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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. 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.…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Jan 2020to26 Sept 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  3. 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…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Mar 2020to31 Oct 2020Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    1 Nov 2020to28 Mar 2021Open 10:00 - 16:00
  4. 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…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Mar 2020to31 Oct 2020Open 09:00 - 18:00
    From:
    1 Nov 2020to28 Mar 2021Open 10:00 - 16:00
  5. High Weald Walking Festival

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    Type:

    Walking

    Various

    We're excited to bring you 50 carefully curated, self-guided walk routes from every corner of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, available to download free during September at www.highwealdwalks.org.

    The Festival team - led by the…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Sept 2020to30 Sept 2020
  6. Wiston Estate Vineyard Open day

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    Food

    Pulborough

    WHAT
    Vineyard Open Days at Wiston Estate

    WHEN
    12th, 17th, 24th, 26th September
    Slots available throughout the day, 10am until 5:30pm

    HOW MUCH
    £10 per person, redeemable against a purchase of wine on the day at cellar door price

    DETAILS

    The…

    Dates

    From:
    12 Sept 2020to26 Sept 2020Open 10:00 - 05:30
  7. Eastbourne Walking Festival

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    Walking

    Compton Street, Eastbourne

    Eastbourne Walking Festival is a ten day celebration of the great outdoors. The event acts as a springboard to promoting the health and wellbeing benefits of discovering walking as a way of life. This event is carefully curated to provide something…

    Dates

    From:
    18 Sept 2020to27 Sept 2020
  8. Exhibition: 'David Humphreys: Hebredean Journeys' 26 September – 10 October

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    Exhibitions

    Woodruffs Lane, Edgean

    David Humphreys: Hebredean Journeys. 26 September – 10 October
    Viewing by appointment, please email or call ahead.

    The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery is delighted to have this new collection of paintings by David Humphreys inspired by his long association…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Sept 2020to10 Oct 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  9. Floral Hat Box Workshop

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    Other

    Lower Beeding, Horsham

    Spend time with us and Amanda Jane Flowers at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens and learn to make your own gorgeous hat boxes with flowers in seasonal tones.

    Proudly walk away from the session with a newfound skill and a beautiful arrangement to…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Sept 2020Open 09:00 - 17:00
  10. Nature Refocused - Art Exhibition

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    Exhibitions

    Rye

    An exhibition of the work of Scarlett Woodman and Hannah Buchanan, focusing on the changing of the seasons from early spring to summer and our deeper understanding of the landscape whilst we have been staying at home.

    The title of the exhibition…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sept 2020to12 Oct 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  11. Made in Sussex 2020 Drive-In

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    Arts

    Near Lewes, Kingston near Lewes

    Made in Sussex will unfold in the grounds of beautiful Glynde Place in East Sussex from 2-4 October.

    We are excited to be showing three Glyndebourne operas: La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart)…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2020to4 Oct 2020
  12. Haywards Heath Postcard and Paper Fair

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    Antiques

    Haywards Heath

    20+ dealers. A lovely fair with Postcards, cigarette cards, small collectables, ephemera, photographs and movie memorabilia. Parking beside venue. Across from Haywards Heath train station. Sandwiches and bar on site, cafes closeby.
    10.00am-3…

    Dates

    From:
    3 Oct 2020Open 10:00 - 15:30
    From:
    5 Dec 2020Open 10:00 - 15:30
  13. Circus Berlin

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    Circus

    A23, Brighton

    We are offering a fantastic discount to claim, simply call the box office on 0203 375 3970 and quote 'JUGGLER' This MUST be used on the phone at least 24 hours before the show.
    Continental Circus Berlin with an amalgamation of brilliant Circus…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Oct 2020to12 Oct 2020
  14. Wiston Estate Food & Wine Pairing Tour

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    Type:

    Tour

    Washington

    On arrival at our Food & Wine Pairing Tour you will be greeted with a glass of our Wiston Brut NV to enjoy as we take an informative walk through the vineyard. We will then return to our Wine Barn overlooking the vines for a tutored tasting of 5 of…

    Dates

    From:
    9 Oct 2020Open 18:30 - 21:00
  15. Circus of Horrors

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    Type:

    Circus

    A23, Brighton


    Special Offer £5 off any full price ticket. Go to Ticketmaster and use the code GORY in advance, or call the Box office on 0203 375 3970

    Back in the Big Top.
    Against all odds the Circus of Horrors is back performing in a Covid Safe enviroment…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2020Open 20:00 - 22:00
  16. The Battle of Hastings

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    Type:

    Special Events

    Battle

    Get up close to one of the most important battles in English history, as armies clash in the famous Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Taking place on the very spot where King Harold and Duke William fought in 1066, our re-enactment is an epic…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2020to11 Oct 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  17. Spider Saturday

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    Type:

    Other

    Alfriston

    Spider experts from the British Tarantula Society will be displaying some of their most commonly feared animals in the Discovery Centre. The aim of the day is to try and change the public perception of these much maligned creatures, as well as…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2020Open 11:00 - 16:00
  18. The Big Purple Psychic & Holistic Fair

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    Type:

    Other

    Selsfield Road, Haywards Heath

    Established in 2012 and usually held in Chessington, we bring this fair for the first time to Ardingly to provide a covid aware event comprising of psychic readings, therapies, and new age retail stalls including crystals, orgone, skincare, vegan…

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
  19. RISE 8K Run for Women

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    Type:

    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Brighton

    A charity 8KM run/walk for women, organised by local domestic abuse charity RISE. 2020 is all about taking part and having fun, in a safe, friendly environment.

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2020Open 09:20 - 13:00
  20. Brighton Antiques, Vintage and Collectables Fair

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    Type:

    Antiques

    Brighton

    175 fantastic indoor stalls bristling with all variety of amazing unique and unusual items. The fantastic Swing singer, Steve Conway, will be performing throughout the day! • Free parking & Wi-Fi 10 minutes from M23/A23, A27 and rail • Swing singer…

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2020Open 09:30 - 15:30

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