MIDHURST IN WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND is at the centre of the new South Downs National Park (2010) with the administration already working in offices in the town. Roads spread out in all directions and are fast and swoopy. It's easy to get to places. Winchester is 55 mins away, Haslemere 15 mins, Petworth 10 mins, Petersfield 17 mins, Arundel 30 mins and Chichester 20 mins. Refer to South Downs National Park Map and Map of S.E. England.
Property Hotspot Midhurst 2012
According to Helen Davies of the Sunday Times on the 8th of January Midhurst and Churt (near Hindhead) are property hotspots "More commuters are dropping down from Haslemere and south Surrey ..to Midhurst..for better value" The opening of the A3 tunnel at Hindhead is expected to boost property prices by at least 5%
SOMETHING DIFFERENT, NORTH ST.
Opening April 9th. Home Accessories.
Quickening Takeup of Empty Shops.
Although Wine, etc and TopCrop have rcently closed (Dec and Jan respectively), Arnage have opened in March in West St, and a new Vintage Tearooms and Cake Shop has opened on Rumbolds Hill. A sports shop is being fitted out in West St.'Barrington's old premises in North Street is to become Something Different - Home Accessories - Tel: 01730 858151, GU29 9DR on April 9th 2012; the old pharmacy remaining empty. Sussex House, near The Spread Eagle, is being converted and renovated into 2 shops and 3 flats. This leaves several empty shops in West St.with Kiss Chase Kids a recent casualty. Read more here...Audited on 27th March. 2012.
VINTAGE CLOTHING MIDHURST - LATEST NEWS.
Marmadukes Vintage Clothing & Collectables and Revamps Vintage Chic are now well established. A new vintage clothing shop, Arnage 01730 812100, is now open in former Wine, etc's premises in West Street - See signboard below and picture at the top of the page.
Click to visit Vintage Midhurst.
MIDHURST PAGES UPDATING
During March - April 2012 the whole website will be updated with fresh material - indicated by 'new' in the Menu. Editor, John Trueman. Email
MIDHURST TREASURE HUNT
Two hours of pleasure for the family exploring the streets of the 'old town', South Pond, The River Rother Path and Cowdray Castle. No historical knowledge required, just good observational skills and simple detective work. Get your clues here.
THE CREATION OF A PERMISSIVE PATH
Over adjoining land of the Cowdray Estate and Woolbeding National Trust this new path has brought about the fusion, in access terms, of two wonderful riverine landscapes absolutely ideal for walkers of every hue. Midhurst has become a Dog Friendly town and welcomes dog lovers and their friends . For more about Midhurst Dog Friendly Parkland click here. Midhurst River Walk here. Pictures 1, Pictures 2 & Pictures 3. & Cowdray Park Walks Important to view all to get a feel for the whole route.
WOOLBEDING GARDENS - now open to the public via The National Trust - is a gem of a place, designed by the late Sir Simon Sainsbury. 595 garden fans packed into Woolbeding on Friday 19th August. Yet it never seemed crowded.
With its close neighbour Woolbeding Church nobody who loves grand gardens, rural life, history or river walks should miss Woolbeding and the adjoining River Rother path. See Walking in the Footsteps of H.G.Wells. Cowdray Park Walks, River Walks & Woolbeding Parkland. For Map pdf click here . For the new Circular River Walk Map Easebourne - Midhurst - Woolbeding click here and refer to Cowdray Park Walks for details.
Woolbeding is now open from April 12th 2012 to September 30th to the general public and special interest groups @ £5.50 per head, Thursdays and Fridays only.
All visitors should pre-book and phone Uppark on 01730 825415. There is NO onsite parking. Access is by the NT Free Car Park at the junction of the A272 and Woolbeding Lane and walking down the lane to Woolbeding House. It's a lovely walk on a fine day. Alternatively find a suitable verge well away from Woolbeding House and walk. Please don't attempt to park near Woolbeding House - it's coned, or outside the church. The NT and local authorities are adamant about this!
There is also a Park-and-Ride service from Uppark. Read here about the new Midhurst- Woolbeding River Walk, now open. Don't miss.
Click here for FAQ's about Woolbeding Gardens. Important if you want to get in!
ROTHER RAFT RACE 30th Anniversary celebrations, with canoes and kayaks as well, Sunday August Bank Holiday the 28th at 12 noon. Park North St or Easebourne. (Cowdray).
