As the Summer season starts, it’s time to prepare the picnic hampers, cut up the cucumber and hang up the bunting.

This issue is packed full of local Summer fairs and events for you to visit, the team here at Sussex Living are looking forward to seeing if they can strike it lucky in the tombola! Have a look from page 76 to find the fairs, fetes and events near you.

On page 54 we have some perfect picnic ideas for you to try, and why not follow it up with a lovely, refreshing gin & tonic cake, recipe on page 56, which will add a zingy twist to any picnic.

For Father’s Day on June 18th, we celebrate the journey of fatherhood with Chris Birks; go to page 66 to read how his little bundle of fun has changed his life.

The outdoors theme is definitely running through this issue, with part two of our alfresco homes and garden feature starting on page 26. Read how you can make the most your garden space turning it into a paradise as comfortable as inside your home. If you fancy dipping your toes in an outdoor swimming pool, Pells Pool is the perfect place for you. Robert Veitch went for a visit to learn about the fascinating history, turn to page 48 to find out more.

Hanna Lindon has been investigating the treasures that lie beneath us in the Sussex ground, taking us on a geological journey from fossils to flint in our hidden in our soil. She has managed to capture some beautiful images, including our stunning cover picture. Turn to page 40 to see more.

We would like to say thank you to our advertisers who kindly donated the prizes for our Easter Quiz in the April issue. Turn to page 65 to see the answers and who the lucky winners were.

From us all at Sussex Living, we hope you are having a great start to the Summer and enjoy reading the magazine.