There are so many things to do in the Lewes District, East Sussex. From Glyndebourne festival to Lewes bonfire, we have a fantastic selection of events, fairs and concerts all year round.

TOP EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED

If you would like a copy of the Stay Lewes Coast and Country events guide for 2017, simply download Stay Lewes Events 2017_WEB . Alternatively paper copies are available from: Seaford, Lewes and Eastbourne TIC, Peacehaven Gateway Café, Ditchling Museum, Seaford and Newhaven library.

ARTWAVE - ARTISTS & MAKERS FESTIVAL

19 August – 3 September
For three weekends, over 100 artists’ houses, studios, gardens and galleries across the Lewes district open to the public to show and sell a diverse range of art. Also features a range of events and workshops.
www.artwavefestival.org

INTO THE WILD SUMMER FESTIVAL

25 – 28 August
A family friendly celebration of summer, with music from around the world, workshops, talks and camping in the countryside near Hever Castle.
www.intothewildgathering.com

Whether you are planning a staycation this summer or visiting our district for the very first time, we’ve found some fantastic days out to keep you busy. From activities for the kids and outdoor adventures to fun in the river and sea, we’ve chosen 10 super days out across our district for you to enjoy. All you have to do is to pack a picnic and sample what our district has to offer.

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PLUMPTON RACES

January – December
One of the smaller National Hunt jump racecourses in the UK, staging 16 race meetings every year. www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk

GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA

20 May – 27 August
A choice of extraordinary International opera at Glyndebourne Opera House, surrounded by the South Downs, takes place throughout the Summer. www.glyndebourne.com

SUSSEX GIN & FIZZ FESTIVAL

A new one day festival celebrating Sussex produced sparkling wine & gin comes to Lewes this year as part of Lewes OctoberFeast Festival. Attend talks by industry experts, sample award wining drinks and buy direct from the producers. Bring a picnic or enjoy local artisan food stalls all under cover in the walled gardens at Southover Grange in Lewes. Plus live music from Union Music Store.Discover new drinks and shop local at this VIP end of summer event.

For further information visit their Website Sussexginandfizzfestival.com

Get on Board the Gin & Fizz Festival Vintage Bus

Travel in style from Brighton on a vintage bus or take the Regency Route (28 & 29 buses) running every 15 minutes to Lewes from Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. Click here for full bus time timetable or visit Traveline for other bus services.

For details of how to travel by train visit National Rail Enquiries.

SMALL WONDER SHORT STORY FESTIVAL

27 September – 1 October

Five days of small but perfectly formed stories, poems, letters and songs at Charleston, former home of the Bloomsbury Group. www.charleston.org.uk

LEWES LIGHT - FESTIVAL OF LIGHT 2017

Now in its 3rd year, this festival of light celebrates culture, history and the environment in and around Lewes and the South Downs through the medium of light, art and design. This year LewesLight will explore the theme of Commerce, Trade and Industry focusing on the heart of Lewes’ high streets from the Town Hall to the end of the Cliffe, they will venture into the shadows to investigate some of the lesser known stories and people that have accompanied the transformation of the town over the centuries. Throughout the weeks running up to the event there will be a programme of events exploring ideas and themes from this years festival. Details will be announced on their website when confirmed.

You can keep an eye on development by visiting their website www.leweslight.uk

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

7 – 10 September
Explore hidden places for three days, when buildings of every age, style and function in Lewes town open their doors to the public. www.heritageopendays.org.uk

LEWES FOLK FESTIVAL

13 – 15 October
A weekend of folk music and dance take place in pubs, outdoors and other venues in the town.
www.lewesfolkfest.org.uk

LEWES WINTER SPEAKERS FESTIVAL

November
Hear the thoughts, and join the debates led by known writers and thinkers from all persuasions over three days.
www.lewesspeakersfestival.com

SEAFORD CHRISTMAS MAGIC

Saturday 9 December
Lantern parade, live entertainment and a variety of festive stalls including mulled wine, hog roast and Christmas goodies.
www.seafordxmasmagic.uk

LEWES OCTOBERFEAST

16 Sept – 8 October.
A bumper programme of events celebrating all things food-related in and around Lewes town. www.lewesoctoberfeast.com

LEWES LATE NIGHT SHOPPING - LEWES TOWN

Thursday 7 December
Shops, cafes, galleries and the Castle open late, offering mulled wine, mince pies and plenty of festive fun, including brass bands and other live music.
www.leweschamber.co.uk