What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your March 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.
Mon 03 - Sat 08 Mar - International Piano Concerto Comp
Hastings hosts young virtuoso pianists from all over the world. Attend Prelims or Semis before the evening finale when the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accmpanies the 3 finalists. Hastings Piano Concerto Competition
Tues 04 / 11 /18 / 25 Mar - Lunchtime Concerts
Chichester Cathedral's popular lunchtime concerts take place at 1.10pm. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes. You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no charge. Lunctime concerts
Thur 06 - Sat 08 Mar - Sussex Beer and Cider festival
Hove town hall welcomes enthusiasts of traditional beers for the 24th annual festival. Nearly 230 traditional beers, ciders, perries, country wines as well as British and foreign bottled beers on sale. Live entertainment on Saturday night. Sussex beer festival.
Fri 07 Mar - Open Evening
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre hosts an open eveing for National Astronomy Week. If you're interested in the night sky take a look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes. Open evening
Sat 08 Mar - Hickstead Arena Polo
The end-of-season Challenge Final. Arena (Winter) Polo is played with 3-a-side teams, using a larger and softer ball than traditional polo. Spectator admission and car parking is free of charge. Arena polo
finishes 09 Mar - Subversive Design
Makers and designers including Grayson Perry, Alexander McQueen, Shao Fan and Philippe Starck play with form, function and technology to create objects that provoke and amuse at this Brighton Museum & Art Gallery exhibition.
Mon 10 Mar - Racing at Plumpton
Enjoy winter jump racing in Sussex at the Anglo Irish raceday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and Cheltenham Festival week. Includes the Anglo-Irish Jockeys Challenge and popular Irish band “Reelstrings”. Racing at Plumpton
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Mar - Activity Weekend
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre hosts activities for visitors of all ages and abilities plus stands, workshops and interactive shows offering a fun, hands-on approach to science for National Science Week. Activity Weekend
Sat 22 - Sat 29 Mar - Eat Global Festival
Annual food and music event in Hastings & St Leonards with restaurant-based celebrations, live music, entertainment and demonstrations celebrating locally available tastes and experiences from around the world. Eat Global
Sun 23 Mar - Hastings Half Marathon
Around 5000 runners circumnavigate the Ancient Town of Hastings, starting at the Seafront and following the route of William the Conqueror towards Battle, down to the 'Old Town' and fishing village then back along the three mile Seafront. Hastings Half Marathon
Sun 23 Mar - Brighton Sports Relief Mile
The Brighton & Hove mile run for the biennial Sport Relief charity takes place on the seafornt at Madeira Drive. Expect lots of colourful fancy dress. Sports Relief
Mon 24 Mar - 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.
Sat 29 - Sun 30 Mar - Chocolate Festival
Brighton Dome hosts two days of chocolate-fuelled festivities with an array of chocolate products; bars, truffles, bonbons cakes and savory food with chocolate from some of the world's best Chocolatiers. Chocolate Festival
Sat 29 - Sun 30 Mar - VegFest
The Hove Centre hosts one of Europe's largest events for veggie friendly consumers. Highlights include a Ready Steady Cook competition, Best Veggie Sausage, over 100 stalls, cookery demos, entertainment, music, talks and product presentations. Vegfest
Mon 31 Mar - Racing at Plumpton
Enjoy winter jump racing in Sussex at the Racing Welfare raceday. The Thoroughbred racehorse is beautiful to watch especially close up at Plumpton with opportunities to see the horses parade before racing, or by standing close to a fence. Plumpton Races
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