Starts at Sandy Bay, Cowdray Castle, Midhurst, West Sussex. Click here for River Rother Pictures.
Also MADHURST FESTIVAL August 21st - 29th. All the details here. www.madhurst.co.uk Starts with the Mad Hatters Tea Party on Sunday 21st betwen 2.0 pm and 4.0 pm with free entry to Cowdray Castle. Finale on Monday 29th August at Cowdray Castle with Live Entertainment mainly music between 1.0 pm and 9.0 pm. Fireworks too.
Lots of over-spill parking provided. Rother Raft Race 2009 pictures here.
ITALIAN MARKET, NORTH ST, MIDHURST.
Saturday 10th September, 2011 See 2010 market.
RED KITE SIGHTING AT COWDRAY - 19th August 2011.
The rare Red Kite, better known as an inhabitant of the Chilterns and Wales, has been spotted in a tall tree at the entrance to Cowdray Park at Easebourne GU29 AOJ, just off the A272 within view of the Estate Offices. See montage. The Kite is picked out in a light blue circle and is sitting on a branch. A short time after this picture was taken it swooped down displaying its forked tail and disappeared over The Cowdray Model Farm. Images added to this montage are for information only and are not of the actual bird spotted. Red Kites have reportedly been seen at Singleton, Cocking Hill, Chilgrove and a short distance West of Midhurst We need pictures to support these sightings.
Please contact the Editor, John Trueman
FREE WIFI in MIDHURST.
The best WiFi spot is Seven Fish Lounge Bar seating 24 & Restaurant with its terrace garden. The latter overlooks North St car park. Other places include The Angel Hotel, The Wheatsheaf and the counter in Comestibles Deli & Cafe by arrangement with the Jug and Bottle across the road. Click image to visit Seven Fish wifi zone.
COWDRAY & MIDHURST BIKE HIRE, & SOUTH DOWNS ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE WITH POSH PEDALERS
wonderful way of seeing the area and all its fascinating spots is to cycle. Posh Pedalers have the electric bikes and local knowledge to make this possible. They are based near the Cowdray Farm Shop. Have you ever used a hand held SatMap? Now's your chance. More here.
|WIGGLE 100 SPORTIVE in Hollist Lane on 23/10/11
There is no railway station in Midhurst, Sussex, the closest being Haslemere, Surrey where there is excellent, quick and frequent service to London Waterloo - about 50mins. There is an hourly bus service between Haslemere and Midhurst - allow 35 mins for the bus - and a good taxi service (BG's Private Hire & Taxi 01730 716327, Brian Lintott 07732 590806). Read more here.
Midhurst is the ideal base for touring West Sussex and the South Downs National Park. It has its own Tourist Office 01730 817322. (Now closed) Within 15 miles there are an outstanding number of attractions, quaint villages, bustling market towns, National Trust properties, parks, and stately homes.
Goodwood with its horse racing, Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival (motorsport) attracts hundreds of thousands of fans in a season of spectacular events, and is only 15 minutes from Midhurst.
Details on Touring - incuding Tourist Office brochures, books, leaflets and support - coming here soon.....
NEFF MASTERPARTNER DEMO IN MIDHURST in June 2011, date to be advised.
A home economist will be demonstrating the latest NEFF OVEN at the Kitchen Showroom of VIOLET DESIGNS in West Street from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm on ? June 2011. Please come and bring your friends!
There are three excellent hotels in or close to the town: The Spread Eagle, The Angel and The Park House at Bepton. In addition there are numerous B&B's in the town and others in near-by Easebourne. Also farms and country houses offer B&B. Contact the Midhurst Tourist Office by phone (01730 817322) for help with booking up to 4.00pm pm. After that details may be seen in their window. Details here soon....
Generally, very gentle and benign with lots of sunshine. Beware November: it can be very wet; but March to October inclusive is often warm enough to sit out. Summers are often very dry with hose-pipe bans. More on the weather...
Things To Do - Energetic Outdoor Pursuits
Mountain biking, lane cycling, walking, hiking, hang-gliding, riding, polo and golf. And running - if you join Midhurst Milers. The open spaces are huge. Access is almost total. Freedom to do just what you want.
The MIDHURST WAY from Arundel to Midhurst (19.25 miles) is being launched in January 2011 to celebrate the opening of the SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK. For Londoners this should become the most popular long distance day walk ever as it is accessed by train from London Victoria and London Waterloo with a short bus journey from MIDHURST to HASLEMERE STATION. Approximately 12 hrs journey-time from start to finish.
