What's on in Sussex: July 2013

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.

Brighton RacesTues 02 July - Summer Afternoon Racing
Enjoy flat horse racing at Brighton's undulating, left-handed, horseshoe shaped course of one mile four furlongs in length. The start is the lowest point of the course and the Winning Post the highest with an uphill climb from two furlongs out.

Lewes Speakers Festival logoTues 02 - 21 July - Lewes Speakers Festival
This year's programme includes politicians like Paddy Ashdown & Nigel Lawson, best selling author Kate Mosse and TV current affairs journalists Adam Boulton and Gavin Hewett among others - sharing stories of interest and intruigue. Lewes Speakers Festival

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 03 / 10 / 17 / 24 / 31 July - 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

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.

Hubble telescope imageVarious dates - Explore the night sky
Enjoy topical talks designed to share something fascinating about the sky above and what to look out for on clear evenings. The South Downs Planetarium Chichester has 6 presentation events this month lasting approx 1 hour each.

Hastings PianoSat 05 July - Summer Recital at Fairlight Hall
On-off event showcasing the 2014 winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. The virtuoso young pianist will play a recital from 5pm; bring a picnic from 3pm to eat in the grounds of Fairlight Hall, Hastings.

Bodiam CastleFri 05 July - Batty at Bodiam
An amazing opportunity to learn more about the fascinating creatures who frequent Bodiam’s castle towers at a special bat talk evening. Weather permitting there will be evening walks to see them live. Batty at Bodiam

Adur & Worthing Food Festival logoFri 05 - Sun 14 July - Adur & Worthing Food Festival
A nine day celebration of local food and drink begining with a live food show and open air festival in Worthing and ending with a Chilli Festival in Shoreham-by Sea. Plus offers, promotions and special events. Food Festival

Hastings Beer & Music FestivalFri 05 - Sat 06 July - Hastings Beer & Music Festival
Organised by Round Table members - Hastings Beer and Music Festival combines a rocking line-up of musicians with over 100 Real Ales into a marquee in Alexandra Park for a great time. Hastings Beer & Music Festival

Wiston Park Steam Rally Sat 06 - Sun 07 July Wiston Park Steam Fair
Sussex Steam Show's rally at Wiston Park includes Steam Engines, Classic Cars, vintage and commercial Vehicles, Old Tyme Funfair, Trade and Craft Stalls and a licensed bar. Relive the “good old days” of Steam Rail at Wiston Park Steam Festival.

Stall at Bluebell food festivalSat 06 - Sun 07 July - Sussex Food Festival
A day full of Sussex flavour with opportunities to try ice-cream, Sussex cheeses, traditional sausages, homemade jams, chutneys, mustards and finish off with award winning sparkling wines from the Bluebell Vineyard. Sussex food festival

Brighton Paddle round the pier logoSat 06 - Sun 07 July - Paddle round the Pier
The worlds biggest free beach and watersports festival takes place on Hove Lawns and features water, street & urban sports, live music, kids entertainment and 'have a go’ opportunities. Paddle round the Pier includes the gruelling Maritime Marathon.

Child dressed up in armourSat 06 - Sun 07 July - Dress to Impress
Transform children into knights, princesses, lords or jesters using the collection of replica medieval armour and costumes at 14th century Bodiam Castle near Robertsbridge. Suitble for all ages; no booking required. Dress to Impress

Pallant House GallerySat 06 July - 13 Oct - Eduardo Paolozzi Collaging Culture
A major retrospective of the work of Eduardo Paolozzi at Pallant House Gallery. Paolozzi’s legacy ranges from Pop Art to monumental public works and the exhibition features around 150 works including early pieces rarely seen in public.

Jaguar Cars at Borde Hill GardenSun 07 July - Jaguar Car Rally
The West Sussex Jaguar car club returns to Borde Hill Garden for the annual car event. Fans of the classic car will find a varied selection of very old to very new Jaguars on display. West Sussex Jaguar Car Rally

Punch & Judy show on Brighton BeachSun 07 / 14 / 21 / 28 July - Punch & Judy Shows
Punch and Judy are back once more on Brighton beach with family friendly fun for all. The beachside Fishing Quarter and Museum also has a seaside gallery, shellfish and oyster bars and much more. Punch & Judy

Sussex Lavender fields Wed 10 - Sun 14 July - Lordington Lavender Open Days
The lavender fields are in full bloom and open to the public for five days only. Stroll through the lavender and enjoy refreshments at the only commercial lavender farm in Sussex. Lordington Lavender open days

Cars racing at Goodwood Festival of SpeedThur 11 - 14 July - Goodwood Festival of Speed
The ultimate motoring garden party celebrates cars, stars and motor sport royalty. Held in the grounds of Goodwood House, expect to see current Formula 1 racers, supercars, dragsters, steam-powered carriages and classic rally cars at the Festival of Speed

Peppa Pig licensed imageSat 13 July - Peppa Pig
Childrens' favourite Peppa Pig is coming to the Sussex seaside. Peppa Pig will be at Harbour Park in Littlehampton making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. These meet and greet sessions are available via go unlimited wristbands.

