What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your July events and activities from this selection of things to do and things to see in Brighton, East Sussex 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.
mid Jul - mid Aug - Pashley Manor Lily Time
In 2007 hundreds of lilies in over 40 varieties, some highly perfumed, were planted throughout Pashley Manor Gardens and woodland area to make a stunning high summer display. They grow more heads as they become established. Lily Time
Wed 16 Jul - Sat 02 Aug - Petworth Festival
A two week mix of classical and chamber music, jazz, comedy, young musicians and outdoor theatre as well as family entertainment at venues including St Mary's Church, Bignor Park and Leaconfield Hall. Petworth Festival
Tues 22 - Wed 23 July - Ardingly Antiques Fair
The South East's largest antiques and collectors fair hosts 1,700 stalls covering fine antique furniture to delicate ceramics. Indulge in a little vintage shopping or hours of professional trading at Ardingly showground.
Tues 22 - Sun 27 July - Arundel Jousting
Experience the colour and thrills of a jousting tournament in the grounds of Arundel Castle. The tournament includes hunting games and skill-at-arms as well as the jousting itself as teams of knights
Wed 23 / 30 July - 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
Thur 24 - Fri 25 Jul - 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
Thurs 24 July - Wed 03 Sept - holiday activities
The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux offers a family drop-in ‘make and take’ activity zone. In addition to our hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and a Fantastic Science Show. Booking essential for workshop sessions. Holiday activities
Sat 26 - Sun 27 July - Lammas Festival
A free extravaganza of music, morris dancing, traditional giants Herne and Andred, carnival and entertainment. Come as you are, or wear your most outlandish costume and join the procession along Eastbourne seafront. Eastbourne Lammas Festival
Sat 26 - Sun 27 July - Ringmer Steam & Country Show
A family day out with steam engines, classic cars, motorbikes, farm tractors, commercial vehicles, military, fire engines, licensed bar and beer tent, craft marquee and more. Ringmer Steam & Country Show
Sun 27 July - Punch & Judy Shows
Punch and Judy are back once more on Brighton beach with family friendly fun for all. The beachside Fishing Quarter and Museum also has a seaside gallery, shellfish and oyster bars and much more. Punch & Judy
Tues 29 July - Peppa Pig and George
Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the 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. Drusillas Park
Tues 29 Jul - Sat 02 Aug - Glorious Goodwood
More than 100,000 people flock to the 5 day Festival to enjoy the chic, relaxed and stylish atmosphere. Glorious Goodwood is international horseracing with champagne, strawberries, fashion and glamour in abundance.
Tues 29 July - Sun 03 Aug - Royal International Horse Show
Hickstead hosts the Royal International Horse Show and welcomes the elite of many equestrian disciplines including international showjumping; eventing and show horses and ponies. Large outdoor show with plenty of trade stands too.
Thur 31 July - Pirates & Smugglers Day
Set on Arundel Castle lower lawns, find out about the Smugglers of Sussex, and menacing Pirates. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go-fencing, and pirates a plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century. Pirates Day
Thurs 31 - Sun 03 Aug - Sussex Guild Craft Show
Professional designers and makers of fine contemporary and traditional craftwork at their very best. Stalls, demonstrations and children’s activities available at this Michelham Priory event. Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
on-going until Sun 17 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 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
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 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