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.

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.


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.

 

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 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


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 


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


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 



Brighton food festival cakes Wed 26 - Mon 31 Aug - Brighton Food Festival
A mix of the best Sussex foods and Brighton's city culture; Hove lawns is the venue for most events including the Sussex and the World Market; Live Food Show with chefs' demos and childrens' events. Brighton & Hove Food Festival


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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