There are some great events happening in October to help see in the autumn. From ghost walks, orchard crafts to beer festivals, here’s our round up of top things to do this month in East Sussex.

Battle Festival of Arts and Music – throughout October 2019

This month-long family-friendly festival opens with a large blue whale swimming down the high street, accompanied by drums and lights (naturally). The event includes barn dances, portrait workshops and the likes of punk-folk enthusiasts Matilda’s Scoundrels. See all the events happening for the Battle Festival of Arts and Music.

Lewes Craft Market – 5 October 2019

Check out this monthly market that offers everything for all your crafty needs, including ceramics, artwork, textiles, jewellery and more! Lewes Craft Market is held by the Market Tower.

Hastings Storytelling Festival – 5 to 13 October 2019

This festival celebrates storytelling, with this year’s theme being ‘futures’. From a children’s storytelling day and parade, to a screening’s of the recent film ‘Tolkien’, there’s something for everyone. Take a look at the Hastings Storytelling Festival’s event listing.

The Changing Landscape of Sussex Place Names talk, Falmer – 9 October 2019

Join this special talk at the county’s archive centre to learn more about how Sussex got its place names. It promises to be an event where linguistics, history and geography meet. Book your ticket for The Changing Landscape of Sussex Place Names. 

The Keep

Eastbourne Beer Festival – 10 to 12 October 2019

Whether you’re into beer, ale, cider, wine or all of them, you can enjoy a selection of over 90 award winners and local favourites at the Eastbourne Beer Festival. Entertainment will also be provided. Be quick to get your ticket as they are selling fast!

Beetle Drive, Peacehaven – 14 October 2019

Fancy trying something new? How about a beetle drive? Held at the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven, there will also be a ukulele band plus tea and cake. This is a free event that is running as part of Older People’s Day 2019, although anyone of any age is welcome to join. Please email for more information.

Find more events that are running for Older People’s Day.

Beetle car.

Haunted Walk of Rye – 12, 26 & 31 October 2019

Take a spooky walk around the Ancient Cinque Port of Rye with the official Town Crier as your guide. It will be a chance to learn about ghostly sightings, gruesome murders, as well as a visit to the interior of the 18th century Town hall where you may make a gruesome discovery. Tickets are £10 per person. More information can be found on the visit 1066 Country website.


Apple Day, Burwash – 19 October 2019

The National Trust is inviting you to discover its orchards and sample the different types of apple that grow there. Children are welcome, with activities for all the family. You will even get the chance to make apple juice and buy some tasty cider and chutneys. Find out more about Apple Day.


What will you be up to this month? If you’d like to share an event, please leave a comment.