What's on in Sussex: November 2013

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.

Royal Pavilion Brighton - illuminatedFri 01 Nov - Illuminated Palace
An atmospheric evening of lighting and projections by digital art duo SDNA. The architectural features of Brighton’s iconic Royal Pavilion will be highlighted with colours and patterns inspired by the lesser-known interior décor. Illuminated Palace


Sat 0Giants of Brede2 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 image02 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 02 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


Capoeira Eastbourne logoSat 02 - Sun 03 Nov - Capoeira Festival
Capoeira Festival in EastbourneWitness the martial artform of Capoeira with two days of workshops in Eastbourne. Loaded with traditional music, dancing, fighting, singing and playing, the workshops are open to all and free of charge. Capoeira Festival


Sean Scully TriptychSat 02 Nov - Sun 26 Jan - Sean Scully Triptych
This is the first exhibition to explore Scully's engagement with the triptych format, which has obsessed him for nearly three decades. It will feature major paintings, drawings and etchings, from the last 40 years. Pallant House Gallery


Turner in Brighton posterSat 02 Nov - Sun 02 Mar - Turner in Brighton
The exhibition at Brighton Royal Pavilion celebrates the acquisition of 'Brighthelmston, Sussex' by showing how Turner and his contemporaries perceived the town at the height of its development into a fashionable seaside resort. Turner in Brighton


Latin Voices Llive logoSat 02 - Sat 09 Nov - Latin Voices Live
Celebrate Brighton’s take on Dia de los Muertos (Mexico’s most famous holiday) with live music, food, film, talks, arts and crafts, visual arts representing Latin culture from around the world. Latin Voices Live


Example of Horsham Flag Art by Derek Golledgefinishes Sat 02 Nov - Horsham Town Festival
Traditional fun-fair, live music, street comedy and lots of Halloween thrills, fun and games for all the family this October Half Term. Plus a display of contemporary Flag Art along West Street by Horsham based artists,  Horsham Festival


Witch explores Bodiam Castle at Hallowe'enfinishes Sat 02 Nov - Hallowe'en Trail
Prove you're daring at Bodiam Castle's half term Hallow’een trail. Face some creepy characters among Bodiam’s ruins and climb the twisting staircases up to the battlements in search of hidden clues and to claim a prize. Hallowe'en Trail


Veteran Car Run BrightonSun 03 Nov - London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
The world's longest running motoring celebration sees 500 eligible pre 1905 manufacture 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 03 Nov - Halloween week
Borde Hill Garden opens for half term activities including the 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 Hunt


Fishers Farm Park logofinishes Sun 03 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.
 

Battle Abbey Gatehousefinishes Sun 03 Nov - Spooky Abbey
Join Professor Midnight for a ghost walk around the haunted grounds of Battle Abbey where one of English history's bloodiest events took place. Hear chilling tales of mysterious monks and spooky soldiers. Spooky Abbey


Shark Week logofinishes Sun 03 Nov - Shark Weeks
Supporting ‘European Shark Week’ and the Shark Trust, Brighton Sea Life Centre has interactive family activities to raise awareness about shark conservation. There’ll be a quiz trail, face-painting, facts of the day and shark cakes. Shark Week


Witch at Drusillas Parkfinishes Sun 03 Nov - Hallowe'en Shriek Week
If you are bored of all your local haunts, 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 04 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


Tues 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


Petworth Festival logoWed 06 - Sun 10 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 08 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


Brighton Christmas Gift Fair Spectacular logoSat 09 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


Michelham PriorySat 09 Nov - 11 Dec - Best Shots Exhibition
Michelham Priory plays host to this travelling exhibition displaying the winning entries from the Best Shots 2013 photography competition. Best Shots

 

Observatory Science Centre HerstmonceuxSat 09 Nov - Curry & Comets
Enjoy a warming curry, a glass of wine and an informative talk then spot a shooting star or two associated with the annual Taurids meteor shower when the Earth passes through the dust trail of comet Encke. Observatory Science Centre


FireworksSat 09 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


Hastings Herring Fair logoSat 09 - Sun 10 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.


Ice-rink at Brighton Royal PavilionSat 09 Nov - Sun 19 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
 


Tales through Time logoSun 10 Nov - Art meets Archaeology
A practical art workshop for 11 - 18 year olds at Fishbourne Roman Palace with artist Antony Muzzall to create a theatrical mask inspired by Roman gods and mythological creatures. Booking required.



