What's on in Sussex: July 2016

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.

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.

Hastings Beer & Music FestivalFri 01- Sat 02 Jul - Hastings Beer & Music Festival
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. Includes the Battle of Hastings Prom. Hastings Beer & Music Festival

Firle Antiques fair logoFri 01- Sun 03 Jul - Firle Antiques Fair
Quality Antiques & Fine Art from 30 reliable dealers for collectors and home furnishers. Takes place at Firle Place 18thC Riding School, surrounded by parkland. Expect cream teas, house tours and more.... Firle Antiques

Sat 02 -03 Jul - Wakehurst Wild Food Festival
Spices, honey, teas, exotic fruits, craft beers, organic, foraged and raw food - enjoy delicious offerings plus interactive demonstrations from guest chefs, and plenty of wild themed activities in the botanic gardens at Wakehurst Place.

Brighton event Paddle round the PierSat 02 - Sun 03 Jul - 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.

All things Herbal poster for Bodiam Castle SussexSat 02 - Sun 03 Jul - All things Herbal
Explore the many uses of herbs and plants in daily life in the 14th century. Expect demonstrations and hands on activities, like making nosegays to ward off any unpleasant smells, and cold water dyeing using plants from the herb garden. Bodiam Castle

Hastings PianoSun 03 Jul - Summer Piano Recital
Event showcasing the summer prizewinners of Hastings' International Piano Concerto Competition. The virtuoso young pianists will play an afternoon recital. Grounds open early for picnic at Fairlight Hall, Hastings.

Brighton RacesTues 05 Jul - Summer Evening Racing
Enjoy flat horse racing at Brighton's 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.

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 06 / 13 / 20 / 27 Jul - 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

Hello Kitty imageSat 09 Jul - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cute girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Hello Kitty

Broken Seashells Dancing painting by Kezia Noel PatonSat 09 - Sun 10 Jul - Horsham Arts Trail
Over 30 artists based in and around Horsham open their studios for the weekend to display their arts and crafts. An opportunity to talk to the artists and buy original, local, hand-made work. Horsham Artists Open Studios

Wiston Park Steam Rally Sat 09 - Sun 10 Jul 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.

Parham House GardensSat 09 - Sun 10 Jul - Parham Garden Weekend
Get expert advice for your horticulture questions at Parham House. Expect specialist nurseries and stands for plants, tools and products as well as demonstrations, flower displays and a real ale, cider and beer bar. Garden Weekend

Brighton Kite Flyers logoSat 09 - Sun 10 Jul - Brighton Kite Festival
One of the longest running kite festivals in the UK is approaching its 38th 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

Sat 09 - Sun 10 Jul - Norman Knights Tournament
A tournament of combat and archery held on the upper grounds of Arundel Castle as 12th century Knights and Crusaders prepare to journey to the Holy Land. Below their tented encampment shows period crafts and demonstrations. Arundel Castle.

PArticipant at Horsham Sparks in the Park eventSun 10 Jul - 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

Sussex Lavender fields Wed 13 - Sun 17 Jul - 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

Petworth Festival logoThur 14 - Sat 30 Jul - 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

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Jul - Walled Garden Festival
One stage and three days of headline acts and tribute bands mixing progressive, glam, and pop rock on the Brightling Park Estate. Expect Steve Harley, Tom Robinson, Marc Almond and Go West amnog many others. Walled Garden Festival.

Graffham Festival logoFri 15 - Sun 17 Jul - Graffham Festival
Celebrating local artistic talent and inspiring people to roll their sleeves up and get creative Graffham Festival has an open studios art trail, concert by Ben Pryer and a series of painting, pottery and performing arts workshops.

Broken Seashells Dancing painting by Kezia Noel PatonSat 16 - Sun 17 Jul - Horsham Arts Trail
Over 30 artists based in and around Horsham open their studios for the weekend to display their arts and crafts. An opportunity to talk to the artists and buy original, local, hand-made work. Horsham Artists Open Studios

TarantulaSat 16 - Sun 17 Jul - Creepy Crawlies Weekend
Meet some amazing mini monsters at Drusillas Park Discovery Centre, which will be swarming with weird insects, slimy molluscs and scary spiders, as well as experts from the British Tarantula Society to answer questions.

