Events and things to do in Sussex - August 2014


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Edited by Erica Gilbert

8-10 August - Rime Square Peg Contemporary Circus

7.30pm. With thrilling acrobatics, song and story, Square Peg combine circus with theatre and dance – using group acrobatics and human towers, Chinese poles, silks, and flips and tricks to tell this beautiful haunting tale. Saturday and Sunday matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £12.50, Family of four: £34.

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206


24 July-September - The Jungle Book Trail

Bateman’s, National Trust.

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Have fun in the garden of Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book characters are hiding in the garden – follow the trail and find them all to win a jungle prize! Trail tickets: £2.50. Normal admission charges apply.

Bateman’s Lane, Burwash: 01435 882302


3-10 August - Mike Payne exhibition

Arundel Museum The award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and creator of Me to You’s Tatty Teddy launches his first art exhibition in Arundel this month. View and purchase his new artwork and meet the man himself from 10am-5pm daily.


August Events for National Marine Week

Sussex Wildlife Trust is celebrating National Marine Week with a splash of fun family events along the coast. Explore the seashore and uncover the magic of the underwater world. There’s wild art on the beach with Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and rock pooling at Seven Sisters Country Park. Meet Making Waves Officer, Nikki Hills, at the popular Wild Beach events where families can discover the secrets of the strandline with a scavenger hunt, build a shelter, or make your own kite to fly on the beach.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Online booking is essential.

For more information on suitable ages, locations and dates visit:


Best Dressed Lady at the Races!

Brighton Racecourse Ladies’ Day 7 August: Featuring Best Dressed Lady. This meeting also hosts the Brighton Challenge Cup. Gates open 12pm. For more information and tickets visit

Fontwell Racecourse Ladies’ Evening 14 August: Featuring Best Dressed Lady. Last year’s X-Factor finalist Luke Friend will light up Ladies’ Evening with a live performance after racing.

For more information and tickets visit


Outdoor Theatre at Borde Hill

Heartbreak Productions

Pride and Prejudice 8 August, 7.30pm: Witty, lively and engaging, a classic adaptation of the timeless tale of five sisters in search of love and happiness.

Peter Pan 9 August, 6.30pm: This classic tale is brought bang up to date. Join a group of skateboarders in an overnight protest to save their local park from government cuts and be drawn into a Neverland adventure.

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath: 01444 450326


8-10 August - West Dean Chilli Fiesta

Chichester’s West Dean Gardens’ three-day Chilli Fiesta, where you can samba and salsa, taste till your tongue sizzles and even pitch your tent. New for this year are enhanced food and gardening theatres, a second performance area, even more attractions in the Vintage Steam Fun Fair, and rock school workshops for younger festival-goers, plus for the first year you can treat yourself to the three-night weekend glamping experience. 10.30am-11pm, (Sunday 9pm).

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Magical Meadows

Celebrate summer at Wakehurst Place.

Bringing in the Hay 9/10 August: See how hay is made at Wakehurst and learn why haymaking is such a vital process to managing flower-rich meadows.

Working Horse Trust 24/25 August: See the horses up close and speak to the handlers to learn how working horses still have an important role to play in the conservation of our woodlands and meadows.

Entry to above events is included in admission to Wakehurst, accompanied under 17s are admitted free.

For more information visit


14-17 August - Airbourne

This year’s line-up includes the Canadian Lancaster RCAF FM213 on all four days of this year’s airshow. With four days of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Red Arrows displays already confirmed, Eastbourne will also welcome the Tucano, Tutor, Sea King and for fast jet fans, the resounding heavy metal of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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16-22 August - West Dean International Classical Guitar Festival and Summer School

The 23rd International Classical Guitar Festival and Summer School at West Dean College near Chichester offers superb learning and performance opportunities for all classical guitar enthusiasts. The summer school is supported by a series of events and concerts, which are open to the public.

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17 August - Grow your Own Festival

10.30am-5pm. Celebrating home-grown produce with local food producers, smallholders and guest speakers.

Meet Francis Quinn, the BBC Great British Bake Off winner 2013, and watch as she demonstrates how to turn garden produce into edible delights and decorations. Or pose a question to BBC Radio 4’s Pippa Greenwood in true Gardeners’ Question Time style!

Parham House & Gardens, Storrington, Nr Pulborough: 01903 742021


17 August - Summer fair and evening

Ghyll Manor, Rusper, near Horsham

An afternoon of traditional family fun and delicious barbecue using the best local produce. As afternoon becomes evening, stay for music, drinks and great summer food.

Summer fair admission is free, and food and drink will be available to purchase.

For more information visit


21-25 August - Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival

The festival features an array of world class professional headline converts across music styles including jazz, blues, soul, Brazilian and funk. Events will take place at selected venues throughout the daytime and evenings. There are free acoustic sessions, street entertainment, a festival outdoor music stage and live music performances at many local venues.

Headline artists include acclaimed jazz pianist Jason Rebello, guitarist Antonio Forcione, jazz singers Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe. Bass player Herbie Flowers serves up an all-star line-up for a jazz breakfast over the weekend.

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22-24 August - Brighton Modernist and 60s Weekender

A firm fixture in the Brighton calendar, August bank holiday will see the mod scene return to its spiritual home.

Free day events at The Volks in Madeira Drive, including live bands, market and record fair, scooter competition and cruise.

All evening events are at Brighton’s Komedia. An exciting line-up featuring the best mod DJs from around the UK spinning underground 60s dance gems.

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23-25 August - Shoreham River Fest

Live music including sea shanties, rock and classical, food and drink, river activities, family entertainment. Talks, films and some great exhibitions, all on the banks of the Adur.


30-31 August - The RAFA Shoreham Airshow

With up to six hours flying both days featuring over 60 participating aircraft – including the return of the RAF Typhoon – visitors will be in for one of the best airshows held at Shoreham in its 25-year history! A true family day out, with opportunities to visit the many ground attractions and see the aircraft flying, including the outstanding sight of two Lancasters in formation. Ticket Hotline: 01903 282360.

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6 September - Sussex Downs Charity Ball

Raising money for local causes, 7.30pm. This year’s gala ball is being held at Bignor Roman Villa, this year celebrating its 200-year anniversary opening to the public. Guests will enjoy Champagne and canapés during a private viewing of the villa and its ancient mosaics dating back to the 3rd century. A three-course dinner will be served in the main marquee followed by music and live entertainment.

This is a premier event with tickets at £95 each or to book a table contact