What's on in Sussex: May 2014

What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your May bank holiday events and activities from this selection of things to do and things to see in East and West Sussex.

Hastings annual Morris Festival Jack in the GreenFri 02 - Mon 05 May - Jack in the Green
Hasting's annual festival of Morris and other traditional dance with visiting teams from all over England and Europe. Bank Holiday Monday procession with music, dance, singing and street entertainment and crowning of the May Queen. Jack in the Green


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.


Brighton Artists Open House logoWeekends throughout May - Artist Open House
The biggest free arts event in Britain, with over 1,000 artists exhibiting in 200 houses and studios across Brighton & Hove.  Many Open House venues belong to one of the 14 Open House Trails, which cover different areas of the city and beyond.  Artists Open House
 

Magnificent Motors Festival in EastbourneSat 03 - Sun 04 May - Magnificent Motors
Eastbourne's motoring spectacular with over 500 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, steam traction engines, commercial and military vehicles, ranging across a century of motoring. Also features a French Market, live music and fun fair. Magnificent Motors


Brighton Foodies festival imageSat 03 - Mon 05 May - Foodies Festival
Hove lawns host live cooking demonstrations, tutored tasting sessions, cocktail making and cooking-for-kids masterclasses. Plus Street Food Avenue showcasing cuisine from across the world, a dedicated Wine Village and a city beach. Foodies festival


Brighton Festival logoSat 03 - Sun 25 May - Brighton Festival
England's largest international arts festival is an innovative commissioning and producing celebration of mixed arts offering an ambitious programme. This year welcomes former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen as Guest Director. Brighton Festival
 

Brighton Fringe logo

Sat 03 May - Sun 01 June - Brighton Fringe
England’s largest fringe festival encompasses thousands of events in venues across the city, site-specific work and one of the largest street festivals in the UK. Enjoy a programme of theatre, visual art, dance, comedy, music and film. Brighton Fringe


The Celtic Festival at Michelham PriorySun 04 - Mon 05 May - Ancient Crafts Festival
Demonstrations of boat building, hands-on pot & tile making, weaving and woodworking, food cooked on the hearth plus iving history displays indoor and out at Michelham Priory. Ancient Crafts Festival



South East Agricultural Society Spring Show logoSun 04 - Mon 05 May - Spring Garden Show
Ardingly showground bursting with colour and featuring displays, activities and advice for experienced and novice gardeners alike, Highlights include a mini-sheep show, spinners and weavers, fluffy duck trail and entertainment. Spring Show

 

Hello Kitty imageMon 05 May - 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


Bike 1066 logoMon 05 May - Bike 1066 Spring Opener
Hastings motorcycle trade and industry show where bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy trade stands, shows and exhibitions. Last year around 40,000 people took part, whether for a mass ride out or a niche exhibition on biking photography. Bike 1066
 

Pashley Manor tulips by David Dixonfinishes Mon 05 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.


Eastbourne Bandstand logoWed 07 / 14 / 21 / 28 May - 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


The Great Escape logoThur 08 - Sat 10 May - The Great Escape
Music festival and industry showcase event with over 350 bands playing venues throughout Brighton. Expect impromptu street gigs, club nights, label parties, industry showcases and outdoor gigs to add to the festivities. The Great Escape


The Festival of St Pancras May Fayre in LewesSat 10 May - Feast of St Pancras May Fayre
Lewes Priory hosts the Feast of St Pancras May Fayre. Sharpen skills in tug of war; archery and cannon firing and learn how to carve wood with a chainsaw. Try mosaics with two Roman goddesses, rolling the suede; falconry and enjoy music, drama and local cuisine.


Ladies Day at Plumpron Racecourse SussexSun 11 May - Ladies Day at Plumpton Races
A day of fun, fizz and fashion with prizes for the best dressed ladies, men and children. Alongside 7 races and the fashion competitions, there's a Shopping Village, live music, entertainers, and outdoor tables and chairs to relax. Ladies Day


Eastbourne Fstival event montagefinishes Sun 11 May - 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


The Observatory Science Centre in SussexFri 16 and Sat 17 May - Musuems at Night Open Evening
Look through some of the largest historic telescopes in the country and discover the Moon, planets, and deep sky objects. Or enjoy a cheese and wine supper for ‘Museums at Night’ - limited numbers so booking advised. Observatory Science Centre


The stage at the Charleston Festival SussexFri 16 May  - Sun 26 May - Charleston Festival
Be entertained and stimulated at this year’s Festival and celebrate many anniversaries and landmarks. All events last just over an hour, unless otherwise stated, and take place in a traditional marquee in the grounds of Charleston farmhouse. Charleston Festival
 

weir Wood Sailing Club logoSat 17 May - Weir Wood Sailing Club Open Day
Sailing demonstrations, racing, dinghy displays, model yacht racing an all day BBQ and plenty of experienced sailors on hand to speak to old hands or interested newcomers alike. Weir Wood Sailing Club is located near Forest Row.


