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 October - The Young Chekhov season
The Young Chekhov season features three blazing dramas written when Anton Chekhov was a young man. The Seagull, Platanov and Ivanov are full of youthful anger and romanticism, performed at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Fontwell Racing Festival logoFri 02 - Sat 03 Oct - October Fest
Experience the excitement of jump racing at Fontwell Park. This weekend festival celebrates the Best of British with feature races and live tribute bands performing before & after racing. Fontwell Park Racing Festival

Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 03 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.

Food Stall at West Dean Gardens Eat Grow Cook eventSat 03 - Sun 04 Oct - Apple Affair
A celebration of the British harvest where the focus is on apple displays, Orchard tours, cookery demonstrations and stalls at this popular West Sussex garden. West Dean Garden

SEAS Autumn ShowSat 03 - Sun 04 Oct - Autumn Show and Game Fair
Ardingly hosts the sights and sounds of harvest with country sports, crafts, falconry, dog agility show, vintage machinery, seasonal flowers and vegetables, trade stands, fun fair and local food and drink. Autumn Show

Great Dixter Plant FairSat 03 - Sun 04 Oct - Great Dixter Plant Fair
Specialist plant nurseries from Belgium and the Netherlands bring their chestnut pole stands to exhibit beside UK plantsmen. Every thirty-minutes a bell rings and a nurseryman will talk for 10 to 20 minutes at their stall about their wares. Great Dixter Plant Fair

Horsham FayreSun 04 Oct - Horsham Fayre
For this month's Fayre, Horsham's Vintage & Retro scene combines with French Market, France at Home to serve up Antique & Collectables, Vintage & Bric-a-Brac and loads of entertainment. Horsham Fayre

Horsham Food and Drink Festivalfinishes Sun 04 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.

Steyning food and drink festival logofinishes Sun 04 Oct - Steyning Food and Drink Festival
A festival within a festival - this programme of events and activities takes place in and around the market town of Steyning and includes bread-making workshops, demonstrations, walks, talks and special offers. Steyning Food Festival

Crafts at Chiddingly Festival finishes Sun 04 Oct - Chiddingly Festival
Attracting big name and quirky acts in equal measure expect music, dance, beer, sculpture, comedy, graphic arts, theatre, story-telling and poetry alongside Chiddingly Open Houses and Studios. Chiddingly Festival

Horses racing at Brighton RacecourseTues 06 Oct - Racing at Brighton
Brighton Racecourse is an undulating, left-handed, horseshoe shaped course of one mile four furlongs in length. The 2014 season penultimate raceday sees a 7 race card. Brighton Races

Eastbourne Beer Festival logoThur 08 - Sat 10 Oct - Eastbourne Beer Festival
Located at the winter gardens there are over 120 real cask ales on tap including local brews with quirky names, international bottled beers and award winners, all chosen for the festival by local CAMRA members. Eastbourne Beer Festival

Brighton Comedy FestivalFri 09 - Sat 24 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

Lewes folk festival logoFri 09 - Sun 11 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 10 - Sun 11 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 Sat 10 Oct - Lewes Octoberfeast
A programme of pop-up suppers, apple pressing sesions and a street food featuring cuisines from local street food vendors, the Harvey’s Hop Bar and live music at the 6th Lewes Octoberfeast. This year welcomes chef Rick Stein.

Glyndebourne production La bohemeSat 10 - Sat 31 Oct - Glyndebourne on Tour
The Autumn season presents exciting new talent and high production standards in the Sussex countryside. This year’s programme features Don Pasquale; Saul and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Glyndebourne on Tour 2015

Horses racing at Brighton RacecourseThur 15 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

Chichester Festival Theatre logoThur 15 Oct - Sat 07 Nov - Mrs Pat
Anton Burge's play is a funny and moving tribute to the power of performance and the remarkable resilient spirit of actresses everywhere. Penelope Keith plays legendary nineteenth-century actress Mrs Patrick Campbell, who has seen it, and been it, all. Chichester Festival Theatre

Sussex bonfireSat 17 Oct - Hastings Bonfire celebrations
Sussex bonfire season begins in Hastings. A spectacular torchlit procession from The Stade, through the streets and back to the beach for bonfire and fireworks to commemorate the Battle of Hastings, as well as the 1605 gunpowder plot. Hastings Bonfire

Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 19 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 21 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.


Children in Halloween costume at Borde Hill GardensFri 23 Oct - Sun 01 Nov - Hanuted Hallowe'en Fun
Borde Hill Gardens opens for half term including the Spooktacular Hunt around the garden to the haunted house. Fearless explorers retrieve a trick or treat from the bubbling cauldron or visit the ghost tent. Hallowe'en Hunt

Early Music Festival DancersFri 23 Oct - Sun 08 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 24 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 24 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.

Fishers Farm Park logoSat 24 Oct -Sun 01 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’ and daily 'Spook Show’.

Rye Wild Boar Week logoSat 24 Oct - Sun 01 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 24 Oct - Sun 01 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

Jack o lantern PumpkinSat 24 Oct - Sun 01 Nov - Hallowe'en Half Term
WWT Arundel activities include pond dipping for mini-beasts, creepy crafts sessions, and the Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari. Go ‘wild’ on the play areas and watch the Daily Diving Duck Feed, and Hand feed the collection of wildfowl from around the world.

Roman boy Soldier at FishbourneMon 26 - Fri 30 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. Roman Army Week


Scooby-Doo-characterWed 28 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 28 - Thur 29 Oct - Normans and Crusaders
Step back into a time of 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 PriorySat 31 Oct - Sun 01 Nov - 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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