer. Fundraising Officer Francine Clarke explains why it is so important

  • What to Watch in May 2024

    From a watch-through-your-fingers true crime documentary to the return of Doctor Who, here's your guide to all the best new films & TV shows coming to screens big and small in the month of May...

  • NEW COMPETITION: Win Four VIP Tickets For The Garden Party

    Fancy attending this year's Garden Party in style? We've got FOUR tickets up for grabs to our VIP Marquee with all-inclusive food and drink!

  • Tracing the Rails

    Ever wondered about the history and romance of the steam train that once trickerty- trocked it’s way along the lost Steyning Line? This dynamic group of friends did, so they made a documentary about it. Sara Whatley found out more

  • NEW COMPETITION: Win Four VIP Tickets For More Radio Live 2024

    Fancy attending this year's More Radio Live in style? We've got FOUR tickets up for grabs to our VIP Marquee with all-inclusive food and drink!

  • Be Well, Move Happy: Eating Awareness and Deskercise

    Helping us to move more and eat better, this month Sara Whatley looks at eating awareness and deskercise

  • Riding to Success

    Not a coffee morning kind of couple, Alison and Henry are soon embarking on an ambitious UK tour on their 1960s scooters, all to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Sara Whatley finds out more

  • Home Style: Home on Wheels

    A plot on the family farm with stunning marshland views was the ideal spot for Freddie Pack and Katie McNie to build their new home – a cabin on wheels

  • Home Style: Seeing the Light

    George and Christopher Stephenson left the rat race of London for a life in the south-east countryside, transforming a dark and dated Grade-II listed farmhouse

  • Step out for St Catherine’s Hospice

    St Catherine’s Hospice popular Midnight Walk is bouncing back to the streets of Horsham on Saturday 8 June, Adele Trathan explains how readers can get involved

  • If You Ask Me... This is Beyoncé Country

    This month, Flo Whitaker considers a recent showbiz altercation and asks, “If a black woman from Texas can’t make a country album - who can?”

  • Artelium Wine – Crafted in Sussex

    As the Sussex wine industry continues to expand and lead the way for the rest of the UK it is heartwarming to find a winery that’s producing award winning wines of outstanding quality, so we sent Robert Veitch to find out more

  • Homes Extra: Expanding Space

    If you need some extra space in your home but do not want to shoulder the burden and expense of moving, then look to a small extension or home improvement, says Sara Whatley

  • Kids Zone: Mosaic Art

    Get creative with this month’s fun and sustainable activity – mosaic art. Sara Whatley explains what to do

  • Be Well, Move Happy: Gardening & Connecting with Nature

    Spring is a wonderful time of year to get out and enjoy our natural world. Sara Whatley looks at connecting with nature for wellness and gardening for fitness

  • Homes for Ukraine: Opening Your Home and Your Heart

    As the conflict in the Ukraine continues, Homes for Ukraine scheme is still keen to hear from people that are interested in hosting a Ukrainian guest, as Paul Crompton from East Sussex County Council explains

  • Charity: Age Concern Hassocks

    Fancy a new place for lunch, meeting new friends in a fun and welcoming atmosphere, or a spot of volunteering? Look no further than Age Concern Hassocks, says Sara Whatley

  • Another New Clinic For Sussex Audiology

    Sussex Audiology has added to its Haywards Heath offering with a brand new high-street clinic. Hanna Prince drops in to learn about the vital importance of healthy hearing

  • The Joy of the Repair Café

    Volunteers are central to the success of Repair Cafés across Sussex, so we sent Nicola Coughlin along to Lindfield Repair Cafe to talk to volunteers about their valuable contribution

  • Wills & Wakes

    Sara Whatley spoke to Melanie Hodson, Head of Information Support at Hospice UK about how to talk openly and honestly about death and dying

  • Lighten the Technology Overload

    In this fast-paced technological world it's easy to feel intimidated and over-whelmed. So we sent James Forryan to speak to Richard Long of Absolute Solutions about keeping up to date and protected in the cyber world

  • An Unlikely Retirement

    Hove resident Sylvia Holder tells Sara Whatley the inspiring story of how she set up her charity, The Venkat Trust, when she should have been kicking back in her retirement

  • COMPETITION: Win A Two-Night Stay At The View Hotel With Afternoon Tea For Two

    Subscribe to Sussex Living's free digital edition and we'll enter you into our draw to win a beautiful two-night stay for two at The View Hotel on Eastbourne seafront, along with breakfast and a lovely afternoon tea...

