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Whats on in August 2014

Wings (1927) [U] at Newhaven Fort

02/08/2014 - 02/08/2014
Rare chance to see this classic silent film on the big screen. 'Wings'features Clara Bow, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper and was the first film to win the Academy award for Best Picture. Doors open 6.30pm, screening begins 7.00pm. Tickets £7 (£6 concessions)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) [PG] at Newhaven Fort

03/08/2014 - 03/08/2014
A powerful, realistic and harrowing depiction of war, this film is regarded as one of the greatest American movies of all time. The screening will be preceded by a short commemoration to mark the outbreak of WW1. Doors open 6.30pm, screening begins 7.00pm. Tickets £7 (£6 concessions).

Summer Theatre: Alice through the Looking Glass at Nymans

03/08/2014 - 03/08/2014
5pm (gates open at 4pm for picnics) Quantum theatre Comapny Box, Adult £12, Child £8, Family £37 (2 adults, 2 children) (child ticket is from 4-15yrs, under 3's for free) Box Office - 08442491895

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

03/08/2014 - 03/08/2014
The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion when he alights at the Park to take control of the efficient running of the Thomas & Friends™ railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself.

The big butterfly count at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

05/08/2014 - 05/08/2014
As part of the national big butterfly count, join us for a guided walk to search for beautiful butterflies and other incredible insects. Time: 2pm – 4 pm Cost: £8 per person (£4 for RSPB members) Half price for children

Wild families – wild in the meadow at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

06/08/2014 - 06/08/2014
Time: Drop in between 11 am – 1pm Cost: £4 per child (£2.00 for Wildlife Explorer members); Adults pay the normal nature trail entry fee. Join us in our pretty wildflower meadow for stories, crafts and some close encounters with wildlife. Follow the flower fairy trail and meet some of the creatures who make their home in the meadow (with the help of a net!)

Hello Kitty at Hello Kitty Secret Garden

06/08/2014 - 06/08/2014
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in the beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with her. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk.

August Activity Day at Amberley Museum

06/08/2014 - 06/08/2014
Hillside trail, feather tiles, ‘Feathered Friends’ scratch art magnets. Hawking About (www.twitter.com/HawkingAbout) will be here with their owls. They will perform talks and flying sessions in the Barn as well as kids’ activities and owl pellet dissection.

Summer Fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace

07/08/2014 - 07/08/2014
Have a go at all things Roman, from costume to crafts, clay work to cuisine. There's plenty to do indoors and out

Wild families – pondemonium at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

07/08/2014 - 07/08/2014
Time: Drop in between 10.30am and 12.30 Cost: £4 per child (£2.00 for Wildlife Explorer members); Adults pay the normal nature trail entry fee. Come and meet some of the wonderful creatures who lurk in the watery depths of our ponds (with the help of a net!)

Wildlife Walkabouts at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

07/08/2014 - 07/08/2014
Time: 10 am – 12 noon Cost: £5 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members) Our regular gentle ramble is an ideal introduction to the reserve and its varied habitats and wildlife. Join us for an informal nature walk, taking in the seasonal delights on the brooks or on our heathland trail.

Wonderful Wildflowers Walk at Arundel Wetland Centre

07/08/2014 - 07/08/2014
Take a gentle stroll with our wildflower expert Sheila and enjoy the summer flowers at their best. Learn about the uses of plants and the more curious facts and folklore surrounding them. 11-noon. Included in your admission price: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 admitted free. Members: free

Hello Kitty at Hello Kitty Secret Garden

09/08/2014 - 09/08/2014
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in the beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with her. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk.

Gladiators! at Fishbourne Roman Palace

09/08/2014 - 10/08/2014
Meet the criminals and slaves who found themselves in the arena. Find out about their equipment and fighting tactics and watch displays of gladiatorial contests in the formal Roman garden. There will also be lots of 'hands-on' activities for the whole family.

Bringing in the Hay Festival at Wakehurst Place

09/08/2014 - 10/08/2014
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August – traditional harvesting skills in action: hay-making, working horses and birds of prey displays.

