As the summer holidays are nearly over and autumn is just around the corner, you may be asking what’s on in September? Don’t worry – there’s still lots of fun to be had in East Sussex over the next few weeks and we’ve pulled together some of our favourites to tempt you!

Into the Trees, Pippingford

This two-day event on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September offers a whole host of great activities for families. Two nights camping for weekend ticket holders is also available on Friday and Saturday nights. Activities include yoga, circus skills, archery and puppetry as well as music, poetry, tree climbing and star gazing.

De La Warr Pavilion – Jo Whiley’s 90’s Anthems 2023

DJ Jo Whiley returns to the DLWP with some special guests and the best tracks from the greatest decade for music! Think ​Blur​ vs ​Oasis​, ​Fatboy Slim​, ​Primal Scream​, ​The Verve​, ​The Chemical Brothers​, ​Faithless​, ​The Prodigy​ and a whole lot more. This event has been rescheduled from July and is now taking place on Saturday, September 9. To book tickets visit the DLWP website.

Wilderness Woods – Green Woodworking for Adults and Families

These outdoor workshops on September 10 and 17 offer the opportunity to experience the joy of working with green wood, regardless of age and ability. You can decide what to make with help and guidance along the way. What about a spoon or simply just a whittled stick?

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival

This popular weekend festival includes the Jazz Breakfast with Lianne Carroll as well as stalls, bands and demonstrations. Sunday Brunch star CJ Jackson will also be making a welcome return. The focus is on locally sourced, sustainable seafood and wine. Entry is by wristband which covers both Saturday 16 and Sunday 17. Wristbands can be purchased on the gate for £6 or in advance, in person, from Hastings Museum for £5.

Eastbourne Walking Festival

Eastbourne Walking Festival walking-festival is a ten-day celebration of the great outdoors from 15 to 24 September. This year the event is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The festival acts as a springboard to promoting the health and wellbeing benefits of discovering walking as a way of life, with something for people of all ages and mobility. Walks can be booked via the website.

Rye Arts Festival

The 52nd annual festival , which is Rye’s principal annual arts event, takes place from 15 to 30 September. The festival features talks, music, drama, walks, tours, films and fringe events. There is something for everyone! The full programme and information on how to book tickets is available on the festival’s website.

Towner Eastbourne – Turner Prize 2023

Towner Eastbourne is hosting the Turner Prize 2023, the world’s leading prize for contemporary art, as the centrepiece of the gallery’s centenary celebrations. The four shortlisted nominees for this year’s Turner Prize are: Jesse Darling, Ghislaine Leung, Rory Pilgrim and Barbara Walker. The Turner Prize exhibition opens on September 23 and admission is free.

Hastings Contemporary – Soutine |Kossoff

The Soutine|Kossoff exhibition continues at Hastings Contemporary until September 24. The exhibition pairs two major figures of 20th century painting and features 39 important loans from public and private collections in the UK, USA and beyond. Tickets can be booked online on the gallery’s website.

Full of Life Festival

Every year, the county council works with East Sussex Seniors’ Association (ESSA) to organise a festival of events across the county celebrating Older People’s Day. Older People’s Day is on 1 October, but in East Sussex there is a two-month long programme of activities starting in September. Activities on offer include film screenings, lunch clubs, yoga, and wellbeing workshops as well as coffee mornings, singalongs, creative crafting, and board games sessions.

This is just a taste of what’s on across East Sussex this autumn. Let us know your favourites and please tell us about anything we may have missed!

Photo caption: Towner Eastbourne Lothar Götz, Dance Diagonal, 2019. Photo by Marc Atkins.

Also see our What’s On in August article.