Keep up to date with the latest events in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 11:12 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:15 20 February 2013

October Events

October Events

Latest events in and around Sussex

The Extremely Enormous East Sussex Supper
3 Oct
Friends of East Sussex Hospices have launched an ingenious way to help raise vital funds for local hospices.
All you have to do is to invite some friends for supper, feed them local produce and charge them for the privilege. Evenings could range from a casual supper to a five-course candlelit black-tie soirée.
For more information please call 01825 890494, email foesh@framfield.comor or visit

A Truly Scrumptious Affair
3 - 4 Oct
The Apple Affair is a family event for all ages, offering an array of apple-based foods and drinks to taste and buy, as well as activities for children including apple bobbing and the ever-popular Big Draw art competition.
Both West Dean House and gardens will be open during the event, offering visitors the chance to take a peek behind the grand doors of West Dean and see more than 100 varieties of apple grown in the Victorian walled kitchen garden.
West Dean Gardens, near Chichester, West Sussex: 01243 818210

The Martlets Noon Walk
4 Oct
Are you man enough for a men-only 13-mile sponsored walk? Last year the guys raised more than £10,000.
This year Martlets Hospice in Hove needs to treble that total.
Entry for the Noon Walk is £10 and if you raise more than £100 for the hospice you'll be entered into a fantastic prize draw.
Enter at or pick up a form from one of the Martlets shops.
The Noon Walk starts and finishes at the County Cricket Ground in Hove

Frock Me!
25 Oct
The Frock Me! vintage fashion fair has over the past five years established itself as Britain's premier source of vintage fashion. Frock Me! is the place to find clothes from every era, from 1920s 'flapper' style to Fifties glamour, Eighties retro-chic or classic 1960s trends with prices ranging from just a few pounds up to several hundred.
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton

Re-live the 1066 Battle of Hastings
10 - 11 Oct
Re-live the atmosphere and tension of the great battle as more than 400 soldiers clash in the annual re-enactment of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, on the very battlefield where it all happened. Immerse yourself in medieval life as you stroll around the living history encampments and take an entertaining look at the Bayeux Tapestry on a washing line!
1066 Battle of Hastings, Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Hastings: 0870 333 1181

Radu Lupu
3 Oct
Janacek In the Mist
Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 Appassionata
Schubert Sonata No. 20 in A major D959
Romanian-born concert pianist Radu Lupu started piano lessons at the age of six and then a mere six years later made his public debut with a complete programme of his own music. During his 40-year career he has performed with all the great orchestras of the world and become one of the foremost pianists of his generation. He is giving a special solo piano recital to open a new series of year-round chamber concerts in Brighton Dome's Concert Hall.
Tickets: £10, £15, £18.50 and £22
Brighton Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709

Reader offer
Two tickets for the price of one on the top two ticket prices for Radu Lupu on Saturday 3 Oct at 7.30pm. Please phone the Brighton Dome Ticket Office on 01273 709709 and quote 'the unique code from the October edition of Sussex Life'.
Subject to availability, this offer is not available online, against tickets already purchased or in conjunction with any other offer.

Tom Jones
23 Oct
One of the great performers of both the 20th and 21st centuries, Tom is widely recognised as one of the godfathers of modern soul. A living legend who has befriended, collaborated and hung out with practically every key character in the music and showbiz worlds, he has the rare ability to cut across generations and genres, appealing to young and old, mainstream and cutting edge alike.
The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton: 0844 847 1515

Brass Jaw
7 Oct
Brass Jaw saxophone quartet bristles with the excitement of a completely original set including the odd quirky arrangement of well-loved jazz standards, all written and arranged by this stellar line-up of musicians.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley: 01293 553636

12 Oct
The phenomenal Uiscedwr (pronounced ish-ka-dooer) is one of Britain's most exciting contemporary folk bands, which first came to public attention when they won the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2002.
The current line-up features Anna on fiddle and vocals and co-founder Cormac Byrne (of Seth Lakeman band fame) on bodhran and percussion.
Joined for this tour by James Hickman on guitar, the result is the most thrilling modern folk music you're ever likely to hear and promises a night you won't forget.
Chequer Mead, East Grinstead: 01342 302000

