Your August Diary

PUBLISHED: 01:16 25 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:39 20 February 2013

Your August Diary

Your August Diary

There's so much happening in Sussex!


9-12 August
Airbourne 2012
Airbourne returns along Eastbourne seafront for its 20th anniversary with four days of fast jets, historic aircraft, parachute displays and more. A fantastic firework display at the park will coincide with the London 2012 closing ceremony live on the big screen on Sunday evening.
For more information tel: 0871 663 0031 or visit

Throughout August
Wildflower Walks in Sussex
Sussex Wildlife Trust is running a bunch of wildflower walks and talks throughout Sussex this August.
For further information and booking please visit

31 July-4 August
Glorious Goodwood Festival
The event is bursting with fabulous fashions, succulent strawberries, chilled Champagne and top racing stars, as well as music and dancing. Ladies Day this year sees the return of the Celebrity Ladies Invitational charity race.
Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester: 01243 755022.

Best of the rest
27-29 July: West Dean Gardens Chilli Fiesta
12 August: New for 2012 Grow Your Own Festival at Parham 12 August: Heavy Horses at High Beeches

18-19 August: Worthing Inter-national Birdman Competition

18-19 August: Borde Hill British Eventing Horse Trials

25-27 August: Englands Medieval Festival, Herstmonceux Castle

1-2 September
RAFA Shoreham Airshow
This years show will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF Central Flying School, which is responsible for flight training for the RAF.
The afternoon flying display will feature strong support from the armed forces as well as exciting aerobatic and emotive historic aircraft displays.
Dont miss the famous Scramble scenario featuring historic Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitt in a thrilling set piece with pyrotechnics and re-enactors.
The ground attractions will be larger than ever, including static displays, arena displays, a large funfair, classic cars and trade stalls.
Ticket Hotline: 01903 441545 or visit

8-10 August
Brighton Racecourse Festival
8 August: John Smiths Raceday
9 August: Frosts Ladies Day
10 August: Best of Brighton in support of Teenage Cancer Trust
To book tel: 01273 603580 or visit

17-27 August
Arundel Festival
The Arundel Festival is now firmly established as one of the South of Englands premier arts festivals. Amongst the many highlights of the 10-day Festival will be Shakespeare in The Collector Earls Garden, eclectic music and arts in Jubilee Gardens, hot-air balloon rides from the meadows, the Bath Tub Race on the river and the hugely popular Gallery Trail.
The Festival will begin with a Folk and Country night at Jubilee Gardens, followed on Saturday by the Festival Farmers Market, and official opening with the Childrens Parade and raising of the flag.
The Festival will also have the inclusion of more childrens workshops than ever and has teamed up with the lido to provide a full and varied programme throughout the festival. Also, there will be several poetry readings and poets will be appearing through the festival.
Added to all this, is a variety of fantastic plays by Drip Action and the Arundel Players.
Comedy nights and more plays will be showing at The Jailhouse. Both weekends will showcase street entertainment and with the roads closed, this will create a truly unique atmosphere and carnival atmosphere. Words and music in private houses makes a return in style including the Hanover band.
It seems particularly appropriate to hold Shakespeare at Arundel Castle after filming took place there earlier in the year as part of the Shakespeare Festival to be broadcast on the BBC Televisions cultural Olympiad during June/July. The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew will be performed in The Collector Earls Garden.
Arundel Festival has joined forces with the British School of Ballooning and Hot Air Balloon rides will be available. The balloon rides that will be sold will be valid for 12 months and during the Festival. The launch site will be once again in the meadows. The Arundel Gallery Trail a hugely popular aspect of the Festival will be bigger and better than ever with more venues than in previous years. Galleries will be spread around the town and its surrounding areas. The festival will finish on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August) with the End of Festival Parties at the Lido and Jubilee Gardens and a firework display from Aurora fireworks.
For more information visit


The Soldiers
Britains first group of serving soldiers to enter the pop charts are once again hitting the road for a summer UK tour
and will be visiting Eastbourne and Worthing during August, helping to raise money for armed forces charities.
18 August: Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 421000
22 August: Pavilion Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206.

