What's on in Sussex: This month

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

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 24 / 31 Aug - 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


Downland Art Society exhibitionFri 19 - Fri 26 Aug - Summer Art Exhibition
The Downland Art Society subjects cover familiar landscapes and seascapes, people and animals - in oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel. Original unframed work shown  at the Norfolk Centre, Arundel. Downland Society Exhibition
 

SaCarousel Gallopers Steam Ridet 20 - Sun 21 Aug - Vintage & Steam Festival
The Weald and Downland museum hosts display engines and demonstrations with steam rollers, steam lorries, model boats, miniature railways and engines, and the steam-powered carousel gallopers. Festival of Steam.


Irina Kulikova Sat 20 - Wed 24 Aug - International Guitar Festival
Enjoy a series of classical guitar concerts and a guitar open day at West Dean College with exhibitions, recitals, masterclasses and specialist stallholders. International Guitar Festival
 


Mediaeval Archers at Arundel CastleSat 20 - Sun 21 Aug - Medieval Tournament
Explore the life and times of people living in and next to a Medieval Castle throughout the 14th and 15th Centuries, which saw changes in weaponry, costume, food and art. Enjoy have-a-go archery, musicians, crafts and hawking displays. Arundel Castle


Arundel Art Festival logoSat 20 - Mon 29 Aug - Arundel Festival
An eclectic mix of music, arts, drama, street entertainment and big Weekends. Highlights include large scale events at the Castle, a Gallery Trail, Theatre Trail and programme at Arundel Jailhouse.  Arundel Festival
 

Arundel Gallery Trail logoSat 20 - Mon 29 Aug - Arundel Gallery Trail
the whole town becomes a gallery, involving 60 venues local, national and international artists - painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellers, furniture makers, textile artists, illustrators, 3D creators and weavers. Arundel Gallery Trail


Lewes Artwave 2016 logoSat 20 Aug - Sun 04 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


Zimbabwe Stone Scuplture at Herstmonceux Castlefinishes Sun 21 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.


Brighton Races Mascor Race at FundaySun 21 Aug - Family Funday at Brighton racecourse
Enjoy an afternoon of seven thrilling races with sea views over Brighton and the South Downs plus a traditional Mascot Race, fairground activities, a soccer skills session with the Albion in the Community and the ‘Kids Love Racing’ zone. Brighton Races


Hello Kitty imageSun 21 Aug - 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


Brighton RacesMon 22 Aug - Summer Afternoon Racing
Enjoy flat horse racing at Brighton's undulating, left-handed, horseshoe shaped course of one mile four furlongs in length. The start is the lowest point of the course and the Winning Post the highest with an uphill climb from two furlongs out.


Peppa Pig & GeorgeWed 24 Aug - Peppa Pig & George
Lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day. Peppa Pig



Hello Kitty imageThur 25 Aug - 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


GB Theatre perform Shakespeare at Arundel CastleFri 26 - Sat 27 Aug - Shakespeare in the Gardens
Annual performances in the Collector Earl’s Garden, Arundel Castle by Shakespeare specialists from GB Theatre. This year they perform Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night as part of the Arundel Festival. Shakespeare in the Gardens


Brighton Modernist Weekender logoFri 26 - Sun 28 Aug - Modernist 60s weekend
The Mod Scene return to its spiritual home in Brighton. Sat & Sun daytime sees Madeira Drive filled with scooters and there's live music and memorabilia. Sunday's Scooter competition is followed by a cruise along the coast and back. Mod Weekend


The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkSat 27 Aug - 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


Brighton food festival cakes Sat 27 - Mon 29 Aug - Sussex and the World weekend
A mix of the best Sussex foods and Brighton's city culture; Hove lawns is the venue for most events including the Live Food Show with chefs' demos and childrens' events. Brighton & Hove Food Festival



Rye Jazz festival logoSat 27 - Mon 29 Aug - International Jazz Festival
Free gigs and acoustic perfromances where the finest Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk, Gospel and World Music is peformed in local pubs and throughout Rye's ancient streets. Rye International Jazz Festival



Medieval Juggler at HerstmonceuxSat 27 - Mon 29 Aug - England's Mediaeval Festival
Celebrate the Middle Ages: see 1000 Knights, Bowmen and Men-at-Arms lay siege to Herstmonceux Castle - England's largest medieval battle with full cannon support. Twice daily battles plus tournaments, competitions and have-a-go events. Mediaeval Festival


Living history performer at Arundel CastleSat 27 - Mon 29 Aug - History in Action
Set on the Lower Lawns of Arundel Castle the tented encampment reflects 2,000 years of history through crafts, costume and combat displays. Meet characters and experience events from the Roman Empire right up to the Cold War of the late 20th Century.


Sat 27 - Rudgwick Steam Fair EngineMon 29 Aug - Steam and Country Show
The 28th annual show represents Britain past and present. Beautifully restored and vintage vehicles, heavy horses, traditional fun fair, military tank rides, craft marquee, live entertainment, beer tent and displays. Rudgwick Steam and Country Show


Jewellery at Sussex Guild Craft FairSat 27 - Mon 29 Aug - Sussex Guild Craft Show
Pashley Manor Gardens hosts Sussex Guild contemporary crafts from 40 selected designer/makers. Items include textured jewellery, bags, prints, contemporary metal furniture and ornate metal garden structures. Sussex Guild Crafts.


Hello Kitty imageMon 29 Aug - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cute girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides.


Giants of BredeMon 29 Aug - Giant of Brede
Operating day for Brede Steam Engine Society's Heritage Water Pumping Engines from 10.00-16.00. Enjoy the atmosphere of Water Pumping Heritage Engineering at its British best with the Giants of Brede near Rye.


Hello Kitty imageWed 31 Aug - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cute girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides.
 

finishes 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.


Royal Pavilion Brighton during WWIon-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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