Events in Sussex and Surrey

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

October

The Chris and Michael Lewis Charity Darts Night

Location of event: Newhaven Railway Club
Time of event: 7.30pm
Date of event: 23rd October
 
Event details: Every year we hold a darts charity event where all money raised goes to Great Ormond street hospital, it's £2 to register for the darts but even if you don't like darts, the raffle is good! Please come and support this amazing event
 

Del Rey - Blues, Ragtime & more

 
Location of event: The Lamb, Eastbourne
Time of event: 8pm
Date of event: Friday 24th October 2014
 
Event details: If you like your blues warm, wise and witty then Del Rey is for you. She recreates  the sounds of early jazz and ragtime bands and stride and boogie piano on ukulele and guitar with infectious enthusiasm, wit and dazzling musicianship. A natural storyteller she packs a whole orchestra into her resonator guitar.
 

Jonathan Viera Concert

Location of event: St Andrew's Church, Cants Lane, Burgess Hill, WestSussex
Time of event: 7:30pm  
Date of event:Friday 24th October 2014  
 
Event details: Jonathan Viera, previously an opera singer, now turned hishand to comedy.  Concert will be a mixture of comedy and singing.  Anevening not to be missed. Tickets £10.00, which includes lightrefreshments and can be purchased from St Andrew's Parish Office on 01444232337 or by e-mailing office@standrewsbh.org.uk. You can also accessfull details about the concert from www.standrewsbh.org.uk money raised are in aid of St Andrew's Building Project, to create awarmer more welcoming environment and to develop their current facilitiesto serve the local community both now and in the future. 
 
 

Shane Filan (Westlife) Book Signing

 
Location of event: Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton
Time of event: 12.30pm
Date of event: 25/10/2014
 
Event details: Former Westlife singer and now a solo artist, Shane Filan will be signing copies of his new book, My Side Of Life: The Autobiography. Currently on his solo You and Me Tour, Shane will also be playing Worthing Assembly Hall later in the day. Shane lives in Surrey with this wife Gillian and their three children. In My Side of Life Shane shares his story for the first time – his early years growing up as part of a large Irish family in Co. Sligo, the phenomenal success of Westlife and the ups and downs of their time together, the breakup of the band, his financial devastation, and finally going it alone as a solo artist. Featuring never before seen photographs and untold revelations about life in Westlife (as well as some meetings with a younger, pre-XFactor Simon Cowell), this is Shane's side of the story – the first autobiography from a Westlife member.
 

Songbirds Charity Concert

 
Location of event: Hazelwick School, Crawley
Time of event: 7pm
Date of event: 25th October 2014
 
Event details: Songbirds Choir presents: Sat 25th October 7pm Special Guests: Chris Oxlade – Compère, Nicholas Owen from – Charity Patron
All in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, Dyscover & Autism Sussex. Performances by Songbirds, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School Choir and L3VE NOTES. Hazelwick School, Crawley
Tickets: Adults - £8 Seniors - £5 U16 - £2 www.songbirdschoir.co.uk
 

Jumble Sale

 
Location of event: Riverside Hall Riverside Newhaven BN9 9BP
Time of event: 10am till 2pm
Date of event: Saturday 25th October 2014
 
Event details: Newhaven,Lewes & District Mencap .....a local charity for adults and children with severe learning and physical difficulties  is holding our yearly jumble sale to raise much needed funds. Homemade cakes, bacon sandwiches are available. Please come and support our wonderful charity and help us to continue to help our delightful members.
 

Worthing Oxjam Festival

 
Location of event: Worthing
Time of event: noon to midnight
Date of event: 26 October 2014
 
Event details: A on-day music festival in 5 venues for just £5. Worthing Oxjam Festival will take place from noon to midnight in The Lighthouse Cafe & Bar, THe Thieves' Kitchen, The Vintners The Warwick (+18) and Bar 42 (+18 from 9pm). There will a wide range of entertainment from talented local musicians, magicians & circus skill performers.  Our aim is for it to be a fun festival for people of all ages.
 
