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Things to do in Sussex this month

PUBLISHED: 11:12 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 31 July 2017

Footloose at Devonshire Park Theatre (Photo by David Ellis for Boom Ents)

Footloose at Devonshire Park Theatre (Photo by David Ellis for Boom Ents)

David Ellis

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

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Summer Exhibition - Now until September

Nigel Greaves Gallery, Eastbourne

Summer is a very special season which brings with it lots of fresh new ideas. Nigel Greaves has captured this with his new paintings, which encompass a wide range of subjects from stunning serene seascapes and landscapes to his very beautiful abstract works.


Get it Together take over - 3-5 August

Colonnade House Creative Hub, Worthing

An exhibition is taking place this summer at Colonnade House Creative Hub in Worthing, but the walls will not be adorned with oil paintings. Paint brushes are replaced with spray cans, lino and vinyl records as Hip Hop collective Get it Together take over the gallery for a 3-day event celebrating a culture that was born in the summer heat of August 1973 on the streets of the Bronx, New York.

On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August visit the gallery, view and purchase original graffiti artwork and merchandise exhibited by resident artists.

On Saturday 5 August SeaSpray Worthing will be spraying a large graffiti mural throughout the day. Room two of the gallery features live music performances from talented local acts The Jezter, Mei and YET-izm along with sets and DJ tutorials from Get it Together DJ’s Trick and Jenzle plus a live performance from M.C Boudicca Pepper who is also hosting the show.


The Colour of Summer 2017 - Now until 27 August

Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove

Colour of Summer showcases a range of paintings, prints, ceramics and jewellery by selected gallery artists showing their most vibrant, exciting works.

The exhibition features the work of David Scott Moore, a Brighton-based artist whose evocative landscapes are gaining recognition. Recently David was named as Sussex Life’s Landscape Painter of the Year.


Colour Studies by Sir Terry Frost - 5-28 August

Festival Exhibition, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel

An exhibition of studies and maquettes by Terry Frost with collage, paintings and prints to show how this influential artist used colour and form in his work.

Terry Frost found inspiration everywhere, whether it was a walk down the quay at

St Ives with his son, fields edged with trees at Leeds, the sun in Arizona, the leaning tower of Pisa and even Mae West’s corset!


Artwave Festival 2017 - 19 August - 3 September

Artwave is an annual festival of artists and makers from across Lewes, Seaford and surrounding rural areas.

Organised into town and rural trails, more than 100 venues including private homes and workshops, gardens, studios and galleries, open their doors to art-loving visitors, inviting them to buy art direct and take part in workshops and events.


Sussex Guild - 26-28 August

Pashley Manor Gardens

Meet the professional designer makers who will exhibit their spectacular crafts in a large marquee in front of the manor house. There are also delightful gardens to explore, set with large sculptural pieces, and a Garden Room café, or picnics may be taken in the car park field with marvelous views of the Tudor house and surrounding hills.



Brighton Open Air Theatre

Dyke Road Park, Hove

Brighton Open Air Theatre welcomes 40 different local national and international companies featuring more than 100 performances in the 2017 season up to 30 September. Throughout August performances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brighton Shakespeare Company), Peter Pan (Chapterhouse Theatre Company) The Mikado (Illyria), Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (Oddsocks) and Cosi Fan Tutte (Heritage Opera).


Grimm Tales - For Young and Old - 4-19 August

Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre presents Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales – For Young and Old. This bewitching and eerie patchwork of tales is woven by an ensemble of quirky storytellers and a troupe of musicians. Follow them through the enchanted pathways and darker twists and turns of the beautifully landscaped Cass Sculpture Foundation. Age guidance: eight years plus.


Thomasin Trezuse - 5 August

The Cathedral Centre, Arundel

7pm. Renowned opera singer Thomasin Trezuse performs her opera cabaret. The evening includes a three-course Italian meal for £25 per person. All funds raised are in aid of the maintenance and restoration of St Nicholas Church Arundel.

Tickets from St Nicholas Parish Church office, London Road, Arundel, 01903 882262.

Russell Howard - 5-6 August

The Dome, Brighton

8pm. The host of the smash hit TV show Russell Howard’s Good News returns to the stage for the first time in three years with his biggest tour to date. Tickets: £21.


The Stepmother - 11 August-9 September

Minerva Theatre, Chichester

1924. A comfortable house in Surrey. When the orphaned Lois Relph accepts a marriage proposal from an older man, Eustace Gaydon, she believes she’s been rescued from an uncertain future.

But when one of her devoted stepdaughters needs her help, Lois is forced to address what drew Eustace to her in the first place – and to face the dark truth at the heart of her marriage.

This gripping drama is a searing look at manipulation, money and matrimony. What price a woman’s autonomy within a man’s world? Starring Ophelia Lovibond. Tickets: £20.


Footloose - 15-19 August

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

7.45pm. Based on the 1980s screen musical Footloose and featuring classic Eighties hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise and Footloose. Starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan. Wed and Sat matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £22.50-£34.50.


Tribal Earth Summer Festival - 17-20 August



Ken Dodd Happiness Show - 27 August

Theatre Royal, Brighton

7pm. Ken Dodd was made Sir Ken in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list. He is a comedian of legendary status; an icon and national treasure who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime. Tickets: £26.90-£28.90.


Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival - 24-28 August

Headliners include Eighties hitmakers Hue and Cry, US singer Kandace Springs, bluesman Eric Bibb, folk singer Seth Lakeman and an afternoon show by The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.


Wind in the Willows - 30 August

Field Place Manor House, Worthing

7pm-9pm. Alive with music and song, this magical open-air family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join.

Tickets (must be booked in advance): adult £15, child £10, family (two adults, two children) £44. Gates open at 6pm.

Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. In the event of heavy rain an indoor alternative is available.



Qatar Goodwood Festival - 1-5 August

Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester

This glamorous, world-famous five-day festival – popularly known as Glorious Goodwood – features top class racing, including the £1m Qatar Sussex Stakes, the cavalry charge that is the Qatar Steward’s Cup and the marathon Qatar Goodwood Cup. Ladies’ Day features the Magnolia Cup charity race, in which 12 brave female riders charge down the turf sporting silks created for the occasion by leading fashion designers.


Brighton & Hove Pride Weekend - 4-6 August

Brighton Pride’s 2017 Summer of Love is a stunning fundraising celebration of LGBT+ community and supporters.

5 August: Pride Community Parade Carnival of Diversity is a fabulous and exciting visual event packed with fancy dress floats leading to the Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park featuring headline artists the legendary Pet Shop Boys, plus special guests Years & Years, Fickle Friends, KStewart, Louisa Johnson and more.

5-6 August: Pride Village Party


The Loxwood Joust - 5/6, 12/13 August

Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood

The Loxwood Joust is a medieval festival suitable for the whole family. The annual event features all-action jousting tournaments, displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire, a medieval market and living history village and, new for 2017, The Torture Zone in the Woodland.


Summer Trifle - 5-20 August

Pickhams, Hayreed Lane, Wilmington

11am to 7pm. A two week-long showcase of local artists, musicians and craftsmen part-funded by a Big Lottery Fund grant. There is an art and sculpture trail, live music and theatre, with workshops covering yoga, cartooning, wood engraving, and a ukulele masterclass with Richard Durrant.

Open daily except Mondays, entry free, workshops from £5.


ABC Animal Sanctuary Summer Festival - 6 August

Juggs Lane, West Chiltington

11am-4pm. Meet all the animals at the sanctuary. Highlights include Shetland pony races, children’s entertainment, pet and groom the ponies, donkeys, barbecue, refreshments, raffle and much more. Entry: £5, accompanied children under 14 free. Dogs on leads. Free parking.


Borde Hill Summer Fun

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

Every Sunday afternoon performers are serenading visitors between 1pm-3pm.

For younger family members there’s the new Alice in Wonderland trail of puzzling riddles to be solved plus a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on 11 August and Tomfoolery on 23 August.


Chichester International Film Festival - 10-27 August

Chichester Cinema at New Park

The 26th annual festival boasts more than 170 films over 18 days, including premieres, previews, new releases and classics. Look out for open-air screenings at Priory Park of Cars 3 on 4 August and Dirty Dancing on 5 August.


August Walks

11 August 10am-12.30pm: Join wildlife expert Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust who will be guiding people around the wildlife-rich Southerham Farm nature reserve in Lewes looking for orchids, butterflies and other wildlife. There are some slopes on this downland walk. Meet on the bridge on Cliffe High Street for a 10am departure.

16 August 10am-12.30pm: Michael will also be leading a walk around Old Lodge nature reserve, Ashdown Forest looking for heathland wildlife. Meet in the Old Lodge car park off the B2026 north of Dudeswell (nearest postcode TN22 3JD).

No need to book – these walks are free to SWT members. Non-members are welcome to join in for a small donation. Contact tel number on the day of the walks: 07827 830891.


Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow - 17-20 August

Eastbourne Seafront

The Red Arrows return for three days of displays over the sea at this year’s Airbourne. The team this year includes a pilot hailing from Eastbourne, Flt Lt Toby Keeley.

Completing the RAF line-up during the four-day show are the sky-scraping fast jet Typhoon and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features the Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire in a poignant and historic display.

Other highlights include a military exhibition, helicopter pleasure flights, children’s entertainment, concerts, fireworks and much more. Entry is free.


Arundel Festival - 19-28 August

Highlights include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Collector Earl’s Garden at Arundel Castle, Dragon Boat Racing on the River Arun and the Arundel Festival Duck Race. Bank Holiday Monday is Vintage Day.

Look out for the gallery and theatre trails, music in Jubilee Gardens, 10km run, wine trail, street entertainment and much more.


Heavy Horses at High Beeches - 20 August

High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden, Handcross

11am-5pm. Watch the heavy horses from the Working Horse Trust harrowing the wild flower meadow.

The beautiful blue woodland gentians will be in flower in the garden. High Beeches is the only garden in the country where these wonderful plants are naturalised.

Plants and crafts for sale. Adults £7.50, children under 14 go free.


Open Gardens National Garden Scheme

Since 1927 the National Garden Scheme (NGS) has been inviting garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public for good causes, for around the same cost as a cup of tea and a slice of cake.


August Bank Holiday - 25-27 August

Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester

On the Friday evening, racing is followed by fire performers and a breathtaking fireworks display. Across the weekend, guests can look forward to superb racing, a mock beachfront, traditional fairground rides, Punch and Judy shows and nostalgic attractions.



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