Events in Sussex and Surrey

Looking for something to do in the Sussex and Surrey area?

We have come up with the top local events worth checking out. If you are hosting or organising a local event and would like some free publicity, just fill in the form at the bottom of the page and send us the details. You never know - it could be featured here, on our top events page, in the near future.

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


Practical Antenatal Classes-Parentskool

Location of event: Haywards Heath
Time of event: Evenings
Date of event: Weekly
Event details: Our fun and unique crash course in having a baby teaches first time parents-to-be everything you need to know about looking after a baby including: Practical exercises using life size baby dolls so you can try out nappy changing, washing, burping, swaddling and more.
Experienced parent tips so you can feel more confident first time round. Shopping guides helping you to decide what you need and what you don’t need to buy. Signposting for possible problems giving you confidence to spot what is normal and what is not and local information telling you all about antenatal classes, baby classes and support networks for your new life.

UKRunChat Challenge 2014

Location of event: Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1EN
Time of event: 1pm
Date of event: 10th September 2014
Event details: We are inviting you to take part in our upcoming challenge running 5 separate, 10k runs a day for 7 days.

This means that between @irunjoe and @crea8it, the founders of the UKRunChat website, are going to run 700,000 metres.  We want you to help us smash over one million metres as a #UKRunChat community and raise a trainer-load of money for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Epilepsy Research UK in the process.
Starting on September 6th we are hitting 35 major towns and cities in the UK and we want you to run 10k with us. There are going to be two ways you can do this.
1). Run with us.  You can find all the latest details of where we are running and you can sign up to run with us on our website at
2). You can run your 10k within the same 7 days we are running and your metres will go towards the challenge. With this special challenge you will of course get a medal. Find out more and sign up at

Dame Vera Lynn Trust Walk from Arundel to Brighton

Location of event: Arundel Castle, West Sussex, BN18 9AB
Time of event: 7:00
Date of event: 13/09/2014
Event details: Have you got what it takes to walk the South Downs Way from
Arundel to Brighton and raise much needed money for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Bring friends and family, start a work team or walk alone if you¹re up for the challenge!
The 35km A2B walk will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014, starting from the spectacular Arundel castle, spanning across the stunning landscapeof the South Downs before finishing at Devil¹s Dyke on the outskirts of
Brighton. If 35km isn¹t for you, then why not give the 12km Arundel to Kithurst Hill walk a go!
£30.00 to register - Registration must be made in advance.
For information on how to take part contact Catherine Bristow at the Dame Vera Lynn Trust.
Tel: 01403 780 444

Walk from Arundel to Brighton - Raise Money for Charity!

Location of event: Arundel
Time of event: 7:00
Date of event: 13/09/2014
Event details: Have you got what it takes to walk the South Downs Way from Arundel to Brighton and raise much needed money for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Bring friends and family, start a work team or walk alone if you're up for the challenge! The 35km A2B walk will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014, starting from the spectacular Arundel Castle, spanning across the stunning landscape of the SOuth Downs before finishing at Devli's Dyke on the outskirts of Brighton. If 35km isnt for you, then why not give the 12km Arundel to Kithurst hill walk a go! For information on how to take part contact Catherine Bristow at the Dame Vera Lynn Trust.
Email: Tel:01403 780 444

Country Craft Day

Location of event: High Salvington Windmill, Furze Rd, Worthing
Time of event: 11am to 5pm
Date of event: Sunday 14th September
Event details: A fantastic day out meeting bee keepers, walking stick makers, Sussex Weald Stationery Engine Society, weavers, quilters, bread maker, birds of prey display and many more. Guided tour of a working windmill along with refreshments, home made cakes and a souvenir shop. Entrance and tour £1

Southend Barns Charity Fashion Show

Location of event: Chichester, West Sussex
Time of event: 7-9pm
Date of event: 17th September
Event details: In aid of St Wilfrids Hospice Southend Barns Wedding Venue in Donnington, Chichester is hosting a bridal fashion show with support from House of Fraser, Whyte Weddings, ID Salon, Cred Jewellery and more... Buy your tickets online at Southend Barns

Vintage Day

Location of event: Broadfield Community Centre
Time of event: From 1.30pm
Date of event: 20 September 2014
Event details: During the afternoon (1.30 until 5pm) there will be workshops in Lindyhop, Swing sing, painting, Crochet and knitting, A WI style café will serve tea and homemade cakes.  In addition there will be a make do and mend stall and a vintage craft competition.  In the evening an auction of promises will be held at 7pm  followed at 8pm by an evening of music with Lindyhop demonstrations, a table top magician and a 1940's quiz. Contact 01293 530339 for more details

A Harvest Celebration

Location of event: Headway Hurstwood Park, Jackies Lane, Newick BN8 4QX
Time of event: 12noon - 3pm
Date of event: 20th September 2014

