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Events suitable for the whole family are never hard to come by in Sussex thanks to a range of tourist hot-spots including a national park, two cities, one of the best small zoos in Europe and a selection of seaside resorts. We've got hundreds of exciting events taking place all year round for residents and day-trippers to enjoy. 

What's on in Sussex this weekend?

To find out what's on in Sussex today or this weekend, use the search box above to narrow down your required date. Families on a budget can look out for the many free events taking place while there's plenty of fun activities for kids to do whether it's during the holidays or for a weekend break.

Exciting entertainment takes place all year round with an enviable supply of themed festivals. There's no shortage of food and drink festivals and the local produce is amongst the best in the UK with seafood from Hastings and ideal conditions for vineyards giving a unique flavour to any event.

May is festivals month in Brighton with arts, music and diverse culture celebrated in party style, but there's always something going on making it a popular destination for a day trip from London. Brighton is also renowned for a thriving comedy scene.

The culture and heritage of 1066 Country, walking and other outdoor events of the South Downs National Park along with family-friendly towns of Eastbourne, Worthing, Littlehampton and Bognor mean you're never far from an event guaranteed to give you a warm welcome.

If you're looking for what's on when it's raining, the coastal geography of Sussex means you can switch the beach for a trip to a local castle, all of which have a calendar of seasonal events to entertain children and adults.

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If you're travelling from outside the area for an event in Sussex, there are numerous hotels and other accommodation options to suit your needs.

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Sussex events near me

The guide below shows our calendar of events in Sussex. Whether you're local or visiting the area, find what's happening near you by clicking the Map View button.

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  1. The Story of Eastbourne Exhibition

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    Heritage & History

    Eastbourne

    The Story of Eastbourne Exhibition and Heritage Hub tells the story of Eastbourne through the eyes of the real people who lived it, as well as providing an information hub for heritage. The exhibition will run for two years, will test the water for…

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019to28 Feb 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  2. Surviving or Thriving – An exhibition on plants and us

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    Exhibitions

    Ardingly

    • Opening 22nd March 2019 at the Millennium Seed Bank Atrium Gallery at Wakehurst
    • Based on research from Kew's pioneering State of the World's Plants and Fungi reports
    • Exhibition includes five monumental laser cut trees, each showcasing a…

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    From:
    22 Mar 2019to1 Sept 2020Open 10:00 - 04:00
  3. Lego Before Lego

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    Exhibitions

    Brighton

    Did you know the Lego company was founded in 1932 manufacturing wooden toys? No? Then come to Brighton Toy and Model Museum for our exciting new exhibition, 'Lego before Lego - a secret history', to see some of Lego's original wooden toys of the…

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    25 June 2019to25 July 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  4. Curious About Hastings

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    Tour

    High Street, Hastings

    Have fun discovering Hastings with two quirky heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt.
    Are you curious about Hastings? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our…

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    From:
    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
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    29 Mar 2020to31 Oct 2020Open 09:00 - 18:00
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    1 Nov 2020to28 Mar 2021Open 10:00 - 16:00
  5. Curious About Brighton

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    Guided Walk

    Brighton

    Explore, Discover & Enjoy Brighton with two unique, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Are you curious about Brighton? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our…

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    27 Oct 2019to28 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
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    29 Mar 2020to31 Oct 2020Open 09:00 - 18:00
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    1 Nov 2020to28 Mar 2021Open 10:00 - 16:00
  6. Winter Tours at Bolney Wine Estate

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    Tour

    Bolney Wine Estate, Foxhole Lane, Bolney

    Come and visit our vineyard and experience our new winery this winter from November to February. With harvest finished, the most important work now starts in the winery, as we turn our grapes into award winning wine. Discover the fascinating secrets…

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    1 Nov 2019to29 Feb 2020Open 10:30 - 14:30
  7. Mystery Warrior - The North Bersted Man

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    Heritage & History

    Chichester

    Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man exhibition will be the first time that this extraordinary Iron Age Warrior and his burial possessions will be on public display. The exhibition will explore the life, health and death of this fascinating man.…

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    From:
    25 Jan 2020to26 Sept 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  8. I Spy

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    Exhibitions

    The True CRIME Museum, Palace Avenue Arcade, White Rock, HASTINGS

    Think YOU'VE got what it TAKES to be a DETECTIVE? Put your SKILLS to the TEST! Examine the evidence, follow the trails, unlock the clues in a fun-filled DETECTIVE'S TRAIL at The True CRIME Museum! Spy some family fun this holiday!