Bluebells in flower at Wilderness Wood Sussexuntil Sat 17 May - Bluebell Walks
Enjoy spring flowers with special trails taking in white wood anemones, swathes of bluebells and golden celandines, with bright green spring leaves unfurling overhead. Three walk distances to choose from up to a mile. Wilderness Wood Bluebell Walks


Broken Seashells Dancing painting by Kezia Noel PatonSat 17 - Sun 18 May - Horsham Artists Open House
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


Carnivall of animals imageSun 18 May - Carnival of Animals Concert
Primavera Chamber Ensemble Concert presents a fun musical programme featuring Saints Saens’ amusing caricatures of the animal kingdom, narrated with the witty poems of Ogden Nash. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Herstmonceux gardens.


Bluebell Wood Sussex until Sun 18 May - Bluebell Walks
There are 8 walks over three working farms and 23 acres at Arlington Bluebell Wood. And it's open daily to celebrate 40 years. One walk is designed for those with walking difficulties and disability scooters are available free of charge. Arlington Bluebell Walks
 

Brighton Royal Escape race logo

Fri 23 May - The Royal Escape race
Celebrating Charles II escape from the republican Roundheads of Oliver Cromwell, this annual boat race from Brighton Pier to Fécamp, Normandy, France sees around 100 boats flee across the English Channel. Royal Escape race


Elderflower Feilds festival logoFri 23 - Mon 26 May - Elderflower Fields
Bentley Estate hosts the Sussex's family focused festival - three days of music and entertainment on two stages, childrens' activities and workshops, locally produced food & drink, a cocktail lounge in the woods - not forgetting Sunday's Elderflower Fields family picnic.


Arundel Castle SiegeSat 24 - Mon 26 May - Castle Seige
It is 1475 and Edward IV is King of England. Once again tensions have arisen between England and France, and seizing the opportunity a French force has crossed the channel, seized the Kings Ordinance (artillery) and surrounded the castle at Arundel. Castle Seige


Signpost at the Heathfield Agriculture Show, Sussex (c) Zoe NashSat 24 May - Heathfield Agricultural Show
The premier one day agricultural show in the south east with competitions for cattle, horses, pigs and sheep plus a flower show, country ways exhibitiors, vintage tractors and arena displays, events and trade stands. Heathfield Show


Sculpture displayed in Pashley Manor Gardens SussexSat 24 - Sat 31 May - Sculpture in Particular
Pashley Manor Gardens features the work of many eminent sculptors as well as works by local sculptors throughout the season. For these ten days there is an indoor display and sale of maquettes and small sculpture. Sculpture in Particular


Adur Festival 2013 logoThurs 24 May - 08 June - Adur Festival
Enjoy 18 days of Music, Theatre, Comedy, Arts, Literature, Poetry, Workshops & Activities happening across the Adur district co-ordinated by the Ropetackle Trust. The festival is a not-for-profit, open access celebratory event. Adur Festival


Herstmonceux CastleSun 25 May - Flights & Feathers
Enjoy a hands on Birds of Prey and Archery Day experience with some magnificent birds of prey including hawks and owls as well as learning how to handle a longbow and fire some arrows. Herstmonceux Castle.


Horse and rider compete at the cross country stage of Borde Hill Horse Trials, SussexSun 25 - Mon 26 May - Borde Hill Horse Trials
Set in the landscaped parkland of the Borde Hill Estate, the cross-country course is a challenge at all levels and includes a water complex. The show-jumping showground provides spectators with a compact site surrounded by trade stands. Horse Trials


Hello Kitty imageMon 26 May - 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


The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkTue 27 May - 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


Zachariah Keppel narrowboat Tues 27 May - Pirates and Princesses
Step aboard the Wey & Arun Canal boat for rollicking good fun. Trips include two sea battles to join in and treasure for all the children. Come in costume. Trips last approximately 90 mins.Pirates and Princesses


Hello Kitty imageWed 28 May - 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


Peppa Pig 10th anniversay logoWed 28 May - Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig returns to Harbour Park making appearances throughout the day, starting from 1pm. Entry via Go Unlimited ride wristbands and 10 ticket ride books purchased in advance online or at site on the day. Opportunity to meet and greet Peppa Pig and take photos.


Pirates demonstration at Arundel CastleThur 29 May - Pirates 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


Hello Kitty imageFri 30 May - 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


Knepp Castle Floral FairSat 31May - Knepp Castle Floral Fringe Fair
The Floral Fringe Fair has a wildlife theme and over 90 stalls of wildlife / plants / local food / artists and makers - all with a vintage twist. Pop-up vintage tearooms, classic cars and a chance to learn about the extraordinary re-wilding project and to visit Knepp Castle's private walled garden.


Sculpture displayed in Pashley Manor Gardens Sussexfinishes Sat 31 May - Sculpture in Particular
Pashley Manor Gardens features the work of many eminent sculptors as well as works by local sculptors throughout the season. For these ten days there is an indoor display and sale of maquettes and small sculpture. Sculpture in Particular


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


Pallant House Gallery logoon-going until 15 June - Stanley Spencer exhibition
One of the most important English painters of the 20th century, Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War is a rare chance to see the artist's celebrated war murals in a gallery setting and comes to Pallant House Gallery.


Pallant House Gallery logoon-going until 22 Jun - Cathedrals of England and France
Brighton-based artist Dennis Creffield (b.1931) was once described as ‘one of England’s most closely guarded secrets. Pallant House Gallery brings together for the first time, Creffield’s charcoal drawings of English medieval cathedrals, together with a series of French cathedrals.


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


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

 

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