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
Pumpkins, squashes and gourds make up this famous seasonal mural created at Pumpkin Cottage in Britain's pumpkin capital Slindon, the National Trust owned Sussex village. Weather permitting the display should last into November.

Eastbourne Beer Festival logoThur 06 - Sat 08 Oct - Eastbourne Beer Festival
Located at the Winter Gardens, there are over 160 real cask ales on tap including local brews with quirky names, international bottled beers and award winners, all chosen by local CAMRA members. Eastbourne Beer Festival

Horsham Food and Drink Festivalfinishes Sun 07 Oct - Horsham Food & Drink Festival
A 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.

Herstmonceux ObservatoryFri 07 Oct - Open Evening
Interested in the night sky? Fancy looking for the 'Draconids Meteor Shower', the planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Do't miss an open evening at the Herstmonceux Observatory.

Lewes folk festival logoFri 07 - Sun 09 Oct - Lewes Folk Festival
An eclectic mix of fine folk concerts and performances, workshops, social dances, illustrated talks and presentations plus colourful dance displays throughout the town. Lewes Folk Festival


Heavy Horses ploughing fieldsSat 08 - Sun 09 Oct - Autumn Countryside Show
Experience the sights and sounds of harvest time at the Weald and Downland museum. Includes heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, falconry and dog displays, crafts and trade stands. Autumn Countryside Show

Lewes Octoberfeast logoFinishes Mon 10 Oct - Lewes Octoberfeast
A full on programme consisting of pop-up suppers, markets, organised tastings, apple pressing sessions and street food cuisines from local vendors, the Harvey’s Hop Bar and live music. Lewes Octoberfeast.

Horses racing at Brighton RacecourseThur 13 Oct - Racing at Brighton
Brighton Racecourse is an undulating, left-handed, horseshoe shaped course of one mile four furlongs in length. The 2015 season finale sees a 7 race card supporting You Raise Me Up and the Connor Saunders Foundation. Brighton Races

Glyndebourne production La bohemeFri 14 Oct - Fri 04 Nov - Glyndebourne on Tour
The Autumn season presents exciting new talent and high production standards in the Sussex countryside. This year’s programme features Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly on stage. Glyndebourne on Tour 2016

Sussex bonfireSat 15 Oct - Hastings Bonfire celebrations
Sussex bonfire season begins with a torchlit procession from The Stade, through the streets and back to the beach for bonfire and fireworks commemorating the 950 anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, as well as the 1605 gunpowder plot. Hastings Bonfire

Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 17 Oct - Racing at Plumpton
Plumpton's racecard of 7 exciting races includes The Shetland Pony Race when the tiny favourites will be lining up for the off. Plumpton offers plenty of opportunities to see the horses parade before racing, or by standing close to a fence. Racing at Plumpton

Fontwell ParkWed 19 Oct - Racing at Fontwell Park
Fontwell Park is one of the most intimate and friendly racecourses in the country and its figure of eight track adds to the excitement of jump racing. Autumn Afternoon Racing.

Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 22 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.

Children in Halloween costume at Borde Hill GardensSat 22 - Sun 30 Oct - Haunted Hallowe'en
Borde Hill Gardens opens for half term including the Spooky Hunt around the garden to the haunted house. Fearless explorers can etrieve a trick or treat from the bubbling cauldron or visit the ghost tent. Hallowe'en Fun

Fishers Farm Park logoSat 22 - Sun 30 Oct - 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’ and daily 'Spook Show’.

Rye Wild Boar Week logoSat 22 - Sun 30 Oct - 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 22 - Sun 30 Oct - Hallowe'en Shriek Week
Stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period where there will be up some fang-tastically spooky surprises conjured up to keep your little horrors half term happy. Hallowe'en Shriek Week

Roman boy Soldier at FishbourneMon 24 - Fri 28 Oct - Roman Army Week
The Fishbourne Roman Army needs you! Learn about life as a Roman Army soldier, with lots of activities at Fishbourne Roman Palace including archery, ‘stone’ throwing and dressing-up Roman-style. Roman Army Week

Norman soldiers at Arundel CastleWed 26 - Thur 27 Oct - Normans and Crusaders
Arundel Castle steps back into a time after the battle of Hastings – with Norman knights, weapons, combat and craft displays, courtesy of the Raven Tor Living History Group. Normans in the Castle Keep

Hello Kitty imageThur 27 Oct - 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

Early Music Festival DancersFri 28 Oct - Sun 13 Nov - Brighton Early Music Festival
Performances of classical music, folk music and world music from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century where musicians specialise in historically informed performance. This year's theme is Nature & Science. Early Music Festival

Beachy Head Marathon logoSat 29 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 29 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.

Michelham PriorySun 30 - Mon 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

Shadows of the Wanderer sculpture at Chichester cathedralon-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.

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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