August Bank Holiday Bucketlist


Make the most of the August bank holiday weekend with our ultimate guide to all the events going on exclusively in and around Sussex!

foodfestival For all the foodies…

Brighton and Hove Food Festival: Sussex and the World Weekend

Producers and restaurateurs from across Sussex are joined by high-quality street food stalls and selected growers and makers from around the UK for the huge Sussex & The World Market. An unmissable day out for any foodie. Events include: Live Food Show, Children’s Food Festival, Beach BBQ Cook Off, Tate the World, Shake your own cocktail bar and the English Wine Week Festival. The Bank holiday event is free entry all weekend, and is one of the biggest celebrations of food and drink in the UK.


If you’re feeling nostalgic…

Modernist 60’s weekend

The annual ‘Mod Weekend’ invites nostalgic motorists to re-visit their spiritual home of Brighton seafront, 52 years after their infamous clash with the rockers, with many riders dressing up in their finest mod gear for the occassion.

The gathering has been organised by New Untouchables for the last 12 years, and features evening events at Komedia and both daytime and evening events at Volks Tavern. Volks Tavern is 200
yards east of the pier, and is where the scooters arrive in the iconic film Quadrophenia! The afternoon events at Volks Tavern are both free and family friendly, including live bands on the Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon the eagerly anticipated scooter competition is held outside between 2-3pm followed by a cruise to the Smugglers Rest in Peacehaven. For those just wishing to spectate, simply walking around the seafront and lanes will ensure you run into an exciting blast from the past!

For the blues brothers out there…

Rye International Jazz Festival

Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival 2016 is taking place from 25th to 29th August in beautiful Rye. This year, the number of events are more compact and include a bijou and intimate series of free and ticketed presentations that will provide wonderful variety. Headline artists include the UK’s very own Queen of Soul Mica Paris and Jazz singers Liane Carroll and Joe Stilgoe. 

Step back in time…

England’s Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle

Step back in time at the largest and most authentic medieval themed festival in the UK.

Enjoy the thrill of Knights Jousting; Twice daily Battle and Siege of the Castle; Grand Parades; Falconry displays; Hundreds of Craftsmen and Traders; a Kid’s Kingdom; Crafts & Games areas; Minstrels, Magicians; Jesters; Hog Roasts and much more medieval mayhem!

For crafty inspiration…

Sussex Guild Craft Show

The Sussex Guild, a group of skilled designers makers living in Sussex and the adjoining counties, will be showing exciting new crafts this year at their sixteenth show held at Pashley Manor Gardens. Many of the pieces would make ideal gifts or decorative accessories around the home or for use in the garden. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk to the crafts people about their work and, of course, enjoy the summer colours in Pashley’s 11 acre gardens.

Join in the party…

Notting Hill Carnival

If you fancy venturing further afield head to London to enjoy the annual Notting Hill Carnival! Europe’s biggest street party originated in the 1960’s as a celebration of Afro-Caribbean cultures and traditions. Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W11, the Carnival is an amazing array of sounds, colours, flavours and social solidarity. The Children’s Parade will take place on Sunday followed by the Grand Finale Parade on bank holiday Monday.

Let us know what you’re up to this bank holiday weekend on social media! Whatever you do… have a good one!