Living History at Bignor Roman Villa - Kids FREE at Bignor Roman Villa

09/08/2014 - 10/08/2014
History is coming alive 9th & 10th August at Bignor Roman Villa with re-enactments from the Raven Tor Living History Group. Wonderful displays for all the family. 10am to 4pm. Kids free, Adults £6, concessions £4.50. See website for more info.

Hello Kitty at Hello Kitty Secret Garden

10/08/2014 - 10/08/2014
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in the beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with her. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk.

Chiddingly Horse Show & Gymkhana at Sussex Top Attractions Events

10/08/2014 - 10/08/2014
Chiddingly Horse Show, Gymkhana, Oaks Driving Club Show and Fun Dog Show Sunday August 10th, Hale Farm, Chiddingly BN8 6HQ 8.30am - 6pm approx A full family Sunday day out. Show jumping, equestrian competitions, carriage driving and in the afternoon a Fun Dog Show. Stalls sell refreshments and ice cream, essential facilities are on site. A show set in the heart of Sussex countryside; bring a picnic. The only cost is £3 for car parking. www.coopersfarm.co.uk/horseshow2014

Wild families – the big bug hunt at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014
Join us on a big bug hunt where we’ll search high and low for mini-beasties. We’ll also hold a bug top trumps tournament and do some badge making. Time: Drop in between 11 am and 1 pm Cost: £4 per child (£2 for Wildlife Explorer members); Adults pay the normal nature trail entry fee.

Peppa Pig & George at Hello Kitty Secret Garden

12/08/2014 - 12/08/2014
Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk

August Activity Day at Amberley Museum

13/08/2014 - 13/08/2014
Bricks and bonds challenge, mosaic coasters, marbling. Hawking About (www.twitter.com/HawkingAbout) will be here with their owls. They will perform talks and flying sessions in the Barn as well as kids’ activities and owl pellet dissection.

Hello Kitty at Hello Kitty Secret Garden

13/08/2014 - 13/08/2014
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in the beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with her. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk.

Summer Fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace

14/08/2014 - 14/08/2014
Have a go at all things Roman, from costume to crafts, clay work to cuisine. There's plenty to do indoors and out!

Wildlife Walkabouts at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

14/08/2014 - 14/08/2014
Time: 10 am – 12 noon Cost: £5 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members) Our regular gentle ramble is an ideal introduction to the reserve and its varied habitats and wildlife. Join us for an informal nature walk, taking in the seasonal delights on the brooks or on our heathland trail.

The Royal Pavilion Estate and the First World War at The Royal Pavilion

16/08/2014 - 16/08/2014
Meet at the Royal Pavilion 10.30am-1.30pm includes refreshment break £20, members £15, book in advance call 03000 290902 Take a tour of the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange and discover how they were used by the military as hospitals from 1914 to 1919.

Early Boat & Butty -guided boat trip and breakfast at Arundel Wetland Centre

16/08/2014 - 16/08/2014
Visit the WWT Arundel reserve in the quiet morning for a tranquil guided boat trip and a peaceful start to your day. Bacon OR egg butty with tea or a filter coffee afterwards. 8am, £15 pp for boat ride and breakfast Booking is essential, call 01903 881530.

The Sussex & Kent Weald Stationary Engine Group at Kent & East Sussex Railway

16/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
At Tenterden station: The Sussex & Kent Weald Stationary Engine Group Rally

Optics weekend at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

16/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
Time: 10 am – 4 pm Cost: No charge, just come along and see us. Get expert advice on choosing the right binoculars, telescopes and accessories. We stock a wide range of optics and you’ll be welcome to try them out and ask us your questions.

Treasure Island "A Swashbuckling Musical” at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

17/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
Dress in your finest Pirate fashion and join the young heroes of the London Contemporary Theatre as they find a treasure map and set sail to the Caribbean in search of buried treasure. Please visit our website for more information.

Summer Theatre: Romeo and Juliet at Nymans

17/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
6:30 - 8:30pm (5:30 gates open for picnics) The Lord Chamberlains Men £15/£8 Box (child ticket is from 4-15yrs, under 3's for free) Box Office - 08442491895

Heavy Horses at High Beeches Garden

17/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
Heavy Horses from the Working Horse Trust will be harrowing the wildflower meadow. Plants for sale from Rapkyns Nursery. Crafts and Produce for sale. Garden open 11 am

Wild families – pondemonium at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

17/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
Time: Drop in between 2pm and 4pm. Cost: £4 per child (£2.00 for Wildlife Explorer members); Adults pay the normal nature trail entry fee. Come and meet some of the wonderful creatures who lurk in the watery depths of our ponds (with the help of a net!)

