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Things to do in Sussex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:15 20 August 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.


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.

Rye Jazz & Blues Summer Festival - Thursday 23 to Monday 27 August


Back for its seventh year, this boutique music festival attracts thousands of music fans and families from across the region, featuring a varied and exciting festival programme staged in the stunning surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Rye. Among the headline acts are Zara McFarlane – recently named vocalist of the year by Jazz FM – and saxophonist and composer Courtney Pine. Joan Armatrading will also perform songs from both her new album and incredible back catalogue.



The Artist’s Garden - Ongoing event

Borde Hill

The garden at Borde Hill becomes home to stone, stained glass, ceramic, resin and metalworks celebrating the great outdoors. Featuring work from Christine Baxter, Diana Roles and Ian Marlow.


Byline Festival - Friday 24 to Monday 27 August

Pippingford Park, Nutley

Offering a very rare opportunity to see Pussy Riot perform, Byline Festival brings a line up of bands and thought-provoking talks from the likes of Michael Sheen, Bonnie Greer and Kate Mosse. The comedy line up features Joanna Scanlan, Andy Hamilton and Hardeep Singh Kohli, as well as more than 100 dynamic workshops and the Bad Press Awards, which will be presented by John Cleese and Hugh Grant.


On the Waterfront - From Saturday 25 August to Sunday 2 September

Linklater Pavilion, Lewes

Now celebrating its 41st anniversary, the 30-strong Sussex Watercolour Society is holding its annual exhibition as part of Lewes Artwave, which takes over the town from 18 August.


Jane McDonald - Sunday 26 August

Theatre Royal, Brighton

After capturing the hearts of millions of viewers on The Cruise, Jane McDonald has had a successful musical career, with her debut, self-titled album securing a three-week run at number one in the UK charts. Now, 20 years on, she is returning to the stage, with a special anniversary tour.


Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair - Sunday 26 August

Brighton Racecourse, East Sussex

You never know what you might find at this vintage fair, with 175 indoor stalls dedicated to amazing antiques, vintage wares and collectibles. Singer Steve Conway will provide fabulous swing music throughout the day, and with food and a licensed bar also on offer, why not make a day of it? From 10.30am until 4pm.


MADHurst - Until Monday 27 August


Music, arts and drama return to Midhurst for another year, in a bumper, ten-day line up of live performances and events. Started by a vicar, a landlady and two musicians back in 2010, the festival is now a roaring success, celebrating the fantastic creativity and passion of this Sussex community.


Arundel Festival - Until Monday 27 August


The 40th anniversary event features some new additions for 2018, including a revamped street theatre programme and a wine and music event featuring broadcaster Oz Clarke and the Armonico Consort. The established favourites return too, including the 30th Arundel Gallery Trail (see page 54), the Theatre Trail, dragonboats and duck race and Shakespeare in Arundel Castle’s Collector’s Garden, which this year is The Merchant of Venice.



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