The Area


South Downs National Park

Uniquely combining a biodiverse landscape with bustling towns and villages, the South Downs National Park covers an area of over 1,600 km2 and is home to more than 108,000 people.

Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the South Downs is also home to a multitude of vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east.


Midhurst is a small, but vibrant market town steeped in history set at the heart of the South Downs National Park. With to a thriving and growing population, the town also serves a number of rural communities and South Downs villages, perfect for a holiday or short break.

Cowdray Park

Cowdray Park is a country house at the centre of the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate in Midhurst. The park lies in the South Downs National Park. The estate belongs to Viscount Cowdray, whose family have owned it since 1908. It is probably best known for Cowdray Park Polo Club, which is one of the leading polo clubs in the United Kingdom and the sport has been played here for over 100 years. Over 450 polo matches are held at the park each season and the highlight of the polo season is the annual Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup. It also offers many other leisure activities, such as a golf course, clay pigeon shooting and corporate activity days, as well as the more traditional activities of agriculture, forestry and property lets.


Petersfield is a market town in East Hampshire district of Hampshire. It is 17 miles north of Portsmouth, on the A3. The town has its own railway station on the Portsmouth Direct Line, the mainline rail link connecting Portsmouth and London. The town is situated on the northern slopes of the South Downs. Petersfield lies wholly within the South Downs National Park. On 6 October every year the Taro Fair is held on Petersfield Heath, a reminder of cattle fairs that were held annually until the 1950s. It is now a fun fair. Farmers’ markets are still held on the 1st Sunday of every month in the town square.


Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, within the historic County of West Sussex. It has a long history as a settlement; its Roman past and its subsequent importance in Anglo-Saxon times are in evidence through various historical sites. It is the seat of a bishopric, with a 12th century cathedral, and is home to some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain. Chichester has a wealth of shops, all laid out around the central Cross. There’s plenty to see and do on your visit with Chichester playing host to many major events including racing at Goodwood, festivals in Chichester and polo at Cowdray.


Goodwood is more than the Festival of Speed. Fly from the Airfield, take a Track Day, get Married, play Golf, come to the Horse Racing and much more