Event details: Set in our beautiful grounds with32 acres of meadows, Victorian walled gardens and orchard. We are hosting a great afternoon of Family Fun:- Huxleys Birds of Prey, Fun Dog Show, Craft and Food Produce Stalls, Live Music, BBQ & Vintage Teas, Cookery Demonstration, Lots of Children’s Activities & Fun Stalls, Vehicle & Motorcycle Display, Art & Pottery Exhibition. Adults£1 entry, children free

Macmillan Extravaganza

Location of event: The Swan, Forest Row
Time of event: 10am - 3pm
Date of event: 20th September
Event details: Come and join us for a family fun day at the Swan in Forest Row! We have a Mad Hatters Tea Party with Alice in Wonderland and all her friends while you enjoy tea, coffee and cake! We have live music all day with a BBQ, Fun Dog show, family games, craft stalls, Forest Row Fire station, raffle, auction and much much more!! It start at 10am with the raffle & auction at 1.30pm onwards. All funds go to Macmillan Cancer Support!! Come along it will be an amazing day!!!

Run Reigate Half Marathon

Location of event: Priory Park, Reigate, Surrey
Time of event: 9am
Date of event: 21.09.14
Event details: On Sunday 21st September Run Reigate’s first half marathon will take place at 9am, kicking off in Reigate’s Priory Park. Over 5,000 runners are expected to take part in this scenic (mostly flat) run which winds down some of our most beautiful country lanes. The event has been organised by a local team of passionate runners keen to put on a high quality event for the whole family to enjoy.  
As such the event will include a food & fitness festival, offering a huge selection of activities to try, healthy food and drink and live entertainment for the young and old.

Pirates & Smugglers Day

Location of event: Arundel Castle
Time of event: 10am-5pm
Date of event: Sunday 21 September
Event details: Set at the end of the 18th Century, this lively event sees a band of notorious pirates and smugglers position themselves in Arundel Castle’s Keep.  They will be pitted against the Queen’s 2nd Regiment of Foot which has been sent to help deal with the rogues and villains. Visitors can witness the opposing sides battling for control of the Castle.

Macmillan Coffee Morning/Save A Life

Location of event: 14th Hove Scout HQ, St Andrews Road, Portslade
Time of event: 10:00 - 14:00
Date of event: 26th September 2014
Event details: This year why not make a difference by coming along and help us to raise funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Trust by
enjoying our Macmillan Coffee Morning? Staff from St John Ambulance will also be attending to raise awareness for their Save A Life month.
For more info please email


Location of event: G Live, Guildford
Time of event: 9am-5pm
Date of event: 26th September 2014
Event details: Guildford hosts WXG for third year - conference creating cutting-edge web and digital experiences, G Live Guildford, September 26, 2014

Anyone interested in digital design or web development will benefit from attending the WXG web conference on September 26, 2014 at Guildford's G Live entertainment venue. The annual event was created by Guildford-based web agency, Kyan. This year the Kyan team will build on the existing success of this all-day conference that offers attendees a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the web with seasoned speakers from across the UK including best-selling technical author, Andy Budd and lead developer at RubyMotion, Laurent Sansonetti. Kyan¹s Paul Banwell explains: ³At Kyan, we believe that a well-designed website or interface is as important as the technical aspects. We wanted to share our passion for the web with others and so WXG was born! We know there is a wealth of talent in the local area and we¹re keen to ensure there is a place for them to meet, share ideas, and learn from those at the forefront of the industry. By celebrating and sharing knowledge at WXG, we believe everyone will be able to raise their game.² Whether attendees are freelancers, part of an in-house team or come from independent agencies, WXG offers an opportunity to learn from some of the leaders in the industry, as well as a chance to chat and network with the local web community.

With two streams of speakers running throughout the day and at least 12 speakers in total, specialists in all aspects of web design and development will offer fresh insights as well as practical knowledge into this ever developing industry. Topics being discussed include:
?The Future of Code
?How we design the web
?The amazing sounds of Javascript

The event starts with registration at 9am and closing remarks at 5pm.
Earlybird tickets are available until the end of April at £69 + VAT with
regular ticket prices available from May at £99 + VAT.
To purchase tickets visit:
Speakers and topics announced to date are:
Andy Budd: The UX of User Experience Design
Chris Cherrett: The Real World Web
Peter Cooper: The Future of Code
Jon Hicks: Icon Design Process
Robin Johnson: Navigating the NoSQL Landscape
Laura Kalbag: How we design the web
Steve Marshall: We can mirror it for you wholesale
Stuart Memo: The Amazing Sounds of JavaScript
Laurent Sansonetti: RubyMotion
Jon Tan: Reverting to Type
Robin Whittleton: CSS: Who thought that was a good idea?
Media contacts: Toni O'Sullivan, theblueballroom, 01252 899 950,
About Kyan
Kyan has been in operation for over ten years during which time they have
built an award winning team of designers and developers who understand the
importance of combining proven technology with great design and user
For more information about WXG:
01483 548 282

Shoreham R.N.L.I Lifeboat day

Location of event: Swiss Cottage Public House & Restuarant, Shoreham-by-sea
Time of event:  11am
Date of event: September 28th
Event details: The Swiss Cottage Model Boat Club are holding a charity day for the Shoreham Lifeboat based at Shoreham. There will be lots of Remote Controlled lifeboats and other craft on the water, so please come along and support the Lifeboat. They are all volunteers so need our help, all monies raised go to the Lifeboat station.


