All you need this Christmas, from Sussex

This time of year is always magical, with a hum of excitement hanging in the air, but recently, moments of coming together, of sharing, and making memories have felt even more precious than usual.  As you start thinking about spreading merriment, we’re here to help you choose the perfect gift, or inspire a festive get together, to make this season truly jolly.

There’s so much on offer from our partners that celebrates the very best from our region, so why not give the gift of an experience this year? 

Many of our wine partners offer tours, tastings, and events, with an opportunity to dine in their onsite restaurants.  Perfect for a winter indulgence, with roaring fires in cosy barns, twinkling lanterns, Sussex wines and local produce, and frosty wintery walks among the vines.  Head to Wiston Estate for their Fireside Tastings in the Winter Wine Garden, or book a table at their brand new restaurant ‘Chalk’, for a unique festive get together with friends and family. 

‘Chalk’ at Wiston

Discover Christmas at Ridgeview, which will guide you through all their gifting options from tours to luxury hampers, and give an opportunity to taste and try before you buy with their personal shopper experience. 

On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November Rathfinny are hosting their Cellar Door Christmas Shopping Day.  Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles whilst you find that perfect gift, or stock up on a case of your favourite wines in preparation for the party season.

And if you can’t be together this year, then sending someone a voucher is the perfect way to gift from afar, available from many of our wine partners. 

Christmas at Ridgeview

We think the best gift is one that keeps on giving, and a year’s worth of art does exactly that.  Our art partners have many membership opportunities giving access to special offers, exclusive discounts and member’s events, as well as being the first to hear about what’s coming up.  

At De La Warr Pavilion, you can get priority booking with your membership card, and enjoy discounts in the shop as well as the cafe and bar which has sweeping views across the English Channel.  With a specific gift membership option, gifting music, comedy, art, and year-round sunsets has never been easier. 

There is a membership option for all ages and supporter levels at Glyndebourne. With a range of benefits throughout the year, it’s a wonderful opportunity to gift someone world-class music, talks and events.  The ever-changing calendar means your gift will give a year of experiences and memories, guaranteed to last.  


Many of our art partners are charities that rely on their members and patrons to help contribute to their community outreach activities and wider programming, so gifting an arts membership this season is a great way to support arts and culture in the local area. 

If you are looking for unique, and hand crafted gift ideas, then be sure to visit a gallery or museum shop this season.  You will find a wide range on offer, in a stunning setting, at Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft with jewellery, homewares, books, and limited edition pieces to discover. 

Check out each destination for special seasonal offers, all our art partners can be found here on our website. 

So, whether you’re planning a festive get together, searching for a unique gift or want to indulge yourself, we have all the inspiration you need, after all, ‘tis the season.

Image by James Ratchford Photography.

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