Events in Sussex and Surrey

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Here are some top things to do in the Sussex and Surrey area:

 
April

Discover More of South Downs National Park For Less
The Easter Holidays are about to start and if you’re looking for ideas of how to amuse the kids, then why not jump on a bus or train and discover a bit more of the South Downs National Park?
As well as being better for the environment, the journey will be a bit of an adventure for the children and give you a chance to relax. And better still, you can get 2-for-1 entry at lots of different attractions if you travel to them by public transport.
Find out more at the South Downs website
 
 
Bunny Run
Location of event: Victoria Park Haywards Heath
Time of event: 09.00am
Date of event: 16/04/2014
 
 
Event details: Hare along to Haywards Heath to help St Catherine’s Hospice. You’d be hopping mad to miss out on St Catherine’s Hospice’s Easter fundraiser. The Bunny Run, sponsored by Tuplin, will take place at Victoria Park in Haywards Heath on Sunday 13th April. It’s the ideal feel-good family fun day out, with Easter themed activities and a guest appearance from Bertie the Bunny. However you choose to complete the 2.5k course – walking, running or hopping - we’ll give you a pair of bunny ears at the start so you look the part and Easter treats to welcome you in at the finish. Entry in advance (before 6 April) is £10 per adult; £5 per child; £25 family (2 adults 2 children) We will also be welcoming entries on the day at £15 per adult; £8 per child; £40 family www.stch.org.uk/bunnyrun email: events@stch.org.uk Call 01293 447364


Pamper Day
Location of event: The Lansdowne Hotel, Eastbourne
Time of event: 11am - 5pm
Date of event: 19/04/14
 
 
Event details: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service are hosting a 'Pamper Day' event in order to raise vital funds.
For only £15 in advance or £18 on the day, guests will have access to a range of beauty treatments including manicures and massage whilst raising money for a good cause.
Call 01825 873003 to book now!


Spring Easter Fayre
Location of event: Denton Social Centre, denton road, Denton
Time of event: 11-3pm
Date of event: 12/04/2014
 
 
Event details: Come along and enjoy Easter fun at our Spring Easter Fayre being held between 11-3pm on 12/04/2014 at Denton Social Centre, Denton Road, Denton. We will have a range of stalls present and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny. Please come along and support this local event and help raise money for Rockinghorse Appeal. Refreshments and a Raffle will be available on the day.
 
 
Charity Wheelchair Push
Location of event: Crawley to Sutton
Time of event: 8.00am
Date of event: 12th april
 
 
Event details: We are going to push our son David from out home  to the Royal Marsden in Sutton ( the route he has had to endure regularly whilst he was on treatment).  We shall be walking from our home into Crawley Town centre and onto The Royal Marsden  on foot.
The journey will be broken down into ½ or 1 mile sections dependant on the number of volunteer pushers.  The total distance is  21.9 miles.  We need volunteers to push maximum of a mile per person (dependant on number of volunteers). SO COME AND HAVE FUN AND SUPPORT US WE NEED YOUR HELP. David (or person in chair will be dressed as a reindeer and the person pushing will be dressed as Santa Claus. (costumes provided). Please inbox me  or let Albany House. We also need people to sponsor us ..............all donations appreciated and going to 2 great causes. PLEASE FORWARD YOUR NAME TO ME FOR VOLUNTEERS TO PUSH thank you 
 
 
Nest Egg  
Location of event: Petworth House, West Sussex
Time of event: 10.30am-3.30pm
Date of event: Mon 7 – Mon 21 April  
 
 
Event details: Go on a free-range Easter adventure, make a fluffy Easter chick with nest and follow the trail to collect a Cadbury’s chocolate egg. Child £4
 
 
'Stand Up To Eating Disorders' Men Get Eating Disorders Too 5th Birthday Celebration Event
Location of event: Latest Music Bar
Time of event: 7-10pm
Date of event: 24/4/2014
 
 
Event details: 'Stand Up To Eating Disorders' will be a showcase of our work to date and future developments. It'll be attended by a mix of special guests, our valued supporters as well as interested members of the community. We plan to make this event to remember for a charity that is growing from strength to strength.
 
Performers confirmed so far include Dave Chawner (comedian and host), Dani Blue (singer and songwriter), Mick Squalor (front man of Dingnus Khan), Mother of Pearl (experimental rock group) and Vince Stone (singer and songwriter).
 
Tickets are available for £10 plus admin fee which can be booked online on Events Brite: http://goo.gl/lin9GH All proceeds will go towards MGEDT. Places are limited so don't delay, buy today!
 
