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County Town: Chichester/Lewes
Population: 1,247,000
Area: 1469 sqm
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Events

January
New Years Day Canal Cruises

February
Brighton Half Marathon
Brighton Seedy Sunday
Winter Half Term Family Activities

March
Green Architecture Day
Lanes Market
Mothering Sunday
Mothers Day Celebrations
Open Days at Wilmington Priory
Pioneer Motorcycle Run

April
A Celebration of Spring
A Taste of Sussex Fine Food Fair
Brighton Marathon
British and World Marbles Championship
Celebrate the Taste
Easter Egg Trail
Easter Fun Days
Four Seasons Woodland Show
Garden Show at Firle Place
Harness Horse Parade
Jaguar Run
Jukebox and Retro Fair
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Morris Minor Rally
PO Vehicles, Veteran Cycles & Industrial Trains
Spring Holiday Crafts & Skills Day
Tulip Festival
Vintage Car Show

May
A Taste of Sussex Fine Food Fair
Arts & Crafts Event for Children
Brighton Festival
Brighton Fringe Festival
Charleston Festival
Craft, Antique & Vintage Fair
Downland Art Society Annual Spring Exhibition
Four Seasons Woodland Show
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Horse Driving Trials
Jack-in-the-Green Morris Dancing Festival
Lewes Folk Rock
Mackerel Fayre
Medieval Fair
National Mills Weekend
NHA Garden and Local Produce Fair
Ore Stage Festival
Royal Armouries Jousting
South of England Food & Drink Festival
Spring Food Fair
Sustainability Day
West Sussex Lurcher Club Fun Dog Show

June
All That's Vintage Craft & Gift Event
Brighton Fashion Weekend
Broadwater Summer Flower Show
Chichester Festivities
Corpus Christi Carpet of Flowers
Craft Fair
Crawley Folk Festival
Father's Day
Fun Dog Show & Garden Party
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Hastings Beer & Music Festival
Hastings Beer and Music Festival
Heavy Horse Spectacular
Hickstead British Jumping Derby Meeting
London to Brighton Bike Ride
London to Brighton Classic Car Race
Petworth Park Food Festival
Special Rose Weekend
Sussex Guild Craft Show
The Wood Show
Uckfield Table Top Sale
Wests Wood Fair

July
All That's Vintage Craft & Gift Event
Annual Craft & Hobby Fair
Battle Classic Car & Motorcycle Show
Bridge Arts Art Fair
Brighton Carnival
Brighton Kite Festival
Charity Open Gardens Day
Chichester Festivities
Chilli Fest UK
Classic Vehicle Show
Country Brocante Big Summer Fair
Early Music Afternoon
Eastbourne Lammas Festival
Evening Open Air Theatre
Fontwell Park Festival
Garden Weekend
Glastonwick
Glorious Goodwood
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Hickstead British Jumping Derby Meeting
Lily Time
Rare & Traditional Breeds Show
Ringmer Steam & Country Show
Rock in the Bog
Smallholders Show
The Fete in the Park
The Garden Gadabout
Uckfield Festival
Woodcraft Demonstrations

August
Airbourne: Eastbournes International Air Show
All That's Vintage Craft & Gift Event
Arundel Festival
Arundel Festival Castle Concerts
Arundel Gallery Trail
Chichester Film Festival
Chiddingly Horse Show & Fun Dog Show
Chill Chilli Fiesta
Englands Medieval Festival
Englands Medieval Festival
Festival Of Steam
Firle Place Horse Trials and Country Fair
Firle Vintage Summer Fair
Ice Cream Sundae
Live Crafts & Food Fair
Loop
Loxwood Joust
Pride Parade & Park Event
Rox Festival
Rudgwick Steam & Country Show
St Roche - at the Trundle
Summer Fete & Open Day
Sussex Guild Craft Fair
The Royal International Horse Show
Tribal Earth Summer Gathering
West Dean Festival

September
Big Beach Boutique Brighton
Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Lovers Festival
Brighton 50/100 Bike Ride for Marie Curie Cancer Care
Brighton Early Music Festival
Brighton Live
Brighton Wellbeing Festival
British Open International Minigolf Tournament
Chichester Film Festival
Chichester Local Food Fare 2012
Dragon Boat Racing
Garden Tour
Goodwood Revival
Heritage Open Day
Heritage Open Days
International Bognor Birdman
International Clown Festival
Lindfield Arts Festival
Motor Circuit Revival Meeting
National Speed Trials
Screwfix Go-Kart Rally
St Catherine’s Hospice Autumn Gift Fair
Sussex Guild Craft Show
The Big Green Cardigan

October
Apple Day at Stanmer Park
Autumn Countryside Celebration
Autumn Foraging and Countryside Day
Battle of Hastings
Brighton Early Music Festival
Christmas Fayre
Festival of World Scared Music
Hallowe’en
Jewish Film Festival
Live & Love Music
Paramount Brighton Comedy Festival
Sussex Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Walking Festival
WhaleFest

