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8 things to do or visit in Sussex from spring to early summer

Sussex is host to all manner of wonderful events throughout the late Spring and into early Summer. Whether you're planning a romantic evening out with a loved one or in charge of entertaining the children, this guide to what's on in Sussex has something for everyone.

1. Glamp with Fernwehs at Little Downash

Bookings open on Saturday 1st April

Looking for a unique getaway? Why not glamp in one of Fernwehs classic VW campervans at a picturesque lakeside bolthole in East Sussex? You will find a fully set up classic campervan waiting for you, complete with all the amenities you need for a comfortable escape. You'll be staying at Little Downwash, which is a family run campsite hidden in the quiet countryside surrounded by private woodland. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

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2. Burgess Hill Choral Society Spring Concert

Saturday 22nd April, 7.30pm

The Spring concert Burgess Hill Choral Society will perform Rossini's joyous and melodic Petite Messe Solenelle under the baton of Michael Stefan Wood BEM. They are delighted to be joined by renowned soloists and superb accompanists for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

Tickets £14 in advance, £16 on the door and under 18's go free

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3. The Garden Show at Firle Place 

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April

Spring is on it's way and whilst the daffodils, primroses and bluebells bring joy to the countryside and gardens alike, it's time to start planning ahead.

The hardy perennials at The Garden Shows are getting ready to bring a plethora of plants, garden furniture, artisan designs, homeware products, sundries, fashion accessories and the most delicious country foods to your garden and home. Good garden advice, talks and walks with plenty of family entertainment.

Join the show at any of these three beautiful locations; Firle Place 21st-23rd April, Stansted Park 9th-11th June or Broadlands 29th Sept-1st Oct

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4. Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens

Wednesday 19th April to Wednesday 3rd May

The spectacular Tulip Festival sees Pashley carpeted with over 46,000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for stunning visitors to enjoy - wandering from elegant displays of white lily flowered tulips around an old brick terrace, to the sweeping herbaceous borders covered in a riot of reds and oranges. Yet more tulips are on display as cut flowers and representatives from Bloms Bulbs are on hand throughout the Festival to answer queries and take bulb orders.

Tickets £15.00

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5. Jolly Good Festival - The Ultimate Family Day Out

Saturday 17th June

Aimed at children aged 6 months to 12 years, this all-inclusive family festival at The South of England Showground in Ardingly will host a huge variety of attractions, workshops and performances giving families a fun and memorable day out! With five zones to explore featuring action and adventure, babies and toddlers, fun and games, a bounce wonderland and the entertainment stage, there really will be something for everyone. Every single activity, workshop and show is included in the ticket price.

Tickets £8.00 6-11 months, £16.00 Adults & children 1 & over, Under 6 months go free

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6. Brighton Open Air Theatre

Friday 21st April onwards

Brighton Open Air Theatre is one of the UK's premier outdoor venues. The theatre hosts a wide range of performances, including theatre, music, comedy, dance, opera, circus and family shows. Audiences are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy a glass of fizz beneath the sunset whilst taking in some top-class entertainment.

Forthcoming highlights include Joe Stilgoe, Flanders and Swann, A Teddy Bear's Picnic, Drag In The Park, The Wind In The Willows, The Blunter Brothers and more. A great opportunity to enjoy first-class performances with family and friends in a unique environment.

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7. Craft & Design Fair at Hever Castle & Gardens

18th - 21st May 

Purchase direct from 150 of the very best makers in the UK and witness the spectacle that is the 'Potter's Challenge' from The Great Pottery Throw Down.

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Open from 9.30am-5.30pm daily

8. Hospitality Experiences at Eastbourne International

Monday 26th June - Saturday 1st July

The fan-favourite tennis event is back this summer at Devonshire Park. Brand-new for 2023, Keith Prowse, the UK's No.1 hospitality provider are offering four innovative packages so you can upgrade your tennis experience. Treat friends, family and tennis fans to the most memorable day out, with exquisite food offerings, free-flowing beverages, and Centre Court seats at this Wimbledon warm-up tournament. 

Prices from £168pp - visit