 
The Garden Show at Firle Place
Location of event: Firle Place, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LP
Time of event: 10:00am - 17:00 Daily
Date of event: 18-20th April 2014
 
 
Event details: ART, Design & Your Garden. The Garden Show, Good Friday & Easter Weekend at Firle Place. Specialist growers will guide one to the right plant for your garden. There are plenty of garden, gift and home products and delicious country foods. Plant Doctors on hand to help solve varied gardening problems to help your garden grow. Daily walks & talks with head gardener, Phil Fenech, to ‘The Secret Gardens of Firle Place’. Firle House is open again after 3 years of major renovations. The recently restored, rejuvenated & burgeoning Firle Place Herb Garden will again be open. There are plenty of activities on site keeping the whole family occupied. Easter Egg hunts, craft activities, face painting, bouncy fun, jester juggling, puppet and magic shows. The Wandering Jazz Trio, Huxley Birds of Prey.
St Peters Church is holding a fabulous flower festival. All this and so much more. A great day out for the whole family. Life is good in your Garden!
 
Adults £7, Seniors £5, Child £3 (4yrs and under FOC), Family £18 (2 A & 4 C), Groups £4 (advance booking only 20+). Shop Mobility available. No dogs allowed in the showground but welcome on the walks. www.thegardenshowonline.com - 01243 538456
 
 
 
May 
 
 
Artists Open Houses Festival
Location of event: Brighton and Hove
Time of event: All day
Date of event: Every weekend in May
 
 
Event details: The 2014 Artists Open Houses festival will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over the four weekends of May. The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city will be opening their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,000 artists and makers.
 
The houses are grouped into one of 14 trails around different areas of the city, each with its’ own unique character and atmosphere - from the fisherman’s houses of Hanover to the urban warehouse spaces of the North Laine and the cottages of the South Downs village of Ditchling.
 
The Artists Open Houses offer the chance to buy artworks directly from the artists and makers themselves. There is hugely diverse selection of art works on show; from original paintings, prints, graffiti arts, ceramics, textiles to photography, sculpture, crafts and jewellery and many other media. Entry to the Artists Open Houses is free.  
 
Some of the most exciting work from The Artists Open Houses festival will be featured in The Open Houses Open Exhibition 2014, a curated open submissions exhibition showcasing some of the most exciting work from artists taking part in the festival. The theme for this years exhibition is “Transitions.” Open Exhibition will be shown in the Regency Town House upstairs Drawing Room over the weekends of May. The exhibition will be curated by Jenny Lund, Curator of Fine Art Brighton Museum and Katie Norris, Assistant Curator Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
 
 
Foodies Festival
Location of event: Brighton Hove Lawns, Hove Promenade, Kingsway, Brighton & Hove, BN3 2FR
Time of event: 11:00am - 20:00pm
Date of event: Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014
 
Event details: Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink returns to Brighton Hove Lawns on the 3rd, 4th & 5th May for its fourth consecutive year.  Each year the ever-growing festival sees tens-of-thousands of visitors flock from the surrounding areas to feast on a vast array of culinary activities, making Foodies Festival the social event of the summer.  We have top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre; join top pastry chefs in the brand new Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre, and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.
 
 
 
Spring Garden & Leisure Show
Location of event: South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex
Time of event: 9am - 5pm
Date of event: Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May
 
 
Event details: Spring is just around the corner at the South of England Showground in Ardingly where horticulture and a fantastic family fun day out will be at the heart of the Spring Garden & Leisure Show. Green-fingered fans will be inspired with thousands of seasonal plants, shrubs and garden features on display, but for dog lovers visit the South of England Open Dog Show and watch over 700 dogs compete for Best in Show at this year’s Crufts qualifying event.  Water-loving dogs can also enjoy the Paws in the Park ‘K9 Aqua Zone’ feature where visitor’s dogs can compete in a fun race against time. 
 
Admission: Adults £10, children £5 and senior citizens and students £8. Save money with a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) for just £23.  For further information and advance ticket discounts visit www.seas.org.uk or telephone 01444 892700
 

Worthing Assembly Hall
Time of event: 7pm for 7.30 to 10 pm
Date of event: Thursdday 15th May
 
