October Diary from Sussex Life
PUBLISHED: 11:34 27 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:54 28 February 2013
A pick of great events from around the county this month.
A pick of great events from around the county this month.
23 Sept-3 Oct
Opening and closing with a peal of bells, the Festival packs in an incredibly diverse range of events providing culture, entertainment and, most importantly, fun for all.
For more informationtel: 01825 872401 or visit www.chiddinglyfestival.co.uk
Arundel Food Festival
A fabulous menu of events is being put together for Arundel's first ever food festival. The programme will feature a special farmers market on 16 Oct, farm tours, food walks, food tastings, talks and debate, as well as special menus in many restaurants, cafes and pubs.
For more information tel: 01243 814777 or visit www.arundelfoodfestival.org.uk
A Taste of Rye
Latest offerings to be added to the mouth-watering programme of delicious delights are a gourmet escape with a saucy twist, cookery schools and a special market.
The Gallivant (formerly The Place at the Beach) at Camber Sands is offering an exclusive two-night gourmet escape, limited to 12 lucky people. Webbe's at the Fish Caf plans a range of exciting events, and a special market held in the Butter Market with food demonstrations, tastings and street entertainment will bring a hint of Covent Garden to Rye.
For more information visit www.tasteofrye.org.uk
Parham Autumn Foraging and Countryside Day
Parham is the perfect location for this specially themed event, which looks at the countryside in autumn. Visitors will be able to taste and buy seasonal and locally produced game and meats, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, nuts and drinks. There will also be guided deer spotting and fungi identification walks.
Parham House and Gardens, Storrington, Nr Pulborough. Tel:01903 742021
West Dean Apple Affair
This is a family event for all ages, with stallholders offering an array of apple-based foods and drinks to taste and buy, as well as activities for the children including apple bobbing, and the ever-popular Big Draw drawing competition. Don't miss the opening of West Dean House and see the glorious staterooms in all their splendour.
West Dean Gardens, Chichester: 01243 818210
Autumn Show and Game Fair
2-3 Oct,9am-5pm daily.
A two-day spectacular at the South of England Centre in Ardingly promoting the traditional English countryside, celebrating the harvest and including a regional Game Fair.
For more information tel: 01444 892700 or visit www.autumnshow.org.uk
Mini Mission -The Jingle Dress
A new and exciting dance narrative show celebrating being who you are and finding your own special path. Suitable for children aged 3-5 years.
The Hawth: 01293 553636
Tulleys Farm, Crawley (14-31 Oct)
The Tulleys October Spooktacular.
Tel: 01342 718472
Burwash, Etchingham (23-31 Oct) 11am-4pm.
Follow the creepy Halloween garden trail to win a prize.
Tel: 01435 882302
Haywards Heath (23-31 Oct)
A Spooktakular week of ghastly ghouls and wicked witches.
Tel: 01444 450326
(23-31 Oct) 11am-3pm.
Alfriston (23-31 Oct)
Halloween Shriek Week.
Tel: 01323 874100
Gruesome stuff for half term. Advance booking required for some events.
Tel: 01273 517622.
Nr Arundel (29-30 Oct)
Halloween Daytime Activities (29-30 Oct 10am-5.30pm). Halloween Fright Night (30 Oct, 4.30-7.30pm advance booking only).
Tel: 01798 831370
The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux (30 Oct): 6.30pm-11pm.
Family Open Evening with optional Halloween drop-in activities.
Tel: 01323 832731
Sussex Wildlife Trust
(30 Oct): 6.30pm-8.30pm.
On Your Broomsticks. Follow the Cuckmere Valley to the deserted village of Exceat and hear the story of this abandoned site. Meet at the Pump Barn, Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford. Booking essential.
Tel: 01273 497561.
Nr Hailsham (31 Oct) 10.30am-4.30pm.
Traditional fun with trails, puzzles and crafts.
Tel: 01273 487188
Sussex Wildlife Trust -Apples and Animals
Celebrate national Apple Day and local wildlife wonders in the West Weald Landscape at Fishers Farm Park near Billingshurst. Come and get stuck in to fun activities including learning about the local wildlife, brushing up on woodcraft skills and helping to plant apple trees. Followed by an optional Evening Family Variety Show in the theatre, enjoy performances spanning comedy and magic tricks (6pm-9pm). Entrance charge applicable approx. 10. Free event please follow signs from car park. If anyone wishes to visit the attractions at Fishers Farm Park normal entrance charges applicable.
Fishers Farm Park, nr Billingshurst
British Heart Foundation 'BIG DONATION'
Now until 30 Sept
Donate BIG and have a clear-out this weekend. BHF aims to receive 400,000 bags of stock - the equivalent of 8 million - and the charity needs your help to reach this target.
Donate your good quality clothing, shoes, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, toys and bric-a-brac to your nearest BHF shop and play a part in the fight against heart disease.
