Events and things to do in Sussex - August 2015

Shoreham Airshow

Shoreham Airshow - Credit: Archant

A selection of the latest events, performances and things to do across Sussex. Edited by Erica Gilbert

We do love to be beside the seaside - 25 July-9 August

Sussex Wildlife Trust is celebrating the wonderfully varied wildlife of our seas with a range of seaside events for all the family this month. Booking is essential. For further information on prices, age suitability and dates, call 01273 497561.



Brighton and Hove Pride Weekend - 1-2 August

From the spectacular Brighton Pride Community Parade to the glorious Pride Festival in Preston Park, this year celebrates Pride’s 25th anniversary. The Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park (noon-10pm) is set to be a sparkling summer sensation with a star-studded line-up of artists, performers, musicians and DJs including The Human League, Fatboy Slim, Foxes and Ms Dynamite. Advance tickets: £18.50/£21. (£25 on the day)


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The Loxwood Jous - 1-2, 8-9 August

10am-6pm. The Loxwood Joust is the most spectacular mediaeval festival in the realm, with an unrivalled programme of mediaeval mayhem. Step back in time and experience this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family.

The Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood;


Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo: Chichester Festival Youth Theatre - 2-16 August

This thrilling and touching tale of healing and the power of nature is set in the magnificent landscape of Cass Sculpture Foundation in Goodwood, against the backdrop of monumental sculptures and dramatic settings. Directed by Dale Rooks, this promenade production captures the story through a montage of haunting soundscapes, jungle beats, chants and magnificent life-size puppetry by former War Horsepuppeteers, Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié. Suitable for children aged over seven. Times vary. Tickets: £23, children under 16 half price.

For tickets, telephone 01243 781312


National Trust Theatrical Summer

Take live entertainment, a picnic and a beautiful setting and you have all the ingredients for a perfect summer evening. The National Trust is hosting a season of outdoor theatre in the flower-filled gardens at Nymans and Petworth Park in West Sussex. With something to appeal to all ages, productions include: The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Twelfth Night and Pride and Prejudice.

For more information and tickets visit


Borde Hill Summer Fun and Musical Sundays - 2-30 August

Every Sunday in August, Borde Hill Garden will host a series of family and music activities, enabling the whole family to make the most of the summer weather. Borde Hill Garden will once again host the popular Musical Sundays, which will take place every Sunday in August between 1-3pm. Musicians on the South Lawn will perform one of a variety of genres from classical to jazz, with the Elizabethan mansion house as a backdrop. The Little Ritz Vintage Tea Café will be serving refreshments in the afternoons and guests are also invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the music with their family and friends.

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath: 01444 450326


Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap! - 5 August

8pm. No stranger to yap, Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK and Ireland with his brand new stand up show, Yap, Yap, Yap! The BAFTA and British Comedy Award-winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand-up roots with his hilarious take on life. Age suitability 15 years plus. Tickets: £32.

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000


Festival of Racing at Brighton Racecourse - 5-7 August

Featuring the most prestigious races of the season. Ladies’ Day (6 August) brings the fashion, glitz and glamour to the racecourse and includes prizes for the Best Dressed Lady.


Family Raceday - 23 August

Free children’s entertainment -


West Dean Chilli Fiesta - 7-9 August

10.30am-11pm, Sunday 9pm. West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta turns 20 this year. The Fiesta features a full three-day programme of live music, cookery demonstrations, glasshouses bursting with chillies, talks and more than 180 stalls selling a variety of chilli-based gifts and produce. As part of the weekend’s anniversary celebrations, festivalgoers will be treated to a spectacular firework display on the Saturday.


L’heure Espagnole/L’enfant et les Sortileges - 8-30 August

Glyndebourne Festival

Separated by 15 years and a world war, Ravel’s two operas could not be more different: L’heure espagnole evokes the racy Belle Époque of Ravel’s youth, while L’enfant reflects the hard-won humanity of those who survived ‘The War to End All Wars’. L’heure basks in a lush, sensual sound world, while L’enfant deploys large orchestral forces to weave a transparent, almost minimalist musical fabric.