 
Event details: This is going to be a great fashion show which should appeal to many and have a wide variety of clothes, for all budgets and occasions. It is also an event for awareness and  fundraising for the Sussex MS Treatment Center, which is based in Southwick but covers all of both East and West Sussex... 'George' from ASDA will be providing clothing and accessories.The fabulous Gay Richardson - from Style Me Confident - will be using the George clothing to show you how everyday outfits can be worn, based on body type, age, etc. Helen Hitchcock, founder of the cultural Indian Charity The Gallery, from Cobblestone in Steyning, will be showcasing a selection of her Indian clothing and jewellery, both traditional and everyday wear. Wendy - from Sew What Darling - will be showing her handmade, retro-style clothing, which can be bought or hired for any occasion. Based in Southwick, Wendy runs a small, friendly sewing school where you can learn to make girly, frilly things. Get Waisted's Toni Pickles will also be in attendance. Toni is the owner/fashion designer of a bespoke boutique based in Steyning. The designs are inspired by the style of the 40s and 50s, but modern designs to customer specifications can also be created.
Local beauticians, hairdressers, printing companies, photographers etc are also involved. So this is really turning into an event which is really bringing together the local communities. I am hoping that this event will appeal to all ages and will be a fun evening.
Bob Smytherman, Nora Fisher, Tim Laughton and Mike Mendoza are all coming along.
 
 
Night at the Museum
Location of event: Petworth House
Time of event: Friday 16 May
Date of event: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
 
 
Event details: Who knows what might happen when statues and portraits come to life and ghosts appear in the corridors.  Light snack and drink provided. Suitable for children aged 7-12 years. Child £10  adult £5. Bookings 01798 342207
 
 
Potters Gate Summer Fete
Location of event: Potters Gate School, Farnham, Surrey
Time of event: 12-2pm
Date of event: 18th May
 
 
Event details: Come and experience a summer fete the way it used to be! Bunting, Pimm's, sack and 3-legged races, face painting, bouncy castle, various tombolas, book and toy stalls, cream teas, games galore and plenty of FREE activities too.  This years fete will be huge, a perfect fun day out for the whole family, so come and join in the summer fun!
 
 
Cycle the Worth Way 2014 in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Location of event: Maidenbower Park, Maidenbower, Crawley, RH10 7HG
Time of event: 07:00
Date of event: Sunday 18th May 2014
 
 
Event details: Cycle the Worth Way 2014 in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Join us for this family organised bike ride that starts in Maidenbower and takes you on a circular 12 or 40 mile ride!
Cycling along the old rail track, this route will take you through some of the stunning countryside that Sussex and Kent has to offer.
Snacks and drinks will be provided on both routes. This is a fantastic challenge and a fun day out with friends and family!
Sign up now for an early bird registration fee: £15 per adult or £30 per family team (maximum of 2 adults)
Sponsorship pledge: £50 or £100 per family team. For more information, or to register for the event, please visit the website below.
www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/worthway14
 
 
Young Epilepsy's Purple Walk
Location of event: Loseley Park, Guildford
Time of event: 11am
Date of event: 18 May 2014
 
 
Event details: We are delighted to be holding our first ever sponsored walk at the stunning Loseley Park in Guildford, Surrey to launch National Epilepsy Awareness Week 2014. The 8.7km route will take you through the beautiful grounds of Loseley House, built in the reign of Elizabeth I. The course winds up onto the North Downs, where you will be able to take in some of the most spectacular views the Surrey Hills have to offer before exploring ancient woodlands and farmed landscapes en-route back to the house.
 
How to take part: Registration is £5 and you will receive your own fundraising pack to help you raise those much needed funds for children and young people with epilepsy, as well as a Young Epilepsy t-shirt to wear with pride on the day. To take part in this event, please visit www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/purple-walk or contact the Special Events Team on 01342 831245 or specialevents@youngepilepsy.org.uk.
 
 
Walk on the Wild Side
Location of event: Eastbourne
Time of event: 11am onwards
Date of event: 24th of May 2014
 
 
Event details: East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service are hosting a sponsored walk from Bell Tout Lighthouse to Holywell, Eastbourne, followed by a picnic - weather permitting!
It costs only £5 to register by calling 01825 873003 or emailing lindsay@eastsussexwras.org.uk, you will then receive your start time, information pack and sponsorship forms to raise as much as you can for WRAS!
 
 
Pirates & Smugglers Day
Location of event: Arundel Castle
Time of event: 10am-5pm
Date of event: Thursday 29 May
 
 
Event details: Set on the Lower Lawns at Arundel Castle, this family day will be an opportunity to find out about the Smugglers of Sussex and the pirates who menaced waters around the world. With The Yarnsmith of Norwich story teller, have-a-go-fencing, and pirates-a-plenty demonstrating crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century, this lively event will entertain all ages.
 
