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Whats on in September 2015

Walter Sickert and the Theatre of War (Talks,Scree at Pallant House Gallery

03/09/2015 - 03/09/2015
£10 (Friends £8.50, Students £9) Duration: 59 minutes In this documentary, produced by Daniel Katz Productions, Andrew Graham-Dixon tells the story of Walter Sickert, who understood that the theatre of war was not confined to the trenches.

Astronomy Festival 2015 at The Observatory Science Centre

04/09/2015 - 06/09/2015
4-6th September 2015 Following on from the special 10th Anniversary last year, the Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival will be offering yet another full programme in 2015. With lectures, trade stalls, planetarium shows, telescope tours and family fun activities, there is plenty to fill in the three days. In addition to all these exciting activities, there will also be raffles, a beer tent and the chance to camp under the stars. Come and soak up the amazing atmosphere among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. Friday: 6.30pm - 11pm Saturday: 10am - 6pm Saturday: 6.30pm - 11pm Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Children's Workshop - Sickert’s Townscapes at Pallant House Gallery

05/09/2015 - 05/09/2015
Practical activities designed to be fun, develop creativity and help our younger audiences explore the Gallery. Booking is essential as places are limited. £10 per child

Fuchsia Pland Judging at Nymans

05/09/2015 - 05/09/2015
2.30pm Bring along your Fuchsia you planted in April to be judged and see what our Head Gardener thinks of yours. FREE

Brewing & Harvesting Weekend at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

05/09/2015 - 06/09/2015
Visit the Museum for an introduction to traditional brewing skills – transforming barley and hops into ale and beer – and using other produce harvested in our traditional fields and gardens.

Figures and Found Objects (Sunday Art Classes) (Ad at Pallant House Gallery

06/09/2015 - 06/09/2015
Learn a new technique, experiment with a range of mediums and discover the work of a highlighted artist or exhibition. All participants will be emailed a workshop information sheet prior to the workshop. Booking essential. £8

Woodland workshop- Outdoor Artisits at Nymans

06/09/2015 - 06/09/2015
10.00am-3.00pm Have you ever wanted to learn how to create art outdoors using just nature and your imagination? Join our Ranger Tom Hill and get creative whilst you discover the amazing colours, textures and patterns that nature has to offer. Child £20, suitable for 8 years and above.

Battle of Britain Commemoration at Newhaven Fort

06/09/2015 - 06/09/2015
One of our favourite annual events returns with the usual mix of living history, military vehicles, live music and dancing. A fabulous celebration of all things forties! We're delighted to announce that Lancing Brass Band, the Swingtime Sweethearts and Puttin' On The Blitz will return to provide some wonderful entertainment.

Autumn Afternoon Racing at Brighton Racecourse

07/09/2015 - 07/09/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse with 7 thrilling race! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Exhibtion: The mysteries of Nymans revealed at Nymans

07/09/2015 - 22/11/2015
Open Daily 10am- 4.30pm (last entry 30 mins before close) Everyday places and objects are transformed into the extraordinary by local illustrators Chris McEwan and Carol Lawson. Using elements of Nymans to inspire the imagination, this exhibition will showcase their artwork in publishing, book illustrations and advertising. FREE

Mysterious Nymans Trail at Nymans

07/09/2015 - 22/11/2015
10.30am-3.30pm Nymans gardens are full of charm and mystery and we challenge you to use your imagination to find the secret characters that make the garden come to life when no is a watching. £1 per trail

Women's Institute Centenary Event at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

08/09/2015 - 08/09/2015
Singleton and East Dean Women’s Institute was the first Women’s Institute formed in England 100 years ago. The Museum will host their celebrations with demonstrations of the Women’s Institute’s work over the century.

