What's on in Sussex: This month

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.

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.

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 20 / 27 Jul - 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

Petworth Festival logoThur 14 - Sat 30 Jul - 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

Copper bathtub at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 19 - Wed 20 Jul - 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.

Mosaic at Fishbourne Roman PalaceTue 19 - Fri 29 Jul - Have a Go Archaeology
Have a go at archaeology at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Take part in the special excavation, wash your finds and have them identified by a specialist. Find out what happens to artefacts after they are recorded. Booking advised. Have a Go Archaeology

Herstmonceux Observatory Science CentreSat 23 Jul - Soundscape
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre presents a cinematic journey of film and sound. Footage of landscapes from around the world set to a live show by Brighton Film Quartet, fizz reception and dinnerr. Booking Essential. Soundscape

Herstmonceux CastleSun 24 Jul - Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed by the GB Theatre Company. Dressed in Elizabethan costumes, the cast will perform the Bard’s story of the brawling Capulets and Montagues against the backdrop of Herstmonceux Castle.

Arundel Castle Jousting TournamentTues 26 - Sun 31 Jul - 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 compete for their honour. Arundel Jousting Tournament

AlfristonTues 26 - Sun 31 Jul - Alfriston Summer Festival
Alfriston Summer Music Festival brings some of the finest international artists to perform and share a great repertoire of old and new classical music pieces in the South Downs.

Observatory Science Centre, Sussex Tue 26 - Thur 28 Jul - 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

Hello Kitty imageTue 26 Jul - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cute girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Hello Kitty

Racing at Glorious GoodwoodTues 26 Jul - Sat 30 Jul - 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.

Hicksteads Longines Royal International Horse ShowTues 26 - Sun 31 Jul - 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.

The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkThur 28 Jul - 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

Participant at Eastbourne Lammas FestivalSat 30 - Sun 31 Jul - 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

Ringmer Steam FairSat 30 - Sun 31 Jul - 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

Chilled in a Field activityFri 29 - Sun 31 Jul - Chilled in a Field festival
A small modern child-friendly camping event taking place this summer at The Hop Farm in Kent, near the Sussex border. Relax and unwind with great music, activities, creative workshops, local produce, cocktails, real ale and cider. Chilled in a Field

Zimbabwe Stone Scuplture at Herstmonceux Castleon-going to Sun 21 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.

ongoing to 14 November - Forgotten Wrecks of WW1
Maritime Archaeology Trust exhibition about hundreds of First World War shipwrecks lying off Sussex shores. Lost through attack, scuttling, collision or bad weather, there are stories and artefacts recovered from wrecks, displayed at Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress.

Royal Pavilion Brighton during WWIon-going to 20 November - Pavilion blues; Disability and Identity
This exhibition uncovers the story of how Brighton’s Royal Pavilion became a specialist hospital for amputee soldiers during the First World War, giving over 6,000 servicemen treatment, rehabilitation and training from 1916 until 1920. Pavilion Blues

on-going - Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern witchcraft and folk culture in Britain
Uique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents relating to witchcraft, magic, folklore and Paganism, from the personal collection of ‘white witch’ Doreen Valiente. Her collection is acknowledged as the world's most important of its kind. Preston Manor

on-going to 08 Jan 2017 - Fashion Cities Africa
This first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion explore fours cities at the compass points of the African continent: Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery,


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