What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your April days out, Easter events and activities from this selection of things to see and things to do in Brighton, East and West Sussex.
Sat 01 April - The Fairytale Fair
Fall down the rabbit hole and explore a whimsical themed craft fair in Brighton's Patcham Methodist Church. Expect 35 local stall holders selling handmade crafts, vintage style items and Alice in Wonderland cakes. Fairytale Fair
Sat 01 Apr - Open Evening
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre hosts one of the regular open eveing, 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 01 Apr - Giants of Brede
Monthly operating day for the Brede Steam Engine Society 35ft Edwardian Water Pumping Engines. Discover how we get clean water from our taps - Engineering at its British best. Brede Steam Giants near Rye.
Tues 04 Apr - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas on 20 dates during the year. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cute girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.
Tues 04 - Thur 06 Apr - Childrens Workshops
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre hosts three days of childrens' activities focused on astronauts, the international space station and the Moon in a series of fun, interactive activiy sessions. Childrens' Activities
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.
Fri 07 - Sun 09 Apr - Brighton Marathon Weekend
Incorporating the Marathon, 10k and mini-mile events, over 18,000 runners will start the colourful and flat 26.2 mile course in Preston Park and make their way in and around the city before finishing on Madeira Drive. Brighton Marathon
Sat 08 - Sun 09 Apr - Warriors of Arundel Castle
Celebrating the castle's 950 year anniversary, Raven Tor Living History Group will cover key moments in the castle's history and bring them to life at Arundel Castle, from 1067-1644 in costume, crafts, weapons and combat displays.
Sat 08 Apr - Sun 14 May - Bluebell Walks
There are 7 walks over three working farms and 23 acres at Arlington Bluebell Wood near Eastbourne. Open daily, one walk is designed for those with walking difficulties and disability scooters are available free of charge. Arlington Bluebell Walk
08 April – 08 October 2017 Constable and Brighton
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery explores John Constable’s time in the emerging seaside resort, where he stayed with his family between 1824 and 1828. Constable produced around 150 works in the town and his long, systematic walks prompted many other works.
Sun 09 Apr - MG Owners Gathering
Over 150 MG cars ranging in age from the late 1920s to the modern day MGF sports models will be on display on the Lower Lawns in the grounds of Arundel Castle as MG Owners' Club members showcase their very own pieces of motoring history.
Sun 09 Apr - Bahnfest
Gaugemasters Model Railway continental preview day takes place at Ford. Get ideas for setting up a model railway or working on a scenic project and see display layouts and dioramas showing new ways to create effects. Bahnfest Model Railway Event
Mid Apr - Mid May - Tulip Festival
For two months, over 32,000 tulips will be blooming in the Gardens at Arundel Castle, providing one of the country's most impressive and colourful displays, planted in an array of horticultural designs. Arundel Tulip Festival
Tues 11 Apr - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.
Fri 14 - Mon 17 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
Fri 14 - Mon 17 Apr - Easter at Michelham Priory
Seasonal activities for all ages along with a children’s Easter trail and floral displays at historic Michelham Priory. England’s longest medieval water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229. Easter at Michelham.
Sat 15 - Mon 17 Apr - Normans and Crusaders
With King Richard dead and his unpopular brother John now King, England is plunged into The Barons War. Arundel Castle is a logical mustering point for men, supplies and equipment. Expect Story Teller, costumes, weapons, armour, and craft displays.
Sun16 - Mon 17 Apr - Racing at Plumpton
Easter weekend festival of competitive jump racing at Plumpton Racecourse includes the Sussex Champion Hurdle. There are lots of activities for children. Gates open at 12.00 and racing starts around 14.00. Racing at Plumpton
Tues 18 - Wed 19 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
Fri 21 Apr - Sat 06 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.
Sat 22 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
finishes Sat 30 April - Lambing Season
It's springtime at Fishers Farm which means lambing time. Enjoy bottle feeding the newborn lambs from a great selection of breeds. Lucky visitors may even get chance to see lambs being born. Lambing Season
on-going to 04 June - Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery display tells the story of experimental film-making in Brighton & Hove, from 1896 to the present day and explores it's success and significance nationally and internationally.