What's on in Sussex: July 2014

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 01 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.

Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 02 / 09 / 16 / 23 / 30 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.

Eastbourne Fstival event montageSat 04 - Sun 26 July - 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

Hastings Beer & Music FestivalFri 04 - Sat 05 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

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.

Herstmonceux Observatory Science CentreSat 05 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

Eastbourne Fstival event montageSat 04 Apr - 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

Wiston Park Steam Rally Sat 05 - Sun 06 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 05 - Sun 06 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 event Paddle round the PierSat 05 - Sun 06 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.

Jaguar Cars at Borde Hill GardenSun 06 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 06 / 13 / 20 / 27 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

Scene from Birdsong Mon 07 - Sat 12 July - Birdsong
Eastbourne Theatres presents Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed WWI drama set in pre-war France, where a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down. Birdsong

Brighton RacesTues 08 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.

Sussex Lavender fields Wed 09 - Sun 13 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

Peppa Pig licensed imageSat 12 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.

Parham House GardensSat 12 - Sun 13 July - 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

Brighton Kite Flyers logoSat 12 - Sun 13 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

Pirates fighting at Arundel Castle SussexSat 12 - Sun 13 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 12 - Sun 13 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

Bognor Birdman logo Sat 18 - Sun 19 June - 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

Worthing Birdman logoSat 12 - Sun 13 July - Worthing Birdman
The flight competition for human powered flying machines. Many flyers design complex machines to aim for the distance prizes. Others compete for charity. A prize of £10,000 awaits for the furthest flight should a birdman achieve a distance over 100 metres. Worthing Birdman.

PArticipant at Horsham Sparks in the Park eventSun 13 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

Festival of Chichester logofinishes Sun 13 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

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

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 logoWed 16 Jul - Sat 02 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 17 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 logoFri 18 - 20 July - 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

Michelham PriorySat 19 - Sun 20 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

Rare Breed Goat Sun 20 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

A Midsommer Nights Dream Poster for Event at Ghyll Manor HotelSun 20 July - Open Air Garden Theatre
Ghyll Manor hotel hosts an open air perfrormance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Bring a picnic rug, and get whisked away to the most magical of forests, meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and raucous travelling players.

Copper bathtub at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 22 - Wed 23 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 22 - Sun 27 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 22 July - 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

Hello Kitty imageThur 24 - Fri 25 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

Observatory Science Centre, Sussex Thurs 24 July - Wed 03 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

Participant at Eastbourne Lammas FestivalSat 26 - Sun 27 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 26 - Sun 27 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

Peppa Pig Tues 29 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

Racing at Glorious GoodwoodTues 29 Jul - Sat 02 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.

Hicksteads Longines Royal International Horse ShowTues 29 July - Sun 03 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.

Pirates demonstration at Arundel CastleThur 31 July - Pirates & Smugglers Day
Set on Arundel Castle lower lawns, find out about the Smugglers of Sussex, and menacing Pirates. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich Story Teller, have-a-go-fencing, and pirates a plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century. Pirates Day

Ceramics created by Sussex Guild memberThurs 31 - Sun 03 Aug - Sussex Guild Craft Show
Professional designers and makers of fine contemporary and traditional craftwork at their very best. Stalls, demonstrations and children’s activities available at this Michelham Priory event. Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Zimbabwe Stone Scuplture at Herstmonceux Castleon-going until Sun 17 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.

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

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

Brighton Sand Sculpture displayon-going until 28 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



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