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Whats on in October 2015

Autumn Afternoon Racing at Brighton Racecourse

15/10/2015 - 15/10/2015
Enjoy a day at Brighton Racecourse with 7 thrilling race! FREE return shuttle bus from Brighton Train Station. Gates open 12noon. 0123 603580 Follow us on twitter @BrightonRace

Introduction to gardening at Nymans

15/10/2015 - 15/10/2015
11am – 12.30pm Champion trees 2pm – 3.30pm Autumn colour Free introductory to gardening tours discussing the seasonal delights at Nymans. FREE

Make a Straw Finial craft workshop at Arundel Wetland Centre

17/10/2015 - 17/10/2015
Fashion a decorative finial from wire and straw with the help of Brighton sculptor Anna Twinam-Cauchi. Sussex was historically the home of the finial trade, creating woven animals to top the thatch on medieval homes. 2-4pm, £30 includes admission and materials

Weekend Pond dipping at Arundel Wetland Centre

17/10/2015 - 18/10/2015
Visit our Pond Explorer station to explore the underwater world of bloodworms, nymphs and whirlygigs! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times There is wheelchair accessible pond dipping. 11-1pm & 2-4pm Included in your WWT admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Childre £6. Under 4 free. Members: free

Spring Barn Spooktacular! at Spring Barn Farm Park

17/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Calling all little witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls…. Our frightfully good (but not too scary) ‘Spring Barn Spooktacular’ schedule will be running on Sat 17th/Sun 18th Oct and from Sat 24th Oct-Sunday 1st November (Half term) inclusive and includes: Petrified Pumpkin Carving Terrible Tattoo Parlour Creepy Crafty Corner Cauldron Quest Quiz As well as all your usual favourites like Meet the Animals and fantastic indoor play!

Gift Fair at High Beeches Garden

18/10/2015 - 18/10/2015
Gift Fair in aid of Parkinson's UK Horsham Branch, plants for sale.

Classics United Car Show at Newhaven Fort

18/10/2015 - 18/10/2015
ITS HAPPENING! The first ever Classics United show will take place on the 18th of October this year, at Newhaven Fort, East Sussex. BOOKING To book your car into this show visit Normal admission rates will apply for non participants. First come first served basis for classic cars.

Talk: Seabirds of the Southern Ocean with Ian Ruml at Arundel Wetland Centre

19/10/2015 - 19/10/2015
Part of the series of talks presented by the Arundel Wetland Centre Supporters Group every month to hear speakers and to raise money for the Arundel Wetland Centre from September to June. £3.00 tickets at the door

Creative Space Artist at Nymans

19/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Potting Shed open daily 10am – 4:30pm Local artist John Thompson displays his vibrant paintings in the Potting Shed. FREE

In Focus Sales Day at Arundel Wetland Centre

20/10/2015 - 20/10/2015
Drop-in and visit In Focus, the binocular and telescope specialists, for demonstrations, tips on techniques and how to get the best out of your equipment. Purchase top brands of binoculars, scopes and accessories. Ask about our monthly special offers and second hand list. Part exchange is always considered.

Haunted Halloween Fun at Borde Hill Garden, Park & Woodland

23/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
10am to 5pm every day from 24th October to 1st November 2015. No extra charge to join in with this event, standard entry only! Complete the spooky Halloween trail around the Garden. Meet the resident witch or wizard and collect a treat! The fun doesn’t stop there, then visit the haunted marquee for face-painting, craft activities and other spooktakular fun! Don’t forget the Adventure Playground, lakes and parkland!

Wedding Reception Open Day at Chichester Cathedral

24/10/2015 - 24/10/2015
The Chichester Cathedral Wedding Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to find out about our venues and what we can offer for your wedding reception. Open 11am-3pm. Our coordinators will be on hand to discuss your requirements and show you the range of venues available within the Cathedral grounds for your Wedding Reception. You can also view the luxurious accommodation available. Please register to secure your place and receive a goody bag and glass of bubbly courtesy of Chichester Cathedral. Admission FREE

Bottle Monster drop-in kids craft at Arundel Wetland Centre

24/10/2015 - 25/10/2015
Artist Anna Twinem-Cauchi will show you how to recycle a bottle into your own marvelous monster in time for Halloween. This drop in craft costs £1.50 per monster made. Admission price to Arundel Wetland Centre. Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Children 16-4 £6, Under 4s admitted free.

