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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. South of England Covid Secure Firework event

    South of England Covid Secure Firework event

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    Fireworks

    Hayward Heath

    Exciting 2 day event with 3 Bonfire Societies competing each night, finished with a closing show by award winning Phoenix Fireworks. An afternoon of entertainment including a Fun-fair, live music and many food stalls will be available from 1pm,…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Nov 2020to8 Nov 2020Open 13:00 - 21:00
  2. Make your own leather belt

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    Arts

    Chichester

    In this relaxed workshop the tutors will work alongside you demonstrating each process to enable you to make your own leather belt. Using vegetable tanned leather and brassware sourced in the UK this taster session will allow you to learn about…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Nov 2020Open 09:00 - 17:00
  3. I'll Tell You How The Sun Rose: A Song for Each Hour of the Day

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    Music

    Chichester

    Acclaimed soprano Kate Royal, accompanied by pianist Joseph Middleton, brings the UK premiere of a new song recital programme to Chichester. This selection of 24 songs, by Mahler, Liszt, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Britten and many more, follows a…

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    From:
    11 Nov 2020Open 19:30 -
  4. Frisky & Mannish

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    Comedy

    Chichester

    Cult musical comedy duo Frisky and Mannish bring their latest extravaganza to Chichester.
    Join them in their PopLab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious virus…

    Dates

    From:
    12 Nov 2020Open 20:00 -
  5. A Night at the Musicals

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    Theatre

    Chichester

    Following two sell-out shows in last year's Chichester Spiegeltent, Olivier Award-winning
    Le Gateau Chocolat and Queen of the Alternative Drag scene Jonny Woo take to the Festival Theatre stage to drag you through the back catalogue of fabulous…

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    From:
    13 Nov 2020to14 Nov 2020Open 20:00 -
  6. SteamLights

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    Special Events

    Uckfield

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

    Bluebell Railway is running magical steam trains covered by thousands of colourful lights this winter.

    Feast your eyes on an amazing light show along the way to Horsted…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Nov 2020to5 Jan 2021
  7. Vintage Fair

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    Markets

    Rake Village Hall, Brewells Lane, Rake, Liss

    Vintage Fair at Rake Village Hall, just behind the flying Bull Pub on the old A3, Refreshments are available and parking is free. £1 entry children free

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    From:
    15 Nov 2020Open 10:00 - 16:00
  8. Comedy Night: Rich Hall/Suzi Ruffell/Andrew Ryan

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    Comedy

    Chichester

    Rich Hall, Suzi Ruffell, Andrew Ryan
    17 November
    Renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick-fire banter with audiences, the award-winning Montana native Rich Hall returns to Chichester. The working-class comedian of her generation, Suzi…

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    From:
    17 Nov 2020Open 19:30 -
  9. Modern brush calligraphy – festive metallics

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    Arts

    Chichester

    This fun workshop will teach you how to add some Christmas sparkle to your calligraphy with stunning metallics. We will show you how to create beautiful brush lettering, guiding you through letter formation, composition and colour blending with…

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    From:
    18 Nov 2020Open 09:00 - 17:00
  10. Facing The Music: Sheila Hancock

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    Talks

    Chichester

    The distinguished and much-loved performer Sheila Hancock, whose most recent Chichester appearance was in This Is My Family (2019), joins writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson to discuss her life in musical theatre, illustrated by treasured…

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    From:
    18 Nov 2020Open 14:30 -
  11. The Black Cat Cabaret

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    Theatre

    Chichester

    Salon des Artistes is an evening of five-star variety from London's much-loved bohemian show troupe The Black Cat Cabaret, returning to Chichester following their-sell-out appearances at last year's Spiegeltent season.

    Inspired by the artistic…

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    From:
    19 Nov 2020to21 Nov 2020Open 20:00 - 20:00
  12. Christmas Gift Shopping at Pashley Manor Gardens

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    Gardens

    Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst

    Pashley's Shop will be open for 11 days in winter for Christmas shopping.
    As usual the shop will be packed with a wide selection of high quality gifts and cards, as well as special Christmas stock for the festive season.

    If you are looking for…

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    From:
    19 Nov 2020to29 Nov 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  13. Christmas at Drusillas

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    Christmas

    Alfriston

    Experience the winter magic first-hand at Drusillas Park this year! We've hung up our stockings by our chimney with care, in the knowledge that Saint Nick soon will be there! Bring your little monkeys to visit Santa Claus in his cosy Christmas…

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    From:
    21 Nov 2020to23 Dec 2020Open 10:00 - 17:00
  14. Brighton & Hove Christmas Book Fayre

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    Literature

    Brighton

    Welcome to our 6th EVENT!

    Get that perfect Christmas Gift!

    Come and meet local authors and browse the huge selection of books on offer, from children's books to self-help, crime to horror, cookery to romance.

    If you have questions about self…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2020Open 10:30 - 16:30
  15. Traditional shibori textile technique

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    Arts

    Chichester

    The ancient art of Shibori resist has been practised in Japan for over 1500 years. Traditional patterns were used to decorate kimono, often requiring many hours of stitching and binding to create elaborate repeating patterns.

    The course focuses on…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2020to27 Nov 2020Open 09:00 - 17:00
  16. Comedy Night: Russell Kane/Rosie Jones/Charlie Baker

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    Comedy

    Chichester

    Multi award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is best known for the flagship BBC Sounds podcast, Evil Genius. Rosie Jones has become a must-see act on the comedy circuit and has starred on many TV shows. MC…

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    From:
    24 Nov 2020Open 19:30 -
  17. Joe Stilgoe: Out of the Shed

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    Music

    Chichester

    After performing 67 online shows to over 150,000 worldwide viewers during lockdown,
    Joe Stilgoe has emerged from his shed with a new intimate show – his own songs, classics from Jimmy Webb to Joni Mitchell to Stevie Wonder to Cole Porter – and the…

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    From:
    25 Nov 2020Open 19:30 -
  18. Shift - Barely Methodical Troupe

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    Theatre

    Chichester

    Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of highly entertaining physical performance. Their sold-out production Bromance at the Spiegeltent last year rave reviews from audiences of all ages; this is a new chance to catch this…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Nov 2020to28 Nov 2020
  19. Glow Wild

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    Christmas

    Haywards Heath

    Join us at Wakehurst on a spellbinding winter lantern trail for all ages.

    Now in its seventh year, our enchanting lantern trail is full of surprises and new installations.

    As darkness falls, the gardens are brought to life with glowing lanterns,…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Nov 2020to30 Dec 2020Open 16:00 - 20:00
  20. Christmas Afternoon Tea

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    Christmas

    Uckfield

    Come and enjoy afternoon tea with a festive twist at Bluebell Railway!

    We are running our Wealden Rambler afternoon tea trains with a Christmas-inspired menu from 26 November – 21 December.

    The experience includes a scenic and relaxing journey…

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    From:
    27 Nov 2020to28 Nov 2020
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    3 Dec 2020to4 Dec 2020
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    9 Dec 2020to11 Dec 2020
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    16 Dec 2020to18 Dec 2020
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    21 Dec 2020

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