 

Jugni

Location of event: Gulidford
Time of event: 7.30pm
Date of event: Wednesday 29th October
 
Event details: WOMEN STEP FORWARD!
At Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey. Sonia Sabri Company illuminates honest stories of real women from all over the world.  Performed by a strong, all-female cast, unfolding a powerful and inspirational show through intricate and poetic movement, rhythm and rhyme. The result is a dramatic performance of dance and music that is soul stirring and beautiful. An emotionally driven piece, which celebrates the hardships and aspirations of women and reveals a secret door to the hidden stories that are untold due to their position in society or culture, which resonates with women from all backgrounds.
Contact http://www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/events/dance for further details.
 
 

Normans and Crusaders in The Keep

Location of event: Arundel Castle
Time of event: 10am-5pm
Date of event: Wednesday 29 to Thursday 30 October
 
Event details: Raven Tor Living History Group will be portraying the life and times of the 12th Century Norman period in The Keep at Arundel Castle. With combat, weaponry, armour and crafts displays, visitors will not only be able to see what life was like for those living in a castle of this time, but also gain an insight into the lives of those preparing to leave on the perilous Crusades.
 
 

Lewes Football Academy Trial

 
Location of event: Lewes Football Club
Time of event: 1.30pm-4.30pm
Date of event: Thursday 30 October
 
Event details: Open Trials Lewes FC Football Development Academy. We are currently in the process of recruiting Year 11/Under 16  players who may be looking to develop their football further, whilst also remaining in full-time education for two years. For current Year 11/Under 16  players we are offering the chance to join our full-time, 2-year Football Development Academy in September 2015, which will include:
 
• 2 hours per day coaching, 4 days a week, with our own highly qualified UEFA ‘B’ coaches
• Play matches in the Football Conference Youth League (Wednesday)
• 2 year academic programme offering either a Level 3 VRQ or BTEC in Sport (studying 2-hours per day), with our own dedicated tutor
• FA Level 1 Coaching qualification
• Work experience within the club
• Opportunity to progress to a Scholarship and/or into our U21/First Team (Ryman League)
 
The entry level is via a football trial and either 2 or 5 GCSE grades (including Maths and English), although we do run our own Functional Skills classes in both these subjects should they not be attained, as well as a sound footballing ability and a genuine willingness and determination to succeed in this area of sport.
 

Kids Halloween Party

 
Location of event: Haywards @ Hurtwood Park
Time of event: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Date of event: 31st October
 
Event details: Haywards@Hurtwood would like to invite you all to our Kids Trick or Treat Halloween Party Friday 31st October from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Disco, Fun Games to keep the children entertained. Refreshments included in the tickets price of £10. Adults complimentary.
 
 

Halloween at The True CRIME Museum

 
Location of event: The True CRIME Museum, White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JP
Time of event: 10am-5pm
Date of event: Friday 31st October 2014
 
Event details: Hastings' Newest attraction welcomes victims to a Halloween 'SERIAL KILLER SPECIAL' opening on Friday 31st October. Visitors to The True CRIME Museum can examine displays profiling the most ruthless murderers and explore the gruesome details of their monstrous crimes down its newly themed 'RIPPER ALLEY'. Featuring such notorious names as 'Jack the Ripper', ‘John Reginald Christie’ and 'Aileen Wuornos', be prepared to discover the brutal facts of these vicious murderers. The True CRIME Museum is a SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of crime. Set in 3,000 sq/ft of seafront caves, it is the largest collection of crime memorabilia in the UK and open daily from 10am – 5pm. For more information visit:
www.truecrimemuseum.co.uk  or call 01424 420115 info@truecrimemuseum.co.uk
 

Beatrix Potter

 
Location of event: The Millennium Theatre, Westbourne House School, Coach Road, Chichester, PO20 2BH
Time of event: 3p.m.
Date of event: 31 Oct, 1 Nov and 2 Nov
 
Event details: Journey through the seasons with well-known Beatrix Potter favourites, including Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jeremy Fisher, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tittlemouse and Peter Rabbit, and some not so well known from stories published after her death. The dance school stages a production every two years, which provides all pupils with the opportunity to perform on stage. This years production has children as young as 3 years old performing alongside a cast of 120 children aged up to 18 years. Beatrix Potter will be performed on Friday 31 October, Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November. All shows start at 3pm at The Millennium Theatre, Westbourne House School, Chichester.
 

