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Whats on in May 2015

Introduction to gardening series at Nymans at Nymans

07/05/2015 - 07/05/2015
Free introductory garden tours discussing the seasonal delights at Nymans. This is a free event, normal garden admission applies. 11am - 12:30pm Magnolias and Camellias. 2pm - 3:30pm Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Please book in advance on 01444 405250 to secure a space.

Nymans beginners garden photography short course at Nymans

08/05/2015 - 08/05/2015
10:30am - 1:00pm. Roger Bloxham delivers a half day course on garden photography. Suitable for those who would like to make better use of their DSLR or 'bridge' camera to improve their close up and landscape garden photos. Bookings essential, 01444405250. £15 per person, includes refreshments.

VE Day 70th Anniversary Celebrations at Newhaven Fort

09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
We're revisiting the spirit of VE Day and holding a street party on the parade ground. There’ll be music from Seaford Silver Band and The Big Jazz, children's games and facepainting. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about VE Day and the continuing war in the East.

Spring photography workshop at Sheffield Park Gardens

09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
9.30am to 12.30pm. £25. Booking essential. Perfect your photography skills with Roger Bloxham on our photography workshop and capture our spring flowers in full bloom. Includes tea and coffee with cake. 01825 790231

West Dean House Opening at West Dean Gardens

09/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
More details available on our website.

Weekend Pond dipping at Arundel Wetland Centre

09/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
Visit our Pond Explorer station to explore the underwater world of bloodworms, nymphs and whirlygigs! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times There is wheelchair accessible pond dipping. 11-1pm & 2-4pm Included in your WWT admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 free. Members: free

Spring Vintage Fayre at Amberley Museum

10/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
All the family can enjoy the sights and sounds of tractors, stationary engines and steam around the Museum.

Fellowship Talk - Revd Mark Payne at Chichester Cathedral

11/05/2015 - 11/05/2015
'What Africa has taught me: Reflections on 15 years of visiting West Africa' a talk given by the Revd Mark Payne, Rector of St. Pancras Church, Chichester. In Vicars' Hall at 2.30pm. Talk is followed by refreshments. All are welcome. A donation of £1 is suggested.

A beginner's guide: Pests and diseases at Nymans at Nymans

11/05/2015 - 11/05/2015
10am - 2pm Learn how to identify and control a wide range of common and unusual garden pests and diseases in a hands-on workshop with our garden team. Please bring any pictures of pests you would like identified (no live samples please). £30 per person, includes refreshments. Bookings essential, 01444405250.

Lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral

12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015
Come and hear Miranda Davis (viola), Nick Carpenter (clarinet) and Ian Richardson (piano) give a concert at Chichester Cathedral. Entry is free and all are welcome. 1.10pm - 2.00pm

Chancellor's Lecture 3 - 'From My Prison Cell' at Chichester Cathedral

14/05/2015 - 14/05/2015
'From My Prison Cell - Reflections in captivity on life, faith and death'. You are warmly invited to attend these lectures given by Canon Dr Anthony Cane, which are free and open to all. In the Cathedral nave 6.45pm

Book reading at Nymans: Peter Lovesey at Nymans

14/05/2015 - 14/05/2015
1:30 - 3pm. Come and listen to Peter Lovesey talk about his works and read you a section of his writing. He has published 35 novels and five collections of short stories. This is a free event, spaces are limited, so please book ahead on 01444405250.

TWISTED MURDER Museums at Night at The Observatory Science Centre

16/05/2015 - 16/05/2015
Saturday 16th - 'Twisted Murder' An evening to celebrate the Culture 24 'Museums at Night' weekend Prepare yourself for a night of mayhem and madness! Our version of a murdermystery takes you around the Centre looking for clues. Starting with Prosecco and a delicious supper the scene will be set! Gather your clues then reconvene over dessert to find out ‘Who Dunnit!’ If the weather is good you may get to see Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Time: 7.30pm - 12midnight Cost: £40 per person. BOOKING ESSENTIAL LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE

Dawn Chorus Walk at Arundel Wetland Centre

16/05/2015 - 16/05/2015
Get up with the early birds to hear beautiful bird song with a WWT guide. 5.30 am – 7.30 am, doors at 5.15 am £12 pp Booking is essential, call 01903 881530.

Four Hands, One Piano at St. Mary’s House & Gardens

16/05/2015 - 16/05/2015
Leading Australian concert pianist and composer, Robert Weatherburn, is joined by the brilliant French pianist, Olivier Mallory, in an exciting programme of piano music for four hands by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Rachmaninov. Sat 16 May at 7.30pm. Tickets £25 incl. wine and canapes.

Ink & Wax Drawing Techniques at Arundel Wetland Centre

16/05/2015 - 16/05/2015
Learn to draw with wax and ink in this 2 hour workshop with artist Anna Twinam-Cauchi, 10-noon. £12 pp advance booking only on 01903 881530. Get this £12 workshop for £10 when you book 2 art workshops. Workshop price does not include admission price to WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.