Halloween Half term at Arundel Wetland Centre

24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Half term at WWT Arundel includes pond dipping for mini-beasts, creepy crafts sessions, and the Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari, all included in your admission price. Families can go ‘wild’ on our play areas and watch the Daily Diving Duck Feed at 2 pm.

Spooky Nymans at Nymans

24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
10:30am – 3:30pm Join Ruby the ranger or George the Gardner on a spooky quest. Follow George's trail of clues around the garden to discover some of Nymans strange and unusual creatures. £2.00 per trail

Autumn Challenge at Nymans

24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
10.30am- 3.30pm Come to Nymans and tick more off your 50 things to do before your 11 lists with our autumn challenges. FREE

Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas Park

24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
If you are bored of all your local haunts, stake out the fun at Drusillas Park over the Halloween period. We’ve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises to keep your little horrors half term happy.


24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Witches and Wizards, Vampires and Lizards, and owls that go hoot in the night. Scary tales and slimey snails, and ghosts that give you a fright! It’s all happening at Fishers this hair-raising half term for the ‘Halloween Happy Hauntings’! Enjoy this fangtastic week with your own little monsters!

Pilgrims' Trail, 24 Oct - 1 Nov, 11am to 3pm at Bodiam Castle

24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Lots of fun for all the family as you seek out the clues on our Pilgrims' Trail and try to avoid the perils of purgatory. £2.50 per trail plus normal entry fees

Half-Term Horror! at Newhaven Fort

24/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
We've got spooky scares galore in our Halloween tunnels this half term. Dare you venture down to follow our quiz trail and see who's lurking in the shadows? Also animal handling workshops on 28th October and craft workshops on 30th October (see separate entries for details)

Woodland Workshop: “Outdoor Artists” at Nymans

26/10/2015 - 26/10/2015
10.00am - 3.00pm Have you ever wanted to learn how to create land art using just nature and your imagination? Discover the amazing colours and textures that nature has to offer and learn the best ways to create art. Booking essential £20 per child. Suitable for 8 years and above.

October half term fun at Wakehurst Place

26/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
In our golden anniversary year come and discover some of our favourite trees and choose your own favourite. Collect a seed from it to plant in your own origami plant pot to take home

Half term family activities at Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

26/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
Wonderful seasonal activities and fun for families. Play conkers, make a mini Guy Fawkes and much more.

Roman Army Week at Fishbourne Roman Palace

26/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
The Fishbourne Roman Army needs you! Sign up as a legionary and complete our fun, hands-on challenges to earn your reward!

Halloween Week at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings

26/10/2015 - 31/10/2015
Join in the fiendish fun here at Blue Reef Aquarium, from searching for hidden pumpkins to designing your very own sea monster with the chance to win a child’s annual pass for the best entries! Then scuttle down to our jungle discovery room where you will find our hair-raising tarantula amongst many other gruesome treats including Beetles, millipedes and of course our snakes! On Sunday, October 31st we will be offering a spooky saving of £1 off admission for up to six people -just quote ‘Pumpkin’ at admission.

Halloween Activities at West Dean Gardens

26/10/2015 - 31/10/2015
Follow the Halloween Trail through the Gardens, listen to scary story telling (if you dare), have your face painted and more. 26-31 October, 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). Please visit our website for more details.

Scooby-Doo at Drusillas Park

28/10/2015 - 28/10/2015
Crime solving Scooby-Doo will be coming to meet budding detectives at various intervals throughout the day. Come and investigate with the cowardly hero but don't forget the Scooby snacks!

Woodland Workshop: “Sensory Superpowers” at Nymans

28/10/2015 - 28/10/2015
10.00am - 3.00pm Join our Forest School Ranger Tom Hill to learn about and explore Nymans Woods like never before. See like a bird of prey, hear like a deer and use your sense of smell to track a scent. £20 per child. Suitable for 8 years and above

Jaws 'n' Claws Animal Handling Sessions at Newhaven Fort

28/10/2015 - 28/10/2015
Come and meet Phil from Jaws 'n' Claws and his collection of creepy and exotic animals! You'll learn all about the animals and get a chance to hold them too! Workshops at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm. Booking is required, please call the Fort on 01273 517622.

