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 East and West Sussex, Brighton & Hove.

Chilled in a Field activityFri 31 - Sun 02 Aug - Chilled in a Field festival
A small modern child-friendly camping event taking place this summer in a secret Kent location near the Sussex border. Relax and unwind with great music, activities, creative workshops, local produce, cocktails, real ales and ciders. Chilled in a Field


Pride logo 2012Sat 01 - Sun 02 Aug - Brighton Pride
The UK's biggest and best Pride Festival starts with a colourful parade of floats setting off at 11am from Madeira Drive next to Brighton Pier. Tickets required for entry to Preston Park site with caberet tents, main stage and funfair. Brighton Pride.
 

The Loxwood JoustSat 01 - Sun 02 Aug - Loxwood Joust
Step back to a time of harsh lives and passionate hearts. The mediaeval revelry at Loxwood meadow includes, full contact jousting, a battle of armoured knights, tales of Sussex dragon-lore, wandering minstrels, jesters and the executioner. Loxwood Joust
 

Petworth Festival logofinishes Sat 01 Aug - Petworth Festival
A two week mix of classical and chamber music, jazz, comedy, young musicians and outdoor theatre  as well as family entertainment at venues including St Mary's Church, Bignor Park and Leaconfield Hall. Petworth Festival


Hastings Old Town CarnivalSat 01 - Sun 09 Aug - Hastings Old Town Carnival
Come prepared for surprises and lots of fun. Highlights include free beach concert, seaboot challenge run, aerial display and swashbuckling fun on pirates day. Carnival Programme.



Hicksteads Longines Royal International Horse Showfinishes Sun 02 Aug - Royal International Horse Show
Hickstead hosts the Royal International Horse Show. Enjoy watching the elite of equestrian disciplines including international showjumping; eventing and show horses and ponies. Large outdoor show with plenty of trade stands.


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.


Living History Demonstaror at Arundel CastleTues 04 Aug - Living History Day
Bring the past to life at Arundel Castle with the Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go fencing, archery, a Medieval skittles alley, a face painter and a chance to see reconstructed clothing, weapons, armour and crafts from the past.


Hello Kitty imageWed 05 Aug - Hello Kitty House
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.


Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 05 / 12 / 19 / 26 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


Brighton Festival of Racing logoWed 05 - Fri 07 Aug - Festival of Racing
A three day horse-racing festival - this year's highlights include the Brighton Mile, live performance from Scouting for Girls and Ladies Day. Brighton Racecourse
 


The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkThur 06 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


Ladies Day at Brighton Racecourse logoThur 06 Aug - Ladies Day at Brighton Racecourse
A chance for ladies & gentlemen to don their glad rags and enjoy an afternoons racing at Brighton whilst celebrating ladies fashion. The best dressed lady wins a £2000 cash prize. Champagne & Pimms packages available. Ladies Day


Ceramics created by Sussex Guild memberThurs 06 - Sun 09 Aug - Sussex Guild Craft Show
Professional designers and makers of fine contemporary and traditional craftwork at their very best. Stalls, demonstrations and children’s activities available at this Michelham Priory event. Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show


Chilli_Fiesta_ParticipantFri 07 - Sun 09 Aug - West Dean Chilli Fiesta 
The UK's biggest chilli fiesta features chillies from from serene green to red hot, hot, hot. Meet 150 stallholders selling chilli related items including plants, seeds, sauces and prepared meals, beer, chocolate, ice cream, clothing and jewellery. Chilli Fiesta.


The Loxwood JoustSat 08 - Sun 09 Aug - Loxwood Joust
Step back to a   time of harsh lives and passionate hearts. The mediaeval revelry at Loxwood meadow includes, full contact jousting, a battle of armoured knights, tales of Sussex dragon-lore, wandering minstrels, jesters and the executioner. Loxwood Joust


Hello Kitty imageTue 11 Aug - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty is at home at Drusillas. Visit her themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides.


