South Downs Centre
As well as being a new home for the National Park Authority, the South Downs Centre in Midhurst is a community hub, an exhibition about the National Park and a green conference centre.
South Downs Centre
09:00-17:00 Monday to Thursday
(Saturday opening from Easter to end of September only)
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING
09:00-16:30 Friday 23 December
Saturday 24 to Tuesday 27 December inclusive – Closed
09:00-17:00 Wednesday 28 December
09:00-17:00 Thursday 29 December
09:00-16:30 Friday 30 December
Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January inclusive – Closed
09:00-17:00 Tuesday 3 January
Normal opening times thereafter
The South Downs Centre has provision for 20 visitor bicycles, secured to hoops at the front of the Memorial Hall (the building at the back of the car park, facing you as you enter). A ‘Fix It’ bike repair unit is also installed here which contains all the tools necessary for members of the public to perform basic repairs.
Based in the north wing of Capron House and the Memorial Hall in Midhurst, the South Downs Centre is helping to preserve two Grade II listed buildings and restore them to the highest possible level of sustainability. This has been a complex undertaking as both buildings were in need of significant repair and upgrading. We are very pleased that we have been able to reach our ambitious target of a BREEAM accreditation of ‘Excellent’ at design stage and our goal that the South Downs Centre should become a beacon of sustainability in the National Park.
South Downs National Park Exhibition
Designed to be a jumping off point for exploring the National Park, the exhibition introduces visitors to the South Downs’ landscapes, geology, produce and heritage. There’s a small interactive area where children can discover more about our wildlife and ‘brass-rub’ their own vision for the National Park.
The exhibition is open from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and 10:30 to 14:30 on Saturdays & Bank Holidays from April to September.