November

The Halloween Horror Show

Location of event: Brighton Hilton Metropole
Time of event: 7pm - Late
Date of event: Saturday 1 November 2014
 
Event details: Enjoy a sumptuous Halloween Feast followed by a spectacular live floor show with live band and dancing until the early hours. The event will be hosted by actor and television presenter Christopher Biggins. The dress code will be black tie or Halloween themed fancy dress. There will be Halloween themed games as well as auctions and a raffle offering exclusive and Omoney can't buy prizes. The event will be raising funds for The Sussex Beacon ­ a charity offering specialist care and support to men, women and families affected by HIV. Tickets cost £95 each or £850 for a table of ten. Buy your tickets online now at: www.halloweenhorrorshow.co.uk
 

Dame Vera Lynn Trust 1.5k Family Trick or Treat Fun Run

Location of event:  Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AJ
Time of event:
 15:30
Date of event:
 01/11/2014

Event details: Through the moonlit  fields  and magnificent ruins  set in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park join the ghosts and ghouls of days gone past in this frightfully fantastic Halloween run. But be sure to keep your wits about you as once night time draws the wicked witch of Cowdray will appear.  All in aid of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Come in fancy dress and you could win some spooky spectacular prizes. Plus, get up close and personal with some amazing owls who will be our special guests Includes: a warming hot chocolate once you have passed the finish line (max 4 hot chocolates per family £10 family group entry) £10.00 per Family (no restriction on the numbers of children). Registration must be made before the event. For more information about the event, please contact Catherine Bristow on 01403 780444 or email catherine.bristow@dvltrust.org.uk To register visit:www.patadventures.com/product/halloween-fun-run
 

Mad Hatters Black & White Ball

 
Location of event: The Grand Hotel Brighton
Time of event: 19:00-01:00
Date of event: 01/11/14
 
Event details: Mad Hatter style black n white ball, To raise much needed funds for local young mother of two to fight Advanced cervical cancer. (For Sams story's as seen in take a break mag visit samanthabeaven.com)
The ball will include:
3 course meal
Two local music acts
Circus entertainment
Burlesque dancers
And more!
Tickets are £58.00 bargain discounts avail on tables of ten or more.
For more info search mad hatters black and white ball on facebook or find a link from samanthabeaven.com

 

Haywards Bonfire Night

 
Location of event: Haywards @ Hurtwood Park
Time of event: 5.30pm
Date of event: Sunday 2nd November.
 
Event details: Join us for a spectacle of the Traditional  Bonfire & Fantastic Pyrotechnics at Hurtwood Park. The bonfire lighting will take place at 5.30pm with a firework display later on in the evening. The bar will of course be open and light refreshments will be available. We will also be holding a Guy Competition with a Prize for best! Join us for Mulled Wine, fireworks and a fun filled evening here at Haywards at Hurtwood. Free entry for all however donations to Prostate Cancer UK are greatly appreciated. Please call 01483 267321 for more details or email haywards@hurtwoodparkpolo.com – We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 2nd November.
 