Sketching Birds Outdoors at Arundel Wetland Centre

16/05/2015 - 16/05/2015
Water colour artist Emily Jolley takes you outside to sketch birds around the wetland reserve, 1-3pm. £12 pp advance booking only on 01903 881530. Get this £12 workshop for £10 when you book 2 art workshops. Workshop price does not include admission price to WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.

Weekend Pond dipping at Arundel Wetland Centre

16/05/2015 - 17/05/2015
Visit our Pond Explorer station to explore the underwater world of bloodworms, nymphs and whirlygigs! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times There is wheelchair accessible pond dipping. 11-1pm & 2-4pm Included in your WWT admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 free. Members: free

Military and Home Front Event at Amberley Museum

16/05/2015 - 17/05/2015
This is a wonderful exhibition of military vehicles. Guaranteed fun for transport fans of all ages!

Classic Cars on Parade at Newhaven Fort

17/05/2015 - 17/05/2015
Visit the Fort and see the parade ground awash with classic cars of all marques, courtesy of the Southern Classics Society. For details of how to enter, or more information about the club visit http://www.southernclassics.org.uk/events.htm

Azaleas in Bloom at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

18/05/2015 - 29/05/2015
Enjoy the colours and scent of the blooms in the Azalea Ring and other areas of the Garden.

Lunchtime Concert - piano at Chichester Cathedral

19/05/2015 - 19/05/2015
Warren Mailley-Smith will be playing the piano at a lunchtime concert in Chichester Cathedral. Free entry, all are welcome. 1.10pm - 2.00pm

Evening Bat Walk at Arundel Wetland Centre

20/05/2015 - 20/05/2015
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. 6:45 pm, £12 pp Booking is essential, call 01903 881530.

Teddy Bear's Woodland Party at National Cat Centre

20/05/2015 - 20/05/2015
Teddy Bear parade, Story Time, Refreshments & Bear hunt for children aged 5 and under. Don’t forget to bring a bear! Outdoor event – weather permitting, otherwise this will be indoors. £2.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.30 – 11.30 Weds 20 May

Chancellor's Lecture 4 - 'From My Prison Cell' at Chichester Cathedral

21/05/2015 - 21/05/2015
'From My Prison Cell - Reflections in captivity on life, faith and death'. You are warmly invited to attend these lectures given by Canon Dr Anthony Cane, which are free and open to all. In the Cathedral nave 6.30pm

Courageous in Conflict - Study Day at Newhaven Fort

23/05/2015 - 23/05/2015
Sussex Military History Society's annual study day returns to the Fort with a series of lectures. Tickets cost £15 and are available directly from Sussex Military History Society www.sussexmilitary.org.uk

Wild bunch week - snail races at Sheffield Park Gardens

23/05/2015 - 23/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Local Villages Weekend at Amberley Museum

23/05/2015 - 24/05/2015
A community event for local villagers to visit their Museum and see what’s new. Locals are welcome to pre-book stalls: show us your craft, tempt us with your shop, demonstrate your trade. Everyone is welcome and those living in the Storrington, Steyning, Amberley area will benefit from reduced entry.

Weekend Pond dipping at Arundel Wetland Centre

23/05/2015 - 24/05/2015
Visit our Pond Explorer station to explore the underwater world of bloodworms, nymphs and whirlygigs! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times There is wheelchair accessible pond dipping. 11-1pm & 2-4pm Included in your WWT admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 free. Members: free

May Half Term is Pirate Week at Spring Barn Farm! at Spring Barn Farm Park

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Raise the Jolly Roger and set sail for Pirate Week at Spring Barn Farm all May Half Term Sat 23rd-Sun31st May 2015. Nine days of pirating fun including bouncy galleon, walk the plank, Squark's treasure chest quiz as well as all the fun of the farm!

Downy Duckling Days at Arundel Wetland Centre

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Spring brings the pitter-patter of tiny webbed feet to Arundel Wetland Centre. Watch for wild ducklings, goslings and cygnets wandering the reserve. Try some daily ducky activities and pond dipping. WWT Arundel Wetland Centre admission price: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 admitted free. WWT members: free

Sow a seed at Nymans

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Come and complete number 41 of your '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' by planitng a seed. We will provide you with the seed, pot and compost so you can watch it grow into an edible plant. £1.50 per plant. Available daily, normal garden admission applies.

May Games at Bodiam Castle

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Come and play with us as we rediscover medieval toys and games. You can also join Happening History for toy-making workshops between Tue 26 and Sun 31 May. 11am - 4pm Sat 23 May to Sun 31 May (half term week) Workshop £5 per child. Pre-booking recommended on 01580 831324

Nature Trail with talks and activities at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

23/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Activities, talks and sessions with nature and wildlife as a theme. Complete the nature trail around the Garden, finding clues and solving puzzles.

