20 events and things to do in Sussex - June 2015

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A selection of performances, shows, festivals, fairs and more right across Sussex this June

30 May-14 June - Adur Festival

Sixteen days of non-stop art and culture, with community events across Adur and a district-wide street party on 13 June, with professional street theatre performances from across the globe. The theme this year is Food of Love.

For more information go to www.adurfestival.co.uk


4 June - Damsels and Dragons

Sussex Wildlife Trust

10am-4pm. Sussex Wildlife Trust presents the perfect day for anyone interested in dragonflies and damselflies. The morning begins with a presentation by Mike Russell, with tips on identification and the best places to spot these winged wonders in Sussex. The afternoon will be spent outdoors on a field trip around Woods Mill nature reserve near Henfield looking out for a glimpse of these spectacular signs of summer. Booking for ‘An introduction to dragonflies and damselflies’ is essential.

For further information on what to bring, prices and online booking, go to www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01273 497561

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Three Friday Nights - Goodwood Racecourse

• 5 June: 2manydjs

• 12 June: Gorgon City

• 19 June: Idris Elba

Actor and DJ Idris Elba, Gorgon City and 2manydjs will each take centre stage at Goodwood Racecourse to perform as part of Three Friday Nights; a vibrant combination of racing, music and dancing.

After dark, heels will replace hooves as the Parade Ring transforms into a unique music arena. Thousands of racegoers will flock to the stage after an afternoon of racing for an evening filled with music and dancing at one of Britain’s most picturesque racecourses, nestled within the heart of the Goodwood Estate’s rolling countryside.

Gordon Enclosure tickets start at £22.50 and Richmond Enclosure at £43. For tickets go to www.goodwood.com/3fn or call the ticket office on 01243 216610


6 June - The Proclaimers

7.30pm. Expect to hear the classics Sunshine on Leith, (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles, Letter From America, I’m on My Way, Life With You, Let’s Get Married and more.

Tickets: £29.50. White Rock Theatre, Hastings: 01424 262288


Waterloo Bonfire Society

Night Before Music Extravaganza and Fete

• 6 June: Night Before live music extravaganza at the Paddock, Lewes from 6pm. Harvey’s Beer Tent and barbecue available together with a number of sideshow games.

• 7 June: 36th Annual Fete at the Paddock, featuring stallholders, traditional fairground, arena events, Harveys beer tent with live music and more.

For more information or to book a stall contact Amanda French on 07949 836644 or email Amanda@waterloobonfire.co.uk


6-7 June - Alexandra Bastedo ABC Animal Sanctuary Open Days

Juggs Lane, West Chiltington, Pulborough

11am-4pm. This popular open weekend promises to be as exciting and entertaining as ever. There will be lots of things to see and do for both young and not so young. Apart from meeting all the beautiful animals, there will be lots of stalls, celebrities, refreshments and games.

For more information go to www.abcanimalsanctuary.co.uk


11-13 June - South of England Show

South of England Centre, Ardingly

The 150-acre showground will be alive with hundreds of competitions and entertainment for all ages and has been divided into eight specific zones this year. These include; Food and Drink, Livestock, Countryside Learning (incorporating Wildlife, Farming and Forestry), Machinery, Garden, Plants and Flowers (incorporating Bees and Honey), Equestrian (including a new Heavy Horse Village), Skills and Craftsmanship and Country Sports (incorporating The Hound Show).

Tickets: under 16s go free when accompanied by a paying adult (£20), senior citizens and students over 16, £18. Free parking and regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground. Save up to 20 per cent with early bird advance ticket discounts at www.seas.org.uk


13 June-12 July - Festival of Chichester

The festival celebrates music, literature, talks, art exhibitions, theatre, walks, film and more. Highlights include Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jack Liebeck, Martin Simpson, Zoe Rahman, Hanover Band, Jo Shapcott, authors William Nicholson, Peter Lovesey and Simon Brett, Jay Phelps Quintet, Sir Jeremy Greenstock and international pianist Victor Ryabchikov.

Tickets from www.chichestertickets.co.uk or go to the Cloisters Shop, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester, or tel. 01243 813595. For more information go to www.festivalofchichester.co.uk


14 June - Fletching Garden Trail

Near Uckfield, East Sussex

Gardens open from 11am-4pm. The Fletching Garden Trail offers visitors much yearned-for access to immaculately kept herbaceous borders, stunning views across National Trust land, and homemade lunches under ancient oak trees. Enjoy Clinton Lodge, ice creams, alpacas, activities for children, local artists, raffles, crafts, plant stalls and more. Tickets £6, children go free.