  • What to Watch in April 2024

    Our monthly guide to all the best film and television coming your way in April...

  • Bucket List Travel Experiences

    Many of us dream of the opportunity to tick off travel experiences that are on our wish list, here Lisa de Silva explores ideas to help create and refine the perfect trip of a lifetime

  • Homes Extra: An Easter Home

    Be inspired this Easter and fill your home with bright and beautiful decorations, says Sara Whatley

  • NEW COMPETITION: Win A Luxury Hamper For National Pet Day

    To celebrate National Pet Day Today (April 11), we're offering you the chance to win a luxury hamper of treats for your pet - just have a go at our Facebook competition!

  • Home Style: Time to Heal

    After losing her husband, Tracy Nors threw all her energies into renovating a period terrace in the pretty town of Rye

  • Be Well, Move Happy: Meditation and Movement

    Join Sara Whatley in stretching your mind and stretching your body as she looks at the practices of meditation, yoga and other similar movements

  • Experiential Travel: Take your trip to the next level

    Travel and holidays take many forms and this month Lisa de Silva investigates opportunities to take travel to another level for a full and authentic experience

  • Living the Dream with Eridge Green Kitchens

    A love of wood and making things has been prevalent in Rob Wheeler’s life since he was a boy, leading eventually to the creation of Eridge Green Kitchens. With business booming and a new showroom on the horizon we sent Robert Veitch to meet the man who is living his dream

  • Money Matters: Money on our Minds

    Adele Trathan explores the psychology of currency and understanding our relationship with money

  • Is it time for a Digital Detox?

    Do you feel your screen time across tablets, gadgets, televisions and more may be getting out of hand? Adele Trathan suggests we think about reducing them, in favour of putting greater prevalence on healthier pastimes

  • Apprenticeships 101

    If university is not for you, an apprenticeship might be just what you need to take the next steps in your education and career journey. Sara Whatley reports

  • British Science Week turns 30!

    Join the science celebrations from 8-17 March with British Science Week 2024. Sara Whatley finds out more

  • The Magic & The Power: A Celebration of International Women's Day

    As a celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March and with the wise words from some of the inspirational women in her life, Sara Whatley tries to unpick female friendships and the power of the sisterhood

  • NEW COMPETITION: Win A £50 M&S Voucher

    It's fair to say everyone deserves a treat right now, so we've got a £50 M&S voucher for someone to enjoy - just give us a like or follow on our Facebook page...

  • Rushfields: Celebrating 40 Years

    As Rushfields Plant Centre in Poynings gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, James Forryan talked to founders Colin and Kathryn Langridge about the keys to their longevity and what they’ve learned over their 40 years in business

  • Home Style: Farm Stay

    While living in a tiny cabin on the family farm, Freddie and Katie Pack saved up to build their dream house on a plot a few fields away

  • Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

    Mother's Day arrives a little earlier than usual this year on March 10, but don't worry if you're stuck for ideas - there are plenty of great places in Sussex to find the perfect gift for Mum. Take a look at our handy gift guide below!

  • What to Watch in March 2024

    From science-fiction epics to supernatural horrors and family adventures, here's our guide to the best new films and TV shows arriving in March...

  • Interview: Comedian Connor Burns brings his Vertigo tour to Sussex

    With his new touring show Vertigo about to arrive in Sussex, we talk to Scottish comedian Connor Burns

  • Be Well, Move Happy: Connections & Sports

    In the second month of this new health column, Sara Whatley looks at the health benefits of connecting with others and joining a sports club

  • Occupation: Weird and Wonderful

    Kevin Newman is a Sussex-born author, historian, tour guide and history teacher. He has written extensively about Sussex history and here, he shares with us an insight into how some local folk made their living in days gone by

  • Understanding Mental Health

    Mental health charity MIND’s ‘Time To Talk Day' on 1 February is all about opening up conversations around mental health. With this in mind, Adele Trathan explores understanding and recognising mental health issues and ways to access help

  • Money Matters: Food for Thought

    How does your household expenditure on groceries compare to the average UK household? Adele Trathan explores what we spend on food shopping and ways to help the weekly budgeting

  • Stunning Sussex: A County Blessed With Beaches And Greenery

    Sussex has always been a popular county and continues to attract a growing number of professionals, young families and retirees keen to take advantage of its healthy balance of beach and countryside living...

