What's on in Sussex: November 2014

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


Hastings Herring Fair logoSat 01 - Sun 02 Nov - Hastings Herring Fair
Celebrate 'the silver of the sea'. Herrings are plentiful so don't lose the habit of buying and preparing them. Try tasters, see cooking demonstrations and enjoy local beers, wines and food at  Hastings Herring Fair.


Sat 0Giants of Brede1 Nov - Giants of Brede
Operating day for the Brede Steam Engine Society collection of huge Heritage Water Pumping Engines from 10.00-16.00. Enjoy the atmosphere of Water Pumping Heritage Engineering at its British best with the Giants of Brede near Rye.


Sat Battle bonfire image01 Nov - Battle Bonfire
A traditional town bonfire society event with a torchlight procession, plenty of noise and fireworks  organised by the Battel Bonfire Boyes. Marching bands, tabs and set pieces. Battle Bonfire
 


Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 01 Nov - Open Evening
Interested in the night sky? Fancy looking at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Open evenings at the Herstmonceux Observatory are your opportunity to glimpse these amazing instruments.


Veteran Car Run BrightonSun 02 Nov - London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
The world's longest running motoring celebration sees 500 eligible pre-1905 cars demonstrate their engineering ability on the historic 60-mile run through Sussex to finish on Brighton seafront. Veteran Car Run
 

Children in Halloween costume at Borde Hill Gardensfinishes Sun 02 Nov - Haunted Halloween Fun
Borde Hill Garden Spooktacular Hunt following clues around the garden to the haunted house. Fearless explorers retrieve a trick or treat from the bubbling cauldron or visit the ghost tent. Hallowe'en Fun
 


Fishers Farm Park logofinishes Sun 02 Nov - Hallowe'en Hauntings
Grab broomsticks and soar into Fishers Farm Park for a ‘Trick or Treat Trail’,  join the creepy crew at the Pumpkin Patch or a coven of wicked witches and a spectacle of Spooks perform the daily Spook Show’ and The Gory-ent Express.


Witch at Drusillas Parkfinishes Sun 02 Nov - Hallowe'en Shriek Week
Stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period. We’ve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises to keep your little horrors half term happy. Hallowe'en Shriek Week



Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 03 Nov - Racing at Plumpton
Enjoy At the Races national hunt jump racing in Sussex with 7 races on this fixture card. Plumpton is a small course with opportunities to see the horses parade before racing, or by standing close to a fence. Racing at Plumpton


Copper bathtub at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 04 - Wed 05 Nov - 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.


Wed 0Cliffe bonfire society at Lewes bonfire5 Nov - Lewes Bonfire
The Lewes bonfire societies hold commemorative processions through the town's crowded streets in an evening of drama, noise and boisterousness. Each society holds a separate bonfire and firework display - some require advance tickets. Lewes Bonfire


FireworksSat 08 Nov - Rye Fawkes
A procession of participants in fancy dress with flaming torches, drum bands and a fire-breathing dragon winds its way through Rye to the Salts where a ‘Normous Bonfire’ is waiting to be lit followed by the firework display. Rye Fawkes


Ice-rink at Brighton Royal PavilionSat 08 Nov - Sun 18 Jan - Pavilion Ice Rink
A return of Brighton's outdoor ice-rink to the Royal Pavilion’s Eastern Lawn allowing up to 250 skaters per session with penguin stabilisers and a learners area for the not-so-steady. Royal Pavilion Ice-Rink
 


Brighton Royal Pavilion in winterSat 08 Nov - Royal Pavilion and WW1
From 1914 to 1919 the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange were used by the military as hospitals. This tour explores the spaces transformed for medical use and includes exclusive backstage access to the Dome and a glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.


Early Music Festival Dancersfinishes Sun 09 Nov - Brighton Early Music Festival
The festival consists of performances connecting classical music, folk music and world music from the Middle Ages until the early 19th century. Musicians specialise in historically informed performance and this year's theme is Cities. Early Music Festival


Petworth Festival logoWed 13 - Sun 16 Nov - Petworth Literary Weekend
The Petworth Festival Literary Weekend offers talks and speakers reflecting on matters of local, historical, scientific and cultural interest. Tickets sales and programmes available online. Petworth Festival Literary Weekend


Herstmonceux ObservatoryFri 14 Nov - Open Evening
Interested in the Leonids Meteor Shower? Observe the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes at the Herstmonceux Observatory open eveing to see these amazing instruments.


