What's on in Sussex: This month

What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your September events and activities from this selection of things to do and things to see in Brighton, East and West Sussex.

Brighton Digital Festival logoMon 01 - Sun 28 Sept - Brighton Digital Festival
Celebrate digital culture in venues across the city with workshops, exhibitions, performances, screenings, comedy nights and outdoor events, running alongside Brighton's digital design conferences. Digital Festival


Copper bathtub at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 02 - Wed 03 Sept - Ardingly Antiques Fair
The South East's largest antiques and collectors fair hosts 1,700 stalls covering fine antique furniture to delicate ceramics. Indulge in a little vintage shopping or hours of professional trading at Ardingly showground.


Hello Kitty imageTues 02 Sept - Hello Kitty House
Hello Kitty returns to her home at Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Hello Kitty


NGS Sussex Gardens logoVarious dates and locations - National Garden Scheme
NGS gardens are mostly privately owned and open only a few times each year. They offer interesting planning and design, a good range of plants and gardens which have been tended with love and care, and a good cup of tea. Sussex NGS Gardens open this month.
 

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 03 / 10 / 17 / 24 Sept - 1812 Fireworks Concert
Eastbourne's traditional Wednesday evening music concerts at the bandstand culminating with Tchaikovsky's rousing 1812 overture accompanied by a spectacular Firework display. Eastbourne Bandstand


Hickstead horse jumpingThur 04 - Sun 07 Sept - All England Jumping Championships
Hickstead's international arena welcomes grassroots competitors gaining experience at competition. After-show parties involve a choice of bars and restaurants, live music and DJs. There will be trade stands and free admission. Jumping Championship.


Brighton food festival cakes Thur 04 - Sun 14 Sept - Brighton Food Festival
A creative mix of the best Sussex foods and Brighton's city culture, every weekend offers a major foodie event including the centrepiece Big Sussex Market; Live Food Show with chefs' demos, Sussex Gourmet tours and the Sussex and the World Market. Brighton Food Festival


Fri 05 - Herstmonceux ObservatorySun 07 Sept - Astronomy Festival 
Soak up the atmosphere surrounding Herstmonceux observatory with a programme of events including Lectures, Mobile planetarium shows, Trade stalls, Astronomy societies hosting activities and viewing through the historic telescopes. Astronomy Festival.


Horsham Food and Drink FestivalSat 06 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Horsham Food & Drink Festival
A four-week showcase of the finest local produce with beer festivals, guided walks, cream teas, harvest fairs and a smattering of special offers like 2-for-1, free glass of wine and money off schemes. Horsham Food Festival.


The Big Nibble logoSat 06 - Sun 07 Sept - The Big Nibble
This jam-packed weekend includes a massive local produce market, live cookery demos, a Beer Trail and Big Nibble Trail plus the Horsham Bake Off. Enjoy free tastings and special offers across Horsham. Big Nibble


Steyning food and drink festival logoSat 06 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Steyning Food Festival
A festival within a festival - this programme of events and activities takes place in and around Steyning and includes bread-making workshops, demonstrations, walks, talks and special offers. Steyning Food Festival


Giants of BredeSat 06 Sept - Giants of Brede
Monthly operating day for the Brede Steam Engine Society huge Heritage Water Pumping Engines. Enjoy Water Pumping Heritage Engineering at its British best at the Giants of Brede near Rye.



Brighton Mini Maker Fair logoSat 06 Sept - Brighton Maker Faire
Free interactive festival with activities for all ages include arts & crafts, robots and engineering, wood and metalwork, electronics, science, tech, coding, music and amazing do-it-yourself creation. Mini Maker Fair


The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkSun 07 Sept - The Fat Controller
The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion, when he alights at Drusillas Park to take control of the efficient running of the railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself. The Fat Controller


Fontwell Park GrandstandSun 07 Sept - Family Funday
Enjoy a Family Day at the races at Fontwell Park, the UK's only figure-of-eight racecourse with entertainment including a Funfair, pet's corner, bouncy castles & face painters. Plus, Peppa Pig & George appearing at intervals. Fontwell Park racing


Dragon Boat racingSun 07 Sept - Dragon Boat Festival
Join 30 teams racing traditional Chinese boats on the lake at Tilgate Park. Take part in circus skills workshops, see some Kung Fu demons plus sideshows at the annual free fundraising event. Dragon Boat Festival


Artwave 2014 logofinishes - Sun 07 Sept - Lewes Artwave
A celebration of artwork by expert and novice artists alike in Lewes and the surrounding area to showcase their work in settings from small rural studios to large professional galleries. Buy directly from the artists and makers. Artwave


Open Days logoThur 11 - Sun 14 Sept - Open Days Weekend
Celebrate England’s architecture and culture with free access to interesting properties not generally open, or normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days includes tours, events and activities. Find Open Days in East Sussex and West Sussex


Goodwood Revival racing carsFri 12 - Sun 14 Sept - Goodwood Revival
Revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing 1940s, 50s and 60s style and join motor sport luminaries including Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees and Derek Bell in an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic racetrack. Goodwood Revival


Rye FestvalFri 12 - Sun 28 Sept - Rye Arts Festival
Rye hosts one of the top ten small festivals in Britain. Over 40 events cover literary, classical and contemporary music, exhibitions, guided walks, dance and much more. Rye Arts Festival
 


Hello Kitty imageSat 13 Sept - Hello Kitty House
Hello Kitty returns to her home at Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Hello Kitty


Findon sheep fairSat 13 Sept - Findon Sheep Fair
Includes dancing sheep, sheep dog demonstrations, sheep showing with rare breeds and downland sheep classes. There's a traditional fairground and a falconry display, woodturning, art and crafts stalls, live music, real ales, hog and lamb roasts. Sheep Fair.


