Orro Tour of Sussex Cycle Race

Eastbourne Seafront

Thursday-Monday July 5-9

Free entry

Entries for teams of four riders are open for this multi-stage race for men and women, which takes in courses around East and West Sussex. It starts with a Prologue Time Trial and includes flat stages, hilly stages and a Team Time Trial. Stage 1 on Friday is a 1.4km course at Ditching Beacon, Stage 2 on Saturday is 11km at Godowood Worlds Circuit, Stage 3 is on Saturday over 1.5 hours plus five laps at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Stage 4 on Sunday is the 113km course at Ladies Mile, and Stage 5 on Monday July 9 is the 105km Beachy Head Circuit.


Paddle Round the Pier Beach Festival


Hove Lawns, Kingsway, Hove

Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8

Brighton’s annual Paddle Round the Pier is billed as “the world’s biggest free beach and watersports festival”, attracting up to 50,000 people. The main event is the Paddle Round the Pier  where hundreds of competitors surf, swim and paddle round Brighton’s West Pier. It includes Paddle Something Unusual (pictured below), where teams bring as ridiculous a craft as possible and attempt to make it round the pier using only manual propulsion. It also features water, street & urban sports, live music, kids’ entertainment, have a go opportunities – and this year, a Guinness World Record attempt for most dogs on a paddle board.  Paddle has always appealed to surfers and watersports enthusiasts, and the sports range from surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, skating, windsurfing and free running to new sports like surf life-saving, land paddling, kitesurfing and freestyle mountain biking. The Historic Diving Society will do live dives in a giant water tank. There will be prizes, chances to try things for yourself, new bands to enjoy, a ukelele stage, demonstrations, stalls with food, drink and water sports-related exhibitors and retailers, talks and a kids’ stage. Organisers say this year’s festival is set to be the biggest ever. Now in its 22nd year, it’s also the first time Paddle is an officially registered charity, so it is able to support different causes, and it will also be the UK’s first compostable beach festival, meaning that all trays, cups and cutlery used by its suppliers will be full compostable with zero waste. 


Walk for Parkinson’s

The Deer Park at Benbow Pond, Cowdray Estate, Midhurst

Sunday July 8, 10am (registration 9.30am)

Minimum suggested sponsorship £50/registration fee £10/£5 for u16s

This 4.5-mile circular walk around Cowdray takes in the scenic Cowdray Golf course, Cowdray Heritage, the ruins of what was once a great Tudor house, and the Cowdray Park Polo Club grounds. The event is to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

Phone 020 7963 3912 or visit

Summer Evening Racing

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Tuesday July 10, 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

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead

Tuesday-Sunday July 24-29

Hickstead has hosted the BHS Royal International Horse Show, which uniquely sees the elite of many equestrian disciplines compete side by side, since 1992 and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain is one of the biggest outdoor shows in the country. The international showjumping classes get underway from Thursday onwards, with the highlight of this day being the new-look MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge, back at Hickstead by popular demand. Friday’s feature class is Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, one of the oldest and most prestigious classes in the world. Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup is one of the most coveted titles in the national showjumping circuit, while Sunday’s grand finale is the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain. This historic competition sees teams of four riders competing to qualify for the series final in Barcelona, and it is the only chance British fans have to see their team compete on home soil. And don’t forget Ladies Day is on Saturday.

Phone 01273 834315 or visit

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Speed so the theme this year is The Silver Jubilee. Now one of the world’s best-known celebration of motorsport and car culture, the festival will feature 25 favourite moments chosen by the Duke of Richmond from the first 25 events, his personal highlights that have been landmarks in the festival’s history. The festival will continue to remain faithful to its heritage by bringing together racers on two wheels and four on hill and forest rallies. The 2018 season also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Goodwood Road Racing Club. Picture: Drew Gibson.

Phone 01243 755073 or visit

Qatar Goodwood Festival

Goodwood Racecourse, Selhurst Park Road, Chichester

Tuesday July 31-Saturday August 4

Popularly known as Glorious Goodwood, the Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the largest and most glamorous race meetings in the world. One of the highlights of the flat racing season, it kicks off with the opening ceremony when the Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup takes centre stage on the course. On the second day, the mile-long Group 1 race the Qatar Sussex Stakes has prize money of £1million, attracting a world-class field. Ladies’ Day, on the third day, is the most glamorous day of the meeting and features the unique ladies celebrity race The Magnolia Cup. Ladies’ Day is followed by the £300,000 Group 2 Qatar King George Stakes on day four, plus other races. And on the final day, the Qatar Stewards Cup has one of the racing season’s biggest handicaps, with the finest sprinters dashing for the £250,000 prize. Picture: Dominic James.

Phone 01243 755072 or visit

Festival of Racing

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Wednesday-Friday August 8-10

This three-day Festival of Racing at Brighton Racecourse, which is set high above the sea and overlooks Brighton and the surrounding countryside, features the exciting Brighton Mile, its richest race. Ladies Day is on Thursday and as well as seven races, there will also be entertainment, vintage bars and fabulous frocks. The Festival Finale on Friday includes a marquee package available to book in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and local children’s charity Whoopsadaisy.

Phone 01273 603580 or visit

Summer Racing

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton

Tuesday August 21, 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

Ladies Evening

Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel Road, Fontwell, Arundel

Thursday August 23, first race 5pm, last race 8.30pm

Racing and music return for Ladies Evening, which features seven jump races followed by music from ABBA Revival. The day includes the Best Dressed competition with a top prize of £1,000. There’s a free shuttle bus from Barnham train station from 3pm until after the music.

Phone 01243 543335 or visit

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