Experience Mid-Sussex

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Nymans courtesy of  NY and John Miller

Nymans courtesy of NY and John Miller

At the end of last month a group of thirteen attractions and hotels – all independent of each other – joined together calling themselves Experience Mid Sussex.


The group aims to promote tourism in the local area by showcasing the best that Mid Sussex has to offer to both the residents of Sussex and visitors to the area via single gateway, www.experiencemidsussex.co.uk.  The group includes Borde Hill Garden, High Beeches Woodland and Garden, National Trust Nymans, Wakehurst, Bolney, Kingscote and Ridgeview Vineyards, Hickstead and The South of England Showground. Accommodation partners include: Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa, Gravetye Manor Hotel & Restaurant, Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa and South Lodge Hotel.

The member venues, the organisation claims, offer some of the best experiences and services available in Mid Sussex; and that are instrumental in attracting new tourism, promoting health and well-being and developing and supporting business and the local economy.

For the visitor and day-tripper, this is a welcome development. It will make it easier for people to locate offers and attractions in one location and without having to plough through the previous dominant marketing organisation for the area, Tourism South East. That organisation covered an area from Oxfordshire to Kent and led to some to say that areas within it were treated differently.

By setting up on the own, the success of their marketing and promotional efforts will be solely down to them. They know better than umbrella organisations what is around for visitors to see, where they can stay and will have suggestions, based on local knowledge, of those little nooks and crannies of the area that bigger groups fail to spot because they have so much geography to cover.

This should be the model for smaller areas throughout our countries to follow.

For more information about Mid-Sussex, click here.

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