Horsham Fake Festival


Horsham Park, Horsham

Saturday June 30, 12noon-11pm

Tickets £15-£35

This festival has a line-up of six pro-level fake bands, otherwise known as tributes that looks and sound like the real thing. Inside a giant marquee will be Coldplay tribute Coldplace (above left), Oasis tribute Oasish (above right), Guns n’ Roses tribute Guns2Roses (below left), The Jam tribute The Jam’d, Stereophonic tribute Stereotonics and The Police tribute The Police Force (below right). There’s a bar and food.

Visit fakefestivals.co.uk.


Paddle Round the Pier Beach Festival


Hove Lawns, Kingsway, Hove

Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8

Brighton’s annual Paddle Round the Pier is billed as “the world’s biggest free beach and watersports festival”, attracting up to 50,000 people. The main event is the Paddle Round the Pier  where hundreds of competitors surf, swim and paddle round Brighton’s West Pier. It includes Paddle Something Unusual (pictured below), where teams bring as ridiculous a craft as possible and attempt to make it round the pier using only manual propulsion. It also features water, street & urban sports, live music, kids’ entertainment, have a go opportunities – and this year, a Guinness World Record attempt for most dogs on a paddle board.  Paddle has always appealed to surfers and watersports enthusiasts, and the sports range from surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, skating, windsurfing and free running to new sports like surf life-saving, land paddling, kitesurfing and freestyle mountain biking. The Historic Diving Society will do live dives in a giant water tank. There will be prizes, chances to try things for yourself, new bands to enjoy, a ukelele stage, demonstrations, stalls with food, drink and water sports-related exhibitors and retailers, talks and a kids’ stage. Organisers say this year’s festival is set to be the biggest ever. Now in its 22nd year, it’s also the first time Paddle is an officially registered charity, so it is able to support different causes, and it will also be the UK’s first compostable beach festival, meaning that all trays, cups and cutlery used by its suppliers will be full compostable with zero waste. 

Visit paddleroundthepier.com.

Brainchild Festival 2018

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, Harvey’s Lane, near Halland, Lewes

Friday-Sunday July 13-15

Tickets £75-£90

This is a three-day festival celebrating the DIY spirit, art, music and ideas. Collectives, communities and creative projects come together in a programme of live music, jam sessions, spoken word, DJ sets, talks, workshops, film, theatre and installation art. Organisers say, “We push important conversations and interdisciplinary art to the forefront.”

Visit brainchildfestival.co.uk.

Eastbourne Pride 2018

Princes Park, Channel View Road, Eastbourne

Saturday July 21, 11.30am-6.30pm

Free/wristbands required

This is a colourful procession on Eastbourne seafront organised by the town’s LGBT community with dancers, drag queens, trade stalls and live music. The parade starts at 11.30am at Eastbourne Waterworks and heads for Princes Park.

Visit eastbournepride.co.uk.

Festival of the Garden: The Culture of Place

Charleston, Firle

Friday and Saturday July 28 and 29

Tickets £12 per event/concs £10

What is it about a place that makes us like it? This question is addressed in a series of talks at Charleston, the home of the artistic Bloomsbury Group. It’s curated by landscape gardener Tom Stuart-Smith, an eight times Chelsea Gold medallist who is known for his work expressing cerebral conception through supremely beautiful execution. Over the two days, there will be eight talks by leading gardeners, designers, ecologists, campaigners and writers who will explore themes of what makes a place interesting and engaging, can the garden, whether ancient or modern, tell a story, and if so what can this narrative mean for us, and how do we go about expressing ourselves through our gardens and outdoor spaces? On the programme is Wild Lands with Charlie Burrell, Landscape and Emotion with architect Kim Wilkie, John Watkins talking on Reviving the Past and Gardens as Living History, The Culture of Gardening with Tom Stuart-Smith, Faded Glories with photographer Rachel Warne, The Magic of Dixter with Fergus Garrett, Gravetye Manor: The Development of an Historic Garden with Tom Coward. Hidden Nature with Alys Fowler, The Garden at Charleston with Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Darren Clarke and Mark Divall, and Poetry in the Walled Garden with Andrew Wincott and Emerald O’Hanrahan. There will also be a plant stall by Pelham Plants in association with The Garden House, cream teas and free demonstrations by local craftspeople on the skills and traditional practices of hedge-laying, bee-keeping and green timber.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Speed so the theme this year is The Silver Jubilee. Now one of the world’s best-known celebration of motorsport and car culture, the festival will feature 25 favourite moments chosen by the Duke of Richmond from the first 25 events, his personal highlights that have been landmarks in the festival’s history. The festival will continue to remain faithful to its heritage by bringing together racers on two wheels and four on hill and forest rallies. The 2018 season also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Goodwood Road Racing Club. Picture: Drew Gibson.

