National Trust events and exhibitions this September

National Trust events and exhibitions this September

Standen House and Garden, nr East Grinstead

Endearing Freaks? The Martin Brothers Potters

1 August – 13 November

This exhibition of antique ceramics looks back at the Martin Brothers potters with works from collections all round the UK. Best known for their quirky and eccentric Wally birds, they forged their way into the hearts of the British public over Sunday night tea in the Antiques Roadshow.

T: 01342 323029


Petworth Park Inspired: The Art of Landscape

24 Sept – 13 October

A small group of paintings by JMW Turner and others, including loans and previously unexhibited views, are shown alongside a newly commissioned film charting the development of the Petworth landscape.

Normal admission, no need to book

T: 01798 342207


Seven Sisters Archaeology Tours, Nr Birling Gap

25 & 30 September

The hilltop enclosure of Belle Tout, on top of the Seven Sisters, is an archaeological mystery and could be one of the UK’s most important Neolithic monuments. A dig this September aims to uncover these secrets before they erode into the sea. Archaeologist Tom Dommett said: “we are using new technology, such as Lidar, alongside onsite excavations, to bring to light one of most ancient and fascinating archaeological sites in Sussex”. See the archaeologists in action with tours at Belle Tout, on the cliffs near Birling Gap, on 25 and 30 September and find out how the dig progresses at

01323 423197


Saddlescombe Farm heritage open day, Nr Brighton

Sunday 11 September, 11am – 4pm

Discover this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templars. Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden, displays & demonstrations.

Saddlescombe Rd, near Brighton, West Sussex.  BN45 7DE

01273 857712, parking £5 per car


Community apple pressing day at Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere

Saturday 24 September 10.30am – 4pm

Join in a free, family-friendly apple day at Swan Barn Farm.  Bring along your own apples and join in using our fantastic heritage press and scratter to make your own apple juice and cider.  The team at Swan Barn produce artisan cider every year from all sorts of rare apple varieties from their Orchards, with romantic names such as Greensleeves, Cornish Gillyflower and Knobby Russet. Come and discover our brand new orchard house, made from coppiced sweet chestnut grown in the woods on our doorstep by the Rangers. This has been supported by the Black Down & Hindhead Supporters and the Three Counties Association.  Please park in Haslemere car park. Following the sign post from the high street along the foot path to Swan Barn Farm.

01428 652359, FREE


Birling Gap circular guided cycle ride

Sunday 25 September, 10am – 2.30pm

14 mile off road ride, – Jevington, Friston Forest, Seven Sisters and back!

Meet at Eastbourne YHA, E Dean Rd, Eastbourne, East Sussex.  BN20 8ES

01323 423197, £7


Nymans, nr Handcross

Art Workshop with John Thompson: Evening light at the pond

22, 23 & 24 September, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Local artist & tutor John Thompson returns with more of his popular painting workshops. John takes inspiration from the seasonal changes on the landscape and gardens of Nymans. This month’s theme is Evening light at the pond

Call 01444 405250, £65 per day