The Diary - There's so much happening in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 00:34 04 February 2012 | UPDATED: 19:38 20 February 2013

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There's so much happening in Sussex!

Glorious Goodwood Festival
26-30 July

Glorious Goodwood offers the very best in top-class horse racing and is a highlight of the summer social calendar where visitors can enjoy the chic, relaxed and incredibly stylish atmosphere. There are racing highlights every day including the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Blue Square Nassau Stakes.
Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester: 01243 755022

Eastbourne Extreme

16-17 July
The south coasts coolest, fastest and most intense free sports festival, featuring a huge line up of air, land and water-based outdoor pursuits plus live music, events on the Extreme stage, shops, food stalls and childrens rides.
For more information visit

Glynde Food & English Wine Festival
16-17 July 10am-5pm

A weekend celebration of the best food and English wine producers. Set in the beautiful and historic grounds of Glynde Place in Glynde near Lewes, the festival offers the biggest English wine gathering in the country.

The Chef Demo stage will feature some of the countrys top chefs - presenter and restaurateur John Torode, Edd Kimber (winner of Great British Bake Off) and Dhruv Baker (WaitroseLIVE columnist) plus cookery master classes with Peter Bayless.
For more information visit

MedFest: A Taste of the Mediterranean
9-10 July 10.30am-5pm

An exciting new event at West Dean, MedFest will capture the diversity and richness of the Mediterraneans regional cultural and gastronomic traditions, paying particular attention to Spain and Lebanon this year.
West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Near Chichester: 01243 818210

Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup 2011
21 June-17 July

The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship is acknowledged to be the premier polo tournament in the world. Some 40 matches will take place during the course of the series to decide the coveted British Open title.Semi-finals will be held on 14 July and the glittering celebrity-studded final will be held on 17 July.
Cowdray Park Polo Club, Midhurst: 01730 813257

Goodwood Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show
30 June-3 July

The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world a unique summer weekend held in the grounds of Goodwood House, that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport royalty.

All sectors of the new car market will be represented at the Moving Motor Show, from economy hatchbacks to family saloons, SUVs and prestige limousines and supercars something for everyone.
Goodwood House, Goodwood, Chichester: 01243 755055

Standen and 150 years of Morris & Co.
Now until 10 July 11am-4pm

An exhibition with Sanderson to celebrate the continuing history of Morris & Co. in their 150th year. Normal admission applies.

16-17 July: Victorian High Tea in the new William Morris-inspired marquee.
Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead: 01342 323029

Sparks in the Park
2012 Open Weekend and Carnival

24 July 12-5pm

A free family event organised by Horsham District Council that takes place in Horsham Park. This action-packed day takes place over the London 2012 Open Weekend and is part of the Cultural Olympiads four-year national programme leading up to the 2012 Games.

With a strong London 2012 theme, Sparks In the Park will feature a wide range of sporting activities on offer for people to watch and try including rebounding, stoolball, football, karate, tennis, baseball and more.
For more information tel: (01403) 211661 or visit

The Longines Royal International Horse Show
26-31 July

This six-day fixture is steeped in history and prestige and features the very best of showjumping and showing, including the only Meydan FEI Nations Cup to be held each year in Britain.

Theres also the King George V Gold Cup and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and dont forget Ladies Day on Saturday 30 July, where the most elegant and fashionable are rewarded with the chance to win fantastic prizes!
All England Jumping Course, Hickstead: 01273 834315

Jeremys Restaurant BBQ and Beer garden event

On 29 August, Bank Holiday Monday, Jeremys Restaurant at Borde Hill Garden on the outskirts of Haywards Heath is hosting a BBQ and beer garden event, showcasing a variety of distinctive beers from Sussexs Fallen Angel Brewery matched with food from Jeremys BBQ, all in the company of the Bob Barnard jazz duo.

Pre-booked restaurant and terrace service: two-course BBQ 30 per person including arrival canap and coffee.
For reservations please
tel: 01444 441102, email or visit


There are two pairs of tickets up for grabs! To win a pair of tickets to Jeremys BBQ and beer garden event, please answer the following question:

When is the Event taking place?

Answers on a postcard, including name, address and telephone number to Jeremys Restaurant, Borde Hill Garden,Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP marked SL COMPETITION. Not to beused in conjunction with any other offer. Closing date for entries: 19 August.