  • Most Popular Mocktails To Try This Dry January

    Fancy giving dry January a go? Then we have the perfect selection of mocktails for you to make this year. And some are easier than you think!

  • These are things you'll want to know about skincare in 2024

    Less is more. Don’t get conned. It’s a scam. These are the sorts of phrases you will hear Consultant Dermatologist Dr Natalia Spierings saying about the skincare industry. She candidly speaks to Sara Whatley about ageing, menopause, Botox, and ‘Big Skincare’

  • Step to it! Embrace fitness and health in 2024

    Step boldly into 2024 embracing all aspects of fitness and health from the online to the in person. Sara Whatley discusses what’s trending this year...

  • Is moderation the answer? Sara Whatley discusses the merits of a non alcoholic Christmas

    Whether you are enjoying an alcoholic beverage or a temperance drink this Christmas, the key to drinking well is moderation, suggests Sara Whatley

  • Five Ways To Modernise Your Kitchen

    They say the way to most people’s hearts is through their stomachs. Therefore, the adage of the kitchen being ‘the heart of the home’ holds very true in this day and age, particularly as the winter chill encourages indoor hospitality...

  • Christmas Gems: Stocking Fillers That Are Extra Special

    Advertising Feature: With the Christmas lights officially switched on and twinkling decorations adorning high streets across Sussex, the countdown of shopping days remaining until the big day has well and truly begun...

  • What To Do If You Suffer An Accident On Holiday

    Holidays are meant to be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. However, accidents and illnesses can happen even when you are away. If you suffer an injury or become ill during your trip abroad, it is important to know how to handle the situation properly. Being prepared and understanding the steps to take after an incident can help travellers respond in the best way, when faced with an unexpected health emergency.

  • London Travel Report: A Tale of Two Exceptional Hotels

    Advertising Feature: As the winter chill begins to embrace us and the festive season beckons, Bill Murray and his wife have embarked on a delightful journey from the serene south coast to the bustling heart of London...

  • Autumn In Your Garden

    Autumn is a transitional month in the garden, as the vibrant colours of summer fade into the warm hues of autumn.

  • Autumn Fashion Tips for Women

    As the leaves change and the temperatures drop, Autumn brings a shift in fashion choices for women in the UK. It's a month that allows for creative and comfortable styling, blending the warmth of autumn with the anticipation of winter. Here are three fashion tips for women to stay stylish and cozy in Autumn:

  • It’s time for a new hobby

    Embracing a hobby is a wonderful idea for women in the UK, offering a plethora of benefits that enhance overall well-being and personal growth. Here are several reasons why it's a fantastic idea for women in the UK to engage in hobbies:

  • Tips & tricks to help you have a budget friendly Christmas

    This year the cost of living crisis, rising fuel bills and rampant inflation will make affording Christmas much harder than usual. Yet, you can still enjoy a magical Christmas on a budget, and we’ve put together some ideas to help you embrace the festive season with minimal cost.

  • How to take stunning family photographs

    Capturing cherished moments with your family is a beloved pastime, and with smartphones becoming increasingly advanced in terms of photography, you can easily take stunning family photos. Here are three valuable tips for taking better family photos with your smartphone, relevant to those living in the UK:

  • Houseplants for your home this autumn

    As the days grow shorter and the weather turns cooler, incorporating houseplants into your interior décor can bring a burst of life and colour to your home during the autumn months. Here are the top five houseplants to brighten up your home this autumn in the UK:

  • 8 Reasons to Get Swimming

    Swimming is often considered one of the most comprehensive and enjoyable forms of exercise, and it holds universal appeal. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned athlete, swimming offers a multitude of benefits that make it an ideal workout choice for those living in the UK.