Art Workshop with John Thompson: Autumn Woods at Nymans

29/10/2015 - 31/10/2015
Thurs 29, Sat 30, Sun 31 Oct 10:30am – 3:30pm Relaxed and informal painting workshop for all levels. B, £60, includes all materials and tea/coffee and cake 10:30am – 3:30pm Relaxed and informal painting workshop for all levels. Booking essential 01444 405250 £60, includes all materials and tea/coffee and cake

Ghost walk at Michelham Priory at Michelham Priory

30/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
1900 to 2100 hours Ghost Walk Ghost walks Michelham Priory SussexThis 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 or call 07956 307684 Adults £15, Children £10, Family (2+2) £40

Halloween Crfat Workshops at Newhaven Fort

30/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
Get creative and have a go at a range of Halloween-themed art activities with Carol Havard of Art Techniques, Newhaven. Workshops at 11.15am, 1.15pm & 3.00pm Booking is advised. For more information or to book please call the Fort on 01273 517622.

Woodland Workshop: “Fire & Shelter” at Nymans

30/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
10.00am- 3.00pm Join our Forest School Ranger Tom Hill and learn how to build and light a fire. Work as a team to make a woodland shelter from natural materials and practice your camp cooking skills. £25 per child. Suitable for 8 years and above.

Young Persons Photography Workshop at Arundel Wetland Centre

30/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
This photography workshop is for young people aged 12-18 years old. Instruction on how the camera features and when and how to use them for the best results. E.g. ISO, white balance. The course takes place indoors and outdoors. 10am - 1 pm £42 Booking is essential call 01903 881530

Vampire Boats bat tour at Arundel Wetland Centre

30/10/2015 - 30/10/2015
Take a special trip with vetland vampire guide to learn about the bats at Arundel Wetland Centre. As the cloak of darkness settles in look out for the creatures of the night. 5 pm or 5:30 pm £5 pp, advance booking please. Call 01903 881530.This is an evening event.

All Hallows Eve’s Ghost tales, Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct at Bodiam Castle

30/10/2015 - 31/10/2015
Start with a warming one-pot meal in our Terrace Room before you head off to the castle to meet some of our oldest residents and hear their chilling tales. £22.50 per person. Booking essential on 01580 831324.

Halloween Trail at Parham House and Gardens

30/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Complete spooky trails around the garden and find the witch and her magic cauldron. Meet and hold real life owls with "Owls About Town". Craft activities and face painting.

Hello Kitty at Drusillas Park

31/10/2015 - 31/10/2015
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.

Halloween 'Spookerama' at The Wey & Arun Canal

31/10/2015 - 31/10/2015
On Saturday 31st October there will be two themed Halloween trips on the electric narrowboat, Wiggonholt, with a storyteller on board and Halloween ‘happenings’ along the towpath. Fancy dress is encouraged (but not compulsory) for all participants. Trip 1 will depart at 4.30pm and will last approximately 60 minutes. Tickets cost £9.00 per person to include a mug of hot chocolate and chocolate brownies for adults and fruit drinks and spooky cookies for children. Trip 2 will depart at 7.00pm and will last approximately 1½ hours. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for children under 18 years of age to include a hot dog for everyone, a glass of hot punch for adults and a fruit drink for children. Booking in advance is essential. Tel: 01403 752403 or e-mail

Ghost walk at Michelham Priory at Michelham Priory

31/10/2015 - 31/10/2015
1900 to 2100 hours Ghost Walk Ghost walks Michelham Priory SussexThis 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 or call 07956 307684 Adults £15, Children £10, Family (2+2) £40

Hallowe'en Weekend at Michelham Priory at Michelham Priory

31/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Sat & Sun 31 Oct- 1 Nove, 11am-4pm Traditional entertainment with Punch & Judy, drama sessions, crafts and spooky fun. Activities vary each day.

Crones’ Corner at Bodiam Castle

31/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Sat 31 Oct & Sun 1 Nov 11am-3pm Listen to the crones’ tales of magic and mayhem but beware of their unconventional cooking!

Potions Class with the Wetlands Witch at Arundel Wetland Centre

31/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Learn some wetland secrets about plants and mix potions with the Wetland Witch. Some plants have dark histories and some are even poisonous! £3 per child plus centre admission: Adults £11.95, Concession £9.50, Children 16-4 £6, Under 4s admitted free. Call 01903 881530 to book.

Crones' Corner, Sat 31 Oct & Sun 1 Nov 11am-3pm at Bodiam Castle

31/10/2015 - 01/11/2015
Enter the Crones' Corner if you dare! Listen to their tales of magic and mayhem but beware of their unconventional cooking!