 
 
June


Craft Fair- Denton Community Challenge
Location of event: Denton and Mount Pleasant Social Centre Denton
Time of event: 1-5pm
Date of event: 7/6/2014
 
 
Event details: 7 June 2014. Denton Community Challenge ‘Road to Rio’.
Family Fun and Sports Day, being held at Avis Way recreation ground opposite Paradise Park from 1 to 5. All welcome! Usual stalls and attractions associated with a village fete. Contact dentonchallenge@gmail.com for more details.
7 June 2014. Denton Community Challenge, Craft Fair. Local arts, crafts and produce including a range of food, toys and accessories. Denton Community Centre from 1 to 5 pm. Free to enter. Contact dentonchallenge@gmail.com for more details.
 
 
Denton Community Challenge 2014
Location of event: Avis Road Recreational Ground
Time of event: 1-5pm
Date of event: 7/6/2014
 
 
Event details: 7 June 2014. Denton Community Challenge, Craft Fair. Local arts, crafts and produce including a range of food, toys and accessories. Denton Community Centre from 1 to 5 pm. Free to enter. Contactdentonchallenge@gmail.com for more details.


Sussex Day
Location of event: Events all over Sussex
Time of event: All day
Date of event: 16th June 2014
 
 
Event details: Sussex Day is a real day. Google it and you’ll find this Wikipedia page which explains that every 16th June the folk of East and West Sussex celebrate our rich heritage. Organised at a local level by Sussex Day Champions, the day is aimed at all our communities, at home and at work, to celebrate what makes Sussex great to them. It’s a lovely idea! We’d like to see a lot more of them so set up this website and assorted social media accounts to help make Sussex Day one of the biggest on the calendar. Visit our website at http://sussexday.com/
 
 
Northiam Family Fun Day & Craft Show
Location of event: Northiam Recreation Ground, Northiam, East Sussex
Time of event: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Date of event: Saturday 21st June 2014
 
 
Event details: A Family Fun Day organised and in aid of Northiam Bonfire Society, being held on Northiam Recreation Ground. The show will include a Craft Fayre, a Fun Dog Show, stalls, games and rides, arena events, a BBQ, a licensed bar and music. Free entry to general public.

 
Medieval Tournament
Location of event: Arundel Castle
Time of event: 10am-5pm
Date of event: Sat 21/Sun 22 June
 
 
Event details: The Knights, Squires, Archers and Men-at-Arms of Raven Tor will meet in Tournament over this June Weekend. With competitions using a variety of weapons, the free-style fighting of the combatants will be the nearest reproduction of tournament combat seen outside of the 15th Century. With Distant Trumpets Story Teller, falconry display, archery display and competition, and a large tented encampment of crafts and displays, there is plenty to see and experience over the weekend.
 
 
Science theatre Is the future here already?
Location of event: Longley Building, College Road, Crawley
Time of event: 17:30 to 18:30
Date of event: 25 June 2014
 
 
Event details: Crawley STEMfest presents an  interactive and demonstration-packed show for ages 9-11, where you will get a chance to see into the future. Parents and primary children are invited to this spectacular science show at Central Sussex College in Crawley town centre. Over the course of an hour you will investigate how the science fiction of the past is being made real by scientists right now and show real, incredible examples of the science behind invisibility, lightsabers, spaceships and more! The event starts at 5.30pm, with refreshments on sale from 5pm. Tickets are £3 each or £10 for a family, and are on sale here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-theatre-is-the-future-already-here-tickets-10429122787. For more information, please contact the organisers on crawleySTEMfest@brighton.ac.uk. Crawley STEMfest is sponsored by CGG, the world’s leading geophysical company, and is organised by STEM Sussex, the outreach support department at the University of Brighton, in partnership with Crawley Borough Council and Central Sussex College.
 
 
 
Do You Love Food
Location of event: Loseley Park Guildford
Time of event: 10-6 both days
Date of event: 28/29 June 2014
 
 
Event details: Join us at Loseley Park in Guildford at the end of June to celebrate Food and Drink. This high end experiential event will have lots of family friendly entertainment and features with high profile chefs and aficionados hosting theatres and masterclasses. Enjoy street food from around the world, spend money in the local producer avenue, sample beers, spirits and wines in the drinks theatre!


July


Relay For Life Reigate
Location of event: Priory Park, Reigate
Time of event: From 12 noon for 24 hours
Date of event: 26/27 July 2014
 
 
Event details: Relay For Life is our overnight family event that brings everyone in the community together to show that united we are stronger than cancer. At Relay we celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost and raise vital funds to help beat cancer sooner. Team up with family, friends and colleagues and join Relay For Life to raise money to beat cancer. Anybody can join in, regardless of age or fitness level. Relays are fun for all the family and everyone is welcome!

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