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What’s On in Sussex in April

A bumper crop of fun and culture and it's all happening right here in Sussex. April let's be having you!


The Taxidermist’s Daughter, Chichester Festival Theatre, 8-30 April

Adapted for the stage by Kate Mosse, this new play based on her gripping novel is based in the village of Fishbourne, near Chichester.

The Taxidermist’s Daughter themed self-guided walking trail

Inspired after seeing the play? You can now explore the settings featured in the novel on this self-guided walking trail, beginning in Fishbourne, before exploring Chichester Harbour and the estuary.

Fit For Space with Tim Peake, Cowdray, 22 April

Chichester-born Astronaut Tim Peake is an inspiring speaker so catch him if you can. If you don’t manage to secure tickets Cowdray also offers regular stargazing events.

Same Time Next Year, Devonshire Theatre, Eastbourne, 5-9 April

One of the world’s most widely staged plays, this was originally produced on Broadway in 1975. Starring Sarah Kempton and Kieran Buckeridge it charts the ups and downs of parenthood, career highs and lows as well as the shifting fashions of passing decades.

Hundred Watt Club, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, 2 April

A vintage inspired, champagne popping evening of burlesque! Let your hair down and enjoy a good old fashioned glittering line-up of showgirls, circus, cabaret and comedy, all wrapped up with a feisty, tongue-in-cheek ribbon! Age 18+.

Jess Philips Everything you really need to know about politics, Shoreham-by-Sea, Ropetackle Arts Centre, 6 April

With trademark humour and honesty, Jess Phillips lifts the lid on what a career in politics is really like and why it matters – to all of us. This is the inside story of what’s really going on.

Stomp, The Old Market, Hove, various dates throughout April


The Garden Show, Firle Place, Lewes, 15 – 17 April

Firle Estate

This annual springtime event set in the heart of the South Downs National Park features specialist growers, garden related goods, artisan designs, homeware products, fashion accessories & delicious country foods. There are daily talks, activities for young & old, expert advice and a variety of music and entertainment.

Badger Watching, Wakehurst, 12, 19 & 26 April

Join the team for an evening of badger watching with Wakehurst resident expert and enjoy a rare glimpse of these nocturnal creatures. For more activities at Wakehurst see our insider guide.

The Glory of the Garden at Bateman’s, Burwash

Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Glory of the Garden, which celebrates gardeners and gardening, inspires a new poetry trail for adults, gardening talks and activities.


Want to catch more beautiful blooms and blossom in Sussex? Our guide to the best gardens in Sussex to see Spring at it’s finest.

National Trust Easter Adventure Trails, Sheffield Park & GardensBatemansNymansStanden, Petworth Bodiam Castle, from 2 April

Pick up an activity pack and get the little ones on an Easter trail to find some fun secrets hiding along the way at a National Trust site near you. Each site differs but kids usually receive map, pencil and a chocolate treat at the end, small charge applies. Read our review of Sheffield Park here.

Vintage car show, Amberley Museum, 3 April

As well as admiring over 100 vintage cars, you can shop for collectors’ items at the autojumble stalls, plus plenty of activities around the Museum for children including Southdown Vintage Buses and Polar Bear, the steam locomotive.

Season Opener, Goodwood Race Course, 29-30 April

Goodwood gallops into its first fixture of the British Flat Racing season, with two days packed full of behind-the-scenes experiences featuring a complete introduction to racing. Fancy a flutter?


The Regency Wardrobe

The Regency Wardrobe, The Royal Pavilion (March – September) & Worthing Museum (16th April – 7th August)

Brighton based decorative artist, Stephanie Smart has recreated the lavish costumes of the Regency period – not from silk or cotton but are instead out of eco-friendly paper! Catch a selection of exhibits at both Brighton and Worthing.

Hockney to Himid, 60 years of Printmaking, until 24 April, Pallant Gallery, Chichester

Last chance to catch this stunning show of printmaking in Chichester.

