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What’s on in West Sussex this August Bank Holiday?

The final summer bank holiday of the year is fast-approaching, and we think it’s a great time to squeeze in a last-minute summer adventure with your loved ones before the colder months creep in.

With the summer holidays in full swing, there are plenty of exciting and entertaining events taking place in and around West Sussex to keep you busy. Whether it’s the crisp countryside air you crave, or immersing yourself in local cultural celebrations, we’ve got everything you need to plan your bank holiday getaway. Here are some of our top picks of what’s on.

Arundel Festival
18-27 August, Arundel

The medieval town of Arundel is bringing back its annual multi-arts festival, attracting visitors from all over the UK to get involved in this 40-year-old tradition. From dragon-boat races and theatre trails, to live bands and street activities, there are plenty of things to get involved with.

Chichester International Film Festival

Screening more than 160 films from 35 countries, the Chichester International Film Festival is back for the 27th time this bank holiday weekend. Renowned for its open-air screenings in Priory Park and showing films across all genres, everyone can soak up a little culture – and maybe even some final summer sun!

The Artist’s Garden Exhibition
Haywards Heath

This stunning exhibition at Borde Hill Garden is open to display the historic garden with its rare shrubs and champion trees, as well as an installation created for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, all in time to celebrate 20 years of art and sculpture across the estate.

Ockenden Manor Spa

For couples looking to get away from fast-paced city life, Ockenden Manor Spa is offering an ‘Ultimate Sunday Indulgence’ package, including a three-course Sunday lunch, an afternoon in the spa and an overnight stay. The Elizabethan manor house makes a perfect backdrop for a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

Goodwood Racecourse

For the ultimate family day out, Goodwood Racecourse is holding a three-day event with a choice of fabulous entertainment, including games and rides to keep the children entertained and live music performances. Kick-off your bank holiday in style with a spectacular firework display on the Friday night.

Summer Explorers
Wakehurst Place

For families keen to explore the outdoors and have a rest from the digital world, visit Wakehurst’s native woodlands and get creative. Covering all outdoor entertainment, children can experience tree-climbing, wand making or spend the bank holiday Monday getting creative with woodland materials.

This is just a small selection of the activities you can get involved in over the bank holiday weekend. For more ideas for a great day out or short stay in West Sussex, have a look at our hidden gems guides or browse the What’s On listings.