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Things to see and do in Pulborough

PUBLISHED: 16:16 25 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:16 25 March 2014

Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve

Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve

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There’s plenty to do in and around this West Sussex town, come glorious sunshine or rain and high water...

Parham HouseParham House

Parham House

The house and gardens at Parham make a fantastic day out for the whole family, with everything from art collections and unaltered Elizabethan rooms and antiques, to seven acres of pleasure grounds and a four-acre walled garden.

The team runs events and courses throughout the year, which range from practical skills to art and history.

01903 742021
www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

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Stopham Vineyard

Planted in 2007 by Simon Woodhead with the aim of making fantastic white wines. He was then joined by Tom Bartlett, just in time for the first vintage. Both men studied at Plumpton College, where they decided to produce something special, which is exactly what they have done...

01798 865666

www.stopham vineyard.co.uk

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On the rails

Pulborough is also home to the South Downs Light Railway, with its steam and diesel trains running regularly throughout the summer, and a more limited service operating during the colder months. 
The volunteer-run railway operates out of the Pulborough Garden Centre on Stopham Road. The trains take you through the gardens from Stopham Road Station.

07518 753784
www.south-downs-railway.com

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Bignor Roman Villa

The remains of a Roman home 
and farm with world-class mosaic floors, and all with a stunning downland backdrop. Learn why the Roman owners chose to develop Bignor in the 3rd century AD.

Outside the Roman Villa, walk through the beautiful and award-winning Nyetimber Vineyard and wander the endless footpaths in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

01798 869259
www.bignorromanvilla.co.uk

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Catch of the day

Pulborough boasts one of the fastest growing and most popular angling societies in the south of England. The society runs a number of initiatives to support local youngsters, including angling training. It also gives talks to local clubs, youth and conservation groups on the merits of angling and what anglers can do to support, maintain and improve their rural environment.

07762 019636
www.pulboroughas.com

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Walk the walk

If you fancy some fresh air, head to Wiggonholt across Pulborough Brooks. It’s about 2.5 miles there and back, and there’s plenty to see along the way.

There’s evidence that the edges of the valley around Wiggonholt were inhabited in the Bronze Age, and Wiggonholt church is one of the loveliest in West Sussex, mainly on account of its wild and secluded setting overlooking the Brooks. The remains of a Roman Bath House have been identified in Wiggonholt alongside the route of the former Roman Road – if you’re looking for them, they are just to the west of the Pulborough road, about a kilometre north of the church. Wiggonholt Common itself is now a much-loved nature reserve.

www.wiggonholt.org

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Spoil your four-legged friends

Gatley’s country store and pet shop has everything that your pet could possibly need – from a huge selection of feed to healthcare and toys. There’s also a well-stocked country clothing, accessories and footwear section, if you fancy treating yourself while you’re there – and there’s a selection for children too.

The staff can offer good advice on products and are very knowledgeable on all pet-related matters. They are always happy for you to come in to ask for help and advice.

01798 873674
www.gatleys.co.uk

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Don’t miss

In summer, Pulborough hosts the 12-hour lawnmower race. For more information visit www.blmra.co.uk
On August Bank Holiday, the Pulborough Duck Race Society hosts its annual duck race, which raises funds for charity.

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