  • 7 Reasons Why Sleep is More Important than you Realise

    Sleep is a fundamental aspect of our lives, yet its importance is often overlooked in our busy and fast-paced world. It's not just about resting or recharging; sleep plays a vital role in our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Here's a closer look at the importance of sleep, relevant for people living in the UK:

  • How to Choose the Right Vehicle Servicing Firm in Sussex

    Advertising feature: For most people, their vehicles are one of their most valuable assets.

  • Getting Your Pensions Organised for Simplicity in Later Life

    Advertising feature: Retirement is meant to be a time of relaxation and enjoyment, when you can look forward to simpler, less strenuous years ahead.

  • Focus on your Mental Health this Autumn

    As autumn arrives in the UK with its crisp air and falling leaves, it's an ideal time to focus on mental health and well-being. For women, in particular, this season can bring unique challenges and opportunities to nurture their mental health. Here are some valuable mental health tips for women in autumn:

  • When should you start your Christmas Shopping?

    Starting your Christmas shopping in October may seem premature to some, but it comes with several significant benefits that can alleviate stress and make the holiday season more enjoyable. Here are some compelling reasons to begin your Christmas shopping early:

  • October Spotlight Events 3/3

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • How to Repair and Restore Damaged Family Heirlooms

    Family heirlooms often have sentimental value and it can be heartbreaking when they become damaged or show signs of wear and tear. But have no fear — as the much-loved experts on The Repair Shop and Repair Cafes popping up around Sussex have shown us, many heirlooms can be restored to their former glory. Porcelain with cracked glaze or chipped edges, wood with breaks and gouges, jewellery missing stones and watches with damaged dials: all may benefit from sensitive restoration. Follow these tips to clean, stabilise, repair and refurbish your treasured antique possessions to give them a new lea

  • Autumn Forest Bathing: The health benefits of a wooded environment

    With shorter days and cooler weather, autumn brings a welcome opportunity to spend more time outdoors before the winter months arrive. Whilst we prep our Sussex homes for the months ahead, we can take a valuable lesson from the gardening calendar. Autumn is an important time for preparing and re-planting before the warm soil fades; sowing spring bulbs for new growth next year. So, should we also take stock of our own health and wellbeing too, exploring the value nature offers to us this season?

  • Home Style: History for Modern Living

    A first floor Grade II listed apartment that the owners have sympathetically restored under the watchful eye of English Heritage

  • Motor Neurone Disease Association Charity Seeks Volunteers 

    Volunteers play an important role for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and the charity are actively looking for new recruits across Sussex as Adele Trathan explains.

  • Brain, Nutrition and Alzheimer’s

    New science has discovered a direct link between certain nutrients and preventing Alzheimer’s. Sara Whatley investigates.

  • Coffee & Chocolate Banana Bread

    This recipe by Mary Goodsell takes banana bread to a new level with the added flavours of chocolate and coffee. Soft and moist, it's a delicious mid-morning snack with a cup of coffee.

  • An Authentic Finish with Kitchen Carousel

    Advertising Feature: Stephen Hamilton was an unpaid apprentice working on some monastic furniture when he fell in love with trees and woodworking. Since those heady days in the 1970s he’s had a lifelong love of wood and forged a formidable career. Robert Veitch went to meet him, and one of his clients.

  • Masks Unmasked

    Treat yourself to some extra self care this season and feel like the spa has come to you as you indulge in some masks. Face, body, hair and feet, it’s time to mask up, says Sara Whatley

  • Business is Blooming for Floral Image

    Advertising Feature: Robert Veitch met the Sussex businesswoman Anna Ball, who has just been awarded Gold and Silver at The Best Businesswomen Awards 2023. Her company is the very vibrant Floral Image, which is bringing a sustainable, guilt-free splash of joy to customers across Britain.

  • Smoked Haddock & Asparagus Risotto

    This deliciously warming dish by Mary Goodsell is perfect for the autumn months. This is an easy to throw-together risotto that works equally well using leeks, if you would prefer to use more seasonal ingredients.

  • Kids Zone: Halloween

    It’s time for all things spooky as Sara Whatley celebrates Halloween this month

  • Win A Love Local Hamper!

    Sussex Living is delighted to be able to offer one lucky reader the chance to win our locally sourced hamper of goodies!