The Garden Gadabout
26-27 June, 2-3 July

Over 70 beautiful gardens and community spaces from across the region open for this Sussex Beacon annual event. The Garden Gadabout raises essential funds for this vital local charity which cares for men and women with HIV/AIDS. Entry to each garden is 2 or 7 for a Super Saver Day ticket available from The Dome Box Office on 01273 709709 or from the open gardens on the day.
For more information visit

Cats Protection Summer Fete
17 July 10am-4pm

Free family fun day at the Cats Protection National Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate, including bouncy castle, arts and crafts, food stalls, birds of prey display, friendly farm animals, tombola, raffle, face painting and tractor rides.
For more information tel: 01825 741330 or visit

Paddle Round the Pier
2-3 July

Europes largest annual free beach festival returns to Brighton and Hove beachfront, offering entertainment for the whole family. This year, all proceeds and donations raised will be split equally between nominated beneficiaries the RNLI, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Surf Relief.
For more information visit

The Tiger who came to Tea
1-2 July

Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem. Expect to be surprised. Age recommendation 3+. Performance times: Fri 1.30pm, Sat 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets 10.
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000

Railway Gala Weekend
9-10 July

Set in the 36-acre grounds of Amberley Museum, this event is a great day out for all the family.

This year the event spotlights a vast and magnificent collection of narrow gauge locomotives including steam, petrol, diesel and electric locomotives with trains to watch and ride on. There will also be a miniature railway and model railway exhibition.

For further details visit:

The Brolley Charity Cup
Sunday 31 July noon-5pm

The Brolley Charity Cup at Sussex Polo Club is in aid of Help for Heroes and Kent-based charity Hospice in the Weald. Guests can join in their VIP hospitality tent for a champagne reception and three-course lunch while they watch the breath-taking finals of the Brolley Charity Cup. Adult VIP tickets are 70 per head. Family fun, with car, 15. Bouncy castle and face painter.
For advanced ticket sales please call 01732 366317 or visit
Sussex Polo Club, Home farm, Wallage Lane, Rowfant, West Sussex RH10 4NH

Pride Companion Dog Show
3 July

Dog lovers from all over Brighton and Hove will be heading for Hove Rugby Football Club on the Old Shoreham Road on Sunday 3 July for this years Pride Companion Dog Show in association with Coastway Veterinary Group. Pedigree, condition and novelty classes, dog themed entertainment and trade stalls.
Show begins at 12.30pm. Registration 11.30am. 2 per registration.

Barnardos Big Toddle
5 July 10.30am

This year is set to be the wildest, brightest and biggest yet with children encouraged to dress up as their favourite safari animals.

The Big Toddle is a short sponsored walk for under-fives with parents/carers, which raises money to help vulnerable children. Registration from 10am.
Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton: 0843 270 9900 or visit

Elkie Brooks in concert at Knepp Castle
16 July

As part of her special 50th anniversary tour, Elkie Brooks will be performing a summer outdoor concert in the stunning grounds of Knepp Castle in West Grinstead, Horsham.

The concert is in aid of AMBER, a charity which transforms the lives of young people by building their self- confidence and helping them to develop practical skills and earn qualifications.

Concert starts 5pm. Gates open 3pm. Bring a picnic or enjoy a hog roast, barbecue and beer tent on site.
Tickets 25 with accompanying under 14s free. Premium tickets 125. Tickets available from Anne Phesse tel: 01403 865412.

Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench
27 June-2 July 7.30pm

A hilarious and moving story of five wonderful women who had only two things in common when they met seven months ago a park bench and a life well lived. Through fond and sometimes painful memories, keen observations and great laughs, they are bound by each other's strengths, wisdom and witticisms. Starring Anne Charleston, Lorraine Chase, Shirley Anne Field, Anita Harris. Mats: Wed 2pm and Sat 2.30pm. Tickets: 15.50-24.50.
Connaught Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206

Uckfield Festival
8-17 July
The festival offers a jam-packed programme of events in Uckfield and the surrounding villages. Entertainment includes outdoor theatre, festival club nights, dancing, a Northern Soul night, classical music, jazz, storytelling, walks around the town and various exhibitions from clubs and societies in the area.
n See page 184
T: 01825 763292 or visit

Woman in Mind
16-23 July

Trapped in a loveless marriage and frustrated with life in general and her family in particular, clergymans wife Susan escapes to a happier, more exciting dream world of her own imagining. But when Susans two worlds start to overlap and finally collide, danger threatens. Considered by many to be Ayckbourns most powerful play, Woman in Mind is disturbing, challenging and very funny.
New Venture Theatre, Brighton: 01273 746118

Lucha Future
1-2 July

Lucha Future is a brand new spectacular event bursting with heroism and villainy, masked athleticism, virtuosity and the uniquely Mexican high-flying take on free wrestling Lucha Libre.
Fri and Sat 7.45pm, Sat 3pm. Tickets: 12.50-32.50. Family Ticket 25% off
The Dome, Brighton: 01273 709709

