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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, Brighton and Chichester, and a selection of fantastic seaside resorts. We've got hundreds of exciting events taking place all year round for residents, day-trippers and visitors on a South East staycation 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 in Sussex, including the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival or the Worthing Food Festival both taking place in September this year. With ideal growing conditions, the region is littered with award-winning vineyards, giving a unique flavour to any event.

June is festivals month in Brighton with the Brighton Fringe Festival, a celebration of the arts within the city, including live music, comedy, virtual tours and diverse culture, all brought together in a Brighton party style. There's always something going on making it a popular destination for a day trip from London. 

Sussex also offers a rich mix of cultural, heritage and outdoor events including the famous Battle of Hastings re-enactment (Autumn) in 1066 Country, Eastbourne Walking Festival (Sept 21), The South Downs Tour cycling Fontwell Park Racecourse (July 21) and other outdoor events across the South Downs National Park, along with a host of family-friendly events offered in the towns of Eastbourne, Worthing, Littlehampton, Arundel and Bognor Regis, meaning 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 geography of Sussex means its easy to switch the day at the beach, for a trip to a local castle, museum or gallery, all of which have a calendar of seasonal events to entertain children and adults alike.

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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. A Prince's Treasure

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    Exhibitions

    Brighton

    A spectacular loan from the Royal Collection is currently on display at the Royal Pavilion. The culmination of a collaborative venture between Royal Collection Trust and the Royal Pavilion & Museums, over 120 remarkable decorative works of art that…

    Venue

    Royal Pavilion, Brighton and Hove

    Dates

    From:
    27 July 2020to31 Jan 2022
  2. Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra

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    Concert

    Hastings

    The Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra is the first fully professional orchestra in Hastings since the 1930s when the Hastings Municipal Orchestra* was based at the White Rock Theatre, then a major national centre for classical music and the favourite…

    Dates

    From:
    22 May 2021to31 Dec 2021
  3. Self-Drive Buggy Tour Of Mannings Heath Vineyard

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    Tour

    Mannings Heath, Horsham,

    Visit our vineyards which consists of 37 acres of different wine varietals, where your guide will provide you with interesting information about the vineyards and the English sparkling wine revolution that we are set to be part of. Return to the…

    Dates

    From:
    1 July 2021to31 Jan 2022Open 12:00 - 16:00
  4. Afternoon Tea at Mannings Heath

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    Food

    Mannings Heath, Horsham,

    With deliciously dainty handmade desserts, a selection of freshly baked scones with cream and preserves, and unlimited Novus Tea or premium coffee, we serve the best afternoon tea in town.

    Dates

    From:
    1 July 2021to31 Jan 2022Open 12:00 - 16:00
  5. Sunday Roasts

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    Type:

    Food

    Mannings Heath, Horsham,

    Come to Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate for the best Sunday roast in Sussex. Only the freshest, finest ingredients are sourced locally in Sussex.From a selection of perfectly roasted meats, to golden roast potatoes, light and fluffy Yorkshire…

    Dates

    From:
    4 July 2021to30 Jan 2022Open 12:00 - 16:00
  6. The Sussex Archaeological Society: 175 Years of Collecting

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    Heritage & History

    169 High Street, Lewes

    The Society's museums have acquired unrivalled collections over the past 175 years, which illustrate Sussex history from prehistoric to modern periods. The Society now cares for and manages several hundred thousand individual objects, from fire…

    Dates

    From:
    12 Aug 2021to28 Feb 2022Open 10:00 - 17:00
  7. Brighton: The Mystery of Who Smashed Brighton Rock

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Brighton

    Turn Brighton's buzzing lanes into an exciting outdoor adventure, with the legendary unsolved mystery of Who Smashed Brighton Rock?!