Cream Tea Cruise at The Wey & Arun Canal

09/09/2015 - 09/09/2015
Enjoy a delicious cream tea while cruising along the beautiful Wey & Arun Canal in Loxwood. The trip departs at 2.30pm and takes approximately 1.5 hours. Tickets cost £12 for adults & £9 for children and must be booked in advance. Tel: 01403 752403

Book reading: Elly Griffiths at Nymans

10/09/2015 - 10/09/2015
1.30pm-3.00pm Come and listen to Elly Griffiths talk about her works and read you a section of her writing. FREE

Sickert: A Life (Talks) at Pallant House Gallery

10/09/2015 - 10/09/2015
£10 Sickert was a man of contradictions: a radical reactionary, a reclusive socialite, an internationalist. Drawing upon his celebrated biography of the artist, Matthew Sturgis will discuss Sickert’s colourful life, capturing the spirit of a man whose influence remains visible in the work of artists today.

Printed Postcards (5-11 years) (Children's Worksho at Pallant House Gallery

11/09/2015 - 11/09/2015
Holiday activities designed to encourage families to create together while having fun. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer willing to create. Please ensure you all wear suitable clothing. Booking essential. Free (Booking essential) (5–11 years + parent/carer)

Kew the Movies - Outdoor Cinema at Wakehurst Place

11/09/2015 - 12/09/2015
This year we'll be showing the old favourite sing-along film 'Grease' on Friday 11th September, as well as the wonderful animated success story 'Frozen' on Saturday 12th September.

Festival of Sound 2015 at Newhaven Fort

12/09/2015 - 12/09/2015
A one day music festival over 5 stage areas, catering for all musical tastes! Numbers are limited and entry on this day will be for ticket holders only. Tickets are £20 and can be purchased from Newhaven Fort on 01273 517622 (over 18s only) More information is available here... https://www.facebook.com/events/1529703553975700/

Heritage Open Days at Bignor Roman Villa at Bignor Roman Villa

12/09/2015 - 13/09/2015
As part of the National Heritage Open Days Scheme, enjoy free admission for all to Bignor Roman Villa on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. Open 10am to 4pm

Heritage Open Days at Nymans

12/09/2015 - 13/09/2015
10am-5pm House and ruins 11.00am- 3.00pm Visit Nymans for free this weekend and take up a rare opportunity to look behind-the-scenes and explore the ruins of the Messel house with members of the house team. Learn about the rooms that were lost in the fire of 1947. FREE

Medieval weekend at Michelham Priory at Michelham Priory

12/09/2015 - 13/09/2015
1030am Saturday 12 to 5pm Sunday 13 September

Autumn Afternoon Racing at Brighton Racecourse

14/09/2015 - 14/09/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse with 7 thrilling race! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 info@brighton-racecourse.co.uk Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Creative Space Artist at Nymans

14/09/2015 - 27/09/2015
10.00am - 3.30pm Local artist John Thompson displays his vibrant paintings in the Potting Shed. FREE

Sickert in Dieppe (Tours) at Pallant House Gallery

17/09/2015 - 17/09/2015
£5.50 (£3 students) plus admission Curator Katy Norris leads an illuminating tour of the Sickert in Dieppe exhibition, which will explore the importance of Dieppe as a creative place where Sickert developed his subject matter and techniques.

Children's Workshop - Happy Valley at Pallant House Gallery

19/09/2015 - 19/09/2015
Practical activities designed to be fun, develop creativity and help our younger audiences explore the Gallery. Booking is essential as places are limited. £10 per child

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

19/09/2015 - 19/09/2015
Hello Kitty will return to her home at Drusillas on 20 dates during the year! Visit her in her beautiful themed house and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Meet and greet opportunities will operate at intervals throughout the day.