Phone 01243 755073 or visit goodwood.com.

Qatar Goodwood Festival

Goodwood Racecourse, Selhurst Park Road, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

Popularly known as Glorious Goodwood, the Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the largest and most glamorous race meetings in the world. One of the highlights of the flat racing season, it kicks off with the opening ceremony when the Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup takes centre stage on the course. On the second day, the mile-long Group 1 race the Qatar Sussex Stakes has prize money of £1million, attracting a world-class field. Ladies’ Day, on the third day, is the most glamorous day of the meeting and features the unique ladies celebrity race The Magnolia Cup. Ladies’ Day is followed by the £300,000 Group 2 Qatar King George Stakes on day four, plus other races. And on the final day, the Qatar Stewards Cup has one of the racing season’s biggest handicaps, with the finest sprinters dashing for the £250,000 prize. Picture: Dominic James.

Phone 01243 755072 or visit goodwood.com.

Brighton Pride Festival 2018


Preston Park, Brighton

Friday-Sunday August 3-5

Pop icon Britney Spears headlines this year’s Pride at Preston Park on Saturday, the first gig on her 2018 tour performing her Las Vegas show Britney – Piece of Me. Joining her on the main stage will be drum-and-bass powerhouse Ella Eyre (pictured above centre), who provided the vocals on Rudimental’s Waiting All Night. Dance-pop queen Pixie Lott (pictured above right) will also be playing the main stage. And Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, guitarist Nile Rodgers (below left) and his multi-platinum selling band Chic are confirmed to headline Brighton Pride’s new LoveBN1Fest at Preston Park on Sunday. Also on the stage will be anthem queen Jess Glynne (pictured below right), whose vocals on Clean Bandit’s Rather Be made it a classic, and pop newcomer Raye (bottom). LoveBN1Fest celebrates everything Brighton and Hove and will help raise extra funds for the Pride Social Impact Fund. Brighton Pride is a community celebration with the annual Pride Community Parade, the biggest visual event in the city’s calendar when more than 300,000 people participate and watch the Carnival of Diversity. This year, it’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic Rainbow Flag, the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride originally commissioned and politician and activity Harvey Milk and devised by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, with the theme Colour My World, with Pride returning to the flag’s original eight colours of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet representing, respectively: sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit.

Visit brighton-pride.org.


Loxwood Joust

The Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood, Billingshurst

Saturday and Sunday August 4 & 5 and 11& 12, 10am-6pm

The Loxwood Joust is one of the most spectacular medieval festivals in the country. Over two weekends, the extravaganza features full-contact jousting twice each day with other daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire as armoured knights prepare to meet in thunderous battle. There’s a Living History Village in the Medieval Meadow, where inhabitants live and work as they would have in the Middle Ages. They display their traditional wares in the Medieval Marketplace, where wandering minstrels, dance troupes and a court jester entertain the crowds. There’s also a Children’s Kingdom, a festival within a festival, where the currency is the medieval groat and children can have a go at archery, face and wound painting, pelt the peasant, sword school and a bouncy castle. Pop in to the Medieval Learning Zones to listen to tales from the Medieval Housewife and details of gruesome torture from The Executioner.   

Phone 07866 468632, email info@loxwoodjoust.co.uk or visit legendpresents.co.uk.

Chilli Fiesta


West Dean Gardens, West Dean, near Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0RX

Friday-Sunday August 10-12

At the UK’s biggest chilli festival, you can taste chilli foods until your tongue sizzles. There is live music from DJs and Latin bands, Latin dance demonstrations and workshops with professional dancers, more than 140 stalls offering chilli gifts, plants seeds and produce, Los Amigos, champagne, cider and cocktail bars, a children’s funfair, workshops and camping. At the cookery theatre, top chefs will demonstrate their culinary expertise with creative chilli-based recipes. Using ingredients from all over the world, they will inspire ideas you can easily recreate at home. There will also be a Gardening Theatre, when you can hear from a variety of experts with gardening talks and demonstrations, and see the 150 chillies on display in the glasshouses. There will be a guided tour of the Walled Gardens and a discussion about growing your own chillies. Pictured above, left: last year’s chill fiesta/picture: Barney Poole. Above, right: chillies growing at West Dean Gardens/picture: Vicki Isted. Below: a performer at last year’s festival/pictures: Barney Poole. 

Phone 01243 811301 or visit chillifiesta.co.uk.



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