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.
Throughout 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.
Thur 23 Oct - Sun 01 Mar - Peepers
Pavilion Contemporary returns to the Royal Pavilion a new installation by artist Maisie Broadhead. Experience the Music Room as a decadent doll’s house, dwarfed by giant figures peering curiously in through the windows. Peepers
Fri 24 Oct - Sun 02 Nov - Hanuted Halloween Fun
Borde Hill Gardens opens for half term activities including the Spooktacular Hunt following clues around the garden to the haunted house. Fearless explorers retrieve a trick or treat from the bubbling cauldron or visit the ghost tent. Halloween Hunt
Fri 24 Oct - Sun 09 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
Sat 25 - Fri 31 Oct - Roman Army Week
The Fishbourne Roman Army needs you! Learn about life in the Roman Army with lots of activities at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Roman Army Week
Sat 25 Oct -Sun 02 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’ with biscuit decorating and face paints and daily 'Spook Show’.
Sat 25 Oct - Sun 02 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.
Sat 25 Oct - Sun 02 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
Tue 28 - Thurs 30 Oct - Pumpkin Carving
Make and take home a spooky jack-o-lantern in time for Halloween. Staff at Arundel Wetland Centre do the dirty work by removing the seeds and innards. They show the tricks, and the treats, on how to make a pumpkin really pop! Pumpkin Carving
Wed 29 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
Wed 29 - Thur 30 Oct - Normans in the Castle
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
Fri 31 Oct - 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
finishes 08 Nov - Gypsy
Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy tells the story of ambitious showbiz mother Mama Rose who treks across America with her daughters in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. Chichester Festival Theatre