What's on in Sussex: November 2016

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.

Copper bathtub at Ardingly Antiques FairTues 01 - Wed 02 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.

Petworth Festival logoWed  02 - Sun 06 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

Glyndebourne production La bohemefinishes Fri 04 Nov - Glyndebourne on Tour
The Autumn season presents exciting new talent and high production standards in the Sussex countryside. This year’s programme features Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly on stage. Glyndebourne on Tour 2016

Brede Steam Engine PumpsSat 05 Nov - Giants of Brede
Operating day for the Brede Steam Engine Society collection of 35ft Heritage Water Pumping Engines from 10.00-16.00. Enjoy the atmosphere of Water Pumping Heritage Engineering at its British best with the Brede Steam Giants near Rye.

Sat Battle bonfire image05 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

Sat 0Cliffe bonfire society at Lewes bonfire5 Nov - Lewes Bonfire
Seven 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

Hastings Herring Fair logoSat 05 - Sun 06 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 05 Nov - Jan 2017 - 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

Veteran Car Run BrightonSun 06 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

Cinecity logoFri 11 - Sun 27 Nov - 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

FireworksSat 12 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

Christmas Gift Fair at Brighton's Amex StadiumSat 12 - Sun 13 Nov - Christmas Gift Fair
Discover stylish homemade gifts as Brighton's Amex Stadium hosts over 100 stands on three floors showcasing crafts, artists and designers plus festive food & drink stalls, home accessories, fashion and technology. Gift Fair Spectacular

Christmas decorationsSat 12 - Sun 13 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

Early Music Festival Dancersfinishes Sun 13 Nov - Brighton Early Music Festival
Performances of classical music, folk music and world music from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century where musicians specialise in historically informed performance. This year's theme is Nature & Science. Early Music Festival

finishes 14 Nov - Forgotten Wrecks of WW1
Maritime Archaeology Trust exhibition about hundreds of First World War shipwrecks lying off Sussex shores. Lost through attack, scuttling, collision or bad weather, there are stories and artefacts recovered from wrecks, displayed at Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress.

Shadows of the Wanderer sculpture at Chichester cathedralfinishes 14 Nov - Shadows of the Wanderer
An exhibition by the acclaimed artist Ana Maria Pacheco occupyies Chichester cathedral's entire North Transept. A complex scene of twelve figures, each of them is larger than a human and carved out of a single lime tree. Shadows of the Wanderer

Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 14 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

Bedgebury Midwinter Fair hamper displayThur 17 - Sat 19 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

Herstmonceux ObservatoryFri 18 Nov - Open Evening
Interested in observing the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Come along to Herstmonceux Observatory open eveing to see these amazing instruments.

Wilmington PrioryFri 18 - Mon 21 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

Family dressed up at Alfriston Dickensian EveningSat 19 Nov - Alfriston Dickensian Evening
Alfriston’s winter celebration when people dress up in Dickensian 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. 

Winter wonderland illuminations at DrusillasSat 19 Nov - Mon 02 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.

Royal Pavilion Brighton during WWIfinishes 20 Nov - Pavilion blues; Disability and Identity
This exhibition uncovers the story of how Brighton’s Royal Pavilion became a specialist hospital for amputee soldiers during the First World War, giving over 6,000 servicemen treatment, rehabilitation and training from 1916 until 1920. Pavilion Blues

Hello Kitty imageSat 26 Nov - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty returns to 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

Herstmonceux ObservatorySat 26 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

Stall at Horsham MarketSat 26 Nov - Great 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

Weald and Downland museum Christmas MarketSat 26 - Sun 27 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.

Artist Open House logoSat 26 Nov - Sun 27 Nov - Christmas Artists' Open Houses
Explore individual work in artists’ houses, galleries and studios across Brighton & Hove. Choose from limited edition works of art, craft and design or simply enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie. Artists' Open Houses

Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 28 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

on-going - Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern witchcraft and folk culture in Britain
Uique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents relating to witchcraft, magic, folklore and Paganism, from the personal collection of ‘white witch’ Doreen Valiente. Her collection is acknowledged as the world's most important of its kind. Preston Manor

on-going to 08 Jan 2017 - Fashion Cities Africa
This first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion explore fours cities at the compass points of the African continent: Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery,



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