Events and things to do in Sussex - October 2016

PUBLISHED: 15:12 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:43 30 September 2016

South of England Autumn Show

South of England Autumn Show


Our guide to the best events in Sussex, edited by Erica Gilbert

Autumn Show and Game Fair - 1-2 October

South of England Showground, Ardingly

Seasonal food, family fun, a wide range of traditional country pursuits and great shopping are on offer at the Autumn Show and Game Fair this October.

Visitors can have a go at some of the best aspects of British country life including gun dog scurries, clay pigeon and air rifle shooting, terrier racing, fly fishing, falconry and dog agility to help celebrate the autumn harvest.

Rabbits, poultry and farm animals will also be on display plus vintage agricultural vehicles. Admission: free entry for under 16s when accompanied by a paying adult. Free parking. Adults £10, senior citizens and students £8.

Pink Gift Fair - 1-2 October

Roffey Park, Horsham

Stalls will offer gorgeous gifts, fashions, kids collections, exquisite jewellery, home interior accessories plus food and drink. All money raised will go to Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity and Cancer Research Brighton Laboratories. Open Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission by donation of £4.

West Dean Apple Affair - 1-2 October

West Dean Gardens, West Dean, near Chichester

A celebration of the best of the British autumn harvest. Visitors can bring their own apple varieties along for identification. Artisan stalls, live music, orchard tours, cookery demonstrations, children’s activities and much more to enjoy during the weekend. Adults from £10, children £1.

Battle Festival - 1-31 October

Battle Festival has scheduled an exciting, diverse and family-friendly programme of events throughout October. Opera lovers will relish the festival’s collaboration with Glyndebourne, titled PUSH, bringing world-class soloists to Battle. Family fun is guaranteed in Animals! with the Primrose Piano Quartet, where the venue is transformed into a jungle. The Primrose Piano Quartet will also perform Schubert’s The Trout Quintet by candlelight. Theatre events include the classic The Ladykillers and there’s a sing-along to Mamma Mia, author’s talks, art exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, astronomy, history and more taking place throughout the town.

Brighton Photo Biennial 2016 - 1-30 October

Beyond the Bias – Reshaping Image

Throughout October, exhibitions and events across the city of Brighton and Hove will form Brighton Photo Biennial 2016, probing how photography can inform and reflect socio-political issues.

Dame Joan Collins - 3 October

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 0844 871 7650

7.30pm. Actress, philanthropist and national treasure Dame Joan will share stories and secrets from her celebrated life and career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing entertainment icons. The night will also include a question and answer session with the chance to ask Dame Joan anything about her headline-making life.

Tickets: £43.65-£49.15.

Shadows of the Wanderer - Until 14 November

Chichester Cathedral

The cathedral’s entire North Transept will be inhabited by a powerful set of sculptures by acclaimed sculptor and artist Ana Maria Pacheco depicting a scene that resonates with some of our most pressing contemporary issues, particularly the exile, migration and displacement of people struggling to flee persecution. Supported by Amnesty International UK.

Autumn Colour with the National Trust

As long summer nights give way to cooler autumn days, the colours in our glorious gardens across Sussex slide gently into warming tones. From the end of September, don’t miss the chance to walk amongst radiant reds and breathtaking bronzes at your local National Trust places, as leaves carpet the ground and ripe kitchen gardens harvest the rewards of a year’s work.

Visit Sheffield Park and Garden, Bateman’s and Standen in East Sussex and Nymans, Petworth House and Park, Uppark House and Garden, the Slindon Estate and Woolbeding countryside in West Sussex to enjoy autumn at its best.

Pete Firman: Trix - 8 October

Connaught Studio, Worthing: 01930 206206

7.30pm. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians, Pete Firman hits the road in 2016 with his astonishing new show, fresh from his 10th year at the Edinburgh Fringe. Expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. Tickets: £17, concessions £15. Ages 14 plus.

Autumn Countryside Show - 8-9 October

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, near Chichester

10.30am-5pm. Visitors to the Autumn Countryside Show will experience the wonderful autumnal sights and sounds of a traditional harvest.

This popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus a horticultural show, woodland and rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions.

The museum’s 40-acre downland site will host working plough horses with the museum’s own Shires among the teams of draught horses at work. There will also be a display of tractors and farm implements to enjoy.

Out of India - 8-23 October

Moncrieff-Bray, near Petworth

This autumn the Moncrieff-Bray gallery will celebrate the intoxicating spirit of India with a two-week exhibition. This showcases new work from three leading contemporary artists, Tobit Roche, Penelope Anstice and Paul Treasure, who express India’s captivating influence in their own inimitable styles.

A Room with a View - 10-15 October

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton: 08448 717650

7.45pm. Starring Felicity Kendal. With its cast of vivid characters, this elegant comedy written in 1908 is widely recognised as one of the finest novels of the 20th century. Simon Reade’s stage adaptation of the novel is directed by Olivier Award-nominated former RSC artistic director Adrian Noble.

Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm. Tickets: £17-£42.40.

Battleboyz: Life - 12-13 October

The Dome, Church Street, Brighton: 01273 709709

7.30pm. Performed by the award-winning all-male company of 10 spectacular dancers, Life takes an elegant, powerful and provocative look at life and death, presented in BalletBoyz’ inimitable style. Featuring two new commissions by the internationally acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos. Tickets from £10.

Blue Remembered Hills - 12-15 October

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick

7.45pm. Southwick Players are presenting the Dennis Potter classic Blue Remembered Hills, a thought-provoking, sometimes chilling, at times hilarious play as their entry in this year’s Brighton & Hove Arts Council Drama Awards. This examination of memory is set in the impoverished Forest of Dean during World War II where children play on a summer afternoon. As they freefall through their day, the group’s wild and unrestrained relationships both mimic the adult world and highlight the timeless casual cruelty (and kindness) of children. The seven children (five boys and two girls) are all played by adults in this piece allowing the audience to experience the harsh themes of the play with no sugar-coating. Tickets £11. Box Office 01273 597094.

Dr John Cooper Clarke - 20 October

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea: 01424 229111

7pm. Dr John Cooper Clarke, also known as the Bard of Salford, shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original People’s Poet. The first anthology of his work Anthologia truly encompasses Cooper Clarke’s wicked humour, originality and his mastery of the spoken word in a career spanning five decades. Tickets: £15-£27.50.

National Trust in Sussex - Spook-tacular half term fun

This October half-term the National Trust takes on a Halloween flavour, with ghoulishly entertaining goings-on for kids and adults alike:

• Bateman’s: Halloween Trail 21-31 October, 11am-5pm

• Bodiam Castle: Ghost Walk 28-29 October, 6.30pm and 8.30pm

• Alfriston Clergy House: Pumpkin Prowl 22-30 October, 10.30am-4.30pm

• Petworth House and Park: A Wizard’s Quest 22-30 October, 10.30am-3.30pm

• Standen House and Garden: Spooky Halloween Trail 22-30 October, 11am-3pm

Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show - 22-23 October

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea: 01424 229111

10am to 5pm. Visitors will see a spectacular selection of fine crafts including jewellery, metalwork, ceramics, glass, leatherwork and fine furniture. They will be able to meet the makers to view, buy and commission individual pieces. Tickets £3.

Halloween Shriek Week - 22-30 October

Drusillas Park, Alfriston

If you are bored of all your local haunts, stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period. They’ve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises to keep your little horrors half-term happy. Open 10am to 5pm, tickets from £15.50/£14.50.

Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer - 27 October

The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636

7pm. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborne’s modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.

Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice, with John Hurt as Billy Rice in the final production for Plays at the Garrick season. Broadcast live to cinemas. Tickets: £15.

Halloween in the Woods - 28 October

5.30pm-7.30pm. Sussex Wildlife Trust is celebrating bats, spiders and owls with spooktacular family fun for children aged five to 11 years.

Halloween Horrors is an action-packed evening including a trail along candlelit woodland paths to discover a campfire and enjoy a mug of delicious hot chocolate. Whatever the weather, there is plenty to do inside. Decorate a beautiful bat mask, or use hand tools to create a wooden creepy creature to take home. Fancy dress is welcome. Booking is essential and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

John Etheridge, Chris Garrick and Vimala Rowe - 28 October

Frant Church, High Street, Frant, Near Tunbridge Wells

8pm. Frant is delighted to welcome back one of the world’s most versatile musicians... guitarist, composer, educator, bandleader, the great John Etheridge. He is renowned as a brilliant jazz guitarist on both acoustic and electric instruments.

The evening also features jazz violin virtuoso, (and one of the finest jazz musicians of his generation) Chris Garrick along with the sensational Indy Music Award-winning singer Vimala Rowe. Tickets: £15 from Frant Stores, Britten’s Music Shop Tunbridge Wells or tel: 01892 750665/01892 752261.

Brighton Early Music Festival - 28 October-13 November

Nature and Science - The 2016 festival will be celebrating Nature and Science, two interconnected subjects that run closely alongside the history of music.

This year’s range of events will delve into this fascinating world while also examining the influence of the sheer beauty and majesty of nature upon composers and the writers of the texts they set to music. From delicate flowers associated with love and devotion to awe-inspiring storms and earthquakes, features of the natural world have inspired us to develop the science of music.

Towards the Horizon - 29 October

The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709

London Philharmonic Orchestra. 7.30pm. Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, Walton’s Violin Concerto, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 7

Osmo Vänskä: conductor, Tasmin Little: violin

Tickets: £10-£32.50. Students £4, under 26s £8.

Henning When, Westphalia is not an Option - 29 October

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea: 01424 229111

8pm. Join German comedy ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. In his new show, Henning will be having an unbiased look at immigration. He also wonders if, generally speaking, people are competent. Tickets: £16.50

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