Events and things to do in Sussex - June 2014

South of England Show

South of England Show - Credit: Archant

A whole host of June events from all corners of Sussex

24 May-8 June

Adur Festival

Adur Festival is a celebration of arts and community and is co-ordinated by the Ropetackle Trust. The theme this year is ‘Strange Creatures’.

Programmed events include:

-Grown up dressing up at the Masked Creatures Barn Dance The Shoreham Centre 24 May.

-Hands On Kid’s Creature Workshops in the Yurt throughout the half term 24 May-1 June.

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-Film screening of Where The Wild Things Are at Ropetackle on 31 May.

-Community arts event Building the ‘Adur Beast’ across the Shoreham footbridge 30/31 May.

-Curious Creatures, brilliant family fun from Squashbox Theatre at Ropetackle 7 June.

-Creature Costume Competition for up to 11yrs at the Donkey Derby in Buckingham Park 8 June.

For more information visit


31 May-1 June - The Floral Fringe

10.30am-5pm. The Floral Fringe Fair at Knepp Castle in West Grinstead has a wildlife theme and features over 100 stalls of specialist nurseries, contemporary crafts, woodland products, vintage collectibles, local food producers as well as experts on butterflies, honeybees, bumblebees, birds and bats. Entry £6.50 (or £5.50 for the first two occupants of a pre-1975 vehicle). For more information visit


The Birley Centre, Eastbourne June events

1 June: Unsung Heroes of English Song

3 June: Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe

15 June: Edward Hopper and Richard Cupidi

18 June: Singer-Songwriter Evening

24 June: Swing Easy

25-27 June: Blood Wedding

For more information tel: 01323 452255 or visit


5-7 June - South of England Show

9am-6.30pm. The spectacular South of England Show, celebrating all aspects of British country life, will be taking place at the South of England Showground in Ardingly. During these three glorious days the South of England Agricultural Society will throw the spotlight on the best of British agriculture, equestrianism, horticulture, food and drink, country crafts, sports and many other activities.

Free entry for children U6 yrs. Free parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground.

For further information and for advance ticket discounts tel: 01444 892700 or visit


6 June - An evening with Henry Olonga

7.30pm. An evening of anecdotes, humour and song with International Test cricketer, author and singer songwriter Henry Olonga at Worthing Tabernacle. Hear about his Test cricket career and discover how he became a Christian and why his faith is so important to him. Everyone welcome. For further information tel: 01903 236542 or email:


Three Friday Nights

Goodwood Racecourse

Three Friday Nights returns to Goodwood Racecourse in Chichester with a trio of all star DJs - Chase and Status (6 June), Naughty Boy (13 June) and BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe (20 June).

The legendary Three Friday Nights event is an eclectic combination of high-octane horse racing followed by music and dancing. After an exciting evening of horses thundering down the straight, the usually sedate Parade Ring will turn into one of the most glamorous dance floors in the UK.

Tickets start at £28 and hospitality from £68. All prices are per person and include a full evening of racing and music. For more information and tickets tel: 01243 216610 or visit


Hanover Band in Rottingdean

The Hanover Band, world renowned for its performances of masterpieces from the Baroque and classical repertoire, is to appear in a series of summer concerts at St Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean:

6 June: Buds of May

5 July: Glories of the Handel Era

23 August: Romantic Interludes

27 September: Mozart - Airs and Graces.

Tickets available from the church office or tel: 01243 813595 or visit


6 June - Behind the Lines

7pm/7.30pm. ‘What they thought at home and what the soldiers knew at the front’ is the theme of Behind the Lines, a programme of World War One poetry and prose hosted by Chichester Literary Society. Tickets £10, tel: 01243 537646. For more information visit


7-8 June - Horses at War

Remembering WW1 and WW2

10.30am-5pm. An exciting weekend of displays, re-enactments, military parades and traditional demonstrations commemorating the centenary of the First World War as well as 70 years since the D-Day landings. Learn about the role of the horse at war in the front line and home front. See teams of heavy horses pulling wartime implements alongside continuous arena displays, including a fantastic display of horsemanship from the 16th Lancers.

During the event as you walk around the Museum you can learn how the Home Front in the South Downs was involved in the war effort.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester: 01243 811363


10-14 June - Grease the Musical

7.30pm. With a cast of 65 youngsters aged between nine and 20 years old, GREASE will explode onto the Corn Exchange stage as Brighton Theatre Group Youth (BTGY) bring this song and dance spectacular to life. Fri and Sat Matinees 2.30pm. Tickets £14-£22.

