What's on in East Sussex this July? Find events, talks and family days out here.
Looking for days out to spend your summer weekends? We’ve found a selection of what’s on in East Sussex, from art events and talks, to exploring local gardens and treasure hunts.
Walking treasure hunt, Battle, 9 July
If you’re looking for some family fun and a chance to explore the area of Battle, then mark this event with an ‘X’.
The Rotary Club of St Leonards on Sea are holding three walking treasure hunts which promise to be great fun for all the family, in aid of the St Michael’s Hospice for its 30th anniversary.
Team up with family and friends to form a team of six and get to know the area of Battle better. They have 20 set walk places per venue and each team is limited to six places.
Sculpture trail, Polegate, 8 and 9 July
Enjoy both the outside and art with MC3’s ‘Zero Gravity’ show featuring sculptures and a series of films made by a whole host of artists.
Situated in Polegate, MC3 is an old barn looking out over the South Downs which provides a project space for artists.
The show is made up of two strands; a film screening within the barn itself, and a sculpture trail. The show explores a co-dependent living arrangement with gravity and the films will address gravity in either an explicit or abstract sense.
One of the films by Sarah Pager called ‘Cliff’s Edge’, features a camera being thrown off of Beachy Head.
For more information and contact details please see their website: MC3 projects.
A talk about artist Peggy Angus, Brighton, 12 July
The life and work of Peggy Angus, an artist whose Lewes home became a creative hub for her peers, will be the focus of a talk at the county’s archive centre The Keep this July.
Famous for her tile and wallpaper designs, as well as paintings including a portrait of the family of the first Labour Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, Angus was friends with other artists such as Eric Ravilious.
Born in Chile, she moved to England to study her craft at the Royal College of Art after winning a scholarship in 1921, and studied alongside Ravilious.
Her Sussex home, Furlongs on the Sussex Downs near Lewes, later became a creative hub for Ravilious, John Piper, Percy Horton and many others who, while creating their own work, were encouraged to contribute to the interior decoration of the house itself.
Carolyn Trant will discuss British women artists at this talk. She will focus on those particularly associated with Peggy Angus, whose archive is held at The Keep. There will also be a chance to view a selection of material from the Peggy Angus archive.
The talk on Wednesday 12 July, takes place between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, tickets cost £3 and pre-booking is essential. For more information and to book a place visit The Keep or call 01273 482349.
The Macmillan coastal garden trail, Brighton, Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford, Rodmell and Swanborough villages, 29 and 30 July
In aid of Macmillan cancer support comes the annual coastal garden trail, where green fingered enthusiasts are welcome to view a wide selection of usually private gardens across East Sussex for one weekend.
The tour, which begins in Brighton, gives visitors a chance to admire gardens in Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford and, Rodmell and Swanborough villages.
All the funds raised from entrance fees, raffle tickets, and from the sales of teas and coffees will go towards the new Cancer Support Centre in Brighton.
For more information on the coastal garden trail and what days they are open, please see: Macmillan coastal garden trail 2017.