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What’s on this week in Sussex

Wrap up warm and don't forget the waterproofs - from pumpkin picking to spooky shadow theatre, we've got a very seasonal week ahead of us.

Any Time the Wind Can Change, Brighton Open Air Theatre, 7 & 8 Oct

An atmospheric firelit evening of music and folklore, told through the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Two lonely giants sit on opposite ends of the ocean, sending messages to one another on the wings of birds. But peace soon becomes chaos in the wake of a disaster. This contemporary folk tale is guaranteed to give you warm October shivers, just in time for Halloween.

Workshops at Sussex Prairie Garden, near Henfield, various October dates

This month there’s a range of workshops at this gorgeous garden, including a session on making your own herbal remedies for winter – very witchy – and arts and crafts including painting on silk and sketchbook skills. A really lovely location for it too.

Pumpkin picking at Tulleys Farm, Crawley from Sat 3 Oct

Does it get more autumnal than this? Tulley’s Farm have just the 20 acres of pumpkins – producing more than 150,000 of the round critters! This is a fantastic day or evening out with the little ones (the evening sessions under the moonlight are said to be magical) and there’s plenty of food and drink on offer onsite too.

Iris Prize LGBT Film Festival, The Warren, Brighton, Wed 7 Oct

What's On in Sussex this week

Exploring gender in a variety of ways, these LGBT+ short films tell moving stories of self-acceptance, family and becoming the person you’ve always dreamt of. An ode to those who don’t fit neatly into the binary. For 14 years, Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival has shared outstanding film across the UK. You can also stream the films at home here.

Short Stories Tall Tales, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea, 8-16 Oct

Actress, author and mum Hannah Summers will bring her tale of Mouse and Sam to life in this live performance, perfect for under 4’s. Heaps of fun in an interactive storytelling show.

First Harvest at Leonardslee, Leonardslee Gardens, near Horsham, Fri 9 Oct

Celebrate the first harvest at Leonardslee, the first Pinotage vineyard in the UK. Alongside sister Mannings Heath Golf & Wine Estate, Leonardslee will release its first batch of some 75,000 bottles of sparkling in 2023. Find out more over bubbly, brunch, a tour and lunch at this luxe event.

Joe Stilgoe and Friends, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Sat 10 Oct

Following a phenomenally successful July event, Joe returns to bookmark the summer season at BOAT, alongside some very special guests. Over the course of Joe’s varied career he has become a true modern-day entertainer, known globally as a performer of wit, style and a level of musicianship which has seen him recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world.

Comedy Club 4 Kids, Komedia, Brighton, Sat 10 Oct

Komedia’s one of those fantastic local venues that really needs support. Known as a showcase for some of the best comedy out there, the regular Comedy Club 4 Kids is always full value for family fun and laughs. Be aware that several October billings have already, sadly, been postponed so keep an eye on the website for the latest info.

Paws in the Park Dog Show, South of England Showground, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Oct

Dust off that collar, here’s Fido’s chance to shine! Paws in the Park returns to the Ardingly showground for a weekend packed full of doggy heaven, from fun have-a-go activities and games, shows, shopping, arena activities and competitions. It’s the paw-fect way to have fun with your furry friend and the rest of the fam.

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