Grow Your Own Festival at Parham House and Gardens

17/08/2014 - 17/08/2014
Celebrating home grown produce with local food producers, smallholders and guest speakers. Demonstrations given by Francis Quinn the BBC Great British Bake Off Winner. 10.30am - 5.00pm. Adults £10, Senior Citizens £9, Children £5 & Under 5's Free. Includes access to the House and Gardens

Wild families – wild in the meadow at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

18/08/2014 - 18/08/2014
Time: Drop in between 11am – 1pm Cost: £4 per child (£2.00 for Wildlife Explorer members); Adults pay the normal nature trail entry fee. Join us in our pretty wildflower meadow for stories, crafts and some close encounters with wildlife. Follow the flower fairy trail and meet some of the creatures who make their home in the meadow (with the help of a net!)

Hello Kitty at Hello Kitty Secret Garden

19/08/2014 - 19/08/2014
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in the beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with her. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk.

Wild families – the big bug hunt at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

20/08/2014 - 20/08/2014
Join us on a big bug hunt where we’ll search high and low for mini-beasties. We’ll also hold a bug top trumps tournament and do some badge making. Time: Drop in between 2 pm and 4 pm Cost: £4 per child (£2 for Wildlife Explorer members); Adults pay the normal nature trail entry fee.

August Activity Day at Amberley Museum

20/08/2014 - 20/08/2014
Candle rolling, creative colouring, make a crown, traditional games. Hawking About (www.twitter.com/HawkingAbout) will be here with their owls. They will perform talks and flying sessions in the Barn as well as kids’ activities and owl pellet dissection.

Fireman Sam at Drusillas Park

20/08/2014 - 20/08/2014
Don’t be alarmed if the fun refuses to be extinguished when Fireman Sam pays a visit to Drusillas Park. Come and meet everyone’s hero next door, as he takes a day off from performing heroic deeds in his home town of Pontypandy.

Wonderful Wildflowers Walk at Arundel Wetland Centre

21/08/2014 - 21/08/2014
Take a gentle stroll with our wildflower expert Sheila and enjoy the summer flowers at their best. Learn about the uses of plants and the more curious facts and folklore surrounding them. 11-noon. Included in your admission price: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 admitted free. Members: free

Wildlife Walkabouts at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

21/08/2014 - 21/08/2014
Time: 10 am – 12 noon Cost: £5 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members) Our regular gentle ramble is an ideal introduction to the reserve and its varied habitats and wildlife. Join us for an informal nature walk, taking in the seasonal delights on the brooks or on our heathland trail.

Hello Kitty at Hello Kitty Secret Garden

21/08/2014 - 21/08/2014
Brand new for 2014, Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in the beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with her. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk.

Summer Fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace

21/08/2014 - 21/08/2014
Have a go at all things Roman, from costume to crafts, clay work to cuisine. There's plenty to do indoors and out

The Better 'Ole at Newhaven Fort

21/08/2014 - 23/08/2014
A rare opportunity to see one of the West End's great dramatic successes during WW1 – Meeching Amateur Dramatics proudly presents "The Better 'Ole or the Romance of Old Bill", by Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather & Capt. Arthur Elliott. Performances at 7.45pm, doors open 7.00pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions).

Evening Bat Walk at Arundel Wetland Centre

22/08/2014 - 22/08/2014
Join this guided evening walk to watch pipistrelle bats emerge at dusk, track bats with our detectors and watch Daubenton’s bats feeding over the water. 7:30 pm, £12 pp Booking is essential, call 01903 881530.

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

22/08/2014 - 22/08/2014
The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion when he alights at the Park to take control of the efficient running of the Thomas & Friends™ railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself.

The Royal Pavilion Estate and the First World War at The Royal Pavilion

23/08/2014 - 23/08/2014
Meet at the Royal Pavilion 10.30am-1.30pm includes refreshment break £20, members £15, book in advance call 03000 290902 Take a tour of the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange and discover how they were used by the military as hospitals from 1914 to 1919.

