Sussex Day

Sussex Day was created in 2007 to celebrate the heritage and all that’s good about Sussex. It is held on June 16 because it is the birthday of St Richard, the Patron Saint of Sussex. He was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 until his death in 1253.

The Record Office in Chichester is running a free exhibition about St Richard’s life, from Sussex Day until Wednesday June 30. Contact the Record Office for more details on 01243 753602.

Over at Worthing Library, Assistant County Archivist Alan Readman will give a presentation on ‘West Sussex at War’ on Sussex Day. Tickets are £3 and can be booked in advance from the Library. Telephone 01903 704809.

School pupils have been invited by school meals provider Chartwells to create a Sussex Day meal. The winning dish will be served up on next year’s Sussex Day menu. Contact Chartwells on

Join a delightful walk in the lanes and Downs of Sussex at Amberley. One is a six-mile walk and one four miles. Both start at 9.45am at Amberley Station, and are free. Call Jill Shuker on 01403 250511 for more information.

The Arcade Knitters are hosting a Sussex Day Knit-In with a picnic lunch at a Knit and Crochet afternoon, on Littlehampton promenade, off the end of Banjo Road. People should take their own lunch and deckchair plus needles, hooks and yarn. Contact Julia Blanchett on 01903 717648.

The summer edition of Taste West Sussex magazine has many ideas to celebrate the day, from cooking a meal made from locally sourced food, to playing stoolball –a game played by milkmaids who used their milking stools as wickets. To subscribe, email

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “In this magnificent county there is a wide range of things to do and see to celebrate Sussex Day.

“Why not visit one of the county’s historic castles or forts, or pay homage to St Richard by viewing his statue in the grounds of Chichester Cathedral and indeed visit the Cathedral?

“Whether on the beach, coast, countryside or even in one of our towns there is so much to see and enjoy.”

The County Council website has an A to Z list of things to do on Sussex Day.