Brighton Christmas Gift Fair Spectacular logoSat 15 Nov - Brighton Christmas Gift Fair Spectacular
Discover stylish homemade gifts as Brighton Racecourse hosts over 150 stands showcasing crafters, artists and designers plus festive food & drink stalls, live music a a Santa Grotto, Craft workshops and special guests. Gift Fair Spectacular


Christmas decorationsSat 15 - Sun 16 Nov - Christmas Fair
Over 100 christmas stalls selling a wide variety of gifts, food and decorations join a Santa’s grotto, children’s activities, decorations and Christmas music in the Elizabethan barn at Michelham Priory Christmas Fair


Weald and Downland museum Christmas MarketSat 15 - Sun 16 Nov - Christmas Market
A traditional Christmas market with over 100 stalls showing arts, crafts, food and much more. There will be hot chestnuts and other tasty seasonal treats. Meet the working donkeys and enjoy live music at Weald and Downland Museum.


Charity Santa runnersSun 16 Nov - East Grinstead Santa Run
Santas of all shapes and sizes line up for the festive chariy Santa Run of approx 3km taking place in East Grinstead. Anyone who wants to join in gets their very own Santa outfit (under 6s get a hat) to wear. Santa Run


Charity Santa runnersSun 16 Nov - Horsham Santa Run
Santas of all shapes and sizes line up for the festive charity Santa Run of approx 3km taking place in Horsham. Anyone who wants to join in gets their very own Santa outfit (under 6s get a hat) to wear. Santa Run


Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 17 Nov - Racing at Plumpton
Enjoy autumn jump racing in Sussex at the Pompadour meeting. Plumpton is a small course with opportunities to see the horses parade before racing, or by standing close to a fence. Racing at Plumpton


Cinecity logoThur 20 Nov - Sun 07 Dec - Cinecity
CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival returns with a global mix of premieres and previews, exhibitions and installations, treasures from the archive, live soundtracks and artists’ cinema. Brighton Cinecity festival


Bedgebury Midwinter Fair hamper displayThur 20 - Sat 22 Nov - Midwinter Fair
Find Christmas inspiration: heated marquees filled with modern & vintage goodies for home and garden, plus locally-produced food, gifts, fashion & jewellery. Bedgebury Pinetum Midwinter Fair



Wilmington PrioryFri 21 - Tue 25 Nov - Wilmington Priory Open Days
Wilmington Priory, near Eastbourne, dates back to 1215 is a complex puzzle to unravel; a medieval site, Great Chamber and living rooms improved by the Georgiaians. Wilmington Priory
 


CeramicsFri 21 - Sun 23 Nov - Brighton Craft Fair
MADE BRIGHTON returns to Brighton Corn Exchange offering the opportunity to buy original and exceptional design and craft from over 100 of the best contemporary local and national makers. Made Brighton


Santa in the South DownsFri 21 - Sun 23 Nov - Christmas Festival (TBC)
Stansted House and the Garden Centre seasonal event for Inspirational, Decorative & Creative gifts, Christmas Fare & Kitchen Accessories. There's a Gift Marquee on the South Lawn and a feast of flowers in The Chapel. A Christmas Festival


Family dressed up at Alfriston Dickensian EveningSat 22 Nov - Dickensian Evening (TBC)
Alfriston’s great winter celebration when many people dress up in Dickensian style costume as the road closes for morris dancing, carol singing, Santa's grotto and late night shopping.There's a Grand Procession and Christmas lights switch on. 


Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 29 Nov - Open Evening
Interested in the night sky? Fancy looking at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Open evenings at the Herstmonceux Observatory are your opportunity to glimpse these amazing instruments. Open Evening


Winter wonderland illuminations at DrusillasSat 29 Nov - Sun 04 Jan - Winter Wonderland illuminations
Designed by Channel 4’s ‘King of Christmas Lights’, Paul Toole, the dazzling Drusillas Winter Wonderland Illuminations start at 4:30pm daily, incorporating an animal themed light show synchronised to music.


Stall at Horsham MarketSun 30 Nov - Great British Christmas Market
Taking place in Horsham's historic Carfax, as well as mulled wine and mince pies, there are fabulous British gifts and crafts. Much of what you'll see at the market, you simply can't get anywhere else. Great British Christmas Market


Smiley Santa logoSun 30 Nov - Sussex Family Christmas Fair
Worthing's Charmandean Centre hosts over 65 stalls of Christmas decorations, toys, festive food & wine, contemporary crafts, jewellery, baby and children products, & home accessories plus Santa's Grotto and refreshments. Family Christmas Fair


Brighton Royal Pavilion Illuminateduntil - Sun 01 Mar - Peepers 
Pavilion Contemporary returns to the Royal Pavilion a new installation by artist Maisie Broadhead. Experience the Music Room as a decadent doll’s house, dwarfed by giant figures peering curiously in through the windows. Peepers

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