What's on in Sussex: This month

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.

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.

Pure Arts Group Spring exhibition Fri 11 - Thur 21 April - Pure Arts Spring exhibition
A showcase celebrating Print - with limited edition prints and one-off artworks which employ print. Print Making activities & demonstrations everyday throughout the exhibition between 11am - 3pm at PowderMills hotel, Battle. Pure Arts Spring Fair

Still from Buddy the MusicalMon 14 - Sat 19 April - Buddy
Now in its 25th year, the sensational multi award winning West End show Buddy is coming to Theatre Royal Brighton. Experience the drama, passion and excitement of Buddy Holly’s legendary story, with 2 hours of the greatest songs ever written. Buddy

The Fat controller at Drusillas Park SussexTues 15 Apr - The Fat Controller
The Fat Controller alights at Drusillas Park to take control of the efficient running of the railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities and story telling with Sir Topham Hatt himself. The Fat Controller

Copper Bath at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 15 - Wed 16 Apr - Antique & Collectors Fair
Indulge in a little vintage shopping at Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair. Up to 1,700 stalls present covering fine antique furniture to delicate ceramics, glassware, textiles and European decorative items. Ardingly Antiques Fair

Scooby DooWed 16 Apr - Scooby Doo
Crime solving Scooby-Doo will be at Drusillas Park to meet budding detectives at various intervals throughout the day. Come and investigate with the cowardly hero but don't forget the Scooby snacks. Scooby Doo

Brighton Food and Drink Festival logoWed 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

Bluebell Wood SussexThurs 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

Michelham PrioryThur 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

Magnolias in bloom at Borde Hill Gardenfinishes 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.

The Fat controller at Drusillas Park SussexFri 18 Apr - The Fat Controller
The Fat Controller alights at Drusillas Park to take control of the efficient running of the railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities and story telling with Sir Topham Hatt himself. The Fat Controller

Bluebells in flower at Wilderness Wood Sussex 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

MarblesFri 18 Apr - Battle's Marbles Matches
In the shadow of Battle Abbey watch local teams compete in this traditional annual competition dating back to 1945. Local pubs and clubs enter competing teams to win both the marbles and the fancy dress competition. Battle's Marbles Matches

Observatory Science Centre at HerstmonceuxFri 18 - Mon 21 Apr - Easter Science Trail
Hands-on science and discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory at Herstmonceux. Follow science questions around the centre and then claim your mini Easter Egg if the answers are correct. Easter science trail

Wiggonholt electric canal boat SussexFri 18 - Mon 21 Apr - Easter Bunny cruises
Electric boat Wiggonholt departs from Loxwood wharf for a 35 minute trip along the decorated Wey and Arun canal. Children receive a chocolate gift from the Easter Bunny, adults enjoy refreshment. Booking advisable. Easter cruise

Soul by the Sea logo
Fri 18 - Sun 20 Apr
- Passion of Christ
Celebrate the true essence of Easter through music and the performing art on the lawn outside St Peter's Church, Brighton with performances from leading local artists and entertainers and volunteers. Soul by the sea

The Garden show at Firle PlaceFri 18 - Sun 20 April - The Garden Show in Spring
Three days of garden therapy: plants, gardening products, garden furniture as well as local artists and artisan producers of sculpture, art, gifts and country food in one accessible location at Firle Place.
The Garden Show in Spring

Brighton Sand Sculpture displayFri 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

Ravens Tor actors in Norman and Crusaders demonstration Sat 19 - Mon 21 Apr - Normans and Crusaders
Richard the Lionheart's Crusaders Encampment is an opportunity to see the fighting techniques and crafts of Arundel Castle's earliest history with Combat, Archery, Falconry and Trebuchet demonstrations. Normans and Crusaders

Eastbourne Fstival event montageSat 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

Children enjoy the Plumton Races funfair Sun 20 - Mon 21 Apr - Easter Family Festival at Plumpton
Enjoy Easter horse jump racing in Sussex. Plumpton’s most popular day’s racing, with bumper crowds and plenty of entertainment including a traditional funfair, Easter Egg Giveaway and guest appearances. Racing at Plumpton

Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexSun 20 - Mon 21 April - Easter Racing at Plumpton
Join Mike the Knight on Sunday and Peppa Pig on Monday as they make personal appearances at intervals each day. Traditional funfair, Easter Egg giveaway and Children's Easter Bonnet competition plus two days of great racing.Racing at Plumpton

Michelham PrioryMon 21 Apr - Easter fun day
This Easter holiday, Michelham Priory is offering families the opportunity to learn new skills in the big-top barn. In addition there is a garden trail and art activities. Easter Fun Day


Pashley Manor tulips by David DixonWed 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.

Ace Cafe and Fueltopia InCarNation logoSat 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

Gardens, Homes and Lifestyle show logo 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

Pallant House Gallery logoon-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.

Pallant House Gallery logoon-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.

View of ice capped Earthon-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

Blue butterflyon-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


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