New film puts Petworth on the map

Today, Petworth Vision unveiled a short film to celebrate the delights of Petworth, a hidden gem in West Sussex, which, at just over an hour and a quarter from London, is the perfect escape from the capital.

Directed by Rory Rae, and produced by award-winning film maker and Petworth local, Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films, and narrated by West Sussex local, Hugh Bonneville, the film celebrates all that this beautiful market Town has to offer, including sporting events, vineyards, concerts and festivals, food, antiques and shopping.

The exclusive preview was hosted by Nicola Jones, Chairman of Petworth Vision – a community interest company ,set up as a public / private partnership of local councillors, traders and residents,  to proactively support the aspirations of the townspeople and  promote the glories of Petworth. 

Filmmaker Douglas Rae said about the project:

We are incredibly lucky to live in the Petworth area so it is a dream job to show off its many enchanting and beautiful attractions, especially using drone photography”   

West Sussex resident Hugh Bonneville said:

“Living in West Sussex, Petworth has always been a part of my landscape and so I was delighted to be involved with Petworth Vision, introducing our stunning, inspiring part of the world to visitors from further afield.“
— Hugh Bonneville

Just over an hour’s drive from London, Petworth feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the Capital. Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, it offers visitors a quintessentially English country escape with beautiful walks, great restaurants, independent shops that offer a unique shopping experience , Petworth House and Park world class art collection and Capability Brown park, the one of the South’s biggest concentration of antique shops.

The Angel Inn, just a stone’s throw from the centre of town, is the perfect base for a weekend stay. The inn, which has medieval origins, has recently undergone a complete room refurbishment. The unspoilt bar boasts ships beams, wooden and slate floors, stone walls and three fireplaces.

From here, foodies can delight in Petworth’s eclectic mix of restaurants, pubs and delis, offering everything from cultured fine dining to hearty British cuisine. The Leconfield is an AA 2 rosette winning restaurant set in a beautifully restored 17th century building. 

Those wanting a more relaxed atmosphere can head to artisanal deli, ‘The Hungry Guest’, which offers the very best of local produce. To top it off, Nutbourne and Nyetimber’s beautiful vineyards are just a few miles away, offering a chance to experience the best English sparkling wine.     

There is also a plethora of sporting activities to enjoy in the area, with Cowdray Park, the home of British polo, just a 10 minute drive away and Goodwood horseracing and motor sports are also close by.