In the last year or so, staycations have become a popular holidaying option for many across the UK. As residents and local experts on all things Sussex, at Mishon Mackay we think taking a break close to home is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore some of the hidden gems that the area has to offer!

With so many summer events taking place, providing options for families, groups or even solo staycationers, we’ve put together some of our favourite places to visit to inspire your next staycation – whether you’re a local yourself or visiting from slightly further afield.

The South Downs National Park

Wherever you are in Sussex, you’re never far from the beautiful South Downs National Park. Spanning 100 miles of the South, the Downs offer a retreat for walking enthusiasts, nature lovers, families and just about anyone, really. Encompassing towns, country villages, farmland and vineyards, with views out to sea, it’s a must-visit for anyone holidaying in the South.

The South Downs

Holidaying beside the sea

Who says you need to go abroad to enjoy the beach? The Sussex coastline is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, from sandy West Wittering to the pebble shores of Hastings. Spend a day soaking up the sun and or make a splash with the various watersports activities available across the coast. Hove Lagoon has taster days to suit all ages, including wakeboarding and stand up paddleboarding.

Two deckchairs on Brighton beach

The very best in English wine

Sussex has made a name for itself where local produce is concerned, and the English wine industry is no exception. Living within such close proximity to acres of vineyards, embarking on an afternoon tour couldn’t be easier. Why not head out of the city to visit the Ridgeview or Bolney wine estate?

A glass of English wine

Step back in time with living history

Historical sites such as Arundel Castle make great days out all-year round, but the summer holiday period sees history come alive with open air theatre shows, re-enactments and craft workshops. Just around the corner, you can walk to Swanbourne Lake and hire a row boat or enjoy a traditional cream tea.

Arundel Castle

Browsing Brighton’s cobbled lanes

Sometimes we forget to admire things on our own doorstep, so a stroll along the quirky shops and independent cafes that Brighton has to offer always makes a great day out. Plus, there are some wonderfully unique interiors shops where you might just find the finishing touches you’ve been looking for. Try Abode in Brighton’s North Laine or the stunning i gigi.

A shot of Brighton's Lanes

We’d love to hear about your favourite things to do in and around Sussex – tweet us a photo of your Sussex staycation and tell us what you’re up to!