  • Any Of Us Could Make A Difference

    Advertising Feature - ‘Any of Us’ is a short three minute film produced by a collaboration of over 80 councils and children’s trusts because of the urgent national need for more foster carers. The story follows three people from different walks of life who deal with everyday situations and realise that they have the skills to become a foster carer and make a difference.

  • New Year Wellbeing: Time to shift bad habits

    Step boldly into 2024 embracing all aspects of fitness and health from the online to the in person. Sara Whatley discusses what’s trending this year

  • October Spotlight Events 2/3

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • Five Styles of Coats for Autumn

    As autumn graces the UK with its presence, it's time to update your wardrobe with stylish and practical coats to keep you warm and fashionable during the cooler months. Here are five different styles of coats for women to consider wearing this autumn:

  • Sustainable Swaps To Create An Energy Efficient Home

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  • October Spotlight Events 1/3

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • An Unforgettable Family Adventure: Exploring the Big Apple with my family 

    My wife and I, along with our two grown-up kids, recently embarked on a thrilling family holiday to the Big Apple. It was a rollercoaster of laughter, exploration, and culinary delights that left us with cherished memories for a lifetime.

  • Love Local Survey

    This month for our Love Local campaign we have been hitting the high streets to find out the views of Sussex shoppers, and now we want to know what our lovely Sussex Living readers think about their high streets (and give you a chance to WIN in the process).

  • Parenting Adult Children: Navigating New Relationship Dynamics

    The parenting journey is a long and winding road, filled with numerous stages, each presenting its unique set of joys and challenges. For women in the age group of 35 to 55, one such stage is witnessing their children transition into adulthood. This evolution often brings a shift in the parent-child dynamic. While the role of a caregiver never truly ends, it certainly changes. Here's a guide to understanding and navigating these new relationship dynamics with grace and understanding:

  • Creating a Home Sanctuary: Interior Design Tips for Autumn

    The home often evolves into more than just a space to live—it becomes a sanctuary. Especially during autumn, when nature itself undergoes a transformative dance, casting shades of gold, amber, and ruby, there's a deep-seated desire to bring that warmth and comfort indoors. Here are some tailored interior design tips to help you craft a perfect autumnal retreat:

  • Sustainability Guide: Why Bamboo Is So Eco-Friendly

    Single-use plastic is a significant contributor to the climate crisis as it clogs up our waterways and landfills, while evidence of microplastics has been discovered at the top of the highest mountains and at the deepest depths of our oceans.

  • Autumn Checklist: How to Prep Your Home for Colder Weather

    As the warm summer days fade into memory, Sussex homeowners must start preparations to ensure their homes stay warm when autumn breezes begin. Autumn weather brings falling leaves, heavy rains and cooling temperatures before winter truly sets in across the region. That’s why now is the ideal time to safeguard your home against cold draughts and creeping damp by sealing gaps, servicing heating systems and clearing gutters before they overflow.

  • Summer to Autumn

    Sara Whatley looks at stylish ways to bring your summer wardrobe into the autumn season without breaking the bank.

  • Art For Charity

    The St Wilfrid’s Hospice Art Auction launches this month, with a wonderful range of art being sold to raise funds for the hospice. Pam Russell, Development Director at the Eastbourne-based charity, explains more.

  • 3D Wall Magic

    Create walls that look incredible and feel amazing too with the use of 3D wall panels. Sara Whatley looks at this feature wall phenomenon

  • Everycare Turns 10!

    ADVERTISING FEATURE: As Mid Sussex-based home care agency Everycare celebrates its 10th anniversary, Hanna Prince meets founder David Dimelow to hear the story behind the company’s success.

  • Classrooms of the Future

    AI is changing the classroom of today, but what are the benefits and pitfalls of this highly progressive technology, asks Sara Whatley? 

  • Interpreting a Vision with Kitchen Carousel

    ADVERTISING FEATURE: Stephen Hamilton became a cabinet maker by accident, after meeting a Tibetan monk in Vancouver. Since those heady days in the 1970s he’s had a lifelong love of wood and forged a formidable career. Robert Veitch went to meet him, and one of his clients.

