What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your September events and activities from this selection of things to do and things to see in Brighton, East and West Sussex.
Mon 01 - Sun 28 Sept - Brighton Digital Festival
Celebrate digital culture in venues across the city with workshops, exhibitions, performances, screenings, comedy nights and outdoor events, running alongside Brighton's digital design conferences. Digital Festival
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.
Sat 06 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Horsham Food & Drink Festival
A four-week showcase of the finest local produce with beer festivals, guided walks, cream teas, harvest fairs and a smattering of special offers like 2-for-1, free glass of wine and money off schemes. Horsham Food Festival.
Sat 06 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Steyning Food Festival
A festival within a festival - this programme of events and activities takes place in and around Steyning and includes bread-making workshops, demonstrations, walks, talks and special offers. Steyning Food Festival
Fri 12 - Sun 28 Sept - Rye Arts Festival
Rye hosts one of the top ten small festivals in Britain. Over 40 events cover literary, classical and contemporary music, exhibitions, guided walks, dance and much more. Rye Arts Festival
Sat 20 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Chiddingly Festival
Attracting big name and quirky acts in equal measure expect music, dance, beer, sculpture, comedy, graphic arts, theatre, story-telling and poetry alongside Chiddingly Open Houses and Studios. Chiddingly Festival
Sat 20 Sept - Sun 05 Oct - Lewes Octoberfeast
A programme of pop-up suppers, apple pressing sesions and a street food featuring cuisines from local street food vendors, the Harvey’s Hop Bar and live music at the 5th Lewes Octoberfeast.
Wed 24 Sept - 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
Fri 26 - Sun 28 Sept - Brighton Art Fair
Now in its 7th year, the largest art exhibition on the South Coast and brings together about 130 of the most talented national painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries. Brighton Art Fair.
Fri 26 - Sun 28 Sept - Bentley Woodfair
Celebrate all things wood and timber. Held at the Bentley Country Park, there are exhibits and demonstrations involving hundreds of crafts people and lots of hands on activities for children. Bentley Woodfair
Fri 26 Sep - Sat 25 Oct - Taken at Midnight
A season of new plays exploring little-known true stories at CFT, Taken at Midnight is a drama about the mother of celebrated lawyer Hans Litten who puts Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany with devastating consequences.
Sun 28 Sept - Hello Kitty House
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
Sun 28 Sept - Apple Day
A seasonal celebration in and around the Stanmer Park orchards with tours throughout the day, display of Sussex apple varieties, freshly picked apples for sale plus apple cafe selling crumble, soup, chutney, ploughman's and more. Apple Day
Sun 28 Sept - Foraging and Countryside Day
A day of demonstrations and activities including traditional woodland crafts, guided deer spotting, fungi identification, acorn collecting and Parkland history walks. Autumn foraging and countryside day at Parham House.
finishes 28 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
until 19 Oct - J.D. Fergusson - Scottish Colourist
Pallant House Gallery hosts the first major retrospective of Scottish Colourist J.D. Fergusson's work in almost 50 years which has just opened to much media fanfare at the National Gallery of Scotland. Pallant House Gallery.