17 August
Open Garden
Merriments Garden Party
2pm-7pm. Where better to spend a beautiful August afternoon than at a Garden Party at Merriments gardens
in Hurst Green held in support of St Michaels Hospice?
While there, you can enjoy the amazing floral displays and listen to the music in tranquil surroundings. Entry 5 with free parking available. Children under 14 go free.
For more information visit

5 August
Coastal Open Garden Trail East Sussex
A new trail features a range of eight, uniquely different East Sussex private gardens, stretching from Saltdean to Seaford three of which are open to the public for the very first time in 2012, in aid of Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support.
For just 7 all the gardens are accessible between 12-6pm or visit them individually for 2 each. There will be home-baked refreshments available at several of the gardens.
Full details are available from

26 and 27 August
ABC Animal Sanctuary Open Days
11am-4pm. A chance to see the many rescued animals including pigs, sheep, goats, geese, peacocks, duck, hens, cats, donkeys, mini Shetlands, ponies and horses. The Sanctuary is set in the Sussex hills with beautiful views of the countryside. It is an opportunity for the whole family to have a lovely day out with excellent home-made food, games and an opportunity to meet the animals close-up. Many of the cats and some of the pigs and ponies will also be up for re-homing.
For more information: 07770 667319 or 07967 046068
or visit
The ABC Animal Sanctuary, Juggs Lane, West Chiltington, RH20 2JS.

27 August
Worthing Rotary Carnival and Procession
The carnival procession leaves Grand Avenue in Worthing at the earlier time of 12.30pm and will make its way to Steyne Gardens for 1pm/1.15pm.
At Steyne Gardens there will be a full programme of entertainment starting at 12 noon with Irish Band Flash Company, singer Cherise and other acts. There will be lots of side stalls and other attractions including Zorbs (floating balls you climb inside) and Stevens Funfair on the promenade.
Admission free but (purely voluntary) collection for good causes supported by Rotary.


4 August
Ken Dodd

7pm. Revered as one of Britains funniest comedians, Ken Dodd is absolutely discumknockerated (thats Knotty Ash speak for over the moon) to be back with his famous Happiness Show. Tickets: 19, 20.
Pavilion Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206.

Shakespeare's Globe on Tour
Following its storming success last summer, Shakespeares Globe will be touring Hamlet across the UK and Europe with this scaled-down production, and will perform at Parham between 6-7 August.
Using an Elizabethan-inspired stage, a handful of energetic players will perform a raw, thrillingly elemental production of this inexhaustible play. For more information visit

Three Men in a Boat
A new adaptation of Jerome K Jeromes classic tale. In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life three friends, J, Harris and George plus
their faithful canine companion Montmorency decide to take a boating jaunt between Kingston and Oxford. However a trip intended to relax and rejuvenate quickly becomes a journey of unquenchable comedy, with death-defying battles with swans, culinary disasters and contrary tea kettles just a few of the challenges facing the trio along the way.
Tues-Sat 7.45pm, Wed and Sat 2.30pm. Tickets: 13.50, 16, 18.

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Storrington: 01903 742021.

Now until 25 August
Heartbreak House
On the brink of World War I, pragmatic Ellie Dunn, her father and her fianc are invited to a house party at the home of eccentric Captain Shotover by his daughter Hesione Hushabye. The family is soon divided by Ellies decision to marry for money, not love.
As their hearts and minds become inseparably tangled in Ellies dilemma, Bernard Shaw, master of wit and social commentary, brilliantly debates money and morality, idealism and realism, and with uncanny prescience and comic insight chronicles a society teetering on the threshold of enormous change. Tickets: 14-36.
Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester: 01243 781312

20-25 August
Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as bad boy Danny and the girl next door Sandy fall in love all over again. Danny Bayne, winner of ITVs Grease is the Word, stars as Danny with Carina Gillespie as his sweetheart Sandy, as the couple follow in the footsteps of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, who famously played the roles in the hit 1978 movie. Times vary. Tickets: 12-35.
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000.


