The Cowdray Estate hosts corporate entertainment, hospitality events and multi leisure activities events on our 16,500 acre Estate, a large proportion of which is forestry and agricultural land.
The Cowdray Estate is near Midhurst, West Sussex close to the borders of Surrey and Hampshire, just one hour from London. The Cowdray Estate offers leisure activities such as fishing and wildlife experiences – including badger watching.
The Cowdray Estate also offers filming locations, venues for your events, wedding reception venues – please contact the Leisure Office at Cowdray Park Golf Club for more information.
The Cowdray Park Polo Club is now one of the largest in Britain with over 700 non-playing members. The main event of the year is the Gold Cup, which is held in July and has become gradually bigger and better each year.
SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2015 : Our Summer newsletter is now in circulation. Pick up a copy when you are next at Cowdray or download it here: Summer Newsletter 2015
SUSSEX LIFE MAGAZINE: Lady Cowdray is pleased to be writing a column for the county magazine Sussex Life. See below the November article and click links to previous editions.
I am so pleased that more and more people are hearing about Cowdray Hall, our centre for wellbeing and cultural activities which we opened three years ago following the total refurbishment of a redundant Estate building.
My main aim was to create a place where individuals could find a haven of calm away from their busy lives and with that in mind I was delighted with the outcome of The Chapel at Cowdray Hall. It is a light filled and peaceful space where a sense of tranquillity prevails and is used for classes in yoga, pilates, meditation and chanting. There are two drop-in meditation sessions every week, one hosted by Sophie Warre and the other by Sandrine Cranswick. These are completely free and everyone is welcome. Sandrine is currently running an 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion and open-hearted curiosity. By cultivating mindful awareness we discover how to live in the here-and-now without brooding about the past or worrying about the future.
Cowdray Hall is becoming well-known as a centre for Mindfulness and I am an advisor at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. The Main Hall is on a grander scale with a lofty wooden ceiling and polished oak flooring. It seats 120 so we are able to offer it for weekend retreats and speaker events. The Yoga Healing Foundation will be hosting a Weekend Meditation Course on 24th/25th October. Mike Boxhall will be back with us for five days in February with another ‘Presence in Stillness’ workshop ‘and the inspirational Guy Burgs, from the Art of Meditation, repeats his weekend course ‘Just Let Go’ next March.
The Meeting Room seats 60 and has been equipped with projector and in-built cinema. The state of the art video facilities make it an excellent venue to show films and our regular film supper nights are gathering quite a following. On 3rd November we will be screening ‘We Are Many’ which attracted global praise when it was released last year. This fearless, thought-provoking documentary is the remarkable story behind the first ever global demonstration which took place on February 15th 2003 when up to 30 million people in 800 cities around the world, many of whom had never demonstrated before, came out to protest against the impending Iraq War. We will be welcoming the film’s maker Amir Amirani on the night.
At the rear of the building is a therapy room where a variety of therapists provide treatments including osteopathy, massage, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture and reflexology. Such is the demand that we are already in the midst of a further building project to convert an adjoining building into three purpose-built therapy suites which will be completed in 2016.
Local groups are encouraged to use the facilities at Cowdray Hall. Amongst regular users are The Midhurst Society and the Midhurst Camera Club. The Parish Council now has its regular meetings in the Hall too. I am delighted that so many uses are being found for this reinvigorated property.