Preston ManorSat 13 July - Hidden Histories: A real life Lady Chatterley?
Did Lady Ellen Thomas-Stanford form a liaison with her butler and produce an illegitimate heir? Preston Manor's fascinating story about the private lives of the Edwardians and the unspoken taboo of the age: love between classes.

Herstmonceux Observatory Science CentreSat 13 July - An evening with Herschel
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre presents an evening of art and astronomy with viewing through the telescopes, Brighton Chamber Ensemble performs the music of William Herschel and a buffet supper. Booking Essential. Evening with Herschel

Lyons Lithograph at Towner EastbourneSat 13 July - 22 Sept - Lyons Teashop Lithographs
Summerexhibition showcasing catering giant J. Lyons & Co. commissioned lithographs from some of Britain’s most popular artists to combat a wartime decline in the interior décor of their famous teashops. Towner Eastbourne

Bognor Birdman logo Sat 13 - Sun 14 July - Bognor Birdman
In 1971, who knew a flight competition for human powered flying machines launching off the end of the pier would grow to attract 30,000 spectators and worldwide media attention in the battle to beat 1992 current record of 89.2m? Bognor Birdman

Parham House GardensSat 13 - Sun 14 July - Parham Open Weekend
An opportunity to get expert advice for your horticulture questions.  Expect specialist nurseries and stands for plants, tools and products as well as demonstrations, flower displays and a real ale, cider and beer bar. Parham House Open Weekend

Brighton Kite Flyers logoSat 13 - Sun 14 July - Brighton Kite Festival
One of the longest running kite festivals in the UK is approaching its 34th consecutive event. The Stanmer Park event sees arena displays by world class flyers of all kite forms from miniature single line kites to team displays. Brighton Kite Festival

Glynde Food and Wine Festival logoSat 13 - Sun 14 July - Glynde Food & Drink Festival
This year's festival features presenter and restauranteur John Torode and John Whaite (winner of Great British Bake Off). There are cookery master classes and tutored wine tasting sessions in Glynde Place's Marble Hall. Glynde Food & Drink Festival

Pirates fighting at Arundel Castle SussexSat 13 - Sun 14 July - Pirates and Smugglers
Pirates and Smugglers are camped in the grounds of Arundel castle. Will the King's soldiers of The 2nd (Queen's) Regiment of Foot manage to capture them? With weapon demonstrations, drills, crafts and Have-a-go Fencing and Archery. Pirates & Smugglers

Eatbourne Extreme logoSat 13 - Sun 14 July - Eastbourne Extreme
An adventure filled, intense, free sports festival weekend on Eastbourne seafront that blends inline and artistic skating with waterborne activities, bringing a rush of adrenaline to the south coast. Also live music, shops, food stalls and children's rides. Eastbourne Extreme

Herstmonceux CastleTue 15 July - Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare’s Globe presents an open-air production of Much Ado About Nothing on the lawns in front of Herstmonceux Castle. Bring rugs, cushions and low backed chairs: Refreshments available or bring a picnic. Herstmonceux Castle

Festival of Chichester logofinishes Sun 14 Jul - Festival of Chichester
A month-long extravaganza of arts, crafts, music, spoken word and community events that also includes Chichester Cycling Festival, a beer festival, walks, an Artworks Exhibition, dramatic readings and world premieres. Festival of Chichester

Lily Time at Pashley Manor Gardensmid Jul - mid Aug - Pashley Manor Lily Time
In 2007 hundreds of lilies in over 40 varieties, some highly perfumed, were planted throughout Pashley Manor Gardens and woodland area to make a stunning high summer display. They grow more heads as they become established. Lily Time

Petworth Festival logoTues 16 Jul - Sat 03 Aug - 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

Brighton RacesThur 18 July - Summer Afternoon Racing
Enjoy flat horse racing at Brighton's undulating, left-handed, horseshoe shaped course of one mile four furlongs in length. The start is the lowest point of the course and the Winning Post the highest with an uphill climb from two furlongs out.

Chichester cathedral quireThur 18 - Sat 20 July - Southern Cathedrals Festival
Chichester Cathedral hosts a three-day festival of sacred music from across the centuries with concerts and services performed by the Combined Choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals. Southern Cathedrals Festival

Peter AndreFri 19 July - Peter Andre
Prepare for a party as music and reality TV star Peter Andre is set to wow crowds in Haywards Heath.  The Aussie celebrity will be joined by special guests at the open-air concert in Victoria Park.Tickets essential. It's Magic Events

Katherine JenkinsSat 20 July - Katherine Jenkins
Bring your picnic to Victoria Park, Haywards Heath and enjoy the fabulous Katherine Jenkins with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and vocal quartet Amore. Tickets essential. It's Magic Events