Early Music Festival Dancersfinishes Sun 10 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 Celebration. Early Music Festival


Cinecity logoThur 14 Nov - Sun 01 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


The Heath QuartetFri 15 - Sun 17 Nov - Kirker Chamber Music Festival
Deans Place Hotel hosts three concerts in Alfriston. The festival stars The Heath Quartet with Matthew Hunt, one of the country's leading chamber musicians and violist & composer Simon Rowland-Jones. Chamber Music Festival


Twinkle Bee Cottage Lip BalmsSat 16 Nov - The Fairytale Fair
Fall down the rabbit hole and explore a whimsical themed craft fair in Brighton's Patcham Methodist Church. Expect 30-35 local stall holders selling handmade crafts, vintage style items and Alice in Wonderland cakes. Fairytale Fair


Charity Santa runnersSat 16 Nov - East Grinstead Santa Run
Santas of all shapes and sizes line up for the festive 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


Brighton Octonauts logoSat 16 - Sun 17 Nov - Meet the Octonauts
Dive into action with Kwazi & Peso from the Octonauts, the team of undersea adventure heroes from CBeebies. Young fans of the TV show can meet Kwazii & Peso at the ray pool next to the cafe at Brighton Sealife Centre


Christmas decorationsSat 16 - Sun 17 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
 

Brrighton Racecourse logoSat 16 - Sun 17 Nov - Rock, Gem & Bead Show
A comprehensive selection of stones and products under one roof. Brighton Racecourse hosts a show of natural stone products from around the world as well as a great selection of beads and jewellery making equipment. Rock, Gem & Bead Show


Weald and Downland museum Christmas MarketSat 16 - Sun 17 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 17 Nov - Horsham Santa Run
Santas of all shapes and sizes line up for the festive 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 18 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


Wilmington PrioryThur 21 - Mon 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
 


Bedgebury Midwinter Fair hamper displayThur 21 - Sat 23 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
 


CeramicsThurs 21 - Sun 24 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 22 - Sun 24 Nov - Christmas Festival
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


The tower at Michelham PrioryFri 22 Nov - Ghost Walk
Dare you walk at night around Michelham Priory , the place that launched the “Most Haunted” TV show? This 90 minute walk offers stories of Ghosts and Paranormal activity, together with the history and characters of the priory’s past. Ghost Walk


Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 23 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


Family dressed up at Alfriston Dickensian EveningSat 23 Nov - Dickensian Evening
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. 


Brighton Octonauts logoSat 23 - Sun 24 Nov - Meet the Octonauts
Dive into action with Kwazi & Peso from the Octonauts, the team of undersea adventure heroes from CBeebies. Young fans of the TV show can meet Kwazii & Peso at the ray pool next to the cafe at Brighton Sealife Centre


Petworth House by John MillerSat 23 - Sun 24 Nov - Christmas Fair
Get Christmas shopping wrapped up in one day, under one roof. Indulge in a little retail therapy at the annual Petworth House Christmas Fair. Exclusive gifts in a festive but tranquil setting.

 

Sid and Scat characters from Ice Age movieSat 30 Nov - Meet Sid & Scat
Sid and Scat from Ice Age will be chilling out at Drusillas Park for one day only. Don’t miss the chance to meet the beloved duo as greet visitors at intervals throughout the day. Sid & Scat visit



Christmas DecorationsSat 30 Nov - Pop-up Vintage Fair
Huge indoor fair at Brighton Racecourse which features vintage, retro, crafts, antiques and live jazz music; this vintage Christmas fair wil have over 50 stall holders as well as an outdoor food market and a florist on the day. Pop-up Christmas Fair
 

Smiley Santa logoSat 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 Octonauts logoSat 30 Nov - Sun 01 Dec - Meet the Octonauts
Dive into action with Kwazi & Peso from the Octonauts, the team of undersea adventure heroes from CBeebies. Young fans of the TV show can meet Kwazii & Peso at the ray pool next to the cafe at Brighton Sealife Centre


Winter wonderland illuminations at DrusillasSat 30 Nov - Sun 05 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.


Pauline Boty, colour her gone (c) Artists estate Sat 30 Nov - Sun 09 Feb - Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman
A leading figure in the 1960's pop art movement until her death aged just 28, Boty's work explores themes of female sexuality, gender, race and politics. This is the first public exhibition to survey her career as a whole. Pallant House Gallery


Eric Ravilious printon-going until Sun 08 Dec - Eric Ravilious Prints
Celebrated painter, designer, book illustrator and wood engraver, Eric Ravilious (1903 - 42) was one of Britain's most popular and versatile artists, producing distinctive works in the 1930s which are hugely evocative of the era. Pallant House Gallery


View of ice capped Earthon-going until 18 Jan - 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 21 Jan - 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


Pallant House Gallery logoon-going until 01 Feb - The Nicholsons and their circle
A significant family of artists who, along with their circle of friends, had a major impact on Modern British art in the first half of the 20th Century, the exhibition draws from a private collection joining Pallant House Gallery on long-term loan.


Subversive Design image at Brighton Museumon-going until 09 Mar - Subversive Design
Makers and designers including Grayson Perry, Alexander McQueen, Shao Fan and Philippe Starck play with form, function and technology to create objects that provoke and amuse at this Brighton Museum & Art Gallery exhibition.  
 

 

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