  • How to Refresh Your Interiors Without Spending Too Much

    In times of rising living costs, the thought of revamping your home interiors can seem daunting. However, a refreshing interior makeover doesn’t have to cost the earth. 

  • Sussex Living Spotlight Events September Part 2/2

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • Vintage Fairs: Celebrating the Art of Restoration and Repair

    Today’s trend for vintage has led to many of us buying retro goods and restoring valuable items that we cherish. Repairing and reusing something old that might have otherwise been destined for the dump, is also a great decision to make for both the environment and our budget.

  • Mastering the Art of Self-Care: 5 Meditation Top Tips

    In the whirlwind of life's responsibilities — from career pressures to family commitments — the art of self-care often takes a backseat. However, for women navigating the transformative years between 35 and 55, setting aside moments for personal well-being becomes imperative. Among the various self-care techniques, meditation stands out as a beacon of calm and introspection. Here's a beginner-friendly guide to embrace meditation and enhance your self-care routine:

  • The Best Skin Care Regimens for Glowing Skin in Your 40s and 50s

    Ageing gracefully is a mantra many women cherish and embody. As we step into our 40s and 50s, our skin, the body's largest organ, undergoes transformations influenced by hormonal changes, lifestyle, and environmental factors. However, with the right care, it's entirely possible to keep your skin glowing and vibrant during these decades. Here's a curated guide to help women between 35 to 55 achieve that enviable glow.

  • Blooming Times: Star Struck

    For a supernova finale in the autumn border, nothing outperforms asters, says Flo Whitaker. Even their name means ‘star’ – how perfect.

  • On The Road with Harvey Self Drive

    Advertising Feature: The world of Self Drive Vehicle Hire can sometimes be a confusing place, so it’s refreshing to learn of a company that has the va va voom to keep things simple, as Robert Veitch discovered recently at Harvey Self Drive.

  • Education: Learning from home

    Home education is on the rise across the UK – and Sussex has a thriving community of home educating families. Hanna Prince, whose daughter learns from home, explores the appeal.

  • Love Local: Benefits of Buying Local

    This month Sussex Living is continuing the LOVE LOCAL campaign to help support our local High Streets. Sara Whatley looks at some of the benefits of buying locally.

  • What to Wear this Autumn: 5 Styles of Jeans for Women

    As the crisp breezes of September usher in a shift from summer's heat to autumn's cozy embrace, our wardrobes too transition. Jeans are a timeless staple that seamlessly marries comfort with style. Whether you're heading back to the office, taking a weekend getaway, or simply enjoying a brisk evening walk, finding the right pair of jeans can elevate your look. Here's a roundup of five jean styles to consider adding to your September wardrobe:

  • Sussex Living Spotlight Events September Part 1/2

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • Recipe: Black Forest Yoghurt Bark

    This recipe by Mary Goodsell is delicious eaten straight from the freezer. It is an easy, protein filled snack that will also hit that sweet spot!

  • From Empty Nest to New Adventures: Making the Most of Post-Parenting Life

    The "Empty Nest Syndrome" – it's a term many women are familiar with as their children grow up and venture out into the world. This life transition, which sees the home becoming quieter and less hectic, often leads to a mixture of pride, sadness, and newfound freedom. For many women in their 40s and 50s, this can be a pivotal moment of introspection and opportunity. So, how can you turn the echoing silence of an empty nest into the thrilling call of new adventures?

  • Tech-Savvy in Midlife: Embracing the Digital World and Social Media

    In today's rapidly advancing digital era, it's no secret that technology and social media have become integral parts of daily life. This shift might feel overwhelming, especially when comparing oneself to younger, seemingly more tech-savvy generations. However, midlife is a potent time for growth, exploration, and empowerment. Embracing the digital world can open doors to opportunities, connections, and experiences that are truly invaluable. Here's how to navigate this realm with confidence:

  • Staying Active and Fit: Forgo the Gym and Exercise at Home

    In the midst of life's numerous responsibilities and changes maintaining physical health remains paramount. While many turn to gyms for their fitness fix, the comfort and convenience of home workouts offer a compelling alternative. For those balancing careers, perhaps parenting or even transitioning into an empty-nest phase, exercising at home can be a game-changer. Here's how to stay active and fit, without ever stepping foot in a gym:

  • Rediscovering Intimacy: Enhancing Relationships in Midlife

    The journey of life is like turning the pages of a book. Each chapter presents its challenges, joys, and learnings. As women transition into their 40s and 50s, they often find themselves at the intersection of evolving identities, shifting priorities, and the ebb and flow of relationships. Midlife can be a period of profound intimacy and connection, provided we approach it with awareness and intention.

