Your October Diary

PUBLISHED: 11:54 26 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:58 20 February 2013

Your October Diary

Your October Diary

There's so much happening in Sussex this month!


6-7 October
South of England Autumn Show and Game Fair
9am-5pm. Show-goers are invited to reap the benefits of rural life with a vast array of activities including classic country sports such as hunting, shooting and fishing.
Other attractions include arena events, dog agility competition, terrier racing, farm animals, locally produced food and drink, childrens entertainment and shopping for bargains. Tickets: Adults 9, Children 5.
For more information tel: 01444 892700 or visit of England Showground, Ardingly.

20 October
The Wakehurst Place Great Seed Swap
11am-5pm. The Great Seed Swap is being held at Kews Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place in Ardingly, which holds the largest wild seed collection in the world. Gardeners will be able to swap seeds and pick up expert tips and advice. Admission: 2 entry to The Great Seed Swap (Garden entrance not included).
For further information tel: 01444 894067 or visit

14 October
Autumn Foraging and Countryside Day at Parham
11am-5pm. Set in the heart of its own ancient deer-park, whose herd was first recorded in 1628, Parham is the perfect location for this themed event looking at the countryside in autumn. With the park designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and with an award-winning four-acre walled garden, the event features displays, information and demonstrations about home-grown fruits and vegetables, local produce, natural wild foods and foraging in the countryside.
Parham House and Gardens, Storrington, Nr Pulborough: 01903 742021.

13-14 October
Autumn Countryside Show
10.30am-5pm. At this beautiful time of year, enjoy heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, falconry and dog displays, woodland and rural craft demonstrations and the chance to join in the harvest celebrations by entering one of the horticultural classes. Museum open until 6pm.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester: 01243 811348.

29-30 September
West Dean Apple Affair
Both West Dean College and Gardens will be open for this special event. Visitors can take a look around the elaborate state rooms, which are only open to the public once a year and view a surrealist art exhibition. Outside in the gardens there will be an array of stalls, apple displays, food demos and walks and talks suitable for all the family.
West Dean, Chichester: 01243 818210.


26 October-11 November
Brighton Early Music Festival
Celebration: 10th Anniversary Festival featuring celebration in all its marvellous forms. Eighteen events will take place in Brightons most stunning buildings. The Tallis Scholars; The 1589 Florentine Intermedi music and spectacle for a Medici wedding; Bachs Goldberg Variations; The Orlando Consort; Musica Secreta; Discussion forum and concert celebrating the life of David Munrow; The Burning Bush; Handel Coronation Anthems.
Season tickets, bulk discounts and group booking discounts are also available. For a brochure tel: 01273 833746 or visit

20 October
Stars of the Opera
7.30pm. The brand-new pop opera concert show Stars of the Opera is coming to Horsham. Starring cast members from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Godspell, the production features opera classics and current-day smash hits given an operatic twist. Tickets: 22, concessions 20.
The Capitol, Horsham: 01403 750220

5 October
Marc Almond
8pm. An internationally acclaimed artist and performer, Marc Almond has sold over 30 million records worldwide. As singer and frontman of landmark electro duo Soft Cell and as a solo artist, Marc has gained iconic status and influenced a generation of musicians.
Tickets: 23.50. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea: 01424 229 111

19 October
Songs of Sanctuary
By Karl Jenkins
7.30pm. Classical, pop, jazz and show tunes performed by three Sussex-based womens choirs Cantatrice, Divas Undaunted and Songbirds Choir.
The exciting Polovstian Dances (Borodin), All That Jazz (Chicago), What I Did For Love (Chorus Line), Witches Chorus (Macbeth) and so much more culminating in 200 voices singing Karl Jenkins Adiemus under the baton of Steve Dummer with full orchestra.
Tickets: 10. The Hawth, Crawley: 01293 553636

22 October
Fascinating Aida
The Cheap Flights Tour
7.45pm. Continuing their smash-hit sell-out tour, thrice Olivier Award-nominated and now a global internet sensation, Fascinating Aida are still Britains best comedy cabaret trio. This show will include several numbers hot off the press, plus a few old favourites including their infamous anthem to budget travel, Cheap Flights.
Tickets: 19.50. Theatre Royal Brighton: 0844 871 7650

7 October
Castalian Quartet
11am. Haydn op.64 no.6, Beethoven op.95, Dvorak op.61: The Castalian String Quartet was formed in London in 2010 by multi award- winning graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Eastman School of Music, USA. They are rapidly gaining a reputation in the UK and abroad for their phenomenal impact on audiences.
Tickets: 17.50. Corn Exchange, Brighton: 01273 709709


18-20 October
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Henfield Theatre Company
7.45pm. This play is the semi-autobiographical story about a group of painters and decorators working in Hastings during the first decade of the twentieth century. The workers see the world through their traditional political views and never imagine that they can influence their own lives or circumstances. When socialist Frank Owen joins them, the workers begin to understand the impact that socialism could have on their lives.
Tickets 6/8 available from Henfield Furnishings (Box office 01273 490080), Henfield Hall and the Library.
The Henfield Hall, High Street, Henfield.

