Family Events

Vintage & Steam

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday August 18-19, 10.30am-5pm

Admission charges apply

Take a step back in time and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam and world class engineering powered the country. Alongside a selection of full-size steam engines will be a wide range of exhibits, with Sussex Gauge One Group display in the Downland Gridshell building. The gallopers will be at the centre of a small traditional vintage fairground (small charges apply), and there will be vintage music and a themed tea tent, local crafts and traditional demonstrations, plus arena displays.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

Family Twilight Tale Trail

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Thursday August 23, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Admission charges apply/booking essential. Age 7+

This is an evening at the museum listening to folklore and historical tales of mysterious places, magnificent creatures and magical adventures. Accompanied children will join a small group, guided by one of the museum team, to walk to different spaces to hear five twilight tales.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

12,000 Years of Combat

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Saturday-Monday August 25-27

Five groups of re-enactors host time-travelling combat displays, which will take visitors all the way from the Stone Age through to the Victorian era.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Sunday Funday

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Sunday September 2, first race 2pm, last race 5pm

Tickets £17 in advance

This is the last race meet of the summer at Brighton Racecourse, which is set high above the sea and overlooks Brighton and the surrounding countryside. There will be seven races and it’s also the Sunday Social, which includes entertainment for children, including kids’ horse racing and face paints.

Phone 01273 603580 or visit

Parham Clocks Tour

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough

Wednesday September 5, 11am

Tickets £10 – open to individuals and groups/places must be booked

Discover the horological history of Parham on this one-hour guided tour of the Elizabethan’s house’s clocks and the stories behind them. Dating from the 18th to the 19th centuries, Parham’s clocks were collected by the Bisshopp and Pearson families. Presented by Parham guide Stephen Howarth and Parham warden and Keeper of the Clocks Valerie Myers, the text is written and researched by Elspeth Clarkson.

Phone 01903 742021, email or visit

End of Summer Family Fun Day!

Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel Road, Fontwell, Arundel

Sunday September 9, first race 2pm, last race 5.30pm

u18s free

Enjoy seven jump races on this family day, which features new attractions for 2018 as well as returning favourites including the funfair, inflatables and face painting. The entertainment on the day is free.

Phone 01243 543335 or visit

Living History Day

Arundel Castle, Arundel

Sunday September 16, 10am-3.30pm

Raven Tor Living History Group will demonstrate life in a 12th century castle, with costume, crafts and combat.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Parham Autumn Fair

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough

Saturday-Sunday September 22-23, 10.30am-5pm

Normal admission charges apply

This celebration of traditional estate life and all that harvest brings offers the best of homemade food and locally grown produce as well as activities for all ages. With working horse cart rides, estate tours, deer walks, gun dogs and falconry displays, there is plenty to see and do. There will also be stalls selling food, drink and country wares.

Phone 01903 742021 or visit

Autumn Countryside Show

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday October 6-7, 10.30am-5pm

Admission charges apply

At this seasonal show, experience the sights and sounds of the countryside, and celebrate the end of the harvest. It features traditional working demonstrations – including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing – steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, woodland and rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions. The festival celebrates and showcases many traditional countryside activities as vintage tractors prepare the ground for sowing after the harvest and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

The Hawkhurst Gang

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday October 6-7, 3pm and 7pm on Saturday, 3pm on Sunday

Tickets £12/booking essential. Age 12+

The Hawkhurst Gang is set in and around Chichester in the late 1740s, a play that tells the story of kidnap, torture and murder in the age of smuggling. Presented by Chichester Community Theatre, it is written by Greg Mosse and directed by Roger Redfarn.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

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