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Wassail! Stargazing & dark skies, coffee & cake, & places to stay

Welcome one and all to this week’s Sussex Exclusive newsletter.

I’m not going to lie, I’m already missing the cold crisp days of last week.  And there is definitely no better sound than the crunch of frozen leaves underfoot even if the roads were treacherous.

Freezing cold weather made the perfect backdrop for my first wassail event at Michelham Priory at the weekend.  Put this event in your diary for next year because it was so compelling … and the Pentacle Drummers, well they are fantastic.  All well worth the very icy drive home.

I may also be alone in hoping the cold weather returns for the forthcoming South Downs Dark Skies Festival. I’ve been meaning to do a night walk on the South Downs for a while but can never persuade anyone to join me (mainly because I have a stellar reputation for always getting spectacularly lost), so yes, I’ve signed up for the Seven Sisters night walk!

Whilst we’re in that area, and if you don’t fancy the South Downs at night, I’ve got some “places to stay” suggestions for you, the idea being you could walk a nice long loop from Seaford to Alfriston, East Dean and back, staying in these gorgeous locations overnight. Of course, you don’t have to do any walking at all if you don’t want to. They’re still lovely places!

Or for a slower afternoon, just head to Storrington and eat cake at one of these five delightful cafés. There are worse ways to spend a day after all.

And finally, and to round off January, our health expert has some fantastic advice for anyone thinking of switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet. I wasn’t going to before I read this but I am now!

That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!



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