  • Navigating Midlife Transitions: Embracing Change and Finding Purpose

    For many women, the span between 35 and 55 can be some of the most transformative years of their lives. Often dubbed the "midlife transition," this phase can bring a whirlwind of emotions, experiences, and self-reflections. But rather than approaching this time with trepidation, embracing the change and rediscovering one’s purpose can make midlife an exhilarating journey.

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Cate Blanchett

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Greentrees Estate: An exclusive country estate in the heart of West Sussex

    Encompassing 170 acres, this rural haven offers stunning views over the valley to the west, bordering Cowdray and Brantridge Forests. With a private tree-lined drive, Greentrees Estate guarantees a peaceful stay that truly embodies a countryside escape.

  • Sussex Living Spotlight Events Part 4/4

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • 5 Tips to Help Your Child Transition Back to School after the Summer Holidays

    After a long and refreshing summer break, transitioning back to the routine of school can be a challenging task for both parents and children. Children, having enjoyed the freedom of summer, might find it daunting to get back to the rigidity of school schedules, homework, and extracurricular activities. As parents, it’s essential to ensure that this transition is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are five tips to help your child get ready for the new academic year.

  • COMPETITION! Win An Overnight Stay For Two In Brighton With Dinner, Breakfast And Spa Treatment

    Subscribe to Sussex Living's free digital edition, and we'll enter you into our draw to win a beautiful overnight stay for two with dinner, breakfast and a spa treatment at the Doubletree by Hilton in Brighton!

  • Money Matters: A Guide to Financial Advice & Advisors

    While you may assume that financial advisors are only for the rich, this is not the case as Lisa de Silva explains in this guide to taking financial advice.

  • Sussex Living Garden Party 2023 Live Photo Stream!

    Calling All Sussex Living Fans! Whether you’re attending the Sussex Living Garden Party or not this year, bookmark this webpage today on your mobile device! We are going to keep this page up to date throughout the day with live photos from 2023’s Sussex Living Garden Party! Be sure to comment if you see yourself!

  • Make Good Use Of Bad Rubbish

    Kate Robertson has written a moving biography about her mother, her friend and the genius behind the Wombles, Elisabeth Beresford. She tells Sara Whatley the story.

  • Sussex Living Spotlight Events Part 3/4

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • Health Maintenance Tips To Improve Your Wellbeing

    We know the main triggers for an unhealthy lifestyle, whether it’s drinking too much, smoking cigarettes or eating too many takeaways. But there are other ways we could be harming our health, through poor lifestyle habits that have a negative impact on our mental and physical health.  If you’re someone who puts their busy schedule ahead of taking care of themselves, you could be harming your mental and physical health in several ways. Self-care is important for more than just a mood boost, so here’s how to carry out health maintenance successfully.

  • Massage: Not Just an Indulgence, Actually Good Medicine!

    Too many people tend to think of massage therapy as little more than an indulgent pampering treatment for relaxation and enjoyment, but there’s more than meets the eye: it actually delivers tangible benefits for our health and wellbeing. What’s more, everyone can benefit from massage therapy, at any age and stage. It’s great for people from all walks of life, whether you’re an athlete or leading a sedentary lifestyle. The key is to recognise it not as a luxury but as an important modality for health maintenance and preventive care. It’s time we took massage seriously and realise that it can

  • Summer Skin Glow

    Get glowing summer skin with beauty expert Bryony Blake’s top five tips, as told to Sara Whatley

  • Sussex Living Spotlight Events Part 2/4

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • Sussex Living Spotlight Events Part 1/4

    Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

  • Advertising Feature: Highweald: Wines of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    One of the wonders of Sussex is the capacity to create food and drink of outstanding quality and Highweald Wine is one such example, producing English Sparking Wines of exceptional standard – Robert Veitch went to find out more, and enjoy a glass or two.

