What's on in Sussex: This month

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

Brighton Fringe logoFri 01 - Sun 31 May - Brighton Fringe
England’s largest fringe festival encompasses thousands of events in venues across the city, site-specific work and one of the largest street festivals in the UK. Enjoy a programme of theatre, visual art, dance, comedy, music and film. Brighton Fringe

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.

Brighton Artists Open House logoWeekends throughout May - Artists Open House
Brighton & hove hosts the biggest free arts event in Britain, with over 1,000 artists exhibiting in 200 houses and studios across the city. Many Open House venues belong to one of the 14 Open House Trails, which cover different areas of the city and beyond.  Artists Open House 

Brighton Festival logoSat 02 - Sun 24 May - Brighton Festival
England's largest international arts festival is an innovative commissioning and producing celebration of mixed arts offering an ambitious programme. This year welcomes award winning author Ali Smith as Guest Director. Brighton Festival

The stage at the Charleston Festival SussexFri 15 May  - Sun 25 May - Charleston Festival
Be entertained and stimulated at this year’s Festival and celebrate many anniversaries and landmarks. All events last just over an hour, unless otherwise stated, and take place in a traditional marquee in the grounds of Charleston farmhouse. Charleston Festival

Elderflower Feilds festival logoFri 22 - Mon 25 May - Elderflower Fields
Bentley Estate hosts the Sussex's family focused festival - three days of music and entertainment on two stages, childrens' activities and workshops, locally produced food & drink, a cocktail lounge in the woods - not forgetting Sunday's Elderflower Fields family picnic.

Signpost at the Heathfield Agriculture Show, Sussex (c) Zoe NashSat 23 May - Heathfield Agricultural Show
The premier one day agricultural show in the south east with competitions for cattle, horses, pigs and sheep plus a flower show, country ways exhibitiors, vintage tractors and arena displays, events and trade stands. Heathfield Show

Arundel Castle SiegeSat 23 - Mon 25 May - Castle Seige
It is 1475 and Edward IV is King of England. Once again tensions have arisen between England and France, and seizing the opportunity a French force has crossed the channel, seized the Kings Ordinance (artillery) and surrounded the castle at Arundel. Castle Seige

Sculpture displayed in Pashley Manor Gardens SussexSat 23 - Sat 30 May - Sculpture in Particular
Pashley Manor Gardens features the work of many eminent sculptors as well as works by local sculptors throughout the season. For these ten days there is an indoor display and sale of maquettes and small sculpture. Sculpture in Particular

Hello Kitty imageMon 25 May - Hello Kitty
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

The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkTue 26 May - 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

Zachariah Keppel narrowboat Wed 27 May - Pirates and Princesses
Step aboard the Wey & Arun Canal boat for rollicking good fun. Trips include two sea battles to join in and treasure for all the children. Come in costume. Trips last approximately 90 mins.Pirates and Princesses

Peppa Pig 10th anniversay logoWed 27 May - Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig returns to Harbour Park making appearances throughout the day, starting from 1pm. Entry via Go Unlimited ride wristbands and 10 ticket ride books purchased in advance online or at site on the day. Opportunity to meet and greet Peppa Pig and take photos.

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 27 May - 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

Hello Kitty imageThur 28 May - Hello Kitty
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

Living history performer at Arundel CastleThur 28 May - Living History Day 
Set on the American Lawn at Arundel Castle, meet historical characters bringing the past to life. With the Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go fencing, archery, a Medieval skittles alley, a face painter and reconstructed clothing, weapons, armour and crafts from the past.

Knepp Castle Floral FairSat 30 - Sun 31 May - Knepp Castle Floral Fringe Fair
The Floral Fringe Fair has a wildlife theme and over 90 stalls of wildlife / plants / local food / artists and makers - all with a vintage twist. Pop-up vintage tearooms, classic cars and a chance to learn about the extraordinary re-wilding project and to visit Knepp Castle's private walled garden.

Horse and rider compete at the cross country stage of Borde Hill Horse Trials, SussexSat 30 - Sun 31 May - Borde Hill Horse Trials
Set in the landscaped parkland of the Borde Hill Estate, the cross-country course is a challenge at all levels and includes a water complex. The show-jumping showground provides spectators with a compact site surrounded by trade stands. Horse Trials

Classic Car Rally BrightonSun 31 May  - Brighton Classic Car Rally
The London to Brighton Classic Car Rally is for any car over 25 years old. The hundreds of cars making the journey form a wonderful display and buzzy atmosphere for spectators along the route and on Brighton‘s seafront road - Madeira Drive.

Adur Festival logo 2015Sat 30 May - 14 June - Adur Festival
Enjoy Music, Theatre, Comedy, Arts, Literature, Poetry, Workshops & Activities and Visiual Arts trail happening across the Adur district co-ordinated by the Ropetackle Trust. The festival is a not-for-profit, open access celebratory event. Adur Festival

Zimbabwe Stone Scuplture at Herstmonceux CastleSun 31 May - Sun 23 Aug - Zimbabwean Sculpture 
Zimbabwe's stone sculptors are producing some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking sculpture in the world. Pieces by Hilary Manuhwa are displayed in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle where Hilary will be giving demonstrations and carving new pieces.

Pallant house gallery logofinishes Sun 31 May - British Self Portraits  
Writer Ruth Borchard (1910 - 2000) amassed one of the most significant collections of self-portraits by British artists. She acquired 100 pictures which provide a fascinating overview of British art during the twentieth century. Pallant House Gallery

Brighton Museum and Art Galleryuntil Sun 07 Jun - War Posters 
A display of original First World War posters from Brighton museum and art gallery's own collections tells the stories of the push for enlistment, women workers, rationing and government requests for financial help as the cost of the war starts to hit hard.


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