Wilbury Jam

Location of event: The Priory Syresham Gardens Haywards Heath RH16 3LB
Time of event: 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Date of event: Sunday 2 November, 2014

Event details: WILBURY JAM plays The Priory Sunday 2nd November 2014 7.30pm – The Priory, Haywards Heath RH16 3LB. TICKETS: £15 Book your tickets by phoning the It’s Magic Events Box Office on 01444 800045, online www.itsmagic.org.uk or in person from Baldwins, Haywards Heath. The Priory formerly Our Lady’s Priory School and in more recent years was a restaurant is being re-opened as a concert venue by Tim French of It’s Magic Events. The Priory is an outstanding architecturally beautiful building, with a mezzanine floor installed to accommodate the former restaurant; it means visitors will sit in the roof space of this former church.  With wooden panelling, impressive stained glass windows and vaulted roof, for those who have never visited one of Haywards Heath’s Grade II historical building now is your opportunity. The first of a selection of concerts will be held on Sunday 2 November. Wilbury Jam, a well known local folk band will perform.  The folk music inspired band are well-known for their sizzling performances, a special mixture of comedy, concert, and audience participation. Wilbury Jam is a recipe for quality, all-round entertainment.  The essential ingredients are the combined talents of its three members, Pete Callaghan, Mike Wood and Nick Forrest. A multi-instrumentalist, Mike Wood enables the band to have a variety of instrumental line ups for different numbers and Nick’s versatile voice allows the band to tackle many different genres. Anchoring the special WJ sound is double bassist Pete Callaghan who, over the past quarter of a century, has become a favourite of the band’s fans with his legendary golden tonsils!  Sit back and enjoy beautifully arranged ballads, popular songs from iconic acts such as The Beatles, Eva Cassidy, Cat Stevens, and Simon & Garfunkel and join in with WJ’s action packed audience participation numbers.  

 

Cancer Research UK Christmas Fair

Location of event: The Grasshopper Inn, Moorhouse, Westerham Road, Westerham, TN16 2EU
Time of event: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Date of event: 5th November 2014
 
Event details: This is a fantastic opportunity to do all your Christmas shopping under one roof.  With over 50 stalls selling a wide variety of gifts from glassware and ceramics, to books and pens, jewellery, leather accessories, baby wear and luxury clothing, there will be something for all your family and friends. This year we also have a dedicated food hall selling locally sourced produce. There is plenty of parking, and coffees, teas and lunches are available all day in this lovely old coaching inn. The Fair is to be opened by broadcaster and journalist, Nicholas Owen.
 

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

Location of event: The Old School, Cuckfield
Time of event: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Date of event: Saturday 8th November 2014
 
Event details: 40 stalls selling home produced cupcakes, knitted items,
handbags, scarves, jewellery, candles, greetings cards, Christmas
decorations, homeware, photo prints, books and many more gift ideas. Why not
call in for coffee, lunch or tea?
 
 

Dame Vera Lynn Trust Firewalk

Location of event: The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham, RH12 5P
Time of event:
17:00
Date of event:
15/11/2014

Event details: CAN YOU TAKE THE HEAT?!!!
The seventh FIREWALK of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for children with Cerebral Palsy is being held at the Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham RH12 5PJ on Saturday 15th of November. The challenge is a really hot one! Walking across 20 foot of 800 degree coals is no mean feat but you get training beforehand which is inspirational and huge fun. You will never forget the experience. We know. We've done it! £30 deposit required (includes a bowl of chilli, rice, nachos or veggie option), with a minimum further sponsorship of £25.
Minimum age 16 to take part. For further info contact Rosie, Regional Fundraiser, 01403 780444 or email rosie.wyer@dvltrust.org.uk

 

Stylish Christmas Fair

Location of event: The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton 
Time of event: Saturday 10.30-5.00 & Sunday 10.30-4.00
Date of event: 15th & 16th November 2014
 
Event details: A fantastic two day Christmas Shopping Experience! You could find everything on your list all under one roof! From the moment you arrive you will be caught up in the Christmas spirit and atmosphere at this well known, iconic Brighton building, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. With over 100 exhibitors across 3 floors including; Christmas gift ideas, Decorations, Home Accessories, Food & Drink, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets and much more. We are also offering wine and ale tasting by Harvey's of Lewes and floral demonstrations by Owen Lavin. This will prove to be one of the must visit, largest Christmas Fayres along the South Coast.
www.stylishchristmasfairs.co.uk

 

Field Place Christmas Fayre

Location of event: Field Place First School, Nelson Road, Worthing
Time of event: 2.30 pm till 5.00pm
Date of event: 22nd November 2014
 
Event details: Christmas fayre  with santas grotto, great raffle, music displays, barbecue various stalls a great way to start your run up to
Christmas and maybe pick up a great present from the raffle.
 