Michelham PriorySat 20 - Sun 21 July - Classic Vehicle Show
Enjoy a collection of vintage domestic, agricultural and military vehicles on show at Michelham Priory over the weekend. Classic Vehicle Show

Taste of the World logoSat 20 - Sun 21 July - Taste of the World
A celebration of food and culture from around the world at Fontwell Park. The weekend involves live cookery demonstrations by Jean Christophe Novelli, creative cooking activities and 120 stands for a  special shopping experience. Taste of the World

Oakleigh Fairs logoSat 20 - Sun 21 July - Hastings Town & Country Fair
Alexandra Park hosts this annual family show with the Swords of Chivalry medieval re-enactment village, working dogs, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees and Birds of Prey flying displays. Hastings Town & Country Fair

Rare Breed Goat Sun 21 July - Rare Breeds Show
Four legs, furry legs, feathered legs... see cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry as the Weald & Downland Museum hosts an agricultural show for rare and traditional breeds of farm animals. Rare Breed Show

Copper bathtub at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 23 - Wed 24 July - 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.

Arundel Castle Jousting TournamentTues 23 - Sun 28 July - 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

Mosaic at Fishbourne Roman PalaceTue 23 July - Fri 02 Aug - Festival of British 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. Festival of British Archaeology

Peppa Pig Thur 25 July - Peppa Pig and George
Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day. Drusillas Park

Brighton RacesThur 25 July - Summer Evening Racing
Enjoy flat horse racing at Brighton's undulating, left-handed, horseshoe shaped course of one mile four furlongs in length. The start is the lowest point of the course and the Winning Post the highest with an uphill climb from two furlongs out.

Replica trebuchet at Bodiam CastleThur 25 July - Tues 03 Sept - Trebuchet in Action
Enjoy have-a-go activities: longbows, mini-crossbows and paintball cannon. Each weekend witness a full size trebuchet in action three times daily as a replica of the bombard last seen at Bodiam Castle over 600 years ago is fired across the moat.

Observatory Science Centre, Sussex Thurs 25 July - Mon 02 Sept - Zany Zone
The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux offers a family drop-in ‘make and take’ activity zone. Build a pipe-cannon, be amazed by weird science experiments, create, colour and marvel at intriguing puzzles. No booking necessary. Zany Zone

Participant at Eastbourne Lammas FestivalSat 27 - Sun 28 July - 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 27 - Sun 28 July - 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

Dreamfest logoSat 27 - Sun 28 July - DreamFest
The fun-packed family festival weekend at Mac's Farm, Ditchling where Day 1 programme includes live bands, hog roast and cream teas and Day 2 is a more chilled out local produce farmer and craft market. Saturday booking essential.

PArticipant at Horsham Sparks in the Park eventSun 28 July - Sparks in the Park
With sporting fun, live music, dance, creative workshops, mascot mayhem, circus skills and tasty refreshments. Hosham's Sparks in the Park finishes with a flamboyant and colourful Rio style Carnival parade. Sparks in the Park

Hicksteads Longines Royal International Horse ShowTues 30 July - Sun 04 Aug - 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 ParkTues 30 July - 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

Racing at Glorious GoodwoodTues 30 Jul - Sat 03 Aug - 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.

Preston Manor, BrightonWed 31 July - Behind the scenes at Preston Manor
Go behind the door marked ‘private’ and see parts of the house off the public route. This special tour takes in upstairs, downstairs and backstairs of Brighton's beautiful Edwardian Manor House. Tea and biscuits included. Advance booking required. Hidden House Tour

Tree Fu Tom logoWed 31 July - Tree Fu Tom
Don’t miss the chance to practice your Tree Fu moves with magical superhero, Tree Fu Tom, who will be at Drusillas Park zoo and meeting fans at intervals throughout the day. Tree Fu Tom

The Rose Garden at Borde Hill in Sussexfinishes end July - Roses in Bloom
One of the Souh East's finest rose displays peaks at Borde Hill Garden. The colour spectrum from soft pinks to deep crimson, combined with the heady fragrances of old English roses, celebrates this best-loved of all garden flowers. Roses in Bloom

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery exterior viewOn-going until 08 Sept - Artist Rooms: Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important living artists and his work is both provocative and playful. Brighton Museum hosts Koons’ group of works in ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational public collection of international contemporary art.

David Watkinson sculture at Borde Hill Gardenon-going until 30 Sept - Unseen Forces
Summer exhibition of 18 sculptures by David Watkinson displayed throughout the garden 'rooms' at Borde Hill Garden. Based on the unseen forces of nature and the wonders of evolution, David takes his inspiration from the natural world.

Brighton Sand Sculpture displayon-going until 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

Interior of the Royal Pavilion Brightonon-going until 13 Oct - Regency Colour and Beyond 1785 - 1835
Regency understandings of colour and the interior decor of Brighton Royal Pavilion. The displays explore Regency colour theory, why certain colours were used, and the palace's innovative and radical use of colour during this period.

View of ice capped Earthon-going until 18 Jan 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


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