Events in and around Sussex

PUBLISHED: 13:42 25 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:14 20 February 2013

Hurst Festival 2009

Hurst Festival 2009

A round up of great events from around Sussex...

Food and Drink Festivals

1 - 30 Sept

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival

A celebration of the best food and drink available across Sussex. In various locations in Brighton.

For more information visit

4 - 6 Sept

Ale at Amberley 4 Festival

A celebration of ale from Sussex and further afield.

Amberley Working Museum, Amberley: 01798 831370

5 - 6 Sept

Totally Tomato Show

More than 150 varieties of tomatoes on show along with cookery demonstrations, growing tips, tastings and more.

West Dean Gardens, Chichester: 01243 818210

5 Sept - 4 Oct

Horsham and District Food and Drink Festival

The very best in tasty, healthy and seasonal local produce. Includes the legendary Big Nibble food event.

In various locations in and around Horsham: 01403 215100

19 - 20 Sept

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival

Indulge in a mouth-watering weekend of delicious seafood and luscious wines at this spectacular festival.

Centred on The Stade fishing area and around town: 0845 274 1099

19 - 20 Sept

Glynde Food and Drink Festival

Incorporating the 35th English Wine Festival.

A weekend of glorious food and wine in the heart of the Sussex Downs.

Glynde Place, Glynde, near Lewes: 01273 858224

Hurst Festival 2009

12 - 27 Sept

Highlights of the festival include a spectacular reenactment by the Medieval Siege Society as knights in armour and 200 foot soldiers battle it out in the grounds of Danny House in Hurstpierpoint on 20 Sept.

There will also be walks around the village led by local historian Ian Nelson, a series of medieval banquets at the Fig Tree Restaurant and Hurst Historic Photo exhibition in Holy Trinity Church.

For more information visit

Heritage Open Days 2009

10 - 13 Sept

Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Buildings of every age, style and function will throw open their doors, including many properties in Sussex.

Tel: 0844 335 1884 or visit

Goodwood Revival

18 - 20 Sept

The Revival offers visitors of all ages a chance to revel in the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be. It is the only sporting event in the world set entirely to a period theme and, every year, spectators and competitors take a magical step back in time by getting into the effervescent Goodwood spirit.

Goodwood, Chichester:

01243 755055

Sinéad and The Dawnbreakers

15 Sept

Sinéad and The Dawnbreakers is a four-piece rockabilly/country band, playing original material with a few classic hits thrown in.

Lead singer Sinéad Quinn came second in the BBC1 TV show, Fame Academy in 2002 and she recently married drummer Paul Stewart of The Feeling, who hails from Copthorne. For this special show, husband Paul joins virtuoso rock 'n' roll guitarist Ray Waters and one of the UK's leading double bass players, Tom Waters, to complete the line-up.

Chequer Mead, East Grinstead: 01342 302000

Julian Lloyd Webber Cello Masterclass

21 Sept

Julian Lloyd Webber will be at Eastbourne College to present this special masterclass working with young players at different stages of their playing development, as well as Emily Francis, a post-graduate cellist from the Royal Academy of Music.

The event is organised by the Friends of the Towner and tickets are available by contacting hon treasurer/ticket administrator Wendy Bishop: 01323 731607

Royal Pavilion Banquets

This year why not treat friends, family or colleagues to a unique evening in the magical setting of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton at one of two amazing fine dining evenings catered by Julia Robinson Catering.

Saturday 12 September: The Royal Pavilion Banquet with harp and flute recital in the Music Room, followed by a delicious four-course feast in the Banqueting Room.

Friday 11 December: The Christmas Banquet features entertainment with historic costumed characters, carol singers and a stunning Indian banquet served buffet style in the Banqueting Room.

Tickets cost £85 per person or £750 per table of ten. For bookings please call 03000 290902

Brighton Live 2009

30 Sept - 3 Oct

A four-day live music festival, Brighton Live is a free, not for profit, annual multi-site festival that celebrates the diversity of music from Brighton and Hove by showcasing emerging acts and raising awareness of local talent.

For more information visit

Howarth Instrument Days in Worthing

30 Sept - 3 Oct

With instruments of all shapes and sizes, Howarth Instrument Days are aimed at teachers and musicians of all ages and abilities. This is a rare opportunity to try a range of instruments from a variety of makers all under one roof in a local venue.

The events will run from 3 - 7pm every Tuesday:

6 September - Oboe Day

8 September - Bassoon Day

15 September - Saxophone Day

22 September - Flute Day

29 September - Clarinet Day

Howarth of London, 17-19 Buckingham Road, Worthing: 01903 239219

Intimate Encounters

4 - 6 Sept

Intimate Encounters, an interactive meditation of the concept of intimacy, offers every individual a unique, tailor-made experience. Each audience member is individually led through a series of interactive experiences with performers, each of which explores different aspects of intimacy. It is a work of closeness and respectful familiarity and allows every individual to redefine their personal meaning of intimacy.

New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton: 01273 746118

Argus! The Musical

30 Aug

Enter the Maydays - Brighton's masterful, maverick, award-winning improvised comedy troupe - with Argus! The Musical. Newspaper articles cut out by the audience just minutes before curtain-up time will inspire every performance.

Time: Doors 8pm, show 8.30pm. Cost: £7/£5

Komedia Studio Bar, 44-47 Gardner Street, North Laine, Brighton: 0845 293 8480


28 Sept - 3 Oct

In this comedy by Michael Frayn and starring Rik Mayall it is 1973 inside the royal residence of Balmoral: the revolution of 1917 did not happen in Russia, but in Britain and Balmoral has now become a writers' commune.

To the consternation of the warden (played by Rik Mayall), whose job is to keep the writers writing and chaos in check, an inspector is about to call ...

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne: 01323 412000

Jerry and Tom

22 - 26 Sept

Southwick Players will present the UK premiere of Jerry and Tom - a hard-hitting, gritty, fly on the wall insight into the life of two Chicago hitmen. Written by Rick Cleveland, it will be the Players' entry in the Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Awards this year - a competition in which they have always excelled. Moving away from the Players' usual Festival entry, Jerry and Tom contains strong language, graphic violence, nudity and smoking and is not suitable for children.

Tickets £8 (Tues night only) and £9 Wed - Sat, 7.45pm.

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick: 01273 597094


1 - 5 Sept

An exhilarating theatrical experience for rebels and adolescents of all ages, this compelling coming-of-age story is brought to life in this brand new rock musical based on the legendary album. Set in London and Brighton at the height of the Mod era, Pete Townshend's stunning score captures the excitement of a nation on the brink of change.

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 08700 606 650

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