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What’s on in Sussex this October

Tuck into Muddy's curated guide to the most unmissable things to do and see in Sussex this month. From Brit-award-winning gigs to horseracing with a side of toasted marshmallows: it's autumn, baby!

Autumn Racing Season Finale at Goodwood, 10 October

Fancy a flutter? The last racing day at Goodwood is more laid back than the dressed-up summer events. Enjoy the sounds of a strings band playing merry tunes against a backdrop of roaring fire pits, hay bales and toasted marshmallows. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and study the form!

Paloma Faith, Brighton Centre, 16 October

Catch the Brit-award winning singer when she performs her new album Infinite Things in Brighton this Autumn. Written during lockdown, her fifth studio album is about romance and long term relationships.

Barefoot Opera Bloom Britannia, St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings, 22-24 October

If you find tradtional opera too stuffy you’ll love the relaxed Barefoot Opera who are performing Bloom Britannia as part of Sussex’s Costal Currents arts fest in the epic surroundings of St. Mary in the Castle. Telling the story of a day in the life of a seaside town, it brings together a cast from local towns of Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill alongside professional singers and a live band for 3 performances this Autumn.

Tapas Cookery Course, Ashdown Manna Cookery School, 14 October (and various dates)

If the height of your culinary skills is a plate of turkey twizzlers, sign yourself up for one of the courses at Ashdown Cookery School in Blackham. Spend the day cooking up a storm in their beautiful converted barn on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. Choose from Tapas to Artisan pizza making or Thai Street Food (check https://www.ashdowncookeryschool.co.uk/ for October dates).

Luke Jackson Live, Leonardslee Gardens, 16 October

Love Folk? Check out hot new artist Luke Jackson at the beautiful surroundings at Leonardslee Gardens. With multiple US & European Tours under his belt, as well as, double headline tours with Grammy Award winning artist Amy Wadge, Luke Jackson is a folk artist not to be missed.

Hastings Bonfire Parade, 16 October

The famous parade is back after last year’s inevitable cancellation. Bring your sparklers and watch the amazing Torchlit Procession with fancy dress, drumming, Effigy (who will it be this year?) and Grand Finale Firework Display on the beach. No ticket required.

Stargazing, Cowdray Estate, Midhurst, 13 October

Rekindle some romance this autumn with a cosy Stargazing experience walk through the stunning Cowdray Estate in the South Down Park, an International Dark Sky Reserve. Bring your binos as Dr John Mason MBE guides you through the secrets of the night sky while you sip hot chocolate under the stars.

Apple Days at Standen, East Grinstead, Fridays & Saturdays until 21 October

credit: John Miller/National Trust/Standen

Get scrumping! Visit the National Trust’s Standen during Friday and Saturdays from 25 September until Apple Day on the 21 October, and see the fruits of their harvest. Find out everything you need to know about apples and for a small donation you can take a bag home and knock up a quick crumble.

Amy Winehouse – a celebration at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 7 October

Backcomb your beehive and head to the iconic De La Warr Pavilion for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s celebration of the life and music of Amy Winehouse. Reimagining her hits and revisiting early works, this is a chance to see some incredible young musicians honour Amy’s short but unforgettable career.

Sessions, The Old Market, Hove, 13 October

Sessions at the old market

Theatre fans should check out Sessions, a new play by Ifeyinwa Frederick at the iconic Old Market. A raw, funny, bittersweet dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy, its sure to be a real talking point.

Birthday Open Day, Greenfinch Shop & Gallery, Ticehurst, 16 October

Greenfinch Gallery

Muddy fave and finalist for best Art Gallery, the Greenfinch on the Sussex/Kent border, is celebrating its 2nd birthday on the 16th. Come along for 10% off and bubbles til 6pm. Browse the artwork, ceramics, sculpture and stunning jewellery by local artists and get your Xmas shopping in early. WIN WIN!

Sara Barron: Enemies Closer, The Hawth, Crawley, 19 October

Catch comedian Sara with her smash hit stand-up show in the UK for the first time at the Hawth in Crawley. As seen on BBC’s Would I lie to you?, Sara’s outspoken and no-holds-barred comedy examines meanness, ex-boyfriends, current husbands, and her remaining friends and enemies!

Strictly Theatre Co presents Ian Waite and Vincent Simone….Act Two, Capitol, Horsham, 29 Oct

The twinkle toed Ballroom Boys Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are tango-ing into Sussex this autumn with a new show at the Capitol in Horsham. Strictly fans will get their fix of sparkly costumes and sassy routines when the boys are joined on stage by their glamourous dance partners and a world class singer. Its a TEN from us!

The Upside Down House, Brighton, open through October (decorated for Halloween from 18th)

Make like Lionel Richie with a trip to immersive installation the Upside Down House on Brighton front. From 18th October it will be decorated for Halloween, so fill up your insta feed with daft selfies in the topsy turvy interior before heading to the pier for a toffee apple. Dancing on the ceiling not recommended with a hangover.

Jackson & The Wild, at The Brunswick, Hove, 8 Oct

If you’ve missed live music during lock-down, head to The Brunswick in Hove to hear local band Jackson & The Wild in intimate surroundings. The historic pub also does great ribs and loaded fries to soak up all that beer. Cheers!

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