What's on this week? There are always good reasons to get out and do interesting things in interesting places. Plan your February events and school half term activities from this selection of things to do and things to see in Brighton, East and West Sussex.
Various dates & locations - National Garden Scheme
NGS gardens are mostly privately owned and open only a few times each year. Expect interesting planning and design, a good range of plants tended with love and care, plus a good cup of tea. NGS Sussex open this month.
Sat 04 Feb - Giants of Brede
Monthly operating day for the Brede Steam Engine Society 35ft Edwardian Water Pumping Engines. Discover how we get clean water from our taps - Engineering at its British best. Brede Steam Giants near Rye.
finishes - Sat 04 Feb - RENT
20th Anniversary production of multi Tony Award-winning musical RENT comes to Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre. Inspired by Puccini’s La Bohème, a group of bohemian artists struggle to maintain their friendships and ideals in New York's East Village.
Sat 04 Feb - Open Evening
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre hosts an open evening. If you're interested in the night sky take a look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes. Viewing is subject to weather condiions.
Sat 04 - Sun 05 Feb - Candlelight Stories
With no electricity or central heating, winter in medieval England was a cold dark time for many. Keeping warm and telling stories by the fire was a great way to lift spirits - recreated by the medieval storytellers at Bodiam Castle.
Tues 07 / 14 / 21 / 28 Feb - Lunchtime Concerts
Chichester Cathedral's popular lunchtime concerts take place at 1.10pm and last approximately 50 minutes. They are free, you are welcome to come and go as you please and free coffee is available. Chichester Catherdal lunchtime concerts
ends 09 Feb - The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920-1950
Pallant House Gallery exhibition exploring how Modern British artists drew on classical myth and ideals in a ‘return to order’ following the First World War, with new insight into how modern art met with tradition in an era of social and political change.
Sat 11 - Sun19 Feb - Brighton Science Festival
Designed to encourage a spirit of discovery within young people of all ages, Brighton Science Festival events take the dread out of science trough exploration, experimentation and creative ideas.
Brighton Science Festival
Sat 11-Sun 12 & 25-26 Feb - Hickstead Arena Polo
Arena (Winter) Polo is played with 3-a-side teams, using a larger and softer ball than traditional polo, and shots and angles can be played off the boarded sides of the arena. Spectator admission and car parking free of charge. Hickstead Polo
Mon 13 / 27 Feb - Racing at Plumpton
Enjoy winter jump racing in Sussex. Thoroughbred racehorses are beautiful to watch especially close up. Plumpton is a small course with opportunities to see horses parade before racing, or standing close to a fence. Racing fixtures at Plumpton
Tues 14 Feb - 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. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.
Thur 16 Feb - Thur 23 Mar - Worthing Music and Arts Festival
A series of singing, speech and drama finals to this annual competitive festival, which gives a platform for performance of all types with classes, concerts and recitals available. Worthing Music and Arts Festival.
on-going to 14 Feb - Connection
Chichester Cathedral is exhibiting a striking glass and light sculpture, ‘Connection’, by international artist Galia Amsel. The modern sculpture is suspended from the upper levels in the baptistry and hangs gently above the font.
Fri 17 - Sat 18 Feb - Dark Skies Festival
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre hosts a Dark Skies Discovery Festival. If you're interested in the night sky take a look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes. Viewing subject to weaher conditions.
Sat 18 - Sun 26 Feb - Rye Bay Scallop Week
It's shucking time again - when this local delicacy is at its plumpest and most succulent. The festival features scallop shucking demos and culminates in racing barrows of scallops through the cobbled streets of Rye. Scallop week
Thur 23 Feb - Sat 04 Mar - International Piano Comp
Hastings welcomes young international virtuoso pianists. Attend Prelims or Semis before the evening finale, when the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accompanies the 3 finalists. Hastings Piano Concerto Competition
Sun 26 Feb - Brighton half marathon
The Brighton Half is one of the longest established and most popular seafront road race events in the UK attracting 10,000 runners. The race start and finish line is on Brighton's Madeira Drive. Half marathon race
on-going to 05 Mar - Photo-Punk: 40 images from the birth of punk
As the music, fashion and cultural movement celebrates its 40th anniversary, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery exhibition explores the birth of UK punk - particularly the early years of 1976-79 - through photographs by Kevin Cummins and Ian Dickson.
on-going to 04 June - Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery display tells the story of experimental film-making in Brighton & Hove, from 1896 to the present day and explores it's success and significance nationally and internationally.