27 August
JLS at PROBIZ County Ground
JLS have confirmed they will perform a massive outdoor concert at The PROBIZ County Ground, Hove this summer.
After the success of Sir Elton Johns visit to The PROBIZ last summer, the biggest boyband of a generation will be bringing an all-new show to Hove.
Tickets 33.50 per person.
For tickets: 0844 888 9991 or visit

3-4 August
Opera Brava 25th Anniversary Season
Opera Brava returns by popular demand to Petworth House to perform The Barber of Seville and Madam Butterfly, with both productions featuring world-class singers from National and International Opera houses.
3 August: The Barber of Seville 7.30pm (gates open 6.30pm).
4 August: Madam Butterfly 7.30pm (gates open 6.30pm).
Tickets for both performances: Adult: 27.50 Child: 10.00 On the Gate: 35.00. For more information: 01444 443000 or visit

17 August
Jonathan Lemalu and Joseph Middleton in concert
Frant Church, High Street, Frant, Nr Tunbridge Wells
8pm. Since his early days when he was befriended and mentored by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Grammy Award winner Jonathan has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the world of opera. The brilliant young pianist Joseph Middleton will accompany him. Programme will include songs by Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninov and others.
Tickets 12, available from Frant Stores or by tel: Paul Barber 01892 750665 or David Cragg 01892 750845.

25 August
Nana Tsiboe, Naomi and Iafia
7.30pm. Born in Ghana, Nana Tsiboe is a master of percussion, a vocalist and plays several instruments, including bass, kit drums, djembe, talking drum and mbira. Originally from Nigeria, Hastings very own Naomi and Iafia are making waves in the world of indie new soul.
Stade Open Space, Hastings Old Town.

11-19 August
17-27 August
Jubilee Gardens hosts a musical feast
Arundel Festival
The theme this year is Community Spirit. Jubilee Gardens will be bigger and better than ever before, taking the community through a ten-day fun-filled programme with a large new professional superb sound and lighting crew, comperes and an amazing array of performers. Folk, Country, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, African Music as well as a folk jam, ukulele jam, flash mob, jive and dance workshops, choirs, the festival singers, fashion show and competitions for all the family. Some highlights include Chichester Music Academy, Sirens Acoustic, Mustangs and Joni Fuller.
For more information visit


4-5 August
Amberley Edwardian Street Fair
The weekends packed schedule offers a wonderful look at Edwardian lifestyle, leisure and transport for all the family to enjoy.
Amberley Museum, Amberley, Nr Arundel: 01798 831370.

9, 14, 28 August
Wild families insect safari
Beautiful butterflies, darting dragonflies, buzzing bees, magnificent moths and burrowing beetles. Find out how to identify them and much more from the Interesting Insects trail. Then join the friendly helpers at the activity station and see how many insects you can find.
RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Pulborough.

25 August
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre 25th Anniversary Country Fayre
10.30am-5pm. A fun-packed day for all the family with countryside games to take part in, demonstrations to watch including sheep shearing, sheep milking and gun dog trials, craft and farmers market stalls to browse around, veteran vehicles to admire and not forgetting the largest private collection of sheep breeds. Advance tickets 2.50 or on the day 5.
Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, East Dean, Nr Eastbourne: 01323 423302.

August fun at Drusillas
1 August: Peppa Pig and George
8 August: Mike the Knight
14 August: The Fat Controller
15 August: Peppa Pig and George
22 August: Captain Barnacles from the Octonauts
27 August: Ben and Holly
28 August: The Fat Controller
Drusillas Park, Alfriston: 01323 874100.

13-16 August
Ghost Light: Performance Workshops
10am-4pm daily. This summer TOM, in association with AudioActive and STOMP, present a unique opportunity for 11-16 year-olds to hone their performance skills by working with some incredible talents. Directed by Lorraine Le Blanc, the Ghost Light workshops will combine performance disciplines around the theme of hauntings and the supernatural. Participants will perform in a final showcase performance to the general public on stage at The Old Market on 16 August, 7.30pm.
Tickets: 250 for the full week, including two tickets to the final performance. Advance booking essential.
The Old Market, Hove. For more information: 01273 201801.

Summer Holiday Bushcraft Clubs with Sussex Wildlife Trust
Sussex Wildlife Trust is running a fun-packed outdoor activity programme for children throughout August.
A highlight is the new bushcraft days at Stanmer Park, Brighton from 10.30am-2.30pm. Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult, so you get a well-earned rest while they have the time of their lives out in the fresh air!
For further information please visit: booking is essential, please email or call 01273 497561.

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