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Celebrate Sussex Day 2020 in Sussex by the Sea

Did you know Sussex has it's very own special day?

The Sussex County Flag

Sussex is a large, and beautiful county that has so much to celebrate, with a wealth of history, architecture, culture, beautiful coastline, the glorious South Downs National Park, and towns and villages as diverse as the people that populate them.

Put the 16th of June in your diary and celebrate - every year


The county motto is "We wun't be druv"; the flag is resplendent in blue (to echo the sea); yellow 'martlets' (extinct birds sadly) the colour of sunshine; and the county song "Good Old Sussex by the Sea" is rousing enough to stir the soul of residents and visitors alike!


Read on to see a wide range of ways that YOU can celebrate Sussex Day, safely, online, at home and observing the current social distancing rules in 2020.


Event Organisers

If you are planning an event in the middle of June, even if it is 'online only' under current Covid-19 restrictions - why not adopt a 'Sussex Day' theme?

Read about the origins of "Sussex by the Sea"

The county's unofficial anthem was written by William Ward-Higgs in South Bersted, Bognor Regis and has a fascinating history going back to WW1. Played at many events and official  occasions throughout both East and West Sussex and even adopted by Brighton  and Hove Football Club, it's definitely a great singalong!

Discover Sussex Wildlife

With wonderful countryside, parks, beaches and walks there are plenty of opportunities to observe nature - all year round. For example, sites like WWT Arundel, RSPB Pulborough Brooks and Pagham Harbour Nature Reserves  Littlehampton's West Beach and Climping Beach and of course the ever present South Downs National Park


Explore more of the Sussex story at one of our local museums

There are wonderful museums at ArundelBognor  RegisLittlehampton and Rustington as well as nearby Chichester's Novium Museum and the marvellous Weald & Downland Museum. All of these are well worth a visit, in person when the time is right. In the meantime pay a visit virtually, via ther websites and social media and in some cases, enjoy an online tour.

Virtually Visit Arundel Castle 

This fabulous icon of West Sussex has nearly a 1,000 years of Sussex and English history witthin it's ramparts. Discover the wealth of information within it's ramparts and in it's glorious gardens. If you ever thought history was boring, this will change your mind!


Soak up the Sussex sunshine

Observe the social distance guidelines, slap on plenty of sun cream, and imagine yourself on one of our award winning beaches  Please take note of current Social Distancing and Safety Notices and latest news on the Arun District Council News pages and social media.

Enjoy Sussex by the Sea's Outdoor Spaces

Enjoy the summer trees and plants in one of the district's award winning parks 

See all the latest news and ideas direct from many attractions and event organisers in Sussex by the Sea.

Just 'like' and follow Sussex by the Sea on Facebook and Twitter to see, comment and share what's going on. You can also share your beautiful pictures of the district with us by tagging @sussexbythesearun on Instagram 

Try using the hashtags #sussexbytheseasons and #WestSussexWishlist  too.


Browse the free Sussex by the Sea Visitor Guide for Inspiration

Plan your next Sussex by the Sea visit and activities in the online colourful guide  that's packed full of ideas for things to do and places to visit in and around Arundel, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and the South Downs.


Be inspired and dream now about your visit to West Sussex later

Search for even more ideas and inspiration across West Sussex at:


We are very much looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to Sussex by the Sea as soon as it is safe to travel and visit.

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