The judges have deliberated and the secrets are out – we can finally announce the finalists for the fifth Celebration of Sussex Life Awards.
Later this month Sussex Life takes over The Grand in Brighton for our annual awards ceremony which champions the best in food and drink and hospitality across the county. It’s always a great night out – even with the worry that 2018 may be the year I can no longer fit into my dinner jacket. And what is central to the night is the chance to really show off the best of the county. There are always new discoveries to be made, interesting stories to hear and the chance to see the genuine joy on the winners’ faces.
But that’s all in the future – for now check out our nominated finalists on pages 126 to 133 to get some inspiration for new favourite restaurants, pubs and farm shops among others.
If there is a theme running through this month’s magazine it is inspiration – from the 200-year-old nightmare which led one of the world’s best-loved horror novels, Frankenstein (page 36), to the story of Lee Miller, the surrealist photographer who has been rediscovered and championed by subsequent generations (page 32).
On top of that is the stirring tale of Lancing’s transgender activist Sophie Cook who has opened minds on the football terraces and at the ballot box (page 20).
Elsewhere Nione Meakin has explored a Forest School near Amberley which aims to develop young minds in an environment outside of a traditional church hall or nursery (page 106). There’s the Rye producer who brought musical phenomenon Wicked from Broadway to the West End, and now on tour in time for Halloween (page 28). And our intrepid adventurer Pete Woodward challenges himself to ride his bike between Sussex’s two highest points at Black Down and Ditchling Beacon (page 112).
Ditchling is home to Katja Garrood, who shows us around her award-winning house and introduces two of the giant snails invading Brighton (page 140).
As the nights draw in there’s a bumper selection of photographs to keep the memories of our glorious summer alive – including the winners of the BBC Sussex photo competition which I helped judge. It was a memorable morning, working through hundreds of images of the county we love, to find those shots which sum up what Sussex is all about. Find the winners and runners-up from pages 12 to 15.
Enjoy your Sussex life!
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