What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your Easter and April events and activities from this selection of things to see and things to do in East and West Sussex.
Various 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.
Wed 16 - Sun 27 Apr - Spring Harvest
A 10 day food festival and showcase of the fantastic food, drink and hospitality to be found in Brighton and Sussex with a strong focus on seasonal Sussex ales, wines and local food. Includes the Big Sussex Market. Spring Harvest
Thurs 17 Apr - Fri 19 May - Bluebell Walks
There are 8 walks over three working farms and 23 acres at Arlington Bluebell Wood. And it's open daily to celebrate 40 years. One walk is designed for those with walking difficulties and disability scooters
are available free of charge. Arlington Bluebell Walk
Thur 17 April - Michelham Priory Garden Tour
A 90 minute tour exploring 7 acres of historic gardens with the Michelham Priory head gardener Stuart Reid. Price includes entrance to house & grounds, tour and soup & roll in the café. Please register in advance. Garden Tour
finishes Fri 18 Apr - Magnolias in bloom
Enjoy the spectacular Magnolia Campbellii in the Azaea Ring at Borde Hill Garden. Many of the magnolias are original plants brought back by the great plant collectors and have become ‘Champion’ trees in the British Isles. Magnolias in bloom.
mid April - mid May - Bluebell Walks
Enjoy spring flowers with special trails through Wilderness Wood. Starry white wood anemones, swathes of bluebells and golden celandines, with bright green spring leaves unfurling overhead. Three walk distances to choose from up to a mile. Bluebell Walks
Fri 18 Apr - 30 Sept - Brighton Sand Sculpture Festival
Black Rock near Brighton Marina is transformed by tonnes of sand sculpted with water to create huge, realistic and fantastic formations. There will be sand sculpture workshops, live demonstrations and guided tours. Sand Sculpture Festival
Sat 19 Apr - Sun 11 May - Eastbourne Festival
Taking place over three weeks, the Festival is a blend of dance and music, of theatre, storytelling, poetry, art exhibitions and workshops, together with over thirty Artists' Open Houses; a real showcase for local talent. Eastbourne Festival
Wed 23 - Mon 05 May - Tulip Festival
Pashley Manor Gardens initiated the festival to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the tulip’s arrival in Europe from Persia. Approximately 22,000 bulbs are planted throughout the gardens. There will also be 2,000 cut tulips on display. Tulip Festival.
Sat 26 Apr - InCarNation
Brighton's Madeira Drive hosts the UK's finest on four wheels. Organised by Ace Cafe London and Fueltopia and open to all motor fans and enthusiasts, from classic and street-tuned racers, through to hot exotic supercars. InCarNation
Sat 26 - Sun 27 Apr - Gardens, Home and Lifestyle Show
Live demonstrations and presentations, practical tips and advice with the emphasis on quality and style. The exhibition is at the Brighton Centre. Gardens, Homes and lifestyle show
on-going until 15 June - Stanley Spencer exhibition
One of the most important English painters of the 20th century, Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War is a rare chance to see the artist's celebrated war murals in a gallery setting and comes to Pallant House Gallery.
on-going until 22 Jun - Cathedrals of England and France
Brighton-based artist Dennis Creffield (b.1931) was once described as ‘one of England’s most closely guarded secrets. Pallant House Gallery brings together for the first time, Creffield’s charcoal drawings of English medieval cathedrals, together with a series of French cathedrals.
on-going until August 2014 - Chilled to the Bone
A new display at Brighton Museum explores ice age Sussex and discovers how past ice ages have shaped life. Also covers the Victorian 'great bone rush', an intensive search by scientists and gentleman collectors across Europe. Ice Age Sussex
on-going until August 2014 - Into the Blue
An exploration of all things blue, featuring objects from the Royal Pavilion and Museums own collections. Into the Blue is a journey of discovery in science, art and history using the blue objects as a starting point. Hove Museum