Michelham Priory exteriorSat 13 - Sun 14 Sept - Medieval Weekend
Michelham Priory hosts a medieval traders camp with Living History Displays, Have-a-go Archery, Medieval Traders, Story Telling, Wandering Minstrels, Falconry, Barbecue, Beer Tent, and much more. Medieval Weekend


Coastal Currents logoFinishes Sun 14 Sept - Coastal Currents Festival
Hastings area arts festival and exploration of the coastal heritage. Gardens, the beach, heritage sites and non-art venues are transformed by local, regional and international artists, with Open Studios being a main feature of the festival. Coastal Currents


Demo at Hastings Seafood and Wine FestivalSat 20 - Sun 21 Sept - Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival
Seafood and wine connoisseurs love this celebration of Hastings’ sustainable fishery, vineyards and local food producers. Hastings Stade hosts food stalls and taste tests as local chefs conjure up an array of flavours. Seafood and Wine Festival


Big Bite Festival logoSat 13 - Sun 14 Sept - Big Bite Food Festival
The Big Bite Artisan Food Festival brings together local food producers, growers, restaurants, bars at Hotham Park, Bognor Regis. TV chef Brian Turner makes guest appearances and demonstrations. Big Bite Food Festival


Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 20 Sept - Open Evening
Interested in the night sky? Fancy looking at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Open evenings at the Herstmonceux Observatory are your opportunity to glimpse these amazing instruments. Open Evening


Crafts at Chiddingly Festival Sat 20 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Chiddingly Festival
Attracting big name and quirky acts in equal measure expect music, dance, beer, sculpture, comedy, graphic arts, theatre, story-telling and poetry alongside Chiddingly Open Houses and Studios. Chiddingly Festival


Lewes Octoberfeast logoSat 20 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Lewes Octoberfeast
A programme of pop-up suppers, apple pressing sesions and a street food featuring cuisines from local street food vendors, the Harvey’s Hop Bar and live music at the 5th Lewes Octoberfeast.



Mascots at Plumpton RacecourseSun 21 Sept - Family Raceday
Plumpton Racecourse’s first meeting of the new season. The action packed programme of entertainment includes a Retraining of Racehourses display and the Sussex Peggers mounted skill at arms display. Family Raceday


Pirates fighting at Arundel Castle Sussex Sun 21 Sept - Pirates and Smugglers
Pirates and Smugglers are camped in the grounds of Arundel Castle. Will the King's soldiers of The 2nd (Queen's) Regiment of Foot manage to capture them? With weapon demonstrations, drills, crafts and Have-a-go Fencing and Archery. Pirates & Smugglers


Brighton Art FAir Fri 26 - Sun 28 Sept - Brighton Art Fair
Now in its 7th year, the largest art exhibition on the South Coast and brings together about 130 of the most talented national painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries. Brighton Art Fair.


Wood working craftFri 26 - Sun 28 Sept - Bentley Woodfair
Celebrate all things wood and timber. Held at the Bentley Country Park, there are exhibits and demonstrations involving hundreds of crafts people and lots of hands on activities for children. Bentley Woodfair


Hello Kitty imageSun 28 Sept - Hello Kitty House
Hello Kitty returns to her home at Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Hello Kitty


Apple Press at Stanmer ParkSun 28 Sept - Apple Day
A seasonal celebration in and around the Stanmer Park orchards with tours throughout the day, display of Sussex apple varieties, freshly picked apples for sale plus apple cafe selling crumble, soup, chutney, ploughman's and more. Apple Day


Parham Estate in AutumnSun 28 Sept - Foraging and Countryside Day
A day of demonstrations and activities including traditional woodland crafts, guided deer spotting, fungi identification, acorn collecting and Parkland history walks. Autumn foraging and countryside day at Parham House.


Brighton Sand Sculpture displayfinishes 28 Sept - Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival
Black Rock near Brighton Marina is transformed by tonnes of sand sculpted with water to create huge, realistic and fantastic formations. There will be sand sculpture workshops, live demonstrations and guided tours. Sand Sculpture Festival


Pallant House Gallery logountil 19 Oct - J.D. Fergusson - Scottish Colourist
Pallant House Gallery hosts the first major retrospective of Scottish Colourist J.D. Fergusson's work in almost 50 years which has just opened to much media fanfare at the National Gallery of Scotland. Pallant House Gallery.

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