Look no further for things to do and places to see in East Sussex this September! There are plenty of late summer events happening so you can enjoy the last of the warmer days.

This month’s round up of events includes fetes for wildlife, walking festivals, sustainable living events and getting up close to The Tiger Who Came to Tea artwork.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service Summer fete, Hailsham – 1 September 2019

Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service is a local charity that takes cares of injured wildlife. They dedicate their time to rescuing animals in need such as birds, deer, badgers and more! They rely on donations to continue the amazing work they do and their fete is a great way to support and find out more about them.

The event is free and will feature crafts, stalls, food and a virtual reality experience! Find out more about the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service Summer fete.

Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Burwash – 7 September to 3 November 2019

Celebrate 50 years of Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea by getting up close to the artwork. National Trust Bateman’s will be hosting the exhibition for free, although normal admission charges apply for the venue. A great event for both children and adults alike.

Visit the National Trust website for more information on ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ exhibition.

Still of a Tiger that came to Tea.

Britain on Film: Protest! Falmer – 14 September 2019

The county’s archive centre, The Keep, is screening a new collection of films from the BFI archives exploring the nature and effects of public activism and protest in 20th century Britain.

Individual film clips range from suffragettes to anti-fascist demonstrators, campaigners for gay rights to peace protestors. This screening takes place during this year’s Heritage Open Day weekend, and will be accompanied by a display of relevant original material from The Keep’s archives.

The screening is free but booking is essential as numbers will be limited. For booking details, and to view the trailer, please visit The Keep website.

Heritage Open Days, Alfriston Clergy House – 14 & 21 September 2019

Did you know that Alfriston Clergy House was bought for a sum of £10 in 1896? As part of Heritage Open Days Festival you can visit the Clergy House for free and enjoy the medieval thatched Wealden hall-house and its picturesque garden.

Alfriston Clergy House.

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival – 14 to 15 September 2019

Enjoy fish dishes and wine, with a side of live music and street entertainment at The Stade in Hastings. Wristbands cost only £2.50. See more information about Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival and a full programme.

High Weald Walking Festival – 14 to 22 September 2019

The High Weald is a walker’s paradise, so don’t miss your chance to discover its beautiful, medieval landscape at this walking festival. Whether you’re an avid rambler or just want to get out in the fresh air and appreciate your local area, the festival has something for everyone.

With a choice of more than 40 inspiring guided walks, the festival caters for walkers of all ages and abilities. Check out the High Weald Walking Festival programme.

Walking group in the High Weald.

History Mystery Walk, Lewes – 17 September 2019

Enjoy a stroll around the town of Lewes and learn more about some of its best historical sites! Bring some change to enjoy tea, coffee and cake afterwards.

If you’d like to attend, please contact the Sussex Community Development Association by either calling 01273 519149 or emailing healthylifestyles@sussexcommunity.org.uk

This event is part of our celebrations for Older People’s Day (1 October) but all are welcome no matter your age! Check out the full range of events for Older People’s Day.


Sustainability On Sea festival, Hastings, St Leonards and Rother – 21 to 29 September 2019

This festival offers a jam-packed programme of events centred around sustainable living. It includes speaker events, workshops, bike rides and beach cleans.

Festival highlights include Car Free Day on 22 September and the Big Green Fair on 29 September.

This epic programme offers 60 events across Hastings, St Leonards and Rother. See the full programme for the Sustainability On Sea festival.


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