Top bank holiday events

Top bank holiday events

Top bank holiday events

First published in The Guide

  • The 1914 House

Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, Friday, August 22 and Friday, August 29

COINCIDING with the centenary of The Great War, Preston Manor hosts a new tour of the house focusing on the 12 people living there in 1914 and how the outbreak of war rocked their lives.
The tour combines real-life stories and practical demonstrations covering everything from communication to washing.

11am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 3.45pm, £15/£12. Call 03000 290902.

  • Dig Whitehawk

Whitehawk Hill, Brighton, Saturday, August 23

FIND out about Brighton’s earliest inhabitants as archaeologists investigate the 5,500-year-old Stone Age site Whitehawk Camp alongside a team of 90 volunteers from the city.
This open day will mix demonstrations and displays about items found on the site in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the current community excavation.
Plus there will be walks and tours of the site, Stone Age art workshops and a chance to find out about food and diet in man’s early days.

Open 11am to 5pm, free. Visit www.ucl.ac.uk/ caa/whitehawk-hlf.

Royal Pavilion, Pavilion Gardens, Saturday, August 23

A NEW tour exploring how the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange were converted into military hospitals during the First World War, with archive photographs, letters and documents.

10.30am to 1.30pm, £20/£15. Call 03000 290902.

  • England’s Medieval Festival 2014

Herstmonceux Castle, Saturday, August 23, to Monday, August 25

THE 15th century castle suffers twice-daily sieges and battles over the bank holiday weekend as part of the 22nd annual medieval festival.
Also on offer during the weekend are jousting displays, an archery competition, craft stalls and a living history encampment – plus the chance to take part in a medieval banquet tomorrow night.

10am to 6pm, day tickets from £16. Visit www.englandsmedievalfestival.com.

  • Summer Fair

Holbrook Animal Rescue, Old Holbrook, Horsham, Sunday, August 24

FOR the first year Holbrook Animal Rescue’s summer fair is hosting a fun dog show, with classes ranging from agility parkour to waggiest tail.
The fair will also feature a range of stalls selling jewellery, food and drink and animal accessories, plus bouncy castles, face-painting and an arm-wresting challenge.

Noon to 4.30pm, free. Visit holbrook-summer-fair.info.

  • Journeys Dance Festival

Rye, Bexhill and Hastings, Saturday, August 23, to Monday, August 25

THE launch of a new three-day participatory dance festival across three locations.
Journeys launches tomorrow with The Picnic by Etta Ermini Dane Theatre at Rye Station Car Park – an outdoor 35-minute performance about a young couple trying to enjoy an intimate al fresco dining experience. Look out for a taster event at Bexhill station at noon.
Britain’s Got Talent stars The Jive Aces are accompanied by the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers and Wheelchair Dance Sport Association at Stade Open Space in Hastings on Sunday.
And Ragroof Players lead a tango masterclass, soundtracked by the Corina Piatti Trio, at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill Marina on Monday.

From 1pm, free. Visit 18hours.org.uk/journeys-18-hours-of-dance-2014.

  • Teddy Bears Picnic

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, Monday, August 25

TAKE teddy for a day out and raise cash for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice on Bank Holiday Monday.
As well as games and activities there will be a fancy dress teddy bear competition.

10am to 6pm, £8/£5. Visit www.bordehill.co.uk.

  • Classic Car Show

Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, Sunday, August 24

CARS from the 1950s to the 1980s will be descending on Plumpton for the second classic car show.
Expect a mix of period restorations, hot rods and modified classics, ranging from Fords and Volkswagens to MGs and Austins.

From 8am, £5 per car. Visit www.facebook.com/ plumptoncollegeclassiccarshow.

  • Extreme Stunt Show Live

The Green, Brighton Road, Lancing, Friday, August 22 Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Saturday, August 23

STUNT professionals show off their skills on motorbikes, monster trucks and more in the touring European show.

6.30pm, £12/£6. Visit extremeeventseurope.com

  • Riverfest

Across Shoreham, Friday, August 22, to Monday, August 25

A LONG weekend of live music, arts, food and drink markets, and a classic car show on Adur Recreation Ground on Sunday.
Highlights include a dragon boat race on Sunday and three nights of drive-in movies – Jaws, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Life Of Pi – at the Adur Recreation Ground from tonight.

Various times. Visit shorehamriverfest.co.uk.

  • Worthing Rotary Carnival

Grand Avenue and Steyne Gardens, Worthing, Monday, August 25 CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow will lead samba pirates in the Worthing Rotary Carnival parade opening this year’s celebration.
The free events in Steyne Gardens, organised by Worthing’s three rotary clubs, will feature a live stage show and dog show.

Noon to 5pm, free. Call 01903 246335.

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