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.
Wed 01 / 08 / 15 / 22 / 29 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
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 02 - Sat 04 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
Sat 04 Jul - 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
Sat 04 - Sun 26 Jul - 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
Sat 04 - Sun 05 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.
Sun 05 Jul - Summer Piano Recital at Fairlight Hall
Event showcasing the 2015 winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. The virtuoso young pianist will play a recital from 5pm. Grounds open for a picnic at Fairlight Hall, Hastings from 3pm.
Tues 07 Jul - 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.
Wed 08 - Sun 12 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
Sat 11 - Sun 12 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.
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Jul - Parham Garden 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
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Jul - 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
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Jul - Privateers and Revolutionaries
A weekend of fun set against a 19th century background where the privateers, smugglers and revolutionaries of Raven Tor Living History Group face the 2nd Queen’s Regiment of Foot with displays of weapons and two encampments in the grounds of Arundel Castle.
Sun 12 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
finishes Sun 12 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
mid 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
Wed 15 Jul - Sat 01 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
Fri 17 - 19 Jul - Lewes Speakers Festival
This year's programme includes politicians like Ann Widdicombe and Peter Hain, journalists Kate Adie and Mark Tulley as well as best selling authors - sharing stories of interest and intruigue. Lewes Speakers Festival
Sat 18 - Sun 19 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.
Sat 18 - Sun 19 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
Sat 18 - Sun 19 Jul - 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
Sat 18 - Sun 19 Jul - Classic Vehicle Show
Enjoy a collection of vintage domestic, agricultural and military vehicles on show at Michelham Priory over the weekend. Classic Vehicle Show
Sun 19 Jul - The Wind in the Willows
Classic children's adventure brought to life in open air theatre at Herstmonceux Castle. Join Mole as he abandons his spring cleaning for the riverbank, and stumbles into an adventure with Mr Toad and his friends. Bring rugs, cushions and low backed chairs: Refreshments available or bring a picnic.
Sun 19 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
Tues 21 - Wed 22 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.
Tues 21 - Sun 26 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
Tues 21 - Sun 26 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.
Tue 21 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
Thur 23 Jul - Wed 02 Sept - 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
Sat 25 - Sun 26 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
Sat 25 - Sun 26 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
Tue 28 Jul - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to her home at Drusillas. Visit her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Enjoy pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. Hello Kitty
Tues 28 Jul - Sat 01 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.
Tues 28 Jul - Sun 02 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.
Wed 29 Jul - Ben & Hollie
Join in the enchantment of the Little Kingdom as Ben Elf and Princess Holly return to Drusillas Park. Enjoy some meet and greet magic, as the popular pair leave visitors spellbound at various intervals throughout the day. Drusillas Park
Thur 30 Jul - Living History Day
Set on the American Lawn at Arundel Castle, meet historical characters bringing the past to life. With the Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go fencing, archery, a Medieval skittles alley and a chance to see reconstructed clothing, weapons, armour and crafts from the past.
Thur 30 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
on-going until Sun 23 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.
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