England's Medieval Festival Weekend at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

23/08/2014 - 25/08/2014
Set within 600 acres of carefully managed woodland, Herstmonceux Castle is a magical setting which brings medieval England alive. Enter our medieval village and be entertained by daily battles with over 1000 knights and soldiers as well as hog roasts, live music and medieval market traders.

Jazz in the Garden at Nymans

24/08/2014 - 24/08/2014
6pm - 8pm (gates open 5pm for picnics) Enjoy a relaxed evening of Jazz sounds set against the stunning backdrop of Nymans gardens. 50% of proceeds go to NGS charities. Picnics welcome. BOX, £12/£6 (child ticket is from 4-15yrs, under 3's for free)

Working Horse Weekend at Wakehurst Place

24/08/2014 - 25/08/2014
Sunday 24 and Bank Holiday Monday 25 August – heavy horses harrow Bloomers Valley wildflower meadow. Get close to the gentle giants and see how much they enjoy working the land.

Bank Holiday Story Book Day at Amberley Museum

25/08/2014 - 25/08/2014
Discover new literary adventures in our story corner, featuring Michael O’Leary doing incredible storytelling sessions of local Sussex tales (www.michaelolearystoryteller.com) Free entry for every child dressed as a story book character.

Peppa Pig & George at Drusillas Park

25/08/2014 - 25/08/2014
Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

26/08/2014 - 26/08/2014
The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion when he alights at the Park to take control of the efficient running of the Thomas & Friends™ railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself.

Twelfth Night at Newhaven Fort

26/08/2014 - 26/08/2014
Oddsocks’ 2014 production of Twelfth Night is a madcap musical treat with Shakespeare's love stories intertwined with well-known British Chart hits to keep the blood pumping and the mood merry! Performance begins at 7.30pm, doors open at 6.45pm. Tickets are £13 (£11 concessions).

Peppa Pig & George at Drusillas Park

27/08/2014 - 27/08/2014
Join in the excitement and snorts of laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig embarks on a Drusillas Park adventure, with her brother George. The cheeky pair will be making appearances at various intervals throughout the day. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk

August Activity Day at Amberley Museum

27/08/2014 - 27/08/2014
Enjoy the highlights of the summer craft demonstrations, make and take activities and all the fantastic Amberley Museum exhibitions.

Summer Fun at Fishbourne Roman Palace

28/08/2014 - 28/08/2014
Have a go at all things Roman, from costume to crafts, clay work to cuisine. There's plenty to do indoors and out!

'War Requiem' to be screened in the Cathedral at Chichester Cathedral

28/08/2014 - 28/08/2014
A special screening in the nave of Derek Jarman's critically acclaimed visual evocation of Benjamin Britten's choral masterpiece. Tickets available through the Cathedral website.

Wild families – the big bug hunt at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

28/08/2014 - 28/08/2014
Join us on a big bug hunt where we’ll search high and low for mini-beasties. We’ll also hold a bug top trumps tournament and do some badge making. Time: Drop in between 11 am and 1 pm Cost: £4 per child (£2 for Wildlife Explorer members); Adults pay the normal nature trail entry fee.

Wildlife Walkabouts at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

28/08/2014 - 28/08/2014
Our regular gentle ramble is an ideal introduction to the reserve and its varied habitats and wildlife. Join us for an informal nature walk, taking in the seasonal delights on the brooks or on our heathland trail. Cost: £5 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members)Time: 10 am – 12 noon

Family Activities - Curious Creatures at Chichester Cathedral

29/08/2014 - 29/08/2014
Collage your own curious creature. Make a brass rubbing of a dragon or griffin or unicorn or... Can you spot the Cathedral's very own curious creature? In Eastern Arm of the Cloisters. No need to book - just drop in. £1.50 per child

Ale, Food and Music Festival at Amberley Museum

29/08/2014 - 31/08/2014
Sample a wide variety of ales, ciders, perries and delicious local food whilst enjoying local musical entertainment in unique, natural surroundings. Friday and Saturday evenings are advance ticket only.

Watercolour Workshop at High Beeches Garden

30/08/2014 - 30/08/2014
An introduction to watercolours with Angela Tabor. Booking essential