8-13 October
Rough Justice
7.45pm. Starring Tom Conti. Television journalist James Highwood has made his career out of challenging the British Justice system in his documentary programmes. Now, suddenly, it is him who is challenged when he is brought to court on a charge of murder. Highwood admits the killing but perversely chooses to defend himself, pushing the tolerance of the court to its limits and framing his defence in terms calculated to incense the judge. Thur and Sat Mats 2.30pm.
Tickets: 12-32.
Theatre Royal Brighton: 0844 871 7650.

5-20 October
Daves Brighton Comedy Festival
Returning in October with a stellar line-up, Daves Brighton Comedy Festival is proud to be the funniest event to happen beside the sea. The festival will continue its expansion into Hove and beyond this year with events in the Brighton Dome, Pavilion Theatre and Corn Exchange as well as The Old Market and Komedia.

10-13 October
Visiting Mr Green By Jeff Baron
7.45pm. Visiting Mr Green is Southwick Players entry in Brighton & Hove Arts Councils Drama Festival 2012. It tells the story of 86-year-old widower Mr Green and his relationship with a young corporate executive who, when found guilty of reckless driving, is ordered to make weekly visits to the elderly man. This play, in two acts, begins as a comedy but develops into a gripping and poignant drama. Directed by H Reeves and staring Ron Common as Mr Green and Nick Simon as the young executive Ross Gardiner. Tickets: 9-10.
The Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick: 01273 597094.

1-6 October
The Haunting
7.45pm. Journey to the very edge of terror with this chiller adapted from Charles Dickenss spine-tingling tales, starring David Robb and James Roache. Wed and Sat Mats 2.30pm.
Tickets: 13.50-21.
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: 01323 412000.


24 October 4 November
Spooky family fun at Borde Hill Garden
Throughout Halloween Week, fearless explorers can take part in Borde Hills Spooktacular Hunt and search for the hair-raising clues hidden by the wicked witches that lead straight to their Haunted House. Once inside, only the bravest will dare to put their hand into the bubbling cauldron to pull out a trick or a treat.
Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath: 01444 450326.

24-27 October
Angelina Ballerina The Mousical
Everyones favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage in her brand new musical a magical show packed full of singing and dancing. 2pm and 4.30pm daily. Tickets: Adult 12.50, 14.50,
Child 10.50, 12.50.
Pavilion Theatre, Worthing: 01903 206206.

20 October-4 November
Shark Weeks
Brighton Sea Life Centre will be hosting Shark Weeks. This annual event helps to raise awareness of the plight of the shark, and teach visitors what they can do to help protect this magnificent species. Activities will include shark talks and feeds, Sharky costume character to meet, quiz trail, face painting and much more.
Sea Life Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton: 0871 423 2110.

26-27 October
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Halloween Horrors!
5.30-7.30pm. Take a candlelit walk around the woods and watch out for ghosts in the trees. Get up close to some real owls and have fun with arts and crafts before completing a spooky quiz about nocturnal animals.
These eerie evenings take place at Woods Mill near Henfield; suitable for children aged 6-11 yrs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for SWT members is 10 per child, non-members 13 per child. Booking essential, tel: 01273 497561 or visit

27 October-4 November
Halloween Shriek Week
If you are bored of all your local haunts, stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period. Theyve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises to keep your little horrors happy this half-term.
Drusillas Park, Alfriston: 01323 874100.

