Things to Do in Sussex on the August Bank Holiday Weekend
If you’re wondering how to make the most of your August Bank Holiday weekend, look no further than visiting Sussex for a great day out! Famous for its rolling hills, picturesque coastlines, and cultural richness, Sussex offers a multitude of experiences for families, couples and groups looking for a memorable day out.
Why should Visit Sussex?
Sussex is best known for its natural beauty and historical landmarks. From the stunning white cliffs of Beachy Head to the vibrant cultural scene in Brighton, Sussex is a destination that captivates the heart of all its visitors – from the young to the young at heart. The area is also famous for its traditional festivals, local cuisine, and an array of outdoor activities for all age groups.
Events Happening in Sussex on the August Bank Holiday Weekend
This Bank Holiday weekend, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Sussex. With 140 miles of breathtaking coastline, the area boasts some of the UK’s finest beaches that are perfect for both sun-soaked lounging and invigorating, wind-swept walks. Move inland, and you’ll discover even more: wander through acres of lush forest at Bedgebury, or take to the water for a serene boating adventure at Bewl Water. No matter your preference, Sussex offers a myriad of ways to connect with nature this long weekend.
If you are looking to things to do in Sussex this August Bank Holiday, here are some family friendly events to enjoy.
Have an ‘aMAZEing’ time in the Bignor Sunflower Maze, at Bignor Roman Villa in the heart of the South Downs. Admire the stunning sunflowers as you work your way through the maze. You can even pick you own at the designated picking patch.
Step into a world of creativity and taste at Amberley Museum‘s Ale and Craft Show on the 26th – 28th August. It’s a celebration of local craftsmanship and brewing expertise. Set against the backdrop of the idyllic Amberley Museum, you’ll be immersed in live music, savor a range of delectable locally-brewed ales, and discover unique creations from some of our most talented local artisans. Don’t miss ‘Peter’ the 1918 Bagnall Steam Locomotive on Sunday and Monday. Pre-booking your tickets online is essential.
Experience the magic of “The Secret Garden” at Nymans‘ Outdoor Family Theatre on August 28, from 6pm to 8pm. Set amid Nymans’ iconic ruins in Hayward Heath, join Mary Lennox in a whimsical adventure filled with mystical creatures, brought to life by Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Enjoy puppetry and live music in this unmissable summer event. Booking is essential.
Unearth gardening wisdom at the Perennials Day and Plant Fair at West Dean Gardens on Sunday 26th August. With talks from RHS experts and guided tours by Head Gardener Tom Brown, it’s a horticultural haven for enthusiasts. Featured speakers include Chelsea Gold Medalist Steve Edney and horticultural scientist Bob Brown. Tickets can be pre-purchased or bought on-site. West Dean and RHS Members enjoy free entry. A must-attend for perennial plant lovers, advance booking is recommended.
Step into the dark and thrilling world of Hastings & St Leonards on a unique Crime Walk. Set for Saturday, August 26 at 7pm and starting from The True CRIME Museum on White Rock, Hastings Seafront, you’ll uncover the town’s most intriguing and spine-chilling crimes—ranging from the historical and tragic to the downright comedic. This after-hours experience, priced at £12.50 per person, promises a mix of spooky tales and real-life mysteries. Be prepared to get scared in this gripping journey through the area’s criminal past!
Last of the summer holiday fun in Sussex
Summer may be coming to an end but there’s plenty of fun and adventure to still be enjoyed across Sussex.
Embrace the joys of summer at Standen’s Summer of Play, No booking needed for this family-friendly extravaganza filled with traditional outdoor sports and activities. While the event is free, standard venue admission applies and it runs until the 3rd September.
Experience the magic of art and nature combined at Elmer’s Art Parade at Petworth House & Park. Enjoy, this captivating sculpture trail until the 3rd September which features ten unique Elmer statues. Collect your free map at the reception and embark on an artistic adventure through the garden’s meandering paths to discover these vibrant sculptures.
Children will love the fun and excitement of Harbour Park in Littlehampton, known as the children’s beach adventure where rides and laughter are aplenty.
The multiple award-winning Fishers Adventure Farm Park combines exciting indoor and outdoor activities with the chance to get up close and personal with animals.
Explore more of Sussex Top Attractions for fun days out.
Explore Susseex’s Countryside
If you’re looking to make the most of the outdoors this August Bank Holiday weekend, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Sussex.
With 140 miles of breathtaking coastline, the area boasts some of the UK’s finest beaches that are perfect for both sun-soaked lounging and invigorating, wind-swept walks. Move inland, and you’ll discover even more: wander through acres of lush forest at Bedgebury, or take to the water for a serene boating adventure at Bewl Water. No matter your preference, Sussex offers a myriad of ways to connect with nature this long weekend.