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Things to do in Sussex this October

PUBLISHED: 11:35 01 October 2018

Dara O'Briain (Photo by Brian Ritchie)

Dara O'Briain (Photo by Brian Ritchie)


We round up some of the best events and things to do across Sussex this month

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Orlando at the Present Time - Until 6 January

Charleston, Lewes

Charleston’s opening exhibition, brings together contemporary artistic responses to Virginia Woolf’s landmark novel Orlando: A Biography. Works by artists including Kaye Donachie, Paul Kindersley, Delaine Le Bas and Matt Smith will be shown – alongside rarely seen letters, photographs and objects pertaining to the original novel. Tickets £7.75 with donation.

The Everyday and Extraordinary Exhibition - 29 September – 6 January

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Towner Art Gallery is delighted to announce a wide ranging exhibition exploring the found object in modern and contemporary art. With work from more than 50 international artists, the exhibition is an immersive celebration of the physicality of the object in our digital age.

Pure Autumn Art Fair 2018 - 6-14 October

The PowderMills Hotel, Powdermill Lane, Battle TN33 0SP

Now in its 9th year, the PURE Autumn Art Fair takes place annually at the PowderMills Hotel in Battle. Showcasing the brightest upcoming and more established talent selected from an international open entry, it features artwork across all fine art media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics and glass.

A Tale of Mother’s Bones - 6 October – 20 January

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

The first major presentation of Pailthorpe and Mednikoff’s art in 20 years. This exhibition tells the story of the couple’s lives through their works, bringing together painting, drawing, writing and biographical ephemera to reinstate the couple within the artistic histories they added to.

Julian Trevelyan: The Artist and his World - 6 October – 1 February

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

The first survey exhibition in 20 years of British artist Julian Trevelyan (1910–1988). A painter, printmaker and designer, Trevelyan was experimental throughout his life and the exhibition brings together 90 paintings and prints, as well as rarely seen sketchbooks, letters and photographs. Admission: £11.

The Snowman - 20 October - 6 January

Brighton Museum, Brighton

One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Discover the magic in this exhibition of the original illustrations for Raymond Briggs’ much-loved classic picture book. Entry £5/£3.20 children, residents and members free.


The Wipers Times - 1-6 October

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman this play comes to Eastbourne following a successful West End season. This play tells an incredible true story; a discarded printing press found in the deserted town of Ypres is used to produce a satirical newspaper to entertain the troops on the Western Front. Tickets from £21.

James McVinnie Plays Philip Glass - 2 October

Brighton Dome, Brighton

One of the world’s most sought-after organists, James McVinnie, takes to the stage at Brighton Dome for an evening of music by Philip Glass on organ and piano to include Glassworks, In the Upper Room, Etudes for piano, Dance 4, and Trilogy Sonata. Performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets £12.

Steeleye Span - 6 October

Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne

As they approach their 50th anniversary Steeleye Span’s work rate doesn’t look to be slowing anytime soon, as the new seven-piece line-up takes to the road for an extensive UK tour in support of their latest album. The show will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever.

Colin Stfford-Johnson - 12 October

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

Irish wildlife cameraman and television presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson is one of the world’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned filmmakers. Share with Colin his amazing natural history stories and go beyond the camera in this action packed evening. Ticket prices: £18/£16.

Dara O Briain: Voice of Reason 12–13 October

Brighton Dome, Brighton

As one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, and host of the ever popular Mock The Week, Stargazing Live, Robot Wars and Go 8 Bit, this one not to miss. Catch Dara O Briain, performing his brand new show for 2018 at the Brighton Dome. Tickets: £24.50.

The Midnight Gang - 13 October – 3 November

Chichester Festival Theatre, Chicester

See best selling children’s author David Walliams’ story The Midnight Gang comes to life on stage in an adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Stars CBeebies favourite Jennie Dale, best known as Captain Captain in Swashbuckle. Tickets: £10- £30.

Trench Brothers - 17 October

Brighton Dome, Brighton

A new musical theatre work commemorating the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during World War I through music, theatre and puppetry. Trench Brothers is made all the more poignant by its location in Brighton Dome, which served as an Indian Military Hospital during the war. Tickets £12.

Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis - 18 October

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Join Jason in conversation as he shares moments from the last four decades that he wasn’t able to tell us about on daytime television. Here he tells us about the highlights and challenges, the opportunities and obstacles of being all those things with a few of the songs we all love thrown in for good measure. Tickets: £26.

The Sensational 60s Experience - 20 October

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Five legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten. With the definite feelgood factor this is must see 1960s show for 2018. The Searchers co-founder Mike Pender tops the bill, which also includes blues singer Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost. Also appearing at Crawley’s The Hawth on Wednesday 28 November and Hastings’ White Rock Theatre on Thursday 29 November. Tickets £29.

He Ain’t Heavy - 23-24 October

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

A show which is full of love, He Ain’t Heavy is a poignant, moving and intimate look at growing up with an autistic sibling. Using circus skills and physical theatre this theatrical treat comes to Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre this month. Tuesdays performance is at 7.30pm with Wednesday’s relaxed matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults, and £7 for children or students.

Tom Odell - 25 October

Brighton Centre, Brighton

Chichester’s Ivor Novello-winning songwriting sensation and precocious master of the ivories, Tom Odell is at the very top of his game, and is getting out on the road to tour his latest album Jubilee Road including a date at the Brighton Centre this month. Tickets: from £30.65

Harry Hill Kidz Show: How to be funny – For Kids! - 26 October

Theatre Royal, Brighton

Comedian Harry Hill is taking to the road again for the release of Matt Millz Stands Up, the sequel to Harry’s critically lauded kids book, Matt Millz, about the world’s youngest comedian who dreams of making it big. The show offers tips and anecdotes for children who fancy themselves as a bit of a joker. Tickets £15.60.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure - 26-27 October

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Peppa Pig and friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure. Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends. Tickets £11–£21.


Brighton Digital Festival - Until 12 October

Across Brighton

An annual month-long programme of events, that explore digital culture and celebrate Brighton’s creativity. Boasting an open programme of events that are all independently run, audiences can attend all sorts of events like a hackathon, a dance performance or an open studio. Ticket prices vary, see website for details.

Autumn Show and Game Fair - 6-7 October

South of England Showground, Ardingly

Have a go at countryside sports and pursuits and enjoy first-class entertainment, food and shopping. The extensive programme features an action-packed line up of activities and performances filling the whole weekend with unique experiences for all ages to enjoy.

Cuckfield Bookfest - 6 - 8 October

After last year’s roaring success, the organisers of Cuckfield’s Bookfest have decided to take the plunge again and put together another weekend of literary events, discussions and lunches. The programme includes children’s sessions due to take place in the Baptist Church, a Literary Quiz in The Talbot and a Big Book Club session on Sunday.

Ocean Film Festival World Tour - 11 October

Brighton Dome, Brighton

Returning to the UK for the fifth year running, this event features a brand-new collection of ocean themed films, with fascinating marine life and intrepid adventures from both above and below the ocean’s surface. There’s a free prize giveaway of ocean-related goodies the screening at Brighton Dome as well. Tickets £15.50.

Brighton Chocolate Festival - 13-14 October

Hilton Brighton Metropole

Indulge your senses during the Brighton Chocolate Festival weekend and discover a selection of chocolate-themed exhibitors, including award-winning chocolatiers & chocolate makers.

Running Festival - 14 October

Goodwood Estate, Chichester

Entries are open to this exciting new event where runners of all ages and abilities are welcome across the three main races: a half marathon, a 10K and a family lap for young runners aged four to 16. All races will feature a glorious finish in the pit lane, a unique finisher’s medal and masses of cheering and support from spectators in the grandstand!

Enter Containment! - 20-28 October

Knockhatch, Hailsham

Halloween fun and activities are in abundance at Knockhatch Adventure park. Navigate your way through their Containment attraction and hope you make it out the other side or get your spyglass out for the ghost hunt and if you find them all you will receive a small treat! Containment and Ghost Hunt are included in entrance fee which starts from £7.99.

Halloween at Blackberry Farm - 22-26 October

Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith

Head to the farm this half term and enjoy some spooktacular activities, including pumpkin carving, tractor rides, craft sessions, story time, bumpy barrel bug ride and lots more. While you’re there why not pick out your own pumpkin to take home and decorate your doorstep? Admission from £10.


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