'The Brighton Sound'

Location of event: The Old Market (TOM) in Hove
Time of event: 18:45pm
Date of event: 4th October 2014
Event details: On Saturday 4th October, four top Brighton bands will be performing on the big stage at The Old Market (TOM) in Hove and raising money for a local children’s charity. These bands have been chosen by the promoters to showcase the current ‘sound’ of Brighton and to bring the best of what the city offers together in one place for this special event.
Those performing will be:
  • Mad Badger, a full on rock covers band to open the night.
  • Dirty Weekend, a mixture of originals and covers with a Brighton theme.
  • Uncle Arthur, energetic and eclectic originals with a fantastic live show.
  • The Lanes finish the night with a powerhouse display of stunning raw energy.

As well as promising to be a great night, the event is raising money for the Brighton Whoopsadaisy children’s charity that supports children with cerebral palsy or other motor disorders. The event is being organised by Brighton Sounds (part of Sea City Music) who saw that outstanding local bands weren’t getting the what they deserved in terms of the venues offered or being rewarded for their efforts and they wanted to redress the balance and give the power back to the artists and their fans. 

Wama (Guitarist in Dirty Weekend) said “We are very honoured to be asked to play The Old Market.  It’s been an amazing journey doing the ‘Dirty Weekend in Brighton thing’ and the feedback we get never ceases to amaze me”

This will be the first of many regular nights which will continue to put local talent in front of big crowds so if you want to get involved and play at one of these events, get in touch with the promoters at

Laura Smarts Fundraising Day

Location of event: The Romans Pub Southwick
Time of event: 12pm onwards
Date of event: Sunday 5th October
Event details: We are holding a fundraising day to raise money for the I.T unit at worthing hospital, where tragically laura smart, aged 24 lost her life. There will be bouncy castle, face painting, sweet stalls, and surprise guests for kids. tombola, raffle, book and cakes stalls plus lots more on the day. Everyone is welcome 

Green Laning 4X4's in aid of Help for Heroes

Location of event: Wales/Crawley
Time of event: 4 days
Date of event: 10/10/14 - 13/10/14
Event details: We are a team of 4 off road vehicles going from South Wales to North Wales over 4 days using nothing other than Public byways (green lanes) we are doing this In aid of help for heroes. All 4 are based in Crawley/East Grinstead. We are trying to raise as much as possible for this fantastic charity. More info can be found at

Mud Monsters Run

Location of event: East Grinstead, RH19 4RR
Time of event: 09.30
Date of event: 12/10/14
Event details: An exciting new mud and obstacle race where you will betaken on a journey across muddy fields, up steep hills, through woods, washing off in river crossings, navigating through craters, fighting your way through deep muddy bogs, over obstacles with many more muddy surprises along the way. Runners can choose from 5k or 10k distances. Go on get dirty!

Chichester Half Marathon

Location of event: Chichester College
Time of event: 9.00 am
Date of event: 12th October 2014
Event details: The Chichester Half Marathon is a challenging and beautiful multi-terrain half marathon. The route takes in the major City Centre sights and landmarks as well as spectacular rural scenery. The terrain is a good mixture of road, paths, cycle tracks and cross country.The Race is managed by Chichester District Council and Children on the Edge, a local based charity helping vulnerable children across the globe.
The route, which includes a mixture of road, cross country and cycle path terrain, starts at Chichester College and takes in the historic sites of Chichester, including the Cathedral and the walls. It then leads up to the pinnacle of the South Downs before wending its way back down Centurion Way.
Prices are £24 for UK Athletics Affiliated Club runners and £26 for non affiliated runners. 

Chestnut Tree Charity Masquerade Ball

Location of event: PowderMills Hotel, Battle, East Sussex
Time of event: 7:00pm
Date of event: Saturday 18th October 2014
Event details: There will be "Glitz and Glamour" this October at PowderMills Hotel for our Masquerade Ball, supporting Chestnut Tree House. Indulge in an evening of delicious food and great entertainment. We have a fantastic raffle with some great prizes, as well as a studio set up by NX Photography to capture the evening in all it's glory. Ticket prices are £30.00, with a £10.00 deposit required. (Proceeds to Chestnut Tree House) Contact PowderMills on 01424 775511 to book.

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.


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.

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:

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:
Date of event:

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
*Plus, get up close and personal with some amazing owls who will be our special guests
*Come in fancy dress and you could win some spooky spectacular prizes
*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
To register visit:

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:
Date of event:

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

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 Harveys 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.

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, bar b q various stalls a great way to start your run up to
Christmas and maybe pick up a great present from the raffle.

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