What’s Hot in West Sussex: Summer 2024

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Who knew that West Sussex is the place to spend your summer (we do)! There truly is something for everyone – from athletes, food enthusiasts, historians and families. It only takes you a few minutes searching online to appreciate that there is an abundance of fun to be had all over the county. Lucky for you, we’ve spent time collating a handful of highly recommended events and experiences to include in your summer schedule, and we’ve listed them all below. Do let us know if you make it to any of the following, and what you thought of them. We love where we live and are keen to share it with you too!


Chilli and Cheese Festival, Chichester

Taking place on 22nd and 23rd June 2024. A personal favourite here. The event will be taking place in Oaklands Park: 10am – 6pm Saturday, and 10am – 5pm Sunday. The official event schedule is still being finalised for 2024 but last year was such a triumph and included everything from cooking demonstrations, live music, competitions, children’s entertainment, ample food and drink stalls and so much more!

“Music at Murrells Field 2024”

A date for your diary: Saturday, 22nd June 2024 from 5pm – 11pm. Located at Murrells Field, Barnham, West Sussex, PO22 0AY. Tickets are £20, under 16s go free! Also on the night there will be a bar which will have a ‘happy hour’, a variety of food vendors and face painting for the children and we have a live DJ to fill the dance floor with tunes between our live acts so you will be on your feet the whole evening. If you’re interested in attending, make sure you’re following us on social media as we have a competition giving away 4 tickets to this event!

Medieval Festival Weekend

Don’t miss this show-stopping event in Arundel on 6th-7th July 2024!

“Experience the excitement of medieval times at Arundel Castle’s Medieval Festival. This family-friendly weekend event will be set in 1474; the Earl of Arundel celebrates the birth of his first grandson with a knight’s foot tournament and an archery contest featuring teams from England, France, and Poland. The festival takes place in the grounds of Arundel Castle, where visitors can explore a tented encampment and see demonstrations of historical crafts, including forging, cooking, leather work, as well as combat, falconry and the Knights and archery tournament. For those looking to get hands-on experience, there will be plenty of activities* such as axe throwing, crossbows, archery, and the renowned Arundel Castle ‘Kids Battle’. The festival also features medieval music from performers Myal and Peg, and tales from a storyteller”.

Walberton Flower Show, Dog Show & Village Fete

For a taste of quintessential England. Saturday 8th July 2024, at  Walberton Village Hall and Playing Field, starting from 2pm – 4.30pm. The Walberton Gardeners Club, are holding their annual Summer Flower Show, Dog Show & Village Fete. Dog Show registration from 1.30 first class. This event is free to attend.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 

Where? Chichester.

When? 11th – 14th July 2024. 

“Held in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard is motorsport’s ultimate summer garden party, an intoxicating celebration of the world’s most glamorous sport. Nowhere else will you get so close to the cars and bikes as they blast up the hillclimb track; nowhere else will you enjoy such unrestricted access to the machines and the drivers who made them famous.”

Amberley Museum’s 23rd Classic Car show

Another of Arundel’s delights! Taking place on 13th July 2024, the event will be a showcase of cars built between 1955 and 1993. 

“The event is one of the highlights of the year and offers visitors the opportunity to admire a large collection of classic cars as well as enjoy the Museum. As usual, visitors will find lots of things to do around the Museum where families and children are well catered for. Our Vintage Bus will be operating, and “Peter” our narrow-gauge steam locomotive will be providing rides around the Museum. All are included in the ticket price. Pre-booking for tickets is essential due to popular demand.

Summer Fun: Sandpit Searchers — Festival of Archaeology

One for the historians and a fun family trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester! Open on Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th July

Dig around a giant sandpit to find artefacts from Fishbourne from 20,000 years ago to 2 years ago. Under 5s go free. Children and Students 5-17yrs priced at £6.50 or family ticket price options available here.

Ardingly Summerfest – the big family day out

Not to be missed! 10th August 2024.

“Summerfest brings together the best attractions, arena demonstrations, airshows, musical tributes and entertainment for an unforgettable family day out! Multiple zones and arenas offer families an array of activities to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening!”

Southdowns Music Festival, Bognor Regis

Running 20th – 22nd September 2024. Located in ‘officially the sunniest place on the U.K. mainland’, the festival goes into its second decade this year and offers an abundance of activities: music, food and drink, variety of children’s entertainment.


Whatever you end up doing this summer, we hope you are able to explore and enjoy some of the wonders that West Sussex has to offer!

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