Nut Hunt
This autumn Sussex Wildlife Trust is planning a series of dormouse Nut Hunts in woodlands across the West Weald landscape. We want to find out where these rare but charismatic animals are living and a good way of doing that is to look for the distinctive remains of their favourite food, hazelnuts.
The Nut Hunts can be enjoyed by all the family and will be held in October during half-term week. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Booking is essential, for further information tel: 01273 497561 or visit


1-7 October 53
Teenage Cancer Awareness Week
The week will educate young people, parents, teachers and health professionals about the signs and symptoms of cancer in 13 to 24 year olds.
If you would like more information about Teenage Cancer Awareness Week and fundraising for the charity please tel: 07904 876924 or visit

27-28 October
The Friends Autumn Art Exhibition
10am-4pm. An exhibition and sale of local art at St Andrews School, Meads Street, Eastbourne. Watercolour painting demonstration at 2.30pm on 27 October by local artist Derek Baulcomb. Money raised by the exhibition will go towards one of the Friends 2012 Special Projects to raise 180,000 for a Cardiology Assessment and Treatment Suite at the Eastbourne DGH to identify, triage and fast track urgent cardiology patients. Admission free.

6 October
Fontwell Park Racecourse
Southern Water Charity Raceday
Enjoy a fantastic day at the races followed by live music. The feature race of the day is the Southern Water Handicap Hurdle, won last year by E Major.
Southern Water will be raising money for seven fantastic charities, which are: WaterAid, St Barnabas, Air Ambulance, AAIR, Help for Heroes, Cancer Research and RNLI.
Fontwell Park Racecourse, Fontwell: 01243 543335.

27 October
Rockinghorse Childrens Charity storytelling session
11am-2pm (session every hour, on the hour, lasting 20 minutes). There will be four sessions each day aimed at two- to four-year-olds and kindly run by Dizzy Tilly, which was set up to help children learn through fun and adventure. Each session will include a story, followed by singing and games. Suggested donation: 2 per child.

29 September
Charity Horse Show
Raising vital funds for Chestnut Tree House and The Sussex Snowdrop Trust. Advanced entries can be made as well as entries on the day. The classes include showing, dressage, clear round jumping and gymkhana. There will also be a raffle, jewellery and cake stand. Refreshments available.
For more information tel: 07789 800756 or visit
Jewels Stables, Crossbush Lane, Crossbush, Nr Arundel.

14 October
The Martlets Noon Walk
Join the Martlets for a cliff top walk along the Sussex coast. The Noon Walk is one of those rare events in Brighton that is a men-only, 13-mile sponsored walk. It is a chance for men and boys (12+) from all parts of the city to walk together to support the Martlets.
For more information tel: 01273 747455 or visit


3-20 October
Drawn to Colour
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004)
Colour, movement and form were the three fundamental elements that underpinned all Barns-Grahams visual vocabulary and total commitment as an artist for more than 60 years. This special exhibition in the South East to mark her centenary year celebrates two aspects of her work: her series of line drawings of the sea and her brilliantly coloured silkscreen prints. All works will be for sale. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm. The exhibition is sponsored by Burt Brill & Cardens, solicitors in Brighton, Worthing and East Grinstead.
The Jointure Studios, 11 South Street, Ditchling: 01273 841244.

13 October-4 November
Enchanted Forests
Of trees, birds, beasts and all things magical. Paintings, prints, sculpture and collage. Open 10.30am-4pm. Closed Mondays. For more information visit
The Green Tree Gallery, Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath: 01444 456560.

22 September 2012-14 April 2013
Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki
With its cutting edge yet affordable fashion, Barbara Hulanickis iconic Biba store and label transformed the High Street shopping experience in the 1960s and 70s.
This major fashion exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery celebrates the innovative, unique and distinctive creative flair that Barbara Hulanicki has brought to all of her work. It will review her life from her childhood, early career in fashion illustration, and her creation of Biba in the 1960s to her key role in the regeneration of Miami Beach and her recent High Street fashion and interiors collections. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton:
03000 290900.

6 October-27 January 2013
Gwen John and Celia Paul: Painters in Parallel
This exhibition features the work of two of Britains most distinctive and respected female artists, Gwen John (1876-1939) and Celia Paul (b.1959), placed side-by-side for the first time and includes key examples of paintings and drawings by both artists, offering a unique insight into the common experiences and themes which bridge almost eight decades of history.
Pallant House, 9 North Pallant, Chichester: 01243 774557.

13 October-6 January 2013
Collective Observations:Folklore and Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr
Since 1897, when Sir Benjamin Stone established the National Photographic Record Association (NPRA), photographers have had a fascination with the rites and rituals of Britain. Photography and folklore practice have a complimentary relationship - both are acts of remembrance; photography captures the ephemeral moment. Free.
Towner Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne: 01323 434670

20 October-1 November
Bounded in a Nutshell
Peter Messer is well known for his intense tempera paintings, frequently set in, around or parallel with his home town of Lewes. He returns to the Hop Gallery with his latest unseen collection of paintings.
Hop Gallery, Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes: 01273 487744.

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