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.

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

DIEPPE RAID CYCLE RALLY - NEWHAVEN

24 – 26 June
Starting from Newhaven, a series of touring rides on the roads and lanes of the countryside in and around Dieppe. www.dieppetour.com

LOVE SUPREME FESTIVAL

30 June – 2 July
Three days of live Jazz and Soul music from internationally known performers. Camping, stalls and more in an idyllic countryside setting near Glynde. www.lovesupremefestival.com

Saturday 17th June

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum is situated just outside of Lewes in a peaceful corner of the East Sussex Countryside. Open every day from 10.00am to 5.00 pm

With around 90 acres to explore, including the wildfowl reserve, living willow tunnels, woods (complete with replica round houses), adventure playground and motor museum, you can easily spend a whole day relaxing in these beautiful surroundings. The miniature railway and café are popular highlights, as are the craft workshops, and miniature Shetland ponies.

VISIT for details of their summer fair and monthly events and activities

PATINA MOVING ON PARADE

Friday 7 July
Popular children’s parade in Lewes town, where local schools walk their works of art in moving tide of costumes and music on a different theme every year.
www.patinalewes.com

LEWES CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

23 – 25 June
A mix of international known professional musicians and those at the start of their career perform together.
www.leweschambermusicfestival.com

NEWHAVEN FISH FESTIVAL

17 June
Celebrating the local fishing community, the sea and Newhaven’s rich nautical heritage.
www.newhaventowncouncil.gov.uk

DIEP-HAVEN FESTIVAL

June
Cross channel contemporary arts festival with events in Newhaven, Dieppe, Hastings and Brighton. www.diephaven.org

OUSEDAY REGATTA & RAFT RACE

July 9
Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race
An annual raft race with Ingeniously built rafts pelted by eggs, flower bombs and water cannons as they race along the River Ouse.This year Ouseday will see new events in Newhaven, where the town council is supporting a public party and the addition of ‘Ouse the Daddy’ ,a boat race between Lewes Town and Newhaven.
www.facebook.com/lewesregattaandraftrace

FIRLE VINTAGE FAIR

12th & 13th August
The fair is host to vintage style bands and artists, antique and vintage furniture, cars, clothing, jewellery and brocante, as well as pretty tea rooms and a Champagne bar.
www.facebook.com/firleandcountry/

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 Lewes town.
www.intothewildgathering.com

SMALL WONDER SHORT STORY FESTIVAL

28 September – 2 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 OCTOBERFEAST

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

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

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

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