    Can you unmask the dastardly sweetshop saboteur? (Suitable for adults & older children)

    Solve the clues & crack…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Sept 2021to1 Sept 2022Open 09:00 - 18:00
  8. Crossings: Community and Refuge

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    Exhibitions

    Hastings

    Engaging audiences in questions of identity, belonging and sharing our world, the Lampedusa cross and Issam Kourbaj's poignant boat artwork, 'Dark Water, Burning World', come to Hastings for the first time in an exhibition co-curated by the Refugee…

    Dates

    From:
    11 Sept 2021to5 Dec 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  9. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

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    Christmas

    Brighton

    Celebrate a greener Christmas this year with the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink. Stunning, twinkly, romantic, child-friendly…and ice powered entirely by Green Energy, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is open to the public this season from Oct 30th, 2021…

    Venue

    Royal Pavilion, Brighton and Hove

    Dates

    From:
    30 Oct 2021to9 Jan 2022
  10. Curious About Hastings

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Hastings

    Have fun (re-)discovering Hastings, spotting things you've never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks - a safe, fun and affordable way to get some fresh air with your household, whilst staying close to home.
    Curious…

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2021to26 Mar 2022Open 10:00 - 16:00
  11. Curious About Brighton

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Brighton

    Have fun (re-)discovering Brighton, spotting things you've never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks - a safe, fun and affordable way to get some fresh air with your household, whilst staying close to home.
    Curious…

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2021to26 Mar 2022Open 10:00 - 16:00
  12. SteamLights

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    Special Events

    Uckfield

    Brighten up the chilly winter evenings with a seasonal lights spectacular!

    Sparkle, glow and shimmer on a magical steam train covered by thousands of colourful lights.

    Illuminate the dark landscape as you journey and feast your eyes on an amazing…

    Dates

    From:
    5 Nov 2021to8 Jan 2022
  13. Worthing Ice Rink

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    Christmas

    WORTHING

    Worthing Ice Rink will return to Steyne Gardens for the winter.

    All ages over four years are welcome to skate whatever your level of ability. Our colony of penguins, led by Puddles will be returning from the South Pole to assist our younger…

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2021to27 Feb 2022Various Opening Times
  14. Pier Pressure Escape Rooms - A Christmas Carol

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    Type:

    Christmas

    Brighton & Hove

    Pier Pressure return to Preston Manor with a new Christmas experience. What better inspiration than Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’? Your team will bring the characters to life in a brand new original half escape room half immersive theatre experience.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Nov 2021to31 Dec 2021
  15. Santa's Grotto

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    Type:

    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Brighton

    This is an enchanted invitation for our smaller guests to join the elves for a personal audience with Father Christmas himself at Brighton Christmas Festival.

    As we take you into Santa’s Grotto in the North Pole, you will be greeted by his helpful…

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2021to24 Dec 2021
  16. Christmas shopping at Pashley Manor

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    Type:

    Christmas

    WADHURST

    Pashley’s shop will be open for 11 days in winter for Christmas shopping, packed with a wide selection of high quality gifts and cards.

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2021to5 Dec 2021Open 10:00 - 15:30
  17. Leonardslee Illuminated 2021

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    Type:

    Special Events

    Lower Beeding, Horsham

    Walk through the beautiful grounds of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens as they come to life with spellbinding illuminations, large scale projections, music and theatrical performances.

    £16 for Adults & £8 for children

    Leonardslee members save 10%

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2021to22 Dec 2021Open 16:00 - 21:00
  18. Glow Wild

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    Type:

    Christmas

    Haywards Heath

    Glow Wild
    As darkness falls, let the magic begin...

    Join us on an enchanting winter lantern trail with glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections, immersive soundscapes, and glistening torches of fire. Returning for its eight year, Glow Wild is…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022
  19. Ice Skating on the Prom

    BOGNOR REGIS

    Head to Regis Centre Car Park, Clarence Road in Bognor Regis, for this years Skating on the Prom and glide your way into the festive season.  The traditional style rectangular Ice Rink is bigger and better for 2021.  Bring all the family along,…

    Dates

    From:
    27 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022
  20. Sullington Art Sale

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    Arts

    Storrington

    We are holding an Art Sale, 27th November - 5th December, in our 15th century barn here in aid of St Barnabas House. Lots of reasonably priced and excellent art for sale.

    Saturday 27th November - Sunday 5th December, 10am - 3pm.

    Free entry. Cake,…

    Dates

    From:
    27 Nov 2021to5 Dec 2021Open 10:00 - 15:00

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