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    From:
    15 Feb 2020to23 Feb 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  9. February Half-Term Fun

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    Childrens Events

    Ardingly, Haywards Heath

    Join in the half-term fun at Wakehurst this February, Kew's wild botanic garden. Fun family activities, whether you want to discover the power of nettles, explore the wild play spaces or make a mini-bug hotel.

    Activities include:

    ‍ Zinging Cuisine…

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    From:
    15 Feb 2020to23 Feb 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
  10. Fishers Farm Park Out of This World Storytelling Week

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    Childrens Events

    Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green

    5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Get ready for "Blast Off" this February Half Term at Fishers Farm Park as we prepare for an Outer Space mission! We'll be zooming into the atmosphere and gliding through the Solar System to experience some Out of This World themed…

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    From:
    15 Feb 2020to23 Feb 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  11. Kids for a Quid

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    Childrens Events

    Sheffield Park Station, across Sussex

    Looking for something to do with the kids this half term?

    Come and explore the Sussex countryside at Bluebell Railway – and pay just a quid per kid!

    Join us at any of Bluebell Railway's stations from 15th - 23rd February, and pay just £1 per child…

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    From:
    15 Feb 2020to23 Feb 2020
  12. Petworth Dark Skies

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    Special Events

    Petworth House, National Trust, Church Street, Petworth

    Join us at Petworth for this exciting weekend of activities in celebration of the night sky as part of our Skyscape exhibition season. A weekend of lantern decorating and processions, natural voice singing, workshops and activities from…

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    20 Feb 2020Open 16:00 - 19:30
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    21 Feb 2020Open 16:00 - 21:30
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    22 Feb 2020Open 07:30 - 21:30
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    23 Feb 2020Open 11:00 - 18:50
  13. Meet Hello Kitty

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    Childrens Events

    Alfriston

    Hello Kitty is returning to her home at Drusillas on Thursday 20th February! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the…

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    20 Feb 2020
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    12 June 2020to14 June 2020
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  14. Murder Mystery: Can you catch the killer?

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    Special Events

    Walberton, Arundel

    Murder Mystery: Can you catch the killer?

    Love really brings out the best in people. Their caring, nurturing, delicate side... So it makes sense that unrequited love does the opposite!

    Watch events unfold then have your chance to interrogate each…

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    From:
    21 Feb 2020to22 Feb 2020Open 19:00 - 00:30
  15. Rye Bay Scallop Week

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    Food

    RYE

    Rye's mouthwatering locally caught scallops are said to be some of the best in the country and are at their plumpest and most succulent in the winter months.

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    From:
    22 Feb 2020to1 Mar 2020
  16. Kosheen Live Show at Chalk - Brighton

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    Music

    Brighton

    Kosheen are back on the road with a show at Brighton's Chalk!

    Part of the pioneering scene behind the early 00's electronic movement, Kosheen were celebrated with their first album 'Resist' which went platinum in the UK. Take it back a few years…

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    From:
    22 Feb 2020Open 19:00 - 22:00
  17. Dark Skies Festival at British Airways i360 Viewing Tower

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    Special Events

    Brighton

    Stargazing at 450ft...how could you miss it?

    Did you know that the South Downs National Park is one of only 14 International Dark Sky Reserves in the world?

    Join us on our revised date of Sunday 23rd February as we turn off the lights for an…

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    From:
    23 Feb 2020Open 18:10 - 19:00
  18. Alice Boman, live at Latest Music Bar - Brighton

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    Music

    Brighton

    Alice Boman hails from Malmö, Sweden, the singer/songwriter first appeared when she released 2013's Skisser via Adrian Recordings & her delicate home recordings from her bedroom were gracefully unleashed to the world, never intended to fall on any…

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    From:
    23 Feb 2020Open 19:30 - 22:30
  19. Grand Brighton Half Marathon Charity Places for RISE

    Grand Brighton Half Marathon Charity Places for RISE

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    Run / Rally

    Brighton

    We are a local charity in Brighton and Hove with 50 places available in the Grand Brighton Half Marathon at £39 per place. If you run with us we ask for a minimum of £150 sponsorship. With this you will get a RISE running vest, a good bag and we…

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    From:
    23 Feb 2020Open 09:00 -
  20. Eastbourne Children's Market

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    Childrens Events

    Eastbourne

    CHILDREN'S MARKET
    S U N D A Y 1 M A R C H 2 0 2 0
    1 0 - 1 1 : 3 0 A M
    WILLINGDON COMMUNITY SCHOOL, Broad Road Eastbourne BN209QX
    £1 entry / lots of free parking

    Usually over 40 stalls - quality preloved items from maternity, baby and toddler…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2020Open 10:00 - 11:30

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