Things to do in Sussex this June
PUBLISHED: 09:47 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 14 June 2018
We round up some of the best events and things to do across Sussex this month
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Still Life Diversions - 25 May-8 June
Art of Treason, Brighton
Brighton-based artist Chris Kettle will exhibit his latest work at Art of Treason, the Gloucester Road home of dark and beautiful art. Inspired by the Dutch Masters, his new works are painted on wood and will showcase a raw style with a contemporary twist.
Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings - 26 May-16 September
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, this major exhibition features 80 female artists from 1854 until the present day, and explores how female experience has been recorded through photography, painting, sculpture and film. Whether through landscapes, still lives or explorations of the public or private selves, it will show how alternative lives for women have been shaped, and how Woolf’s grounding work on feminism and creativity still remains relevant today.
Longleys Studio Barns - 2-3 June and 9-10 June
Longleys Studio Barns, Hailsham
Sussex painter Veronica van Eijk will showcase her work alongside 14 other creatives, featuring paintings, ceramics, sculptures, print works and jewelry. Alongside the exhibition, visitors are invited to enjoy delicious homemade cakes and refreshments, as well as a chance to explore the site’s stunning gardens.
Landmark - 8-21 June
Crypt Gallery, Seaford
Echoing an Art Deco style, Richard Potter will explore the Sussex countryside in a series of landscape paintings, using acrylics and watercolours to capture the county’s colour, light and seasons.
Contemporary Crafts - 16-17 June
Parham House and Gardens, Pulborough
The Sussex Guild returns to Parham for its contemporary craft show, allowing visitors the chance to see some of the county’s finest professional designers at work. Fantastic examples of ceramics, leather, textiles and jewellery will be on show, as well as wood, glass, metalwork and fine modern furniture. A needlework display will also take place in the house, featuring some of the UK’s most important collections of 16th and 17th century embroideries.
MUSIC AND THEATRE
Three Friday Nights - 1,8 and 15 June
Goodwood, near Chichester
These have become renowned locally as some of the most exciting events on the south coast, with evening racing followed by DJ sets from some of the most acclaimed artists in music. This year’s acts will take place in the Parade Ring under stunning, laser-lit skies, and will feature fantastic sets from Rudimental, Example and Steve Aoki.
Kevin and Karen - 7 June
Brighton Dome, Brighton
Following on from their sensational sell-out tour last year, Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin and Karen will take to the stage again with a brand new show. Filled with heart-pounding choreography and stunning tunes from a live 12-piece band, their high-energy performance will leave you spellbound. Tickets: from £31.
An Evening with Adam Henson - 7 June
Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Join the best-known farmer in the UK, Adam Henson, as he shares stories about his farming life, TV career and thoughts on British agriculture. His talk will be followed by a Q&A, and a chance to get books signed. Tickets: from £17.50
Human Cargo - 7 June
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham
This stunning performance of story and song will offer a spellbinding new look at today’s migrations, giving voice to the emigrants, slaves and transportees who have boarded ships and fared the seas. Working together with the Parallel Lives project, it will also include local stories, having built an important partnership with refugee and migrant groups in the area. Tickets: from £15
Summer Concert - 16 June
Framfield Grange, near Uckfield
Picnic in the beautiful gardens or beside the lake and enjoy a wonderful and unique concert from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. A menagerie of voices will collide with the funny, virtuosic, twanging sounds of the ‘bonsai guitar’, as you enjoy a complimentary champagne reception. Tickets: from £40, black tie encouraged.
OL Recital - 20 June
OL Recital, featuring Zac Hayward, Nancy Holt, Elen Morgan-Williams & Florian Panzieri, with Simon Lane, piano. Lancing College welcome back former Lancing musicians, who are all studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. They are joined by Artist-in-Association Simon Lane, piano.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - 20 June
Open Air Theatre, Brighton
As the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Join Chapterhouse Theatre for their stunning production of Sherlock Holmes, and find out what happens to the man himself when he comes face to face with his greatest fear. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets: from £10.
Des and Jimmy - 20 June
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
Direct from the London Palladium, Des O’Connor joins Jimmy Tarbuck live on stage for one night only. With music, video and performance, they will reminisce about their legendary lives, exploring their time in television, showbusiness and the Royal Variety Performance. Tickets: from £23.50
Travis - 20 June
Brighton Dome, Brighton
Sounding just as fresh as they did 19 years ago, one of Britain’s best-loved bands, Travis, will take to the stage to perform their classic album, The Man Who. Featuring hits such as Writing To Reach You, Driftwood and Turn, it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this beloved British band. Tickets: from £30.25.
