The sun has well and truly got his hat on! If you’re wondering what’s on this August, we’ve rounded up ten of the best days out around.

Eastbourne Re-imagined Exhibition – till 10 August 2019

Looking for an art show with a difference? Take a look at this free art exhibition at the Devonshire Collective highlighting the need to reduce, recycle, reuse and refuse single-use waste. All of the art is made from single-use materials such as plastic water bottles, recycled materials and beach finds.

Wealden Activity Days, various towns – 2 to 21 August 2019

If you have children enjoying the summer holidays this month, you may want to check out Wealden Activity Days to help keep them both active and entertained. There’ll be lots of physical activities, arts and crafts, nutritional advice and lots more. The activity days will be held in Crowborough, Uckfield, Polegate, Heathfield and Hailsham.

Hastings Old Town Carnival – 3 to 11 August 2019

This week-long festival promises everything from art shows, live music, historical talks and more. There will be unusual guided tours of the twittens and cat creeps of the old town, ghost tours and lost pub walks, a chance to look on lifeboats and meet some of the crew at Hastings Lifeboat Station and mooch around various markets. The week is topped off with a carnival procession and fireworks at dusk on Saturday 10 August. Check out the Hastings Old Town Carnival event listing for when things are happening and to see if you need tickets for individual events.

What's on: Hastings old town carnival

Firle Vintage Fair – 9 to 11 August 2019

Award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson will be at Firle Park for the fair’s Spoken Word feature on Saturday 10 August. There’ll also be Victorian fairground rides, artisan food and drink, fashion, music and much more to enjoy.

Camber Castle Wildlife Walk, Rye Harbour – 9 August 2019

You can join a circular walk which features wildlife along the way that will lead you to Henry VIII’s Camber Castle.

Need more nature in your life this summer? Sussex Wildlife Trust has lots of great events for grown-ups and kids alike this summer, with everything from moth mornings to rockpool rambles. Be sure to check them out!

What's on this August: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

©Barry Yates

Eastbourne Airshow – 15 to 18 August 2019

The hugely popular free event is back along Eastbourne seafront with the magnificent Breitling Jet Team headlining this year’s display. Other displays confirmed include the RAF Typhoon, Chinook, The Blades, Wingwalkers and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy!

What's on this August: Eastbourne airshow.

Newhaven Festival – 17 August to 1 September 2019

The festival returns for its second year and promises two weeks of arts and culture throughout the town. There will be walks, talks, exhibitions, workshops and artwave open houses.

Eastbourne Feastival – 24 to 26 August 2019

This is a free family event based in Hampden Park. If you fancy some food and drink from around the globe, or you’d rather stick to a local brew, you’ll have the chance to enjoy both while watching dance groups, street artists, international singers and tribute acts.

England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham – 24 to 26 August 2019

Fancy trying your hand at jousting, archery and axe throwing? Or how about calligraphy or wood-weaving? There will be lots of traditional arts and crafts at this themed festival, which also boasts knights, dragons and princesses.

What's on this August: Medieval festival at Herstmonceux Castle.

Open Gardens Day at Glyndebourne, Lewes – 31 August 2019

This is your chance to explore the gardens and grounds of Glyndebourne. You could picnic on the lawns and enjoy the views of the lake and the rose garden before treating yourself to afternoon tea!


Remember, this is just a selection of events happening locally. If you have an event you’d like to share please let us know in the comments!