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October Spotlight Events 2/3

Check out these upcoming spotlight events across Sussex.

It's Eek! Week at Arundel Wetland Centre

Sunday 22nd to Sunday 29th October  


Explore spooky wetlands this October half term during Eek! Week at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre – a fantastic, fun wildlife learning eek!sperience for all the family.

Pick up your free Eek! Week trail card for this interactive trail. Will you dare to put your hand in a snake box, grab a photo op with a bat or get up close and personal with a toad?  It’s a weirdly wild day out for the whole family. Pond dipping, potion making and owl pellet dissection activities run through half term as well – along with the popular Wetland Discovery Boat safari.


Half Term at Hever Castle

Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October


Ghouls and ghosts wanted at Hever Castle during autumn half term for a family friendly Halloween themed trail. Keep an eye out for letters scattered in the grounds to spell out a mysterious word in return for a small prize. Don’t miss the giant spider!

Don your creepiest costume to really get the most out of the trail. Get into the spirit of Halloween and paint a spooky pebble in our creative workshop (included in admission charge). Dare to meet the vampire, vampire hunter or ghost roaming the grounds who will be retelling spooky stories. Finish off your day with a frightening face paint (weekends only – additional charge).

Please credit photo: Hever Castle & Gardens

Petworth Festival Literary Week

Wednesday 25th October to Sunday 5th November

A roster of genuinely household names has been lined up for the 2023 Petworth Festival Literary Week. Covering the widest possible range of books and authors, the near-fortnight of events will see events featuring top fiction writers Philippa Gregory and Julian Barnes; autobiographies from Michael Ball and Sheila Hancock; top journalists Justin Webb and Jeremy Bowen; historians Peter Frankopan and Robert Hardman; and new volumes on gardening from Alan Titchmarsh and Sarah Raven – and that’s before mentioning British astronaut Tim Peake. In other words a remarkable fortnight of conversation and debate is anticipated come the end of October.

Tickets and full line-up of authors at

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at De La Warr Pavilion

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October


Fifty Guild makers will exhibit beautiful, hand-made crafts produced in small workshops and studios across Sussex and adjacent counties at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion this Autumn. This popular venue will have a wide range of disciplines, including work by new and more recent members.


Take the opportunity to discuss work directly with the makers who’ll be happy to talk about their inspirations and explain their specialist techniques. Purchase unique works over the weekend or commission a more personal piece.

The Pavilion’s bright and stylish Café Bar and Kitchen offer delicious lunches, sandwiches and cakes. Weather permitting, food and drink may be enjoyed on the balconies whilst overlooking the sea.

01273 479565


Image: Nasturtiums Qing Vase by Lisa Katzenstein

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