Eatbourne Extreme logoSat 16 - Sun 17 Jul - 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

Michelham PriorySat 16 - Sun 17 Jul - Classic Vehicle Show
Enjoy a collection of vintage domestic, agricultural and military vehicles on show at Michelham Priory over the weekend. The display shows the evolution of motoring over the past 100 years from the early “horseless carriages” to more recent classics. Classic Vehicle Show

Festival of Chichester logofinishes Sun 17 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

Rare Breed Goat Sun 17 Jul - 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

Sir Tom JonesSun 17 Jul - Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones is performing at The Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove, as part of his 2016 tour, following his latest album 'Long Lost Suitcase'. A fabulous evening with the voice that really could move mountains. Tom Jones

Copper bathtub at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 19 - Wed 20 Jul - 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.

Mosaic at Fishbourne Roman PalaceTue 19 - Fri 29 Jul - Have a Go 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. Have a Go Archaeology

Herstmonceux Observatory Science CentreSat 23 Jul - Soundscape
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre presents a cinematic journey of film and sound. Footage of landscapes from around the world set to a live show by Brighton Film Quartet, fizz reception and dinnerr. Booking Essential. Soundscape

Herstmonceux CastleSun 24 Jul - Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed by the GB Theatre Company. Dressed in Elizabethan costumes, the cast will perform the Bard’s story of the brawling Capulets and Montagues against the backdrop of Herstmonceux Castle.

Arundel Castle Jousting TournamentTues 26 - Sun 31 Jul - 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

AlfristonTues 26 - Sun 31 Jul - Alfriston Summer Festival
Alfriston Summer Music Festival brings some of the finest international artists to perform and share a great repertoire of old and new classical music pieces in the South Downs.

Observatory Science Centre, Sussex Tue 26 - Thur 28 Jul - holiday activities
The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux offers a family drop-in ‘make and take’ activity zone. In addition to our hands-on exhibits there will be daily telescope tours and a Fantastic Science Show. Booking essential for workshop sessions. Holiday activities

Hello Kitty imageTue 26 Jul - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cute girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Hello Kitty

Racing at Glorious GoodwoodTues 26 Jul - Sat 30 Jul - 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.

Hicksteads Longines Royal International Horse ShowTues 26 - Sun 31 Jul - 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 ParkThur 28 Jul - 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

Participant at Eastbourne Lammas FestivalSat 30 - Sun 31 Jul - 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 30 - Sun 31 Jul - 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

Chilled in a Field activityFri 29 - Sun 31 Jul - Chilled in a Field festival
A small modern child-friendly camping event taking place this summer at The Hop Farm in Kent, near the Sussex border. Relax and unwind with great music, activities, creative workshops, local produce, cocktails, real ale and cider. Chilled in a Field

Zimbabwe Stone Scuplture at Herstmonceux Castleon-going to Sun 21 Aug - Zimbabwean Sculpture
Zimbabwe's stone sculptors are producing some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking sculpture in the world. Pieces by Hilary Manuhwa are displayed in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle where Hilary will be giving demonstrations and carving new pieces.

ongoing to 14 November - Forgotten Wrecks of WW1
Maritime Archaeology Trust exhibition about hundreds of First World War shipwrecks lying off Sussex shores. Lost through attack, scuttling, collision or bad weather, there are stories and artefacts recovered from wrecks, displayed at Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress.

Royal Pavilion Brighton during WWIon-going to 20 November - Pavilion blues; Disability and Identity
This exhibition uncovers the story of how Brighton’s Royal Pavilion became a specialist hospital for amputee soldiers during the First World War, giving over 6,000 servicemen treatment, rehabilitation and training from 1916 until 1920. Pavilion Blues

on-going - Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern witchcraft and folk culture in Britain
Uique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents relating to witchcraft, magic, folklore and Paganism, from the personal collection of ‘white witch’ Doreen Valiente. Her collection is acknowledged as the world's most important of its kind. Preston Manor

on-going to 08 Jan 2017 - Fashion Cities Africa
This first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion explore fours cities at the compass points of the African continent: Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery,

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