Concert: The Faur 'Requiem'
9 Oct,St Saviour's Church, Eastbourne.
Counterpoint Arts with director Aanna Colls present a programme including Faurs Cantique de Jean Racine and The Bruckner Motets. Tickets: 12.50 including a glass of wine. All proceeds to St Wilfrids Hospice.
For more informationtel: 01323 432180
Cancerwise Soapbox Derby and Charity Fun Day
A brilliant day out for all the family and a chance to support and raise much needed funds for local charity Cancerwise. The main attraction will be a soapbox derby as well as all types of vehicles from past and present, custom built and exotic cars and bikes, a giant Scalextric competition, rides and stalls.
For more information visit www.cancerwise.org.uk
The Martlets Noon Walk
The Noon Walk is a 13-mile sponsored walk just for men to raise funds for the Martlets Hospice in Hove. Youll start at the County Cricket Ground in Hove, walking to Saltdean Lido for a pit stop before returning to Hove where youll find a well-earned pint waiting for you!
Entry is 12. Men can enter online www.martlets-noonwalk.co.uk or pick up a form from any of the Martlets shops or call Rachel in the Fundraising Team 01273 747455 ext 7.
John Barrowmansnew tour hits Brighton
See John Barrowman at the Brighton Centre as part of his brand new UK tour when he performs songs from his new album, the self-titled John Barrowman.
Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton: 0844 847 1515
The Armstrong and Miller Show
With their usual mix of the beautifully observed and the utterly barmy, Ben and Xander will be performing a parade of characters from their extensive dressing-up box and wig-store.
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000
Vertical Road,Akram Khan Company
Akram Khan, one of the UKs most celebrated dance talents, makes a welcome return to Brighton Dome with his latest full-scale contemporary ensemble work, Vertical Road.
The Dome, Brighton. Tel:01273 709709
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men has everything: A woman whose mere presence is enough to corrupt; murder; and themes of friendship and loneliness.
Due to the intimate nature of the studio, the New Venture Theatre has always been able to showcase plays about friendship with great success. This production will certainly draw audiences into John Steinbecks tragic yet beautiful story.
New Venture Theatre, Brighton: 01273 746118
The world-renowned Moscow Ballet La Classique demonstrate their continued quality of dance and performances in a dramatic production of this timeless favourite set to Tchaikovskys superb score.
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea: 01424 229 111
Brighton Comedy Festival
Brighton Comedy Festival has established itself over the last eight years as a jewel in the world of stand-up. Over three weekends around 50 of the best comedians working in live comedy strut the boards of Brighton Domes Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Pavilion Theatre. Brighton has always been a place of escape and there's no better antidote to our modern times than live comedy.
For tickets tel: 01273 709709 or visit
A Month in the Country,Ivan Turgenev
With Kenneth Cranham, Janie Dee and Michael Feast
24 Sept-16 Oct
Brian Friel, Irelands greatest living playwright, has freely adapted Ivan Turgenevs great masterpiece. In this poignant, evocative and, at times, comic play he charts the course of a passionately eventful summer month on a country estate in which Natalya filled with a vast discontent and longing and seeking escape from a stifling marriage falls hopelessly in love with her sons young tutor and is left at the end to recover whatever happiness she can after her summer of secret turmoil.
Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester: 01243 781312
Brighton Early Music Festival: Ritual
22 Oct-7 Nov
Courtship and marriage, religion and customs, living, dying and remembering, eating, drinking, revelry and the seasons celebrated in music from antiquity to the present.
Artists include: Emma Kirkby, Red Priest, The Sixteen, Joglaresa, Horses Brawl, Passacaglia, Musica Secreta the BREMF Players with Alison Bury and the 400th anniversary performance of the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers. At various venues across Brighton and Hove.
For more information visitwww.bremf.org.uk
Adur Arts Live 2010
26 Sept-14 Nov
Adur Arts Live, in its seventeenth year, brings an exciting mix of classical, contemporary and ancient music from around the world, spiced with some newly composed works.
The dramatist Jenny Pulling will present two evenings of drama in Shoreham and aseries of lunchtime concerts will take place in St. Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham, to include the Rude Mechanicals folk group.
For more information visitwww.adurartsforum.org.uk
The ukulele comes of age in the inaugural Wukulele Festival, the South Coasts international celebration of ukulele genius with two nights of ukulele fun and virtuosity.
It features special performances by Bob Brozman, Richard Durrant and Lionel K. Hubert, along with rising stars including Sophie Madeleine and The Half Sisters, plus a new commission of Sean OHagan (The High Llamas) for 60 ukuleles and 60 primary school children.
Assembly Hall, Worthing. Tel:01903 206206
Prolific and diverse, Thea's albums run the gamut from hushed, intimate acoustic settings to full throttle rock, always unified by her spine-tingling vocals and lyrics.
Thea has collaborated and shared stages with some of music's most revered names and noted Thea Gilmore fans include Bruce Springsteen who regularly uses her tracks as his pre-performance music.
Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead: 01342 302000