November
BRIGHTON CRAFT FAIR
Christmas Crackers Market
Christmas Fair
Cine City - Brighton's film festival
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Petworth House Christmas Fair
Petworth Street Fair
Remembrance Day Service
St Wilfrid's Hospice Santa Fun Run
Sussex Family Christmas Fair Extravaganza
Vintage Christmas at Middle Farm
Walking Festival
Winter Brocante Christmas Fair
Winterland Christmas Festival

December
A Tudor Christmas
Big Brighton Christmas Fair
Brighton & Hove Artists Open House Christmas Festival
Brighton Christmas Market
Burning the clocks - winter solstice celebration
Food & Craft Market
Royal Pavilion's Christmas Ice Rink
The Museum at Christmas
Tree Dressing
Winterland Christmas Festival

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Principal towns: Brighton Eastbourne Haywards Heath Arundel Chichester Crawley Hastings Lewes Rye

Eulogised by Rudyard Kipling in his 1902 poem "Sussex", the county is still greatly loved by those who live and visit here. Above all, Sussex is about variety. This is a place of changing scenery: the ancient woodlands of the High Weald are as beautiful in their way as the coastal cliffs standing proud against the English Channel; the rolling South Downs are enchanting, as too are historic towns such as Rye and Lewes ; and vibrant cities throb happily alongside sleepy villages. Here are splendid castles, cathedrals and grand country mansions with sumptuous gardens, charming cottages, working farms and ancient Roman residences.

The most popular area for visitors is the south coast. Families love the traditional seaside delights of comparatively quiet resorts including Bognor Regis with its award-winning beaches, Littlehampton , Worthing and Eastbourne , which is the location of Beachy Head 's infamous suicide leap. Brighton , by contrast, is a hip, up-tempo city with excellent eating, drinking, shopping, arts and nightlife. Hastings, together with Battle , Bexhill and Rye, is historically fascinating, forming the heart of 1066 country , and its cliffs, harbour and old fishing quarter are hugely attractive. West Wittering, meanwhile, is a magnet for surfers, Emworth is a sailing village with famous culinary traditions, Seaford boasts a huge country-park spread along the spectacular Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, and Chichester takes a visible pride in its past while upholding a thriving city community based on arts, theatre, music and watersports. The harbour at Chichester has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and can be explored by land and water. Many other lovely boat trips are available around the coast.

All kinds of sports are enjoyed in Sussex. Spectators flock to the horse-racing, showjumping, motorsports, stock car racing, yacht racing, air displays and international cricket and tennis championships, while amateurs are invited to try sailing , fishing , windsurfing, hang-gliding and kite-surfing. Walkers, riders and cyclists are spoilt for choice with thousands of miles of signposted trails around the South Downs, the Weald and the coast.

For sightseers, there are rich rewards as they travel through inspiring landscapes to any number of tourist attractions. Sussex is dotted with castles of varying ages and styles, most magically those of Bodiam - a 14th Century Disney fairytale come to life - and the idyllic Herstmonceux with its moat and Elizabethan gardens. Ypres Castle in Rye, built in 1250, now hosts a town museum, and evocative castle ruins exist at Hastings and Bramber. There are two cathedrals in Sussex. The 900-year-old Chichester Cathedral fuses past with present by including examples of modern art in its glasswork and decorations, while the hilltop cathedral at Arundel , a French Gothic building dating back to 1873, annually marks the feast of Corpus Christi by having its aisle scattered with flowers. Some distinctive old houses have survived the ravages of time. The thatched, timber-framed 14th Century Clergy House and gardens at the village of Alfriston - the first building acquired by the National Trust - is well worth a visit. Another interesting attraction is Anne of Cleves' 16th Century hall house in Lewes. Fishbourne Roman Palace displays remains from the biggest Roman house ever found in Britain, and what's left of another Roman villa is on show at Bignor. The county's past is also preserved in its many museums and heritage centres. The Amberley Working Museum, the Arundel Museum and Heritage Centre, and the Bluebell Railway at Uckfield all recall the industrial era, and the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has relocated dozens of old buildings to a delightful parkland. Some museums dwell on maritime and wartime history while Bognor Regis's Wireless Museum, unusually, examines valve radio and early television.

Nature-lovers will adore the countless gardens, parks, woodlands, trails and wildlife centres of Sussex. Haywards Heath is blessed with three spectacular gardens: Borde Hill Garden is set in 200 acres of parkland, High Beeches Gardens combines woodland and water gardens with rare plants and wildflower meadows, and Nyman's Garden shows off exotic blooms from around the world. In Horsham, Leonardslee Gardens are exquisitely planted around seven lakes. Other top-rated visitor attractions include Arundel Wetland Centre, Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum in Lewes, Coombes Farm in Lancing, where visitors may take tractor and trailer rides over the South Downs, Drusillas Park at Alfriston (described as "the best small zoo in England") and RSPB Pulborough Brooks , set in the Arun Valley. Wine enthusiasts are welcome to tour the county's vineyards and wineries, many internationally recognised, and to sample the wares.

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