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Things to do in Sussex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:35 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 21 May 2018

Early morning runner, Brighton sea front by David Hallett (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0) via flic.kr/p/pUpXpS. Edited with canva.com.

Early morning runner, Brighton sea front by David Hallett (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0) via flic.kr/p/pUpXpS. Edited with canva.com.

David Hallett

Great things to do in Sussex this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Details of events correct at time of publishing.

Fit as a Fiddle - Friday 25 to Monday 28 May

East Ashling, West Sussex

Celebrating positivity, empowerment and health, this three-day festival is dedicated to live music and nutritious food, set in the panoramic surroundings of the beautiful South Downs.


Brighton Festival - Until Sunday 27 May


This year’s guest director is Turner Prize-nominated artist David Shrigley. More than 130 events span the disciplines of music, comedy, theatre and dance – plus many more.


Charleston Festival - Until Monday 28 May

Firle, near Lewes

Charleston, the country seat of the Bloomsbury Group, plays host to ten days of debate about arts, culture, science and politics. This year’s winner of the fourth annual Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize is Sir David Attenborough, who will deliver an illustrated talk on whether some animals can be described as artists.


Martyn Blunden Book Launch - Saturday 26 May

Hummingbird Restaurant, Shoreham Airport

10am-2pm. Shoreham author Martyn Blunden is launching the third novel in his series of children’s books. Entitled Charlie Green and the Knights of the Round Table, the book tells the story of Charlie trying to save Camelot from self-destruction.


Elderflower Fields - Saturday 26 to Tuesday 29 May

Pippingford Park

Designed especially for families with children, this event offers music, sports, adventure and the arts. There’s so much to do, from catching a band perform on Dragonfly Hill to wildlife and nature activities. If your family’s not quite ready for the full Glastonbury experience, this could be your perfect first festival together.


Steyning Festival - From Saturday 26 May

Various venues

This year’s festival has a theme of Revolution and presents a mix of music, drama, dance, art, poetry, literature, talks, walks, community events and craft activities. Headline acts include Peep Show’s Robert Webb and Soul II Soul with Jazzie B. Other highlights include Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and children’s author Julia Donaldson.


In Focus - Sunday 27 to Monday 28 May

Memorial Hall, Battle

Battle Photographic Society will be hosting their annual exhibition which will feature a varied selection of prints, digital projections and an excellent opportunity to chat to some of the society’s experienced photographers. There will be free entry between 10am and 5pm on Sunday 27 May and 10am to 4pm on Monday 28 May.


Life and Rhymes - Sunday 27 May

The Old Market, Hove

For the first time in eight years, Benjamin Zephaniah is back on tour with a compelling and inspiring show about his life. He will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to become one of Britain’s most remarkable poets, as well as sharing a selection of his favourite stories and poems. Tickets £22.


Shipley Village Fete - Monday 28 May


What better way to start summer in Sussex than a traditional English fete and the idyllic village of Shipley will welcome visitors from all over the county and beyond. The fete will have all the classic ingredients with fun for all the family: children’s games, arts and crafts, a tombola, bric-a-brac, cream teas and more.



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