The Singing Salon - 22 June
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Following on from its sell-out performance last year, the Singing Salon is back for another evening of operatic adventure and decadent dining. Featuring scenes from The Magic Flute, La Traviata and Die Fledermaus, it will be a stunning operatic journey through King George IV’s magnificent former palace, including a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a three-course dinner in the banqueting room. Tickets: £105, £95 for members.
The Nightmare Room - 26-30 June
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery, this deliciously dark thriller tells the story of two women, a locked room and a bottle of poison. Very little is as it seems, though, and you are bound to be on the edge of your seat! Tickets: from £16, times vary.
OUT AND ABOUT
Luna Cinema - 1-2 June
Tilgate Park, Crawley/Brighton Beach
The Luna Cinema brings two al fresco screenings to Tilgate Park in Crawley. Feel inspired by the musical hit of the year on 1 June, as The Greatest Showman comes to the park, and on 2 June enjoy a showing of modern classic Pretty Woman. Throughout June and July, The Luna Beach Cinema will be on Brighton beach, featuring screenings of Moana, Casablanca and Grease, as well as live streamings of the Fifa World Cup.
Floral Fringe Fair - 2-3 June
Knepp Castle, Shipley
When you combine a wildlife theme with a vintage twist, you get the Floral Fringe Fair! Bakers, makers and artisans from the South East will bring their wares to the stunning grounds of Knepp Castle, featuring over 130 stalls of food and drink, as well as homemade and vintage wares. Focusing on how to encourage native wildlife back into our gardens, many of the stalls will celebrate the outdoors and gardening, with information stalls and specialist nurseries on hand to offer practical advice.
Bind a Book - 2 June
Monk’s House, East Sussex
Be inspired by Virginia Woolf’s former home, as the Bookbinders of Lewes teach you how to make your very own journal. Taking place in Rodmell Village Hall, the course is suitable for beginners and will also give you exclusive access to the garden at Monk’s House – perfect for your drawings and sketchings once your journal is complete! Booking is essential. Tickets: £65.
Fun Run - 3 June
Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath
Take part in a 10k or 5k fun run for the Chailey Heritage Foundation, helping to raise important funds to support children and young people with complex needs.
Set in the stunning surroundings of Borde Hill Gardens, it will feature a beautiful off-road course as well as hot and cold refreshments, a bouncy castle and children’s face-painting. Children can also get involved in the run, too, taking part in the Kids’ Mini-Mile.
South of England Show - 7-9 June
South of England Showground, Ardingly
As the largest countryside show in the region, the South of England Show will feature some of the best examples of British agriculture, horticulture and forestry, offering an intimate and close-up experience of the countryside.
The Atkinson Action horse team, known for their work on television series’ Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders, will also be live with three performances each day, along with hundreds of competitions, activities and stalls, including the brand new Entertainment Zone. Open from 9am daily.
Fletching Garden Trail - 10 June
Fletching Garden, Uckfield
From 11am until 5pm, private gardens in Fletching will open their gates for their annual trail, with homemade lunches, teas and coffees as well as a plant stall and children’s activities. Entry: £6 per person, with free parking.
Walk with a Warden - 17 June
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Rye
Join the Sussex Wildlife Trust for a guided walk from 10am until 12.30pm, spotting the birds and chicks who nest at Rye Harbour. Meet at Rye Harbour village car park, sat nav: TN31 7TX.
Campfire Dens - 17 June
Devil’s Dyke, West Sussex
Celebrate Father’s Day with the National Trust and take a short walk to woodland near Saddlescombe. Learn about the great conservation work they are doing, as well as how to make a den and cook on a campfire. Tickets: £12.
Graffham Festival - 23 June-1 July
The arts will once again come to the downland village of Graffham with lectures, demonstrations and open studios featuring a range of work from painters, potters, sculptors and craftspeople.
The Great British Gin Festival - 30 June
The Hawth, Crawley
Tantalise your taste buds with more than 100 different gins from around the world, featuring talks and presentations from industry experts as well as cocktail demonstrations and a line up of live entertainment. Tickets: from £15.49. Booking is required for a choice of afternoon or evening slots.