What's on in Sussex: This month

What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your June events and activities from this selection of things to do and things to see in East 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's International tennis competitionSat 18 - Sat 25 Jun - Aegon International Tennis
It's time for world class tennis action in this exciting pre-Wimbledon tournament at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park. Competitiors include male and female tennis stars from the World's top ten competitors. Eastbourne International Tennis

The Derby bank at HicksteadThur 23 - Sun 26 Jun - Hickstead Derby Meeting
The Hickstead Show Junping Derby meeting is world famous. It is the only competition that sees riders take on the front descent of the infamous Derby Bank, the biggest of its kind in the world. Other highlights include junior showjumping, polo and carriage driving.

Cars racing at Goodwood Festival of SpeedThur 23 - Sun 26 Jun - Goodwood Festival of Speed
The ultimate motoring garden party celebrates cars, stars and motor sport royalty. Held in the grounds of Goodwood House, expect to see current Formula 1 racers, supercars, dragsters, steam-powered carriages and classic rally cars at the Festival of Speed

Kate the kingfisher (c) WWT (c) Vince Ellisfinishes 26 Jun - Giant LEGO brick animal trail
Visitors to Arundel Wetland Centre can enjoy nine individually-designed LEGO brick characters animal trail, the only one of its kind in the UK. The giant animals, some up to twelve times life size, include Lottie the Otter, made of 15,500 bricks, and Kate the kingfisher.

Sun 26 Jun - Petworth Secret Gardens
Big or small, traditional or modern, closed-in courtyard or sweeping vista, Petworth Secret Gardens are all hidden from passing eyes. Teas with home-made cakes, tickets and maps available from Red Cross Centre, Market Square, Petworth.

Hello Kitty imageSun 26 Jun - 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

Brighton RacesTues 28 Jun - 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.

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 29 Jun - 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

Hastings Beer & Music FestivalThur 30 Jun - Hastings Beer & Music Festival
Hastings Beer and Music Festival combines a rocking line-up of musicians with over 100 Real Ales into a marquee in Alexandra Park for a great time. Includes the Battle of Hastings Prom. Hastings Beer & Music Festival

Zimbabwe Stone Scuplture at Herstmonceux Castleon-going to 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.

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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