This page gives general information about Stanmer Park, its attractions, facilities and current activiities.
- Funding has been won from the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund to undertake a restoration project in the park. Learn more about the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.
With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer is just as perfect for a family picnic as it is for a kickabout with your friends or a bracing walk over the Downs.
Stanmer Park and Estate is an excellent example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton and Hove - and remains one of our most visited parks. It is also the city's largest park. It lies within the South Downs National Park.
The park is next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city.
- A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is being enforced at Stanmer Park to assist in ensuring the park can be enjoyed by all. Find out about PSPOs in Brighton & Hove.
Welcome to Stanmer Park
Stanmer Park Woodland Management Plan
September 2018: The Stanmer Woodland Management Plan (WMP) has been approved by the Forestry Commission, the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. WMP operations will bring the woodland into active management and provide more learning space and resources. Activities resulting from the WMP include:
- widening rides and key paths to create wildlife corridors and to enhance parks users' experience;
- coppicing small areas to diversify the woodland's structure;
- thinning woodland to select for native and healthy trees.
We had a public consultation on the plan in December 2016 and January 2017.
- Always open
One of the park’s most unique features is Stanmer Village, a great example of an 18th Century working village, with Stanmer House as its main focal point.
Stanmer's farmland, tea room and church create a village that is one of the many reasons Stanmer remains one of Brighton’s most visited parks.
Refreshment and relaxation
Stanmer Park Tea Rooms
- 9.30am to 4pm. Visit the Stanmer Park Tea Rooms website
- Open 365 days a year from 10am. Closing times vary depending on the time of year. Check the Stanmer House website for details.
Stanmer Park can be reached from Ditchling Road, and Stony Mere Way, off Lewes Road. There are also footpaths connecting to the South Downs and University of Sussex.
Public transport links
The 78 "Breeze" bus operates at weekends, hourly. Frequent bus services 25 and 25X (from the city centre and central Hove) stop outside the main entrance to Stanmer Park. Service 23 from Brighton Marina, Eastern Road and Queen’s Park and service 50U from Hollingdean also stop at the park. Buses return towards the city from the bus stop in front of Falmer Station.
- Present your valid Brighton & Hove Bus ticket for that day at Stanmer House or Stanmer Tea Rooms and you will be entitled to a 10% discount.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre and various places to secure your bicycle around the park. For more information on cycling around the city check the Journey On site.
There is limited parking available in designated car park areas for Stanmer Park visitors.
In November 2017, we introduced an interim parking arrangement to tackle inconsiderate parking which was causing obstructions to emergency vehicles, the 78 bus, park residents and other park visitors, and those with disabilities. Clearly marked, designated parking areas have now been set up and enforcement is in place. Vehicles parked outside the designated areas are subject to a parking charge of up to £100. This arrangement will continue until the introduction of a paid parking scheme in the park. For enquiries about the parking enforcement, contact One Parking Solution direct. Read more in our press release.
Points of Interest
- Stanmer House
- Stanmer Organics/Earthship
- Stanmer Church is open Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm in the summer and 2pm to 4pm in winter. It has displays on local heritage. The church can be opened at other times through prior arrangement with the Stanmer Preservation Society
- Find out more about Stanmer Park's history and heritage on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project webpage
New outdoor activity trails
Permanent outdoor activity trails are being developed in Stanmer Park. The Brighton & Hove Healthwalks Scheme and local group Nordic Walking for Health offer regular opportunities to join in walks at the park. It is hoped trails for cross-country running and off-road family cycling will be offered in due course through the Stanmer Experience Project (SEP). The trail leaflets below were produced through the SEP, and funded by the South Downs National Park Authority.
- Stanmer Experience Project Health Walk Leaflet (1.21 MB)
- Stanmer Experience Trail Nordic Walking leaflet (1.44 MB)
Events and activities at Stanmer Park
|September - annually||Apple Day|
|Every Friday - 10am and 3.30pm||Special Branch Tree Nursery volunteering|
|Every Thursday - 10.30am to 3pm||Brighton Permaculture Trust - Plot volunteer day|
Other events scheduled for 2019 include:Race for Life/Pretty Muddy, charity fun run (Saturday 29 June - Sunday 30 June); Kite Festival (Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 July); Brighton Big Dog off-road cycle race (Saturday 10 August); K9 Festival (Sunday 8 September);.
Use our events diary to find more events and activities at parks across the city.
Volunteering at Stanmer Park
There are a number of volunteering opportunities at Stanmer Park. The number and scope of these will increase significantly from 2020 due to the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.
Existing opportunities include:
- Parks and open space volunteeering with the city council's Ranger service. Find out more
- Stanmer Organics and Earthship Brighton
- Centre for Ecotherapy
- Brighton Permaculture Trust
You can also search volunteering opportunities on the Community Works volunteering platform.
- Two football pitches are available.
- Toilets (opposite the Tea Rooms)
Report a problem at the park
Have you found a problem at the park? If so, contact us using our online City Parks problem report form.
Get involved and find out more
- Stanmer is one of our Easily Accessible parks
- Sponsored benches: There will be some additional benches at Stanmer Park as part of the restoration project. However, we cannot accept requests for new benches until later in 2020 due to restoration project works. More information: DedicateABench@brighton-hove.gov.uk
- There is a project under development to restore the park's Traditional Agricultural Buildings within the Stanmer village area. Watch the information video and find out more
- Visit the Stanmer Park Restoration Project webpage
- Park Rangers - Discover what the Park Rangers are doing in the area, and find out more about volunteering opportunities