Corn Exchange, Brighton: 01273 709709


13 June - Kristian Bezuidenhout and Amandine Beyer

Frant Church, Frant, Nr Tunbridge Wells

8pm. South African forte-piano virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout (Gramophone Magazine ‘Artist of the year 2013’) together with Paris-based baroque violinist Amandine evening of Mozart Sonatas. Tickets: £15. Ticket enquiries: Paul Barber 01892 750665, email or David Cragg 01892 750845.


14-15 June - Sussex Game and Country Fair

8am-7pm. This June’s Sussex Country Show will once again grace the beautiful grounds of Parham Park. One of the fastest growing outdoor events in the southern counties, the show retains its family appeal whilst still delivering superb traditional field sports displays and a host of have-a-go activities for all to enjoy.

Amongst the many attractions this year, Parham welcomes established jousters the Knights of Middle England, Jonathan Marshall Experience Falconry, Cyril the Squirrel, terriers (including rare Sealyham terriers) and lurchers, simulators, an Animal Tent as well as a fine selection of live music and children’s entertainment, world-class demonstrations and a variety of stationary engines for that bit of history and tradition. Tickets: Adults £15, Children U15 free. For more information visit


14-21 June - AEGON International Tennis

Devonshire Park in Eastbourne provides the idyllic setting for the Aegon International, a combined ATP and WTA event. The welcoming and friendly atmosphere attracts some of the world’s top men and very best women tennis players who often return year after year in a bid to lift the winner’s trophy and make their final preparations before The Championships, Wimbledon, which begins the week after. For more information and tickets visit


15 June - Father’s Day adventures with the National Trust

This Father’s Day, it’s time to treat dad to a day out he will really love. Whether he enjoys real ales, captivating gardens, history hunting through houses, 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 further information on events at National Trust properties throughout Sussex, visit


18-19 June - The Energy Show

Science Museum Live

Methane bubbles are set alight to make fireballs, liquid nitrogen freezes flowers, hydrogen balloons explode and rockets are fired into the audience. Stand well back and cover your ears - theatre just got dangerously exciting! Produced by the world famous Science Museum in London, this show is suitable for everyone aged 7+. Tickets: £15, £12, U16s half price.

The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709


20 June - RHS Growing for Success

Golden Rules of Gardening talk at Parham House and Gardens

7.30pm-9pm. Adam Pasco, previously editor of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, shares his illustrated guide providing 16 golden rules that can help everyone achieve greater success, productivity and enjoyment in their gardens. Tickets: £8.50 RHS Members, £10.50 Non RHS Members. To book tel: 0845 612 1253 and quote reference 11049.


21-22 June - Medieval Tournament

Arundel Castle

The Knights, Squires, Archers and Men-at-Arms of Raven Tor will meet in Tournament over this June Weekend. Featuring Distant Trumpets Story Teller, falconry display, archery and crafts. Tickets from £9.


21/22 and 28/29 June - Garden Gadabout

In aid of The Sussex Beacon

11am-5pm. More than 40 private gardens and community spaces have signed up, from small city courtyards to expansive open spaces around Brighton and Hove areas. Many of the gardeners will be providing gorgeous cakes, lunches and refreshments, and even a glass of Pimms! Details of the gardens will be in the colourful brochure, available now from local cafés, shops and venues.

Advance day tickets £6, on the day £7. Advance weekend tickets £10/£12 during the weekend, U12’s go free. For tickets and list of participating gardens visit


22 June - Summer Wildlife Walk at Iping and Stedham Commons

Sussex Wildlife Trust: 10.30am-1pm.

Join SWT People and Wildlife Officer Michael Blencowe for a guided walk looking out for birds including Dartford warbler and tree pipit and a variety of dragonflies, beetles and with luck the rare silver-studded blue butterfly.

Meet at Iping Common car park located south of the A272 on the Elsted Road, grid map ref: SU 852220. No booking required. For further details contact Michael Blencowe tel: 07827 830891.


26-29 June - The Hickstead Derby Meeting

The Derby is the flagship class of Hickstead’s June meeting, taking place on the final Sunday of the show. A total of 16 fences make up the tricky Derby course, including the Derby bank, the double of water ditches and the Devil’s Dyke, and clear rounds remain a rarity.

Riders have to qualify during the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, held on the Friday, while the British Speed Derby on the Saturday sees riders tackle some of Hickstead’s permanent fences at top speed, including the Irish bank and the road crossing. General admission tickets start from just £16 per adult and £8 for children. For tickets tel: 01273 834315 or visit