Magners Brighton Comedy Festival
8 - 24 Oct
Now in its eighth year, the Brighton Comedy Festival is set to be the biggest and funniest yet.
Britain's premier event solely devoted to comedy is this October offering a fantastic line-up including Jimmy Carr, thought-provoking comic Simon Amstell, pub landlord Al Murray and star of Channel 4's Chatty Man, Alan Carr, above, who is making a welcome return to host the Sussex Beacon Charity Gala.
Brighton Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709

Hot Mikado
20 - 24 Oct
Picture a little town in Japan where flirting is punishable by death. Unsurprisingly its citizens are finding the law rather, well ... tiresome. They appoint Ko-Ko, a lowly tailor, as Lord High Executioner, himself condemned for flirting and so not likely to execute anyone. Now you're all set for one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous comic operas in all its wonderful absurdity.
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000

Drip Action Theatre:Three New Plays
20 - 24 Oct
Three intriguing short plays for the autumn: Outside In by Claudine Toutoungi, Reap What You Sow by Richard Rai O'Neill and Timmy Thompson by James Morton.
Tickets are available from the Arundel Information Centre.
Drip Action Theatre, The Victoria Club, Tarrant Street, Arundel: 01903 882268

Amor Flamenco
2 Oct
Brother and sister José and Ana Dueñas León and their six-piece company debut their new show Puro (pure), a show of fiery Flamenco music and dance with explosive footwork, dazzling costumes and dynamic rhythms.
The Pavilion Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206

10 - 17 Oct
A play that looks deeply into the fragile nature of friendship. Amid the witty and biting dialogue is a moving story of three men as they struggle with the realisation that their lives are growing apart. It is a play for anyone who has ever had a best friend. Contains mild bad language.
New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton: 01273 746118

Tulleys Halloween Festival
23 Oct - 1 Nov
Fun by day at October Fest Fun Park (24 Oct - 1 Nov) and fright by night at Shocktober Fest Scream Park (23 Oct - 1 Nov). For more information visit
Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley: 01342 718472

Borde Hill Spooktacular Hunt
24 Oct - 1 Nov
Search for hair-raising clues hidden by the witches that lead straight to their haunted house and bubbling cauldron.
Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath: 01444 450326

Haunted House Tour
30 Oct
Spooky tours around Alfriston Clergy House with ghoulish characters along the way. Booking essential.
Alfriston Clergy House, Alfriston: 01323 870001

Boo's Haunted Cottage
24 Oct - 1 Nov
Boo, Drusillas' friendly ghost, opens the doors once again to his haunted cottage. Be warned, Winifred the witch can startle young children!
Drusillas Park, Alfriston: 01323 874100

Newhaven Fort Halloween Fun
26 - 31 Oct
All manner of ghastly and gruesome games and activities, including a Halloween family quiz trail, craft workshops and scary film screenings. Booking essential for some activities.
Newhaven Fort, Newhaven: 01273 517622

Sussex Wildlife Trust

10 - 11 Oct
A Weekend with a View
Sussex Wildlife Trust has teamed up with the Youth Hostel Association to offer a family adventure weekend away exploring the countryside around Alfriston in East Sussex. Enjoy a walk to the Seven Sisters Country Park, followed by lunch around the campfire in Friston Forest. In the evening expect a visit from a 'local smuggler' and a treasure hunt. On Sunday walk down to the Seven Sisters and a chance to rock pool.
Booking essential.
Alfriston Youth Hostel, East Sussex: 01273 497561

Autumn Nuts with SWT
Explore the woods looking for the signs of autumn. Plant a tree seed to take away with you and make a woodland crown and a clay tile picture using nuts and seeds. Booking essential.
Woods Mill, Henfield (11 Oct) and Stanmer Park, Brighton (18 Oct): 01273 497561

30 Oct
After Dark with Sussex Wildlife Trust
Put on your Halloween costume and venture down the Cuckmere Valley to the Camping Barn for a spooky story and a warming drink. Booking essential.
Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford: 01273 497561

31 Oct
Woods Mill Halloween Horrors

Take a moonlit walk around the woods and watch out for ghosts in the trees. Get up close and meet some real owls before completing a spooky quiz about nocturnal animals. Booking essential.
Woods Mill, Henfield: 01273 497561

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