Coronation Weekend events at Sussex vineyards

Sussex Modern Stories  |  10 minutes read

The Coronation of the new King is a momentous occasion that deserves to be celebrated in style. What could be more fitting than raising a glass of English wine to the new monarch, right in the place it was made.

If you’re looking for a special way to mark the occasion (and enjoy that extra day off work), look to one of the many vineyards in Sussex that are hosting coronation-themed events. From afternoon teas to sparkling wines, from picnics to feasts, there are plenty of ways to raise a toast to His Maj. Here are some of the best options for spending the Coronation Weekend at a Sussex vineyard.

Coronation Afternoon Tea at Bolney Estate 

Celebrate the coronation weekend with a street party vibe, English wine and posh picnics at England’s oldest commercial vineyard. Bring your own blanket and enjoy the spring vines, or grab a picnic bench and savour coronation chicken sandwiches, earl grey and blackberry cake, gold-leaf macaroons and scones with cream and jam – all paired with a bottle of Bolney’s award-winning English wine. Children’s boxes are also available, so you can bring the whole family. Hurrah to that!

Sunday 7th and Monday 8th May  // More information and booking

Sparkling Afternoon Tea at Ridgeview 

Ridgeview has a royal reputation: its wine has been served at several state banquets at Buckingham Palace, so it’s already a favourite with the new King. For the coronation, Ridgeview has released a trio of sparkling wines from previous royal occasions, with a bespoke gift box and a free coronation bottle stopper. You can also book a sparkling coronation afternoon tea at the Rows & Vines restaurant, with a glass of Bloomsbury NV and a variety of handcrafted sweet and savoury treats.

7th and 8th May // £32.50 per person // More info and booking

Albourne Coronation High Tea for Two 

Enjoy a lavish Coronation High Tea at the picturesque Albourne Estate near Hassocks, where you can toast to the new King with a glass of Sussex sparkling wine in the vineyard’s beautiful tasting room, overlooking the South Downs. Indulge in home-made sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and generous slices of lemon drizzle cake and chocolate brownie. Teas will be served from 12pm to 5pm and must be booked in advance. Last bookings will be taken on Wednesday 3rd May.

6th May // £40 //  More information and booking

Ashling Park Coronation Feast 

Join Ashling Park Estate’s Coronation Feast for live music, vineyard views, hearty food and sparkling rose. Feast on sumptuous buffet tables with modern twists on classic British dishes like beef shin & stout hash, poached salmon, beef Wellington, Scotch eggs, king prawn cocktail, asparagus tartlets, leek gratin and of course coronation chicken. For dessert, treat yourself to some old favourites such as Victoria sponge, scones, Welsh cakes, Eton mess, rhubarb and gooseberry custard tarts and more. All for £50 per head.

8th May // More info and booking

Celebrate at Tinwood Estate 

Celebrate the King’s coronation with Tinwood Estate near Chichester from 2nd – 8th May. Enjoy a selection of British-style food and English sparkling wine at the vineyard, in Tinwood’s week-long huzzah. Book a tour and tasting, or just drop in for a glass of bubbles and delicious dishes. 

2nd  – 8th May // More info and booking

Photo: Daniel Alford

Oxney Organic Estate tours and tastings

If you’re looking for a more laid-back way to enjoy the coronation weekend, why not visit Oxney Estate near Rye, the largest organic vineyard in England? You can book a tour and tasting of their award-winning still and sparkling wines, made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. You can also stay overnight in one of their cosy shepherd’s huts or cottages, surrounded by nature and tranquillity. 

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Coronation Tours at Stopham Estate 

Celebrate the coronation weekend with a vineyard tour at Stopham near Pulborough, where you can meet the winemakers and learn how they make their award-winning English still white and sparkling wines. Tours take in the enchanting vineyard and the winery, where they use the latest technology and precision to craft their wines. You’ll also get to taste their range of delicious wines, including Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Bacchus. 

6th May // More info and booking

Glamping and wine at Oastbrook Estate

For a relaxing and luxurious coronation weekend, look no further than Oastbrook Estate near Rye, where you can stay in a waterside lodge, vineyard hollow or – from later in May  – a gorgeous bell tent surrounded by vineyards and orchards. You can also book a tour and tasting of their award-winning still and sparkling wines, made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris grapes. Book your stay, tour or fine dining experience via Oastbrook’s website.

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Seafood evening at Artelium Wine

Kick off the coronation weekend a day early with a seafood evening at Artelium vineyard, where you can enjoy fresh oysters, mussels and scallops paired with their still and sparkling wines. Artelium is a newish boutique wine brand that focuses on quality and sustainability, producing small batches of wine with minimal intervention. You can also visit their tasting room in a barn, or relax on their al fresco terrace with views of the vineyard.

Seafood evening, 4th May // More details and book 

Rathfinny Wine Estate 

Get ready for a fantastic weekend at Rathfinny Estate in East Sussex, where you can discover some of the best sparkling wines in the world. You can tour their breathtaking vineyard and see how they make their wines with passion and care, or dine on sensational dishes made with fresh local produce. You can even stay overnight at their luxurious Flint Barns B&B, should you wish to make the most of the long weekend.

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Wiston Estate

The ancient Wiston Estate in the heart of the South Downs is a regal choice for the coronation weekend. You can discover the history and beauty of the estate, which dates back to the Domesday Book, and taste their superb English sparkling wines, made with traditional methods and minimal intervention. You can also savour a delicious meal at Chalk Restaurant, where they use fresh ingredients from the estate and local area to create dishes that celebrate the land. Book now for a tour, tasting or meal.

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Ambriel Sparkling

If you are a fan of sparkling wine, you will love spending the coronation weekend at Ambriel Sparkling, a family-run vineyard in West Sussex. You can see how they make their wines with traditional methods and minimal intervention, and taste their range of delicious wines, including their Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Classic Cuvée, and Rosé – all while enjoying the beautiful views of the South Downs and the countryside from their vineyard. 

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How about a long weekend of wine and nature at glorious Tillingham? You can see how they make their natural and biodynamic wines from their own vineyard, enjoy a meal at their restaurant, where they use fresh ingredients from their farm and local suppliers, and stay overnight at their B&B, which has 11 unique rooms with views of the countryside. Tillingham is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the long weekend. 

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Photo: Will Hearle

Hidden Spring 

For a weekend of wine and nature, seek out Hidden Spring vineyard, a beautiful estate in Horam, East Sussex. You can see how they make their wines with minimal intervention and taste their selection of wines, including their Bacchus Fumé, Pinot Gris, and Classic Cuvée. You can also join one of their tours and learn more about their history and winemaking process. Relax on their sun deck and enjoy the views of the countryside and the vines while you raise a glass to the new King.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy some of the best English wines and celebrate a historic event at one of these amazing Sussex vineyards.  Find out more about Sussex wine and vineyards in Sussex.

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