From fringe festivals and vineyards to arts and antiques, it’s no surprise that Petworth is fondly known as the cultural centre of the West Sussex countryside. Come and see why...
Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Petworth is one of Britain’s most beautiful market towns, a true hidden gem offering something for everyone. Nestled alongside the famous Petworth Park, with its stunning deer park and woodland walks, Petworth offers a host of unique experiences, from beautiful walks along the Shimmings Valley or in Petworth Park, to excursions to one of the 45 English sparkling wine vineyards surrounding the town.
If it’s culture you’re looking for, Petworth has it all. With the Petworth Music Festival now in its 41st year, the Petworth Fringe in its fifth year and the Petworth Literary Festival attracting the likes of Michael Morpurgo, Sebastian Faulks and Andrew Roberts, it certainly won’t disappoint. For art lovers, head to Petworth House to see the National Trust’s most coveted collection including Turner, Constable and van Dyck, or visit one of the towns many art galleries including Kevis House Gallery, Rountree Tyron Gallery, Forest Gallery, Dragon Gallery or Augustus Brandt. The town also hosts an ADFL antiques and fine art fair every May and a Heritage Weekend in September.
Wandering along Petworth’s historic streets it’s easy to see how Petworth has become a renowned centre for arts, interiors and vintage, drawing crowds from across the globe. For antiques, there’s really no better place to go -Petworth is home to some of the finest antique shops in the world, with over 40 dealers residing in Petworth Antiques Market alone and many, many more dotting the town's quaint streets.
This small market town really does have it all. But it’s not just the arts, antiques, culture and walking that has visitors hooked. With a plethora of independent bars, restaurants and shops - selling everything from luxury lingerie and designer goods to books and homewares - there really is something for everyone. The only question is, how will you fit it all in?