What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your September 2016 events and activities from this selection of things to do and things to see in Brighton, East and West Sussex.
Thur 01 - Wed 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
Various 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.
Sat 03 Sept - Sun 02 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.
Sat 03 Sept - Sun 02 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
Sat 03 Sept - Sun 02 Oct - 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
Wed 21 / 28 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
Fri 16 Sept - Sun 02 Oct - Lewes Octoberfeast
A programme of individually hosted pop-up suppers, taking-part apple pressing sesions and a street food featuring cuisines from local street food vendors, the Harvey’s Hop Bar and live music at Lewes Octoberfeast.
Sat17 Sept - Sat 01 Oct - Rye Arts Festival
Rye hosts one of Britain's top ten small festivals, with over 40 events covering literary, classical and contemporary music performances, exhibitions, guided walks, dance and a coach tour of Romney Marsh churches. Rye Arts Festival
Fri 23 - Sun 25 Sept - Bentley Woodfair
Celebrate all things woodlands, forestry and timber at Bentley Country Park. There are exhibits and demonstrations involving hundreds of crafts people and lots of hands on activities for children. Bentley Woodfair
Fri 23 - Sun 25 Sept - Brighton Art Fair & MADE
The largest art exhibition on the South Coast brings together 130 of the most talented national painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries. Brighton Art Fair
Sat 24 Sept - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to 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
Sat 24 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
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Sept - Harvest Fair
Parham’s Harvest Fair brings together the very best of homemade food, locally grown produce and small holding, as well as activities such as deer walks and seasonal cookery demonstrations - led by TV chef Phil Vickery. Harvest Fair
on-going to 14 November - Shadows of the Wanderer
An exhibition by the acclaimed artist Ana Maria Pacheco occupyies Chichester cathedral's entire North Transept. A complex scene of twelve figures, each of them is larger than a human and carved out of a single lime tree. Shadows of the Wanderer
on-going to 14 November - Forgotten Wrecks of WW1
Maritime Archaeology Trust exhibition about hundreds of First World War shipwrecks lying off Sussex shores. Lost through attack, scuttling, collision or bad weather, there are stories and artefacts recovered from wrecks, displayed at Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress.
on-going to 20 November - Pavilion blues; Disability and Identity
This exhibition uncovers the story of how Brighton’s Royal Pavilion became a specialist hospital for amputee soldiers during the First World War, giving over 6,000 servicemen treatment, rehabilitation and training from 1916 until 1920. Pavilion Blues
on-going - Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern witchcraft and folk culture in Britain
Uique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents relating to witchcraft, magic, folklore and Paganism, from the personal collection of ‘white witch’ Doreen Valiente. Her collection is acknowledged as the world's most important of its kind. Preston Manor
on-going to 08 Jan 2017 - Fashion Cities Africa
This first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion explore fours cities at the compass points of the African continent: Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery,
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