All proceeds benefit Fletching Church of England Primary School.


16 June - Music@Ardingly Concert Series

Ardingly College, College Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath

7.30pm. Ardingly welcomes back the very popular young a capella ensemble VOCES8. One of the most versatile vocal groups in the world, VOCES8 will bring their eclectic mix of music to Sussex, performing pieces from polyphony to pop.

Tickets £16, Concessions £13. Contact music@ardingly.com or tel: 01444 893230 or book online www.ticketsource.co.uk/musicatardingly


17 June - Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Herstmonceux Castle

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings for a perfect evening of theatre under the stars.

For more information and tickets go to www.chapterhouse.org


18 June-25 July - Educating Rita

Willy Russell’s comic masterpiece has entertained audiences around the globe since it premiered in 1980, and went on to become an award-winning film. Times vary.

Tickets: £25, £34. Minerva Theatre, Chichester: 01243 781312


19-21 June - Frant Festival of the Guitar

Frant Church, High Street, Frant, near Tunbridge Wells

• 19 June: Craig Ogden

• 20 June: Gary Ryan

• 21 June: John Etheridge/Clive Carroll

Music in Frant celebrates the magic of the guitar, from Bach to Hendrix, classical to electric, featuring some the foremost guitarists in the world: Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan, Clive Carroll and John Etheridge.

Tickets £13 per concert (all concerts start at 8pm with doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets available from Frant Stores, Britten’s Music Shop, Tunbridge Wells, telephone 01892 750665 or 750845 and www.wegottickets.com


Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Why not take advantage of one of the many walks, talks and workshops at Rye Harbour nature reserve this month? Learn about marsh frogs, wildlife photography and garden tiger moths or just enjoy guided walks on this Sussex Wildlife Trust flagship reserve.

For further information and booking go to www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01797 227784


19 June - Midsummer Magic

Parham House, Storrington, near Pulborough

6pm-9pm. Visitors will be able to experience the magic of Parham House gardens as dusk descends on this idyllic setting. With a glass of chilled Prosecco in hand, they will be able to stroll along the spectacular herbaceous boarders in the four-acre 18th century walled garden and admire the vegetable garden, the long greenhouse full of tender plants and the adjoining pleasure grounds. There will be live music in the walled garden from The Jazz Smugglers and head gardener Tom Brown will be there to talk to guests. Entry £5 per person with glasses of Prosecco and soft drinks available at an additional cost. Tickets will be available on the gate and the plant and garden shop will be open, selling more than 200 varieties of herbaceous perennials, all grown at Parham.



20-21 June - Sussex Game and Country Fair

Parham Park, Storrington, near Pulborough

8.30am-6pm. The Sussex Country Fair will once again grace the beautiful grounds of Parham Park, offering the perfect weekend getaway for field sports enthusiasts and families during the summer holiday. Highlights include the incredible IMPS Motorcycle Display Team, the Lamb National, Bob Hogg’s sheepdog display and Terry Large of Campaign for Falconry to name but a few. Other activities to keep the whole family entertained over the weekend include land zorbs, roaming musical entertainment, rural craft demonstrations, have a go opportunities, Hugh Nightingale the magician, ferret racing, cavy tent, survival camp, vintage section and lots more!

All children under 16 free.

For more information visit www.sussexcountryshow.co.uk


20-27 June - Aegon International Tennis

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

The Aegon International tournament returns to Devonshire Park this June, showcasing some of the world’s finest female tennis players as they prepare for Wimbledon.

The sunny seaside setting has played host to some of the legends of the game over its 41-year history, with previous champions including Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Virginia Wade, Monica Seles, Kim Clijsters and Lindsey Davenport.

For more information and tickets visit www.lta.org.uk


25 June - Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

8pm. An evening in the company of comedian Milton Jones. Tickets: £27.90.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7677


21 June - Musicals at the Manor

Folkington Manor

4pm. Ruthie Henshall headlines this special summer concert in support of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Tickets are £130 per person with discounts available when booking a table of 10. Show Only tickets are £70.

For further information call 01323 483946 or email info@folkingtonmanor.com


21 June - Father’s Day fun with the National Trust

This Father’s Day, it’s time to treat Dad to a day out he will really love, be that a family walk in the countryside, enjoying a hearty meal, or re-living his childhood by creating a den with the kids – one of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ challenges.

Whether he enjoys real ales, captivating gardens, history, geocaching or simply getting closer to nature, the National Trust has everything you need to help Dad and the rest of the family have a great day out.

For information about events in Sussex go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast