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What’s on in Sussex this october



Chalk to Ice

Until 3 October

J/M Gallery

Chalk to Ice features large oil paintings capturing the South Downs of Emma Jamison’s roots, and her expedition attempt to trek across Iceland. “I grew up surrounded by woodlands, with a view of the rolling South Downs, which as a child I sometimes imagined was a huge tidal wave,” she says. “I thought Iceland would look like England during the Ice Age. Bleak, naked and raw with no green fields, or forests filled with tall oak and beech woodlands. Just rocks, rivers and sheets of ice and snow. However the landscape that had excited me as being wild, open and fresh, turned out to be harsher and more challenging than I had imagined.”


Halloween Hocus Pocus

14-31 October

Borde Hill

Families looking for a fun-filled day out are invited to explore the Borde Hill Garden on a spooky Halloween trail this October half term, whilst enjoying the stunning colours of autumn

glowing in seasonal splendour. Children can also visit the Adventure Playground whilst adults revive their spirits at the Gardeners’ Retreat Café serving tasty snacks and warming drinks.


The Inquiry

13 October-11 November

Minerva Theatre

MP Arthur Gill is one of Westminster’s rising stars. Still in his 30s, he’s just become the Secretary of State for Justice, assuming the role of Lord Chancellor too; and with a leadership race on the horizon, he’s a favourite to be the next Prime Minister. But there’s a problem. An inquiry headed by Lady Justice Deborah Wingate is on the brink of publishing its findings about a public health disaster: a scandal that happened on Gill’s watch when he was environment minister. As leaks multiply and the waters grow murkier, how far will he go to hide his past and protect his future?


Julian Marley

19 October

Eastbourne Winter Garden

Grammy Award nominated roots-reggae musician Julian Marley is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley. The multi-talented self-taught master of bass, drums, guitar and keyboards grew up in a musical atmosphere with influence not just from his father, but also from Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, Carlton Barrett, Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, shaping him to become the respected recognised producer, singer-songwriter and humanitarian he is today.


Characters through History

25-26 October

Arundel Castle

This October half-term, history enthusiasts and families alike are invited to immerse themselves in the captivating atmosphere of the 12th century at Arundel Castle. Visitors can experience life as it was centuries ago and will have the unique opportunity to meet and interact with remarkable characters from the castle’s storied past. From crusaders and knights to archers and servants, these individuals will bring history to life by sharing their personal stories and providing fascinating insights into people’s daily lives during this remarkable period.


Simon Reeve

25 October

Brighton Dome

Simon Reeve will aim to inspire audiences to embark on more journeys and make the most of their chances to have wild experiences in the great outdoors. With behind-the-scenes footage and stunning imagery, Simon will share surprising and thrilling stories, deeper thoughts and hearty laughs. He has been hailed as ‘British television’s most adventurous traveller’ and his travels have taken him to more than 130 countries, across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world.

Art for all

The largest celebration of Sussex artists returns in October

The Sussex Contemporary returns to Brighton i360 on 7 October for a two-week free exhibition of the very best contemporary Sussex art. Last year’s show had over 150 artworks chosen by a panel of expert judges from nearly 700 entries, and the exhibition was visited by over 10,000 people, including a few local celebrities.

This year will be bigger and better. The Creative Pod Prize has now doubled in value and the winning artist will take home £2,000. Visitors will again be able to vote for their favourite artwork and the winning artist will now receive £500. The exhibition will again be free to visit and open everyday until 21 October with all the artwork available to purchase. A percentage of sales will be donated to this year’s charity partner – Table Talk Foundation – who provide food education to school children to help them make better food choices.

“We came up with the idea of The Sussex Contemporary to provide artists with a platform to show their work to a bigger audience,” says Jo Myles, creative director. “The Sussex is now a major exhibition in the arts calendar and includes artists of all abilities working in any medium.”

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