What's on in Sussex: This month

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

Slindin Pumpkin DisplayThroughout Oct - Slindon Pumkin Festival
Made from pumpkins, squashes and gourds, the mural is a famous seasonal treat created at Pumpkin Cottage in Britain's pumpkin capital Slindon, the National Trust owned Sussex village. Weather permitting the display should last into November.

Chichester Festival Theatre logothroughout Oct - Taken at Midnight
A season of new plays exploring little-known true stories at CFT, Taken at Midnight is a drama about the mother of celebrated lawyer Hans Litten who puts Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany with devastating consequences.

Glyndebourne production La bohemeSat 04- Sat 25 Oct - Glyndebourne on Tour
The Autumn season presents exciting new talent and high production standards in the Sussex countryside. This year’s programme features La Traviata; La Finta Giardiniera and The Turn of the Screw Glyndebourne on Tour

Chichester Festival Theatre logoMon 06 Oct - Sat 08 Nov - Gypsy
Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy tells the story of ambitious showbiz mother Mama Rose who treks across America with her daughters in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. Chichester Festival Theatre

Brighton Comedy FestivalFri 10 - Sat 25 Oct - Comedy Festival
The land of one-liners, whimsy thoughts and clever puns returns, to deliver laughter, mirth and merriment. Shows throughout the city, including Simon Anstell, Sara Pascoe, and Jon Richardson among others. Brighton Comedy Festival

Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 20 Oct - Racing at Plumpton
One of the highlights of the afternoon will be The Shetland Pony Race when the tiny favourites will be lining up for the off. Plumpton is a small course with opportunities to see the horses parade before racing, or by standing close to a fence. Racing at Plumpton

Fontwell ParkWed 22 Oct - Racing at Fontwell Park
Fontwell Park is one of the most intimate and friendly racecourses in the country and its unique figure of eight track adds to the excitement of jump racing. Autumn Afternoon Racing.

Brighton Royal Pavilion IlluminatedThur 23 Oct - Sun 01 Mar - Peepers 
Pavilion Contemporary returns to the Royal Pavilion a new installation by artist Maisie Broadhead. Experience the Music Room as a decadent doll’s house, dwarfed by giant figures peering curiously in through the windows. Peepers

Children in Halloween costume at Borde Hill GardensFri 24 Oct - Sun 02 Nov - Hanuted Halloween Fun
Borde Hill Gardens opens for half term activities including the Spooktacular Hunt following clues around the garden to the haunted house. Fearless explorers retrieve a trick or treat from the bubbling cauldron or visit the ghost tent. Halloween Hunt

Early Music Festival DancersFri 24 Oct - Sun 09 Nov - Brighton Early Music Festival
The festival consists of performances connecting classical music, folk music and world music from the Middle Ages until the early 19th century. Musicians specialise in historically informed performance and this year's theme is Celebration. Early Music Festival

Beachy Head Marathon logoSat 25 Oct - Beachy Head Marathon
Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathon in the UK. Held in Eastbourne, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs countryside. Beachy Head Marathon

Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 25 Oct - 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.

Roman boy Soldier at FishbourneSat 25 - Fri 31 Oct - Roman Army Week
The Fishbourne Roman Army needs you! Learn about life in the Roman Army with lots of activities at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Roman Army Week

Fishers Farm Park logoSat 25 Oct -Sun 02 Nov - Happy Hallowe'en Hauntings
Witches and Wizards, Vampires and Lizards, and owls that go hoot in the night. Fishers Farm Park offers the ‘Trick or Treat Trail’ and ‘Gory-ent Express’, the ‘Pumpkin Patch’ with biscuit decorating and face paints and daily 'Spook Show’.

Rye Wild Boar Week logoSat 25 Oct - Sun 02 Nov - Rye Wild Boar Week
Indulge in culinary delights from the dark ages. Local restaurants will be showcasing treats from pheasant to guinea fowl, wood pigeon to venison and ale to mead. Rye Wild Boar week events include live music and art exhibitions.

Witch at Drusillas ParkSat 25 Oct - Sun 02 Nov - Hallowe'en Shriek Week
If you are bored of all your local haunts, stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period. We’ve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises to keep your little horrors half term happy.
Hallowe'en Shriek Week

Chichester Festival Theatre logoFinishes Sat 25 Oct - Taken at Midnight
A season of new plays exploring little-known true stories at CFT, Taken at Midnight is a drama about the mother of celebrated lawyer Hans Litten who puts Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany with devastating consequences.

Jack o lantern PumpkinTue 28 - Thurs 30 Oct - Pumpkin Carving
Make and take home a spooky jack-o-lantern in time for Halloween. Staff at Arundel Wetland Centre  do the dirty work by removing the seeds and innards. They show the tricks, and the treats, on how to make a pumpkin really pop! Pumpkin Carving

Scooby-Doo-characterWed 29 Oct - Scooby-Doo
Crime solving Scooby-Doo™ is coming to Drusillas to meet budding detectives at various intervals throughout the day. Come and investigate with the cowardly hero but don't forget the Scooby snacks. Scooby-Doo visit

Norman soldiers at Arundel CastleWed 29 - Thur 30 Oct - Normans in the Castle
Arundel Castle during the reign of King Stephen – with Norman knights, weapons, combat and crafts, courtesy of the Raven Tor Living History Group. Normans in the Castle Keep

Michelham PrioryFri 31 Oct - Hallowe'en
Michelham Priory hosts a series of events for Hallowe'en with traditional entertainment, crafts, food and fun. Historical or horrible fancy dress optional; storytelling, drama sessions, art & craft activities. Hallowe'en Event



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