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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. The Gruffalo's Child at Wakehurst

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    The Gruffalo's Child at Wakehurst
    Half-term fun for curious explorers
    16 – 31 October
    Join The Gruffalo's Child, the Big Bad Mouse and other characters for an intrepid journey through Wakehurst's wild botanic garden.

    The Gruffalo's Child…

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    16 Oct 2021to31 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  2. The Sussex Archaeological Society: 175 Years of Collecting

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    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…

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    21 Oct 2021to28 Feb 2022
  3. The Gruffalo's Child: half-term fun for curious explorers

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    Ardlingley, Haywards Heath

    Join The Gruffalo's Child, the Big Bad Mouse and other characters for an intrepid journey through our wild botanic garden.

    The Gruffalo’s Child Trail
    Follow the journey of the Gruffalo’s Child through our atmospheric woodland and interactive…

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  4. Halloween Competition at Upside Down House Brighton

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    Brighton

    This Halloween Upside Down House Brighton will be decorated in spooky style from 18th October to 31st October 2021. You can win a personalised unique gift of your choice from My Moments.

    All you need to do is:
    • Take a spooky photo at Upside…

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  5. Brighton Early Music Festival

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    Brighton

    Brighton Early Music Festival returns in style this autumn with a long weekend of live concerts 20-24 October 2021 including concerts from The Telling (20 Oct); elegant French baroque masterpieces from Canzona (21 Oct); our popular showcase of…

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  6. Pick Your Own Pumpkins: Picking Patch

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    Sompting, , Lancing

    For Autumn 2021 we have a fabulous range of activities for you all to enjoy at Lychpole Farm between Worthing & Brighton. For the budding pumpkinologists there are 23 acres of pumpkins to pick, for the crafty, lots to create, make and take.

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  7. The BrickWorks! Adventure

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    Uckfield

    Come to the Bluebell Railway for a BrickWorks! adventure

    22 - 31 October 2021

    Intrepid explorers can journey into the great unknown at Sheffield Park Station!

    Float amongst our locomotive Giants of the Steam Age in SteamWorks! and marvel at 15…

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    22 Oct 2021to31 Oct 2021
  8. Hastings Storytelling Festival presents Songs & Food: Old Time Sailors

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    Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings

    Join the crew of 17 musicians for an unforgettable musical trip to the 19th Century!

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    22 Oct 2021Open 19:30 - 22:00
  9. Bloom Britannia

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    Music

    Hastings

    Barefoot Opera's new 'people's opera, coming to the stage for the first time at the iconic St. Mary in the Castle for three performances this Autumn. Telling the story of one extraordinary day in the life of a seaside town, Bloom Britannia brings…

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  10. Love In The Time Of Lockdown By Swanwing Productions

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    Seaford

    The sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show that will have you laughing, crying and talking about how lockdown was for you, for your neighbour and for your friends. From harrowing to hilarious! Sex, cars and face masks! Love never stops, not even during…

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  11. The Big Purple Xmas Extravaganza

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    Ardingly

    Join us for some early festive fun with drink, food, dance and children's entertainment.
    100 stalls, DJ's, children's crafts, Radtastic theatre (Sun) Worlds tallest elf, balloon modelling.
    Crafts, gifts, toys, clothing, jewellery, skincare, perfume,…

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  12. Amberley Museum October Half Term

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    Amberley

    Join us for Halloween half term fun!

    Explore Amberley Museum this October Half Term, with 36 acres to discover and plenty of hands-on interactive activities to get involved in.

    Enjoy rides on our trains and buses, get stuck in with craft…

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  13. Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas Park

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    Alfriston

    Shriek Week at Drusillas Park (23rd-31st October) is the perfect place to take the kids for a fun-filled, family friendly, spooky day out in Sussex!

    This year Shriek Week is bigger and better than ever.

    Visitors can experience live action thrills…

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    23 Oct 2021to31 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  14. *HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EVENT* Huxley and the Killer Clownfish

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    Hastings

    Prepare to be scared this Half Term Halloween Weekend at Hastings Aquarium!

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    Hastings Aquarium, Hastings

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    23 Oct 2021to31 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  15. The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at De La Warr Pavilion

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    Bexhill On Sea

    Now in its 5th year, this ever-popular show will return to the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, showcasing the best in crafts, professionally created in small workshops and studios in Sussex or the adjacent counties. This is a chance to meet, buy and…

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    23 Oct 2021to24 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  16. The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

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    Bexhill On Sea

    This ever-popular show will return to the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, showcasing the best in crafts, professionally created in small workshops and studios in Sussex or the adjacent counties.

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    De La Warr Pavilion, Rother

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    23 Oct 2021to24 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  17. The Big Purple Xmas Special

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    Christmas

    Haywards Heath

    Join us for some festive fun with live music from The Flat Top Band and Greggi G's Undaunted plus Big Paul DJ
    Vintage, crafts, holistic gifts, and foodie marketplace.
    Licensed bar, mulled wine and more.
    Please follow our dedicated Facebook page for…

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    23 Oct 2021to24 Oct 2021Open 11:00 - 18:00
  18. Escape! Mystery at the Manor

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Brighton

    After selling out in October 2019 and February 2020, Mystery at the Manor is back for the October half term week 2021. Join forces with your friends, family or colleagues and embark on an immersive journey of puzzle solving and storytelling, all set…

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    Preston Manor, Brighton and Hove

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  19. Brighton Makers Fair

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    Brighton

    Paper Daisy Events will be taking over the Wagner Hall & their beautiful secluded courtyard in Central Brighton for a special Autumn 2 day makers fair in October.

    Expect to find a whole host of independent makers, artists, designers and local…

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    23 Oct 2021Open 10:30 - 16:30
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  20. Brighton’s Makers Fair

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Brighton

    Over 70 local makers & artists come together for a weekend event in the heart of Brighton. With stalls both inside and out, a pop up cafe, wood fired pizza, mixologist of mocktails there's plenty of opportunity to browse and support some of Sussex's…

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    23 Oct 2021Open 10:30 - 16:30
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