 

Christmas Jumble Sale

 
Location of event: 26-28 HAMPSTEAD ROAD DORKING
Time of event: 10.00AM
Date of event: 22ND NOVEMBER
 
Event details: IN AID OF DORKING ALZHEIMER'S DAY CENTRE
 

Canine Partners Festive Christmas Market and Concert

 
Location of event: Canine Partners, Mill Lane, Heyshott, West Sussex, GU29 0ED
Time of event: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Date of event: November 27
 
Event details: Come along to the Canine Partners Christmas Market and concert on the evening of the 27 November. Come and browse a range of craft and food stalls to purchase your Christmas gifts, in-between listening to our festive Christmas concert. The Christmas concert is taking place in two 30 minute intervals, at 7.30pm and 8.30pm. We would love for you to join us and take part in our Christmas festivities! Adults £3 / Children £1

 

Meads Magic

 
Location of event: Meads Street, Eastbourne, BN20 7ZZ
Time of event: 1430hrs-1930hrs
Date of event: 28/11/2014
 
Event details: After the success of last year’s event “Meads Magic 2014” is an event not to be missed. Scheduled for Friday 28th November, from 2.30pm on Meads Street, it is set to be one of the highlights of the Christmas schedule in Eastbourne. The festive street market will include an array of stalls showcasing mainly local handcrafts ideal as seasonal gifts, along with some fabulous culinary delights and live street music from the Swing Ninjas (www.theswingninjas.co.uk)
There will be plenty of magical fun for the children too including Santa's grotto, Punch and Judy show, letter writing to Santa at our Lapland Post Office with the assistance of cheeky elves, gingerbread decorating and much more.  Local school choirs will be singing to set the scene and helping to make the magic come alive. “Meads Magic” is a free event and the street will be truly alive with the seasonal spirit so make sure you don’t miss out.
 

Haywards @ Hurtwood Christmas Fair

 
Location of event: Hurtwood  Park Polo Club, Horsham Lane, Ewhurst Green, Surrey GU6 7SW
Time of event: 10am-4pm
Date of event: Saturday 29th November 2014
 
Event details: Join us for an exclusive shopping experience and help support local and independent businesses at the same time. We will have an array of stalls on offer to satisfy all your Christmas needs.
The bar and restaurant will of course be open. We also have Claire Waterhouse from the Portable Pottery Company on hand to make pots with you on her potters wheel. Watch how it’s done and then have a go at making your very own unique Christmas present for your loved ones. If you’re interested in becoming a stall holder please emailcaseyjones@hurtwoodparkpolo.com for more information. For those looking to book a table in the restaurant please call 01483 267 321.
Confirmed Stall Holders and Shops:
 
Cape Frost Jewellery
Frockmeister
Neils Yard Remedies
From The Hip
Jane & Shani Ladies Fasion
The Portable Pottery Company
Forever Living (with Trudi Bubb)
Sophie’s Pantry
Artistic Glassware
Abinger and Wotton WI
Victoria and Abigail
IN THE MANNER OF…………
Shabira Dowley Luxury Knitwear –
Pink Avocet
Peshtemals
Pandi Bakes
Honey Dreams
Stanley’s Patch
The Woodland Trust
Remember All Gifts
Author of Foybel the Baby Dragon
Charms UK
Captivate Images
+ many many more to be announced shortly
 