Great British Walk Autumn Colour at Nymans

19/09/2015 - 23/10/2015
Come to see Nymans in autumn colour and discover our special place from a self- led walk around the gardens pointing out the seasonal treats, to a woodland sculpture trail. We also have our special place in autumn guided walks daily. 11.15am & 1.45pm FREE

Woodland autumn walk at Nymans

19/09/2015 - 23/10/2015
Download a woodland walk from our website showing the best spots for autumn colour in the woods. FREE

Green living Trail at Nymans

19/09/2015 - 23/10/2015
10.00am-5.00pm Nymans works hard to be green in how they work from solar panels in the Nursery to composting food waste. Come and discover what green living we have with a trail around the garden. Inspired by green gardening practices. FREE

Sickert: The Artist at Work (Sunday Art Classes) ( at Pallant House Gallery

20/09/2015 - 20/09/2015
Learn a new technique, experiment with a range of mediums and discover the work of a highlighted artist or exhibition. All participants will be emailed a workshop information sheet prior to the workshop. Booking essential. £17

Art Views (Talks) at Pallant House Gallery

24/09/2015 - 24/09/2015
£3.50 (includes refreshments) All sessions require booking. A unique opportunity to look at and discuss selected works from the Gallery collections. If you would like to have more details about the artwork to be discussed in each session, please contact Sandra Peaty or Lucy Greenfield.

Kenneth Rowntree: A Voyage to the Interior (Talks) at Pallant House Gallery

24/09/2015 - 24/09/2015
£10 One of the most appealing British artists of the mid-twentieth century, Kenneth Rowntree knew how to communicate ‘joy in the commonplace.

Art Workshop with John Thompson: Autumn Reflection at Nymans

24/09/2015 - 26/09/2015
Thurs 24, Fri 25, Sat 26 Sep 10.30am-3.30pm Relaxed and informal painting workshop for all levels. £60, includes all materials and tea/coffee and cake.

Michelham Priory Ghost Walk at Michelham Priory

25/09/2015 - 25/09/2015
1900 to 2100 hours This 90 minute walk offers stories of ghosts and paranormal activity, together with a little of the history and characters of the priory’s past. Presented with a little humour from Sussex’s premier paranormal entertainment company, Sussex Darkside. To book visit www.sussexdarkside.co.uk or call 07956 307684 Adults £15, Children £10, Family (2+2) £40

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Pallant House Gallery

25/09/2015 - 25/09/2015
Free Come along to Pallant House Gallery’s French-themed ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support with tea coffee and cakes.

Bountiful Botanics at Wakehurst Place

26/09/2015 - 27/09/2015
Get to know... Get to grow... Wakehurst A fun-filled weekend for garden enthusiasts and families celebrating nature's bounty at Wakehurst. Pick up seasonal gardening tips and growing advice from our experts and keep the kids entertained with meet the machines, mini-hunter trails, story telling and much more.

Parham Harvest Fair at Parham House and Gardens

26/09/2015 - 27/09/2015
Celebrating home grown produce with local food producers, smallholders and guided deer spotting, fungi walks and an insight into Parham estate life. Live cooking demonstrations with ITV’s ‘This Morning’ chef Phil Vickery & local celeb Rosemary Moon.

Anne of Cleves 500th birthday at Lewes Castle & Anne of Cleves House

27/09/2015 - 27/09/2015
Tudor food, games, music, crafts, dressing up & much more! 11am to 4pm at Anne of Cleves House, Lewes BN7 1JA £5.40 adult, £3.00 child, £15.00 family

Toovey’s Valuation Afternoon at Pallant House Gallery

28/09/2015 - 28/09/2015
Free Bring your arts, antiques or collectables to the Gallery for free valuations and advice from Toovey’s specialists. A third of the seller’s commission for items subsequently auctioned at Toovey’s will be donated to Pallant House Gallery.

Garden photography short course for beginners at Nymans

29/09/2015 - 29/09/2015
9.00am - 11.30am Roger Bloxham delivers a half day course on garden photography. Suitable for those who would like to make better use of their DSLR or 'bridge' camera to improve their close up and landscape photos. Booking essential 01444 405250 £15, includes tea/ coffee and cake.

Artwork of the Month (Talk) - Rectangular Bronze F at Pallant House Gallery

30/09/2015 - 30/09/2015
Robert Adams has been described as ‘the neglected genius of post-war sculpture'. In September's talk find out about Adams' role in the Victor Pasmore group that acted as a forum for Constructivist ideas in Britain, linking art and architecture. Free