  • Advertising Feature: Step Into Your Spotlight

    The performing arts industry has never offered so many opportunities for careers and for fun, as Robert Veitch discovered when he met Florence Tingley from the Pauline Quirke Academy, ahead of the launch of the new Haywards Heath Academy.

  • Why Using the Same Password is Not Enough

    It seems that we need a username and password for almost every device, mobile app, or service that we use. Streaming films, shopping online, sending emails, reviewing bills and checking social media all involve using some form of a username and password combination.

  • A Guide to Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

    Lisa de Silva explains the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney to ensure your best interests are looked after should you become unable to make financial decisions for yourself

  • A Lasting Legacy for St Wilfrid’s Hospice

    St Wilfrid's Communications Manager, Madeleine Green, explains the importance of gifts in wills to help the hospice continue their important work of providing the local community with end-of-life care and support for those with life limiting illnesses

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Piers Morgan

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Crustless Asparagus Quiche

    A quiche works for every occasion; quick fridge-raid lunch, easy summer entertaining or a protein-filled breakfast alternative. This crustless asparagus quiche by Mary Goodsell is the perfect naturally gluten-free dish.

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Tom Baker

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Dame Julie Walters

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Billy Idol

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Why walking is such an underrated form of excercise

    In recognition of National Walking Month, ExerciseWithStyle.com, and their  expert fitness writer Jesse Hyson, MClinExPhys, AEP, PT, has released a study revealing the minimum amount of exercise needed for a healthy lifestyle, specifically focusing on walking.

  • How to have a stress-free move with a young family in Mid Sussex

    Moving house can be mentally and physically exhausting. In fact, it is one of the most stressful life events we experience according to research.

  • The Beauty of Sussex: The Results of our Photo Competition

    Last month, we ran a competition to find the best scenic shots of Sussex, and received some incredible entries. Here we reveal the top ten images from those that were submitted and announce our winner

  • Competition: Win FREE Tickets to The Garden Show at Firle Place

    Enjoy a fantastic day out for you and your family, full of gorgeous garden and style ideas, art and design, all set in the beautiful location of Firle Place. Why not nominate yourself for this great prize - and feel free to share with your friends as we have three sets of tickets to win!

  • Wedding Trends: Suggestions to Make your Day Unique

    As well as being incredibly exciting, planning a wedding is a time to express yourself as a couple. We've compiled some on-trend ideas and suggestions to help make your day unique, special to you, and memorable for all your guests!

  • The Importance of Good Neighbours in Sussex

    We look at an important community service in Sussex which helps people who are feeling isolated or lonely

  • How Will Your Care Fees Be Paid? Getting You the Right Support

    Looking for a care package that’s right for you? Make sure you’ve considered all of your options – there’s plenty of support out there, writes Jane Finnerty the joint chairman of SOLLA

  • The Families Left Behind: Missing People in Sussex

    In this special feature, we look at the emotional challenges facing investigating police officers and the families of missing people in Sussex

  • Social Wellbeing: Developing and Strengthening our Friendships

    Our advice on social wellbeing at a time when friendships and family are more important than ever

  • Competition: Nominate a friend to win a massage treatment with Profiles

    Do you have a friend or family member who deserves a treat? Someone who went the extra mile to help others during these strange times? You can nominate them to win this special prize!

  • Falling for Autumnal Hues and Style

    We give our top tips on the colours to wear for the season ahead

  • Splashdown From Lockdown: The Drinking Culture in Sussex

    Our assistant editor Jamie looks back at the changes and challenges over recent months for those who like an occasional tipple

  • Lockdown Diaries in Sussex

    With COVID-19 likely to become one of the biggest events of the 21st century, we talked to local archivists who’ve been documenting what’s happening in our county, so it can be remembered for generations to come

  • Dame Vera Lynn: A 20th Century Icon

    We spoke to Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, about her remarkable mother who gave so much to the people of this country

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Johanna Konta

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Gwendoline Christie

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Adele

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook)

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Robert Smith

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…

  • Six Facts You Might Not Know About Holly Willoughby

    Whether they’re born or bred, or put down roots in our beloved county, Sussex is full of famous celebrities who’ve either made their start or got involved in our community - each week we take a look at one of these fascinating figures…