Things to Do - Gentle Outdoor Pursuits.
Doggy Days Out in Cowdray. Ideal walks for dog-lovers: dry stone-based estate tracks, Castle Causeway and River Rother Path. Park in Cowdray car-park near Farm Shop in Easebourne aka [Cowdray Food Emporium with Café) walk to the Castle, then onto St Ann's Hill, Tudor Midhurst, back down North St and then right down the Causeway and left up the estate road again to The Food Emporium for the 'Big Temptation of the Week'! A bit like Fortnums-on-Rother!
The Benbow Pond Walk ( a stroll really!) is very popular. an alternative to the more strenuous Queen Elizabeth Oak Walk, a 7.5 mile circular route.
Read more here
Things to Do - Lotus Eating, Chilling-Out, Relaxing.
Sit in the sun at a table on the cobblestones outside the Old Town Hall Cafe. Dogs welcome outside.
Or, sit and read the newspapers provided in Comestibles Deli and Community Café. Friendly, people chat, best place to make friends and find out what's going on.
Friends of Midhurst, a network, which embraces locals, the diaspora and friends world-wide has a double-size noticeboard in Comestibles. Also a very pro-active Facebook Group which keeps you abreast of everything and facilitates friendships;.
Suggestion: join Friends of Midhurst now to keep in the know, be informed of events, music evenings, parties, get-togethers, new shop openings and a lot more. Read more.
Sit on the veranda of the Spread Eagle and do all the above.
Sit in Seven Fish spacious and luxurious Lounge-Bar - seats 22 - with laptop and surf the internet courtesy of free Wi-Fi. Migrate outside in fine weather and enjoy the Seven Fish Terrace Garden - seats 32 - where you may eat and drink as well. Or, just chill-out with a glass of wine. Read more here.
Sit and watch polo if you can put up
with the noisy comentary. Read more
If you've the energy and friends/children to share the experience do the Midhurst Treasure Hunt - questionnaire from Frasers, the gents outfitters in North Street.
With camera stroll around the Old Town, the film set for two series of Foyle's War - 2006, and 2009. But first do your homework by exploring the section on Midhurst Pages. Cabbage White was Maison Jules - hairdressers where the bank heist was plotted. Nest door Burgage House was the Southern Bank. (2006). The Swan Inn became the main film set for 2009, and Church Cottage for scenes in both 2006 and 2009. Read more here.
Tudor Midhurst - An Outdoor Learning Experience
A lot of fun both with and without a camera may be had studying Tudor buildings including the Tudor Castle of Cowdray aka Cowdray House. Start at the Library in Knockhundred and work your way around the old town, walk to Cowdray via St Ann' Hill - the original Midhurst Castle site - and the River Rother Path. Thence back via the Causeway and North St to Knockhundred. Read more here.
Frightnights and other paranormal, ghostly companies have regular ghost hunting events at Cowdray. They are becoming hugely popular so book well ahead.
Midhurst Cinema (now closed)
Every Saturday there are two films, one at 5.0 pm and the other at 7.30 pm. To see what's on at Midhurst Cinema go here.
Eating & Drinking with/without Music. For Country Markets go here.
Top eating place by far at present is the Duke of Cumberland at Henley three miles out of town towards Haslemere.
There are three family-style restaurants in Midhurst, and numerous bars, pubs and cafés.
Also, new on the scene is the Cowdray Farm Shop Restaurant and Café referred to earlier located in near-by Easebourne with free car park.
Live Music and Gigs.
Several years ago a seemingly totally 'dry zone' musically but now booming with local and not so local 2-3-4 (or more) man bands playing at pubs and bars in and around the town.
The Lickfold Inn (now closed) several miles outside town, heads the pubs as the place for music (now closed!). The Duke of Cumberland, Henley, The Hamilton Arms at Stedham and several others including Faustino's & BJ's in the centre of town have events too. The main bands are The Hanging Tree Band, The New Society Jazz Band - see picture above, Boomslang, Fireup Mary, George's Regis Jazz Band, Wide Eyes, MATC, Pastiche Duo and Nice Pear.
There is also a Music,Art & Drama Fetsival called MADHURST planned for August Bank Holiday weekend 2011. This is a bigger event than in 2010. Visit their website for the programme.
COWDRAY CASTLE - a Ghost castle.