Welcome Wherever I am
An Evening with Dom Joly

25 July 8pm

A truly hilarious evening with one of the UKs most innovative comedians as he talks you through the perils of travelling the world drinking, skiing down volcanoes, holidaying in Chernobyl and North Korea, becoming a paparazzo, trying to fly across the Grand Canyon strapped to an eight foot rocket, turning into Tintin, being arrested in Switzerland while dressed as a yeti, discovering that he was at school with Osama Bin Laden and eating from Gillian McKeith's pants while imprisoned in the Australian jungle. Tickets 23-27.50.
Theatre Royal, Brighton: 08448 717 650

Katherine Jenkins at Victoria Park
9 July 6.30-10.30pm

One of the worlds greatest singers, Katherine Jenkins, is returning to Victoria Park in Haywards Heath for its biggest-ever concert. The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, will accompany her and she will be joined by tenor Andrew Rees. Bring your rugs, chairs and picnics and enjoy a truly magical evening. Tickets: Adult 25, child 10 (5-15yrs) (plus 1.50 transaction fee).
For tickets tel: 01444 800045 or visit

The Petworth Festival
14-30 July

This beautiful West Sussex town welcomes artists from around the world in a vibrant programme designed to attract both the serious classical music aficionado and audiences simply seeking a couple of hours of wonderful entertainment.

Particular highlights include the first ever outdoor concert in the exquisite private Stable Block at Petworth House: an evening of jazz headlined by outstandingly talented boogie woogie pianist Ben Waters and classical music abounds at the festival.

For those seeking an alternative take, Netnakisum will prove that the classics need be anything but antiquated.
For more information visit

Howarth of London Instrument Days
25 July - 5 August 1pm- 5pm

Musical instrument manufacturers Howarth of London invite the public to take a tour of their Worthing workshops.

Visitors will be able to see every process involved in turning blocks of wood and sheets of metal into world-renowned oboes, cors anglais and oboes damore.

Visitors will be encouraged to try as many instruments as they like. Experts will offer advice to absolute beginners and professional musicians.

The suggested donation of 1 per person will go directly to Chestnut Tree House.

More information on the website, or by calling 01903 239219

St Nicholas Church
Flower and Music Festival

8-10 July

Once again St Nicholas Church in Dyke Road, Brighton, will be filled with music and flowers for a celebration of the Holy Sacraments.

To help raise money for much-needed restoration work, the 900-year-old church will be open from 10am-5pm each day.

Festival events:
7 July 7.30pm: Preview evening with Champagne reception 25
8 July 7.30pm: Brighton Gay Mens Chorus 10
9 July 7.30pm: Operetta evening with picnic supper 15
For information email:, tel: 07746198 026 or visit

Gala Concert
Lancing College Preparatory School

10 July 7pm

To celebrate the Woodard Bi-Centennial year, Lancing College Preparatory School is performing a showcase spectacular at the Theatre Royal Brighton, with abstracts from various old pupils including Sir Tim Rice, Christopher Hampton, David Hare and Evelyn Waugh.

Tickets and further information:

ROX Music and Arts Festival
23-24 July 1pm-10.30pm

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, this family-friendly free event in Bognor Regis is held along the seafront and offers a variety of entertainment, including live music from 100 musicians, artistes and performers who will appear across at least five different stages, a procession, kids activities, carnival, world musicians, club stage, fringe events, craft and dance workshops and more.

For more information visit

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Summer Holiday Club with Sussex Wildlife Trust

Throughout July and August the Sussex Wildlife Trust is running fun holiday activity programmes for children at Woods Mill, Henfield, Stanmer Park, Brighton, and Seven Sisters Country Park near Seaford. The Holiday Club runs between 10.30am-2.30pm.

Woods Mill and Stanmer Park Holiday Clubs are suitable for 6-11 year olds and Seven Sisters Holiday Club appropriate for 7-11-year-olds. Children do not have to be accompanied by an adult. A packed lunch, suitable clothing/footwear and sun protection are advised.

Members 9 per session; non-members 12. Booking essential. Tel: Filma Dyer on 01273 497561 or email

Pirates and Smugglers Weekend
16-17 July

Will the Kings men succeed in catching the smugglers? Will the highwayman, the elusive shadow, attack you? Which of the pirates will survive their duels? Try your hand at have-a-go fencing and archery with the pirates of Raven Tor.
Arundel Castle, Arundel: 01903 882173

Rare Breed Show
17 July 10.30am-5pm

Four legs, furry legs, feathered legs come and see over 500 cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry in this delightful agricultural show for rare and traditional breeds of farm animals. With prizes at stake and classes for young handlers, its one of the biggest shows of its kind in the southeast and fun for all the family. Family ticket 26, Child 5, Adult 9.50, Concession 8.50.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Nr Chichester: 01243 811348

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