Midhurst lies on the River Rother, just 12 miles north of Chichester, and has the unusual claim to fame of being the home of British polo. But there’s so much more to this pretty market town.
The narrow lanes of Midhurst’s old town offer a fantastic variety of places to shop, with an abundance of small independent boutiques all housed in ancient buildings. There are plenty of places to dine in and around the town centre, too, with options ranging from up-market restaurants specialising in local produce (the Seven Fish canteen, bar and grill on North Street, to name but one) to high street favourites (such as Pizza Express) and charming tearooms where you can enjoy your favourite afternoon treat. You will also find plenty to do here, from indulging your niche hobbies to engaging in cultural pursuits. (Watch a polo match or try your hand at fly fishing or clay pigeon shooting on the Cowdray Estate, for example). If you come in August you could join in with the ten days of fun at the Midhurst Music, Arts and Dramatic Festival, ‘MADhurst’.