South Downs Trail Marathon

Slindon College, Top Road, Slindon, Arundel, and Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Gravel Hill, Horndean

Saturday June 16

The South Downs Trail Marathon takes on a new format for 2018 with new venues and routes designed to test the endurance of all runners, from beginners to experts. The Country Park hosts the Half Marathon sector of the event, while Slindon College is the starting point for marathon runners seeking to set a new personal best in this popular yet relatively quiet event compared to city-based marathons.


Gentleman’s Evening

Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel Road, Fontwell, Arundel

Saturday June 16, first race 5pm, last race 8.30pm

This is a new fixture in the Fontwell Park calendar and it features seven jump races as well as live music after the racing. There’s also a Best Dressed Gent competition.

Phone 01243 543335 or visit

An Audience with Eddie Hall

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Saturday June 16, 7.15pm

Tickets Gold £20 and Platinum £50

Professional strongman Eddie Hall, currently the World’s Strongest Man, is the only man to deadlift 500kg under strongman rules. Tonight, Eddie tells his life story and takes part in a Q&A with the audience. The evening also includes a comedian, an auction, a raffle and a magic act. There’s a chance to have a picture taken with him with a Platinum ticket.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit

Summer Evening Racing

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Tuesday June 19, first race 6pm, last race 9pm

Enjoy seven flat races as the sun goes down at Brighton Racecourse, which is set high above the sea and overlooks Brighton and the surrounding countryside.

Phone 01273 603580 or visit

The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead

Thursday-Sunday June 21-24

The Al Shira’aa Derby is one of the most famous showjumping classes in the world and has been won by some of showjumping’s biggest names, including Nick Shelton, Michael Whitaker, John Whitaker and Harvey Smith. It is the only class in which riders take on the front descent of the 10ft 6in Hickstead Derby Bank – and every fence in the course is difficult, especially the Devil’s Dyke, the double of water ditches, and one of the widest water jumps in the world. The fixture also hosts a full range of senior national showjumping classes, with something for nearly every calibre of affiliated rider.

Phone 01273 834315 or visit


American Express Lounge, American Express Stadium, Village Way, Brighton

Thursday June 21, 7.30pm

Tickets £8

Offside, told through lyrical dialogue, poetry and prose, is a tale of struggle and sweat. By Future Theatre, it follows four women from across the centuries who live, breathe and play football. Each faces very different obstacles but all believe the beautiful game can change their futures.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

Aegon International Eastbourne 2018

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

June 22-30

Tickets: on sale from February 9

The Eastbourne International is a combined men’s and women’s event featuring a thrilling line-up of world-class tennis. Confirmed to play this year are world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki (pictured above) and Britain’s Johanna Konta. Famous names who played here last year including Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils, Karolina Pliskova, Daniil Medvedev and Heather Watson. It’s organised by the Lawn Tennis Association.

Read our feature on the tournament.

Phone 0844 581 3015 or visit

Race to the King

Slindon Estate, Arundel

Saturday-Sunday June 23-24

Starting out at the Slindon Estate and running towards Winchester Cathedral along the South Downs Way, this ancient path becomes a playground for trail runners. With panoramic, unspoilt views and numerous historical sites to catch the eye, the 52.4-mile circuit finishes with a burst towards the steps of the Cathedral as you Race to the King. It suits beginners and experts.


The King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship

Cowdray Park Polo Club, Easebourne, Midhurst

Tuesday June 26-Sunday July 22

Tickets £5-£80

The Gold Cup decides the British Open Polo Championship and is the world’s premier polo tournament at 22 goal (High Goal) level. It attracts international stars of the game to play on Cowdray Park’s famous Lawns. There are 40-plus high octane matches during the tournament, including the Midhurst Town Cup on Sunday July 1 and Argentine Ambassadors Cup on Sunday July 8. It culminates in the Quarter Finals weekend on Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, the Semi-Finals (considered by polo insiders to be the best day’s polo in the UK) on Wednesday July 18, and the Final of the King Power Gold Cup on Sunday July 22. It also includes the Final of the British Ladies Championship on Saturday July 21. Picture of Facu and Beimy tussling at last year’s Gold Cup final: ©Clive Bennett,

Phone 01730 813257 or visit

Summer Racing

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Tuesday June 26, first race 2pm, last race 5pm

Enjoy seven flat races at Brighton Racecourse, which is set high above the sea and overlooks Brighton and the surrounding countryside.

Phone 01273 603580 or visit

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