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Thurs 4 July - Fri 12 July

Love Supreme, Glynde Place, near Lewes, Fri 5 – Sun 7 July

The big jazz festival is back with Gladys Knight, Jamie Cullum, Ms Lauryn Hill and The Cinematic Orchestra among headliners.  You can still get in on all the action if you’re quick with day tickets from £64.90 for adults, £44 for juniors (6 – 15) and weekend, family and camping tickets also available. There are all the usual festival trappings with wellness and kids’ areas, after parties, food and drink plus even a chance for a ‘secret swim’.

Paddle Round the Pier, Hove Lawns and Brighton beach, Sat 6 & Sun 7 July

It’s free, it’s family friendly and it includes such diversions as street dance, sports stunts and music on land, and races on the sea. Check out the timetable to catch the likes of  SUP races, surf lifesaving, dogs on surfboards and the ‘paddle something unusual’ competition.

Dine in the Vines, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, Sat 6, Sun 7 July, Sat 20 and Sun 21 July

Rathfinny has joined forces with Big Green Egg – the team behind the ceramic charcoal BBQs loved by Michelin chefs – to bring guests a unique, alfresco vineyard dining experience. It all sounds very fancy with the menu including Monkfish loin wrapped in Chardonnay vine leaves and well-aged Galloway beef cooked over fire. The event runs Sat 6 July for lunch noon and dinner at 17.00 and then on Sun 7 July, Sat 20 and Sun 21 July for lunch at noon. Tickets are £50 which includes a welcome Seven Sisters cocktail.

Don Juan, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Wed 10 & Thurs 11 July (with ‘buy Juan get Juan FREE’ offer)


 Billed at Monty Python meets The Mighty Boosh, this re-telling of the story of famous lover Don Juan is a flirty Fringe smash featuring pop songs, outrageous characters and comic wit. Even better – there’s a two-for-one offer on tickets (making them £16 for two) when you quote ‘JUAN’ at the checkout AND, you’ll get a free drink, to help you leave your inhibitions at the door! Check out for the saucy trailer for a hint of what’s in store.



Hastings Contemporary opening, from Sat July 6


Photo by Iona Marinescu


The Jerwood in Hastings is reopening as the Hastings Contemporary with two major exhibitions which champion painting: Tal R: eventually all museums will be ships and Roy Oxlade: Shine Out Fair Sun. Sir Quentin Blake who has lived in Hastings for nearly 40 years and supported the gallery has also produced new works for the reopening.



Moon landings season, The Picture House, Uckfield, Sun 7 July and later dates

The Picture House, Uckfield has a season of films to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. On Tues 9 July with a premier of Armstrong (12A) followed by a Q&A with Neil Armstrong’s son Mark. The Right Stuff, In the Shadow of the Moon, Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 are also screened this month. Various other cinemas also showing the one-off Armstrong screening.



Sunset Sessions, Brighton Racecourse, Tues 9 July

Head down after work for Summer Evening racing at the latest of Brighton Racecourse’s Sunset Sessions. Enjoy racing, drinks and laid back live music while the sun sets over the city and sea below. There are also plenty of gigs coming up from the Doves and Rag ’n’ Bone Man plus gin and rum and reggae festivals laster in the month.

Platinum Healing detox event, Brooklands Barn, Arundel, Mon 8 July and later dates

Platinum Healing runs regular, four-night, midweek juice detox retreats packages aimed at helping people tackle a variety of heath conditions and goals. Join a healthy hen or emotional healing break that pivots around a juice cleanse at prettily-situated 19th century Brooklands Barn at Arundel . There are numerous other wellness breaks coming up including several incorporating yoga.  Also enjoy the on site indoor pool, sauna and country walks. Upcoming dates with availability include: 8 July, 5 Aug, 2 Sept, 14 October.

Hair, The Musical, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 8 – Sat 13 July

Winner of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award, this 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical Hair about a grop of new York hippes, bursts into Brighton full psychedelic glory, direct from a sell out London run. There Grammy Award-winning score features hits like Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine In. Tickets from £15.90.

Shakespeare’s Globe comes to Brighton Open Air Theatre, Wed 10 – Sat 13 July

 One of my fave days of last summer was spent with a hat and a picnic watching the Globe at BOAT. They’re back again with the same format whereby audience cheers decide which play gets performed on the day with a choice of The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Twelfth Night this year. £17.50, or £45 for a family ticket.

Polo at Cowdray, West Sussex, until Sun 22 Sept

The public are welcome to watch polo at Cowdray throughout the season, with matches held every Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon and on most weekdays. Bring your own picnic, or order one from the Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe. There’s also a snack bar in the grounds. Except during the Gold Cup, weekends and bank hols tickets are £5 each (under 12’s free) and weekdays are free for all. Call 01730 813257 or see the tournament section of the website for the day’s play.

The Cure Anniversary screening, various cinemas, Thurs 11 July

Enjoyed The Cure at Glastonbury? Want more? A host of cinemas are screening last year’s The Cure 40th Anniversary – Live in Hyde Park on Thurs 11 July. Find your nearest using the link.