Hastings Rocks Film Festival, 22-24 April

Look out for three days of indie films made by local and international directors.

Frank Auerbach, Newlands House Gallery, Petworth, 2 April – 14 August

Explore the evolution of the contemporary painter’s practice with a collection of over 65 works, including nine paintings, etchings & drawings from this renowned German-British artist.

Collection Three, Katherine Richards Art Gallery, Hove, until 15 May

Katherine is fascinated with the connections between people and the past they bring into the present, and this latest collection features people, created by nine artists, in paintings and mixed media.

Circus, Creative Arts Festival, Eastbourne College, from 21 April

Downton’s Ed Speelers is an ex Eastbourne pupil

Stars of stage and screen are returning to Eastbourne College to take part in a new Creative Arts Festival at their former school. Guests include TV drama pioneer Derek Granger, (the school’s oldest living former pupil!), who will be taking part in a Q&A on Sunday 24 April – the day after his 101st birthday and the somewhat easy on the eye Downton star Ed Speelers (above).


Golden Easter Hunt, Albourne Wine Estate, 16 & 17 April

Now this is our sort of Easter trail! Find a Golden Egg hidden amongst the vines you can exchange it for a complimentary glass of wine in Albourne’s Tasting Room

Venison Dinner & Talk, Etch, Hove, 5 April

Enjoy a one off 5-course dinner that celebrates venison in a multi course tasting experience. With talks from the chefs and suppliers on how to utilise and cook it in different ways.

NYE Timber Wine Dinner & Talk, Due South, 7 April

Nyetimber’s vines

Experience a bespoke menu paired alongside Nyetimber’s 1086 Prestige Cuvée’ and experts from the vineyard will be talking all things sparkling wine!

Wiston Estate Marmalade Bike Tour & Lunch, contact for availability

Ride through the South Downs

Sussex based Marmalade are offering guided bike tours of the surrounding area, followed by a well-deserved lunch at Chalk – an excellent start and finish point for a ride that explores the best of the South Downs on a bike that can be electric or conventional.


Craig David, Brighton Centre, 13 April

Craig David

Blondie, Brighton Centre, 28 April

Eastbourne Reggae Carnival, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, 17 April

Paul Weller, Brighton Centre, 2 April

The Modfather Paul Weller

Goldfrapp, De La Warr, Bexhill, 10 April

Alison Goldfrapp

Soul II Soul, Winter Garden , Eastbourne, 16 April

Glynde Place Concert Series, 23 April (& further dates available)

Featuring young artists at the start of their international music careers in the intimate surroundings of Glynde Place. Pianist Alexander Gadjiev comes to play his cancelled 2020 concert, performing works from F. Chopin and R. Schumann.


Alan Carr, De La Warr, Bexhill, 1 & 2 April

Alan Carr

Stand-up Under The Stars, Brighton Open Air Theatre, 8 April

A laughter-filled evening under the stars, featuring the best in stand-up comedy and an all-star line-up, including a headline set from Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo star Rhys James.

Katherine Ryan, Brighton Centre, 9 April

Katherine Ryan

Al Murray, De La Warr, Bexhill, 30 April

Ben Elton, Capitol, Horsham 19 April

Ben Elton

Rhod Gilbert, Hawth, Crawley, 22 April


Kalm Horizons Mindfulness Workshop, Worthing, 24 April (& other dates available)

Group or individual meditation classes take place on the beach where Mindfulness coach Mark helps you tap into the healing benefits of being by the sea.

Easter Wreath Making Workshop, The Gallivant, Rye, 9 April

Join Fiona, the hotels’ resident garden designer and all round floristry expert, to guide you through the creative process of designing a seasonal Easter wreath using local foliage, fresh flowers, ribbon, eggs and more! Sipping on English sparkling wine and delicious snacks from the kitchen will only help the creative process! 

Looking for things to do with the kids? See our Easter Holiday guide here, our insider guide to Wakehurst and our review of the nature trail at Sheffield Park & Garden.

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