Fireman SamWed 12 Aug - Fireman Sam mini-show
Fireman Sam introduces life in Pontypandy during a high energy Welcome Show at Drusillas. Jam-packed with audience participation, there are meet and greet sessions during the day. Fireman Sam's Pontypandy Welcome Show 


Airbourne logoThurs 13 - Sun 16 Aug - Airbourne
The world's biggest free seafront airshow featuring RAF and international display teams. Flying displays include the RAF Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, parachute display teams, wingwalkers and aerobatic teams.  Eastbourne Airbourne.


Chichester International Film Festival logoThur 13 - Sun 30 Aug - International Film Festival
Cinema enthusiasts enjoy 18 days of premieres, previews and new releases plus open air screenings, special events and guests as Chichester hosts the South East's biggest International Film Festival.

 

Hello Kitty imageThur 13 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


Ladies Evening at Fontwell Park RacingThur 13 Aug - Ladies Day
An afternoon of jump racing at Fontwell Park followed by a live musical performance. The seven race card starts at 1.45pm and is followed by live music from tribute band Duran 2.
 


Obeservatory Science Centre East SussexFri 14 Aug - Perseids Shooting Stars
As the Earth passes through debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, specks of dust burn up in the atmosphere creating shooting stars known as the Perseids meteor shower. Spot them at this Open Evening event at the Observatory Science Centre.


Lily Time at Pashley Manor Gardensfinishes mid August - Pashley Manor Lily Time 
Hundreds of lilies in over 40 varieties were planted throughout Pashley Manor Gardens and woodland area to make a gorgeous high summer display. Gardens open Tuesdays - Saturdays. Lily Time
 


SaCarousel Gallopers Steam Ridet 15 - Sun 16 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.


Worthing Birdman logoSat 15 - Sun 16 Aug - Worthing Birdman
The flight competition for human powered flying machines. Many flyers design complex machines to aim for the distance prizes. Others compete for charity. A prize of £10,000 awaits for the furthest flight should a birdman achieve a distance over 100 metres. Worthing Birdman.


Irina KulikovaSat 15 - Wed 19 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



Downland Art Society exhibitionSat 15 - Fri 21 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


The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkMon 17 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


Hello Kitty imageWed 19 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


Observatory Science Centre, Sussex On-going until Thur 20 Aug - Summer events
The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux offers a family drop-in ‘make and take’ activity workshops. Build a pipe-cannon, be amazed by weird science experiments, create, colour and marvel at intriguing puzzles. No booking necessary. Summer Events


Mediaeval Archers at Arundel CastleSat 22 - Sun 23 Aug - Life in a Medieval Castle
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 Festival logo 2014Sat 22 - Mon 31 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 22 - Mon 31 Aug - Arundel Gallery Trail 
Now in its 25th year, involving over 60 venues and 100 local, national and international artists - painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellers, furniture makers, textile artists, illustrators, 3D creators, weavers and more. Arundel Gallery Trail 


By-planes flying at Shoreham airshowSat 22 - Sun 23 Aug - Shoreham Airshow
The Royal Air Forces Association Airshow at Shoreham involves the best UK and European display acts in a five hour flying display of exciting aerobatics and emotive historic aircraft displays. Shoreham airshow


Lewes Artwave 2015  logoSat 22 Aug - Sun 06 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 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.


Brighton Races Mascor Race at FundaySun 23 Aug - Family Funday 
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 23 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 RacesTue 25 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.


Hello Kitty imageTue 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


Peppa Pig & GeorgeWed 26 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 



Rye Jazz festival logoThurs 27 - Mon 31 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



Hello Kitty imageThur 27 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 28 - Sat 29 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 28 - Sun 30 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


Medieval Juggler at HerstmonceuxSat 29 - Mon 31 Aug - 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 29 - Mon 31 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 29 - Rudgwick Steam Fair EngineMon 31 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 29 - Mon 31 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.


The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkSat 29 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


Giants of BredeMon 31 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 imageMon 31 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
 

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