(Mostly ruins but with kitchen-block and cellar still intact)
Open 17th March 2010 - October inclusive. Lots of re-enactments, plays and other events throughout the season mainly suitable for families with young children. The Tudor kitchen nearly rivals Hampton Court in grandeur. The Cellar is used for small picture exhibitions and as a meeting place for ghost hunts. Wedding receptions - run by the Cowdray Heritage Trust - are held under the walls (contact Heather Ongley on 01730 812423 firstname.lastname@example.org )as are other outdoor events. The Castle is a magnet to students of the Tudor Period and Henry V111, artists, photographers, paranormal investigators and ghost hunters. Read more here.
Ghost Walks - NEW for 2010
There are 7 ghost hunting companies putting on events at Cowdray Castle on a regular basis - often twice monthly. The castle has earned the cachet 'ghost castle' and thus acquired a 'persona' with a quickening ripple affect. For those wanting an introduction to the ghosts of Cowdray, a season of ghost walks sponsored by SPIRIT FM have been arranged for the Summer. The first is on Friday 14th May 7.30pm to 9.0pm. £7 per walk. Host: Paul Ullson. More here soon
The Rother Raft Race at Cowdray is on August Bank Holiday. Read more here.
Things to Do and Places to Go with Kids (Coming soon)
Including The Midhurst Cinema on Saturdays, Cowdray Castle & Spcial Events, South Pond Wildlife, Cowdray Farm Shop Toddlers Play Area. Pizza Express, Prezzo, The Causeway Walk for Doggy Families, See the Ponies at Cowdray Polo, Meet the Animals at Cowdray Miniature Farm (at planning stage), and, importantly, The Midhurst Treasure Hunt
Wild Swimming in the River Rother
Sandy Bay, 200 yards from Cowdray, is a popular Wild Swimming site but never too busy not to be enjoyed. About 5-6 feet deep maximum. Backed by three acres of riverine meadowland suitable for picnics. More about Wild Swimming here.
The Walled Garden at Cowdray
Adjoining Cowdray Castle the Walled Garden is under seperate management. It has become one of the most popular and sought after wedding venues in the South of England. Because of this opening days and times for the general public are restricted. Read more.
Home Improvements- The Violet Experience!
Dexam International, a local business with 35 employees, supplies Tesco, Sainsbury and Waitrose with kitchenware and cookware. They keep a low profile in the town and tourists woudn't have reason to know they exist.
But Violet Designs is quite another story. A kitchen--study/home office business its tentacles reach far and wide throughout West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. With two showrooms close together in the town they have undoubdedly put Midhurst on the map with home improvements. Cabbage White - 'pretty things for the home' - The Upholsterer and Wildwood - handmade furniture -are just another three members of a growing cluster.
Visit Violet Designs' latest 2012 Oak Kitchens at B1, B3, B4, B7, B8, B11, B14, B16, Bala, MAZ, B16, B17, TR3, TR4 and SN1
B6, B10, B13, B15, B12, VAR and Contemporary Kitchens for 2012
The town is the home to Bluewater Recoveries, a deep-sea wreck and exploration company run by David Mearns an American who discovered the German WW2 battle-cruiser Bismarck at the bottom of the Atlantic and made a film of the discovery for the BBC.
Midhurst has been a film set for several films the most famous of which is undoubtedly Foyle's War. The town has become a magnet for actors, actresses, musicians and art-lovers generally. Trevor Eve, Sharon Maughan and Billie Piper all live locally. The singer, song-writer and impressario Mark Nelson Preston from New York has visited recently and has connections with the town. Philip Jackson, the Royal Sculptor, lives in Cocking, a small village to the south of Mdhurst.
Read more here.... (coming soon)
Interestingly, for many, Midhurst is where life begins - in marriage and divorce! Getting married at The Walled Garden of Cowdray with the back-drop of the Castle is a dream for many whilst for others it is a wedding at the Spread Eagle.
One of the largest specialist divorce lawers is MacDonald Oates with two adjacent offices in Knockhundred Row, Midhurst and another office in Petersfield.
Although we've not had a divorce party yet 2010 may be the year when we do - and everyone is prepared, even our local specialist men's outfitters, Frasers, who rent kilts and black tie. A massive kilt rave with bagpipes (electronic) with music, perhaps, by The Hanging Tree and other local bands - who'll be the first?
Picture courtesy of Hostage, Edinburgh.
28 walkers descend on Midhurst to promote inclusion in the South Downs National Park. Report by Owen Plunkett.