Comedy with Neil Delamere, The Bell, Ticehurst, Thurs 11 July

Irish comedian, Neil Delamere, as seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz is stopping in at The Bell for a night on Thurs 11 July. Enjoy a drink alfresco followed by some top comedy. Tickets are £25 and you can add a post-show supper for £8.



England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceux Castle, Fri 24 – Mon 26 Aug – Early bird tickets until 10 Jul 

Immerse yourself in the thrills and spills of the Middle Ages this summer when England’s Medieval Festival comes to lovely Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex. Over 1,000 costumed performers travel from across Europe to help recreate the spectacle with jousting knights, court jesters, siege recreations and crafts like blacksmithing and arrow making, with a chance to have a go at many. Children can even join warrior and princess schools. Advance day tickets are £17 for adults £7 for children over 5 (£46 for families) and you can also upgrade to camp over the weekend.

Astronomy and dining experience, Rathfinny Wine Estate, 16 July 

Up for a magical night? On the 16th July, join a special astronomy and dining experience at Rathfinny Wine Estate to witness a partial lunar eclipse. The planets Jupiter and Saturn should also be visible and the astronomer guided session will be complemented by wine on arrival and a three-course set menu at the Flint Barns.

Luna Beach Cinema, beside the Palace Pier, Brighton, 31 July to 18 Aug



Luna Beach Cinema is back from 31 July to 18 Aug to the east of Brighton’s Palace Pier, this time straddling Pride and the school holidays. Included in the line up are recent big hitters such as A Star is Born, Green Book, Disney’s Dumbo and Aladdin, plus retro classics like Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Top Gun. There will even be a sing-along Bohemian Rhapsody and a special National Theatre Live screening of One Man, Two Guvnors. You’ll also get an opportunity to binge on the original Star Wars trilogy. Tickets from 12.50 – or upgrade to a premium deckchair or a VIP beach hut with butler service! Check out our prize draw for VIP tix! 



Chilled in a Field Festival, Bentley Estate, East Sussex, Fri 26 – Sun 28 July



Chilled in a Field is a small, feel-good, family-friendly festival that grew out of the ‘90s London party scene and aims to prove that having kids needn’t spoil your fun. It’s coming to the Bentley Estate at Halland, East Sussex over the weekend of 26- 28 July with now only live music and DJs but free arts and science activities and more. It’s not for profit, so prices are reasonable – even better, and we’ve day tickets for a family of four up for grabs in our Reader Treats prize draw.



Brighton Yoga Festival, BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College) 27-28 July


Picture by Beth Mercer

Brighton Yoga Festival is now one of the largest yoga events in the UK. This year’swill boast over 100 yoga classes and workshops plus inspiring talks, live music, a meditation zone, wellbeing marketplace, food and drink stalls, and a kids zone with games and activities. It’s a ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ event, with all profits going to Brighton Yoga Foundation’s community outreach work – bringing yoga to diverse communities in the area. Use the link to register.


  Noble & Stace chocolate workshops, Edgcumbes Food Academy, near Arundel, 31 July and later dates

Fancy a day off to make chocolate? Er, yes! Treat yourself, or someone else, to a morning creating fresh cream truffles, creme caramel truffles and solid chocolate tablettes with Sussex experts and recent Muddy Awards finalists Noble & Stace. In classes with a maximum of 8 people, learn how to make ganache fillings, pipe and hand roll truffles and how to temper and decorate chocolate. The fun takes place in the brand new Edgcumbes Food Academy, near Arundel, it costs £85 and you’ll go home with 20 fresh cream truffles, 20 espresso truffles and 3 tablettes made by your own hands!

Gentlemen’s Day featuring The Cheaky Blinders, Lingfield Park Resort, Sat 3 Aug

Gentlemen’s Day at Lingfield is back, and it’s celebrating the roaring Twenties, with thrilling all-weather racing and music from the Cheaky Blinders. A jazz band will welcome you, there will also be traditional arcade games onsite as well as a classic car and fortune teller. There’s also a Best Dressed Competition so get your glad rags on. An Arab race will take before the first race.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 13 and Wed 14 Aug

The tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the well-loved book by Judith Kerr, who recently died at the age of 95. It’s packed with sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. He drinks all the water in the taps you know… Tickets are £14 and it’s aimed at ages 3+ See a trailer on the link.

Loxwood Joust, Loxwood, West Sussex, Sat 4 & Sun 5 and Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug

It’s your chance again to tuck into a hog roast and ale and watch jousting and sword-on-sword action from armoured knights. Despite the simulated violence there’s plenty of educational content at this big event with recreated Mediaeval villages and learning zones, a marketplace and workshops like chainmail making and Blacksmithing for adults, plus Learning Posts where you can ask questions. Adults and kids over 7 can join the knight school. Advanced tickets are £13 for adults, £7 for children (4 – 14) per weekend.

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