01273 813813 or go to


Working Horse Trust August events

The Trust was formed to help preserve and promote all traditional breeds of Heavy Working Horse – the populations of which had become decimated by the 1960s and which today are all classified as rare breeds.

The Trust has 15 horses, and a team of over 40 volunteers. Throughout the year they attend as many external events as possible to keep the horses in the public eye:


Timber Extraction in Wilderness Wood - 9 August

Hadlow Down


Harrowing the Wildflower Meadow - 23 August

High Beeches Gardens, Handcross


Harrowing the Wildflower Meadow - 30-31 August

loomers Valley at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly


Airbourne - 13-16 August

This free four-day event will feature the world famous RAF Red Arrows on the Saturday, along with displays throughout the afternoon from the Vulcan bomber, Eurofighter Typhoon, Tutor, a new Hawk T2 duo display and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features a four-ship formation from the Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota.

There will be plenty of fun on the ground too, including children’s entertainment, helicopter flights and evening concerts at the Bandstand, including Big Band Night on Thursday and the legendary pop-punk princess Toyah, on Friday.


Ladies’ Day - 13 August

Dress to impress as the glitz and the glamour returns this summer to Fontwell Park alongside seven great races. Gentlemen welcome!


Armed Forces Raceday - 25 August

In aid of The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home.


The Worthing International Birdman - 15-16 August

The Worthing International Birdman event is a competition for human-powered flying machines that take off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier. There are three flying classes, so prospective entrants can decide if they wish to be a serious aviator or want to take part for fun and raise money for charity.


Rosemary Lane Day - 22 August

Midday to Midnight. The Bell in Ticehurst and The Bert Jansch Foundation present the inaugural Bert Jansch Guitar and Folk Festival – a unique event celebrating the musicianship, songwriting and enduring legacy of this quiet genius of the guitar. Line-up includes: The Princes In The Tower, The Bert Jansch Foundation Scholarship performance, Lilly Denning, Noisy Toys, The Ballad Of The Bell, guitar lessons, workshops and much more.


The RAFA Shoreham Airshow - 22-23 August

This year’s show will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will pay tribute to all airmen of the Battle of Britain with an array of aircraft types that participated in the battle, including the iconic three-ship of Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane.


The Arundel Festival - 22-31 August

This year’s festival promises fantastic entertainment, with a diverse range of events and activities. There are many new initiatives for you to enjoy, including a Wine Trail organised by the Arundel Wine Society, helicopter rides over the town, Arundel in the South Downs Trails offering bike and walking trails and Arundel Festival Fair on Bank Holiday Monday.

There are also perennial favourites such as the Duck Race and Gallery Trail, while Arundel Castle will be hosting two nights of al fresco Shakespeare in the Collector Earl’s Garden – a truly magical experience.


Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival - 27-31 August

Taking place in the beautiful town of Rye, this year’s festival presents an array of superb world-class headline acts featuring the very best in jazz, blues, soul, R&B, funk, Latin and world music.

Headline acts include international jazz singer Gregory Porter, Paul Jones and the blues band, blues singer and guitarist ex-frontman and founder of Doctor Feel Good Wilko Johnson, Bassist Herbie Flowers, jazz and swing singer James Tormé and US soul diva Avery Sunshine.


August Bank Holiday at Goodwood Racecourse - 28-30 August

A fabulous weekend of exciting horseracing and 1950s themed entertainment. With spectacular fireworks, fairground and funfair rides, a replica beachfront complete with huts, superb food and drink and traditional music and entertainment, this balmy summer fixture is fun for all the family.

01243 216610;


Shoreham River Fest - 29-31 August

This fun-filled weekend offers a vast range of events all based around various locations in Shoreham. Events include live music, the arts, food and drink markets, river activities including Dragon Boat racing, wild swimming and an appearance by the RNLI lifeboat, classic car show, funfair and more.