Looking for things to do this November? We have found some perfect wintry activities for food lovers, star gazers and ghost hunters. So wrap up warm and enjoy these days and evenings out.

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, Hailsham – 9 and 10 November

November may mean fireworks and bonfire, but it also means preparation for Christmas. A large number of local festive craft and gift fairs are planned so make sure you check out your local events and support local traders and craftspeople.

If you’re short of ideas why not try the fair organised by the Sussex Archaeological Society at Michelham Priory? This promises festive fun and tasty treats, dozens of stalls, decorations and music all within this beautiful medieval setting. There’s even the chance to catch the big man, Santa, himself. Sussex Past – Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Christmas crafts

Remembrance Sunday Service, Eastbourne – 10 November

Join the Mayor of Eastbourne at the Remembrance Service by the War Memorial Roundabout on Cornfield Road in Eastbourne. The service will start at 10.40am with a march 20 minutes before.

Vegan Festival, Lewes – 14 November

Free and open to the public, the Vegan Festival Lewes is taking place at East Sussex College and will be showcasing “the best veganism has to offer” including food, and a range of health and beauty products, accessories and clothing from local and national producers. Vegan Festival Lewes

Winter Stargazing, Sheffield Park and Garden – 16 November

If you want to learn more about the night sky then this event is for you. If you have your own telescope you can bring it along to learn more about how to use it. Plus you’ll get a supper and hot drink to keep you warm. Book your place for winter stargazing.

For more top spots on where to stargaze, see our article: Stargazing on the South Downs.

Person stargazing - what's on this November

Ashdown Forest Mini Explorers – 18 November

For your younger ones how about getting out and exploring the unique landscape of the Ashdown Forest, home of Winnie the Pooh. This event is for children aged two to five and their parents or carers. It will include a short walk, seasonal crafts and outdoor games. Booking is essential. Ashdown Forest events.

Hastings Herring Fair – 23 and 24 November

How about celebrating the humble, undervalued but versatile fish, the herring! Food stalls, cookery demonstrations and live music will all feature at this event at the Stade in Hastings Old Town. There will also be local beers, wines and ciders for visitors to enjoy. For the programme guide and how to get tickets (which cost just £1) please head over to Hastings Herring Fair 2019.

Hastings Herring Festival

Battle Christmas Lights Switch On – 30 November

It may still seem a little early but some cracking Christmas lights will start going on this month! For a perfect picturesque scene why not attend Battle’s Christmas Lights Switch On. They’ll also be a chance to see Santa Claus if you are taking younger members of the family with you.

Candlelit Ghost Tours, Rye – 30 November

Enjoy this atmospheric ghost tour at Lamb House in Rye with a mince pie and mulled wine. Excerpts from Joan Aiken’s book “The Haunting of Lamb House” will also be read for added spookiness! Tickets are £13 for adults and £7 for children. Book a ghost tour.

Lamb House


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!