Wild bunch week - mud kitchen at Sheffield Park Gardens

24/05/2015 - 24/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Music in the Garden at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

24/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
Bring a picnic and enjoy live music in the garden. From 1-3pm each day.

Wild bunch week - den building at Sheffield Park Gardens

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Steam Up Day at Amberley Museum

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
For steam fans of all ages, come and delight in road and rail steam.

Mosaic Mayhem! at Fishbourne Roman Palace

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
A day of mosaic activities for all ages, guided tours, demonstrations of mosaic making, make an edible mosaic and add a piece to our giant mosaic design!

May Games - Sir Edward's Fair at Bodiam Castle

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
A fun day for all the family with lots of games and activities, from trying on knights' armour to exploring local craft stalls. 11am - 4pm Monday 25 May (Whitsun bank holiday) Separate charges apply for each activity. Traders call 01580 831321 to book a pitch.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

25/05/2015 - 25/05/2015
Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.

Captain Black Cat Treasure Hunt at National Cat Centre

25/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Help Captain Black-Cat find his treasure by cracking codes hidden in our Nature Trail and win some treasure. This is an outdoor event, so please wear suitable clothing. £2 per child. 10am - 3.00pm daily - No need to book.

Children's Craft Morning at National Cat Centre

25/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Come and get crafty at the National Cat Centre. A morning of crafting fun for children of all ages. Please wear appropriate clothing - it could get messy! Children must be accompanied by an adult. £5per child to include refreshments

Wild bunch week - tree climbing at Sheffield Park Gardens

26/05/2015 - 26/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

The Fat Controller at Drusillas Park

26/05/2015 - 26/05/2015
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.

Lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral

26/05/2015 - 26/05/2015
Come and hear Caroline Clipsham playing the piano and Bryony Moody playing the cello at a lunchtime concert at Chichester Cathedral. Free entry, all are welcome. 1.10pm - 2.00pm

Peppa Pig and Daddy Pig at Drusillas Park

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
New for 2015, Daddy Pig will accompany the lovable Peppa Pig on a trip to Drusillas Park. Don’t miss the popular pair as they appear at intervals throughout the day.

Wild bunch week - wild animal tracking at Sheffield Park Gardens

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Half Term Family Fun Day with Hawking About at Amberley Museum

27/05/2015 - 27/05/2015
Enjoy old fashioned family fun with games, crafts and activities for all ages.

Wild animal week - bug hunting at Sheffield Park Gardens

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.

Peppa Pig Visit at Harbour Park

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Peppa Pig will return to Harbour Park on 28th May 2015. She will once again be making appearances at intervals throughout the day, starting from 1pm. Entry will be Free via Go Unlimited Wristbands and Ride Book purchases. All those purchasing the Go Unlimited Wristband and Ride Book for or on 28th May will have the opportunity to see Peppa Pig and don’t forget to bring your cameras! For more detailed information leading up to this event, please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website.

Jack the Knife: In the Shadows of Whitechapel at The True Crime Museum

28/05/2015 - 28/05/2015
Join John Eddleston, an expert on the Whitechapel Murders and the author of "Jack the Ripper - An Encyclopaedia", as he unravels the mysteries surrounding the iconic case of ‘Jack the Ripper’. 7pm - 10pm Tickets - £10 per person Book seats in advance on 01424 420115

Art workshop with John Thompson: Bluebell Woods at Nymans

28/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
Workshops available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10:30am - 3:30pm. Enjoy relaxed and informal painting workshops for all levels, and take home your own artwork. All materials (plus tea/coffee and cake) provided. £60 per person. Bookings essential, 01444405250.

Wild bunch week - giant nest building at Sheffield Park Gardens

29/05/2015 - 29/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Wild bunch week - wild art at Sheffield Park Gardens

30/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

British Eventing Horse Trials at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

30/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping in the Parkland, including marquees with stalls. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Weekend Pond dipping at Arundel Wetland Centre

30/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Visit our Pond Explorer station to explore the underwater world of bloodworms, nymphs and whirlygigs! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times There is wheelchair accessible pond dipping. 11-1pm & 2-4pm Included in your WWT admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 free. Members: free

Desiree Hart - Wildlife Artist in Residence at Arundel Wetland Centre

31/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Drop by and chat with our wildlife artist-in-residence while Desiree displays her work in the main gallery. 10am – 5pm, included in your WWT Arundel Wetland Centre admission price with pond dipping and boat trip: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 admitted free.

Wild bunch week - journey sticks at Sheffield Park Gardens

31/05/2015 - 31/05/2015
Workshops 11am to 12.30pm. £2.50. Booking essential on 01825 790231. Experience nature's outdoor playground during May half-term. Throughout the week there will be a mixture of workshops and self-led activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

Sussex Top Attractions

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