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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. Adventures on Trains special author event for famililes

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    Brighton

    Fresh from winning the 2021 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards for the first in the Adventures on Trains series The Highland Falcon Thief, M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman invite you and all the family for a fun, live event to…

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    Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton and Hove

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    20 Oct 2021Open 16:30 -
  2. Wild Mushroom Gourmet

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    Hastings

    This gourmet celebrates our namesake: the wonderous wild mushroom. It is a seven course funghi feast with 5 paired glasses of wine. £79pp, call to book.

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    21 Oct 2021Open 19:00 - 22:30
  3. Love In The Time Of Lockdown By Swanwing Productions

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    Theatre

    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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  4. 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
  5. The BrickWorks! Adventure

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    Exhibitions

    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
  6. 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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  7. The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

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    Arts

    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
  8. The Wizards of Once Halloween Quest at Battle Abbey

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    Family

    Battle

    Head to Battle Abbey for a fantastical day out this Halloween half-term.

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    23 Oct 2021to31 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  9. Hastings Storytelling Festival presents Juliet Russell, Helen Epega and the Red Rebel Brigade

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    Performance

    Hastings

    Stories on The Stade, brought to life as part of Hastings Storytelling Festival.

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    23 Oct 2021Open 19:00 - 21:00
  10. Hastings Storytelling Festival presents Urucum - Oracle of Demarcated Bodies

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    Festival

    20 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings

    Brazilian performance artist, Livia Gaudencio, in collaboration with Violeta Luna from Mexico, forges a new archetype of Goddess Power.

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    23 Oct 2021Open 21:00 - 22:30
  11. Hastings Storytelling Festival presents Emily Hennessey and Sheema Mukherjee: Kali

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    Festival

    20 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings

    From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, Kali is the wildest shape-shifter of all...

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    23 Oct 2021Open 16:00 - 18:00
  12. Hastings Storytelling Festival presents Saturday Story Club: Thomas Taylor

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    Literature

    Hastings

    Join the Saturday Story Club with the award-winning British children's writer and Illustrator, Thomas Taylor.

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    23 Oct 2021Open 11:00 - 13:00
  13. Hastings Storytelling Festival presents Goddesses & Heroines with Xanthe Gresham Knight

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    Festival

    Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings

    Be feisty, be fearless and become a legend at Hastings Storytelling Festival.

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    23 Oct 2021Open 14:00 - 15:00
  14. *HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EVENT* Huxley and the Killer Clownfish

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    Indoor

    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. Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas Park

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    Childrens Events

    Alfriston

    The perfect spooky day out for all the family.

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    23 Oct 2021to31 Oct 2021Open 10:00 - 17:00
  16. Halloween Shriek Week

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    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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  17. 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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  18. 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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    24 Oct 2021Open 10:30 - 16:30
  19. Hands-On Half Term

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    Festival

    Brighton

    Craft and science entertainment for families over half term - October 23-30

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    23 Oct 2021to30 Oct 2021
  20. 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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    From:
    23 Oct 2021to24 Oct 2021Open 11:00 - 18:00

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