December


Ghost Stories for Christmas

 
Location of event: Brighton Royal Pavilion
Time of event: 7.00pm - 10.30pm
Date of event: 6 December 2014
 
Event details: Have yourself a scary little Christmas.
The second annual Brighton "Ghost Stories for Christmas" charity fundraiser will be performed at Brighton Pavilion on Saturday 6th December 2014 in aid of RISE, a domestic abuse charity working in Brighton, Hove and West Sussex. Mention the words ‘Christmas ghost story’, and most people will automatically think of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. But the practice of gathering around the fire at Christmastime to tell ghost stories was a popular Christmas tradition long before Dickens put pen to paper. In fact the telling of ghost stories was once as much a part of Christmas as the turkey and Christmas tree is to us now. In December 2014 Blind Piper Productions will be reviving this tradition at Brighton Royal Pavilion with an evening of mulled cider and performances of classic ghost stories by MR James, E.F. Benson and Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman. In 2013 the first Brighton Ghost Stories for Christmas raised £233 for The Clocktower Sanctuary. This year we aim to raise in excess of £1000 and proceeds from the event will be donated to RISE (http://www.riseuk.org.uk/), a domestic abuse charity which provides help with refuge accommodation, resettlement, crisis appointments, helpline, counselling, housing, legal and financial advice, solicitors appointments, support groups, play therapy, 1-to-1 support and training and preventative education. This event has been kindly sponsored Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company. Ticket price includes a glass of mulled cider on arrival and entry into a prize draw, with prizes donated by Indian Summer, The Duke of York's Cinema, Sussex County Cricket Club, Choccywoccydoodah, Southern Rail, Helen Joubert Design and more. So pull up a chair, gather closer in the candlelight and welcome in the season with a dose of Christmas Spirits. Tickets: £20/£15 (cons) available from brownpaper tickets.com: http://ghoststoriesforchristmas.bpt.me/
www.facebook.com/GhostStoriesforChristmas
Twitter: @ghoststoryxmas
 
 

Christmas Joy - Weald Choir Concert

 
Location of event: St Mary's Church, Wakehurst Drive, Southgate, Crawley RH10 6DL
Time of event: 7.30pm
Date of event: Saturday 13 December
 
Event details: Weald Choir of Crawley invite you to a sparkling celebration of Christmas. Includes Rutter's 'Gloria', Chilcott's 'Jubilate', carols for choir and audience. With Martineau Brass and John Rockliffe percussion. Tickets include mince pies and wine or juice - £12 adult, £10 over 60s, £6 school age from 01293 523901 or via www.wealdchoir.co.uk

Mid Sussex Christmas Shoebox Appeal for Raystede Animal Welfare

 
Location of event: Burgess Hill
Time of event: 12.00
Date of event: 19.12.14
 
Event details: Christmas shoebox appeal (Mid Sussex). I am asking for people to fill a shoebox of treats & toys for your favourite animal at the centre. I am the drop off point for Burgess Hill and I will be taking the donated items over to the centre before xmas for the animals to enjoy. From dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, donkeys, horses, birds, chicken, hedgehogs and even turtles. Please contactshoeboxappeal@yahoo.co.uk for wish list & drop off point. Running from now until 19.12.14 (This is not run by Raystede itelf).
 
 

Supercar 2015

 
Location of event: Dunsfold Park
Time of event: 09:00-4:30
Date of event: 20/06/15-21/06/15
 
Event details: The Supercar Event has something for the whole family including Supercar rides around the famous Top Gear track from just £30!  If you get time, why not try a helicopter ride, Caterham Seven ride, hovercraft ride, Segways, mini tanks or classic car rides? Our younger guests can have their first driving experience with Stay Safe Driving School, take a fire engine ride or try a go-kart!  They can also meet Peppa Pig in the dedicated children’s area.  Afterwards grab some food and listen to some music. Something for all ages! For more information: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/supercar for tickets:  www.seetickets.com/tour/the-supercar-event-2014
 
 
 
 

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