With sunnier days and longer daylight hours upon us, you may be looking to plan some fun activities in and around Sussex. Here's our guide to what's on in Sussex in early Spring.
1. Dazzling Daffodils at Hever Castle & Gardens
Monday 13th to Sunday 19th March
Visitors to Hever Castle during March will be able to enjoy Dazzling Daffodils and take a tour with bulb master Johnny Walkers (holder of 25 RHS Chelsea gold-medals for his daffodils) and the Hever Castle's gardeners at the weekend to view nearly 70,000 daffodils in bloom.
Visit www.hevercastle.co.uk for more information
2. Vintage Ploughing Match & Rural Exhibition
Saturday 15th April
Come and see a wide range of restored vintage tractors and ploughs working as they did between 1920 and 1960. Stroll around the beautiful oak trees to the scenic lake to view the private collection of numerous rural artefacts and farm machinery dating from the 1900s. Hot drinks and rolls available, dogs on leads welcome, free parking.
£8pp or £25 family ticket / under 12's free
Sussex Rural Events, Woodhouse Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, BN59BA
3. Jukebox & Retro Fair at Brighton Racecourse
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March, 10am to 5pm
Jukes, pinballs, vintage clothing, retro homewares, accessories, live music and more awaits you at this two day event. Dress to impress for the best dressed competition on Sunday or just come as you are!
£15 cash on the door or by card via eventbrite: www.jukeboxfair.co.uk
4. Hastings Beatles Day at The White Rock Theatre
Sunday 2nd April, 12 noon to 10.30pm
Hastings Beatles Day in partnership with The Sara Lee Trust will be celebrating it's 24th year. Many acts will be performing the music of this world famous and much-loved band in a variety of different styles of music and with performers of all ages.
Tickets £18, available from:
5. The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show in Henfield
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April
The Contemporary Craft Show will take place throughout the main hall, foyer and garden suite of The Henfield Hall. Delicious homemade refreshments will be available in the café throughout the day, with seating inside as well as in the garden.
The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield, BN59DB
Admission £3 but includes entry for both days.
6. Ardingly Antiques Fair
Tuesday 18th April 9am-5pm & Wednesday 19th April 8am-4pm
When it comes to shopping, Ardingly Antiques Fair is the only place you need to go this April to source all things antique, vintage and collectors.
South of England Showground, Ardingly, RH176TL
Get your tickets online at www.iacf.co.uk
7. Campervan Campout
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May
Whether you're a lover of campervans, live music or both, this brand-new event is one for you. DJ Legend Craig Charles will headline the main stage and you will find new and used campervans for sale and so much more including street food, a gin festival and a silent disco.
Tickets available from www.campervancampout.co.uk
8. Heber Opera - The Hoffmann Workshop
Saturday 15th April, 10am - 6pm
The Heber Opera launch their Autumn 2023 production, 'The Tales of Hoffmann' with a dedicated one-day workshop of Jaques Offenbach's fascinating opera.
Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Rd, BN69UY
£25 per ticket incl. tea, coffee and cake
Book via email: email@example.com
9. Easter Festivities at Plumpton Racecourse
Easter Sunday & Monday- 9th & 10th April 2023
Fun fair, free entertainment and activities, live music, brilliant racing including the Sussex Champion Hurdle and Sussex Champion Chase
10. The Bluebell's Branch Line Gala Event
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April
This popular event celebrates the smaller engines, and their multiple roles including passenger and freight which ran on the provincial lines. This year is no different, with the attractions being 3 special guest engines.
Find more details including ticket prices, timetables and locomotive information at: www.bluebell-railway.com