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Festivals with a difference

Posted 18 September 2013 by Andrew Gardner google authorship button

Mumford and Sons' Gentlemen of the Road festival back in July generated great excitement round here. With the Lewes stopover taking place less than two months after bassist Ted Dwayne had surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain, it felt really special - and coupled with decent weather, Sussex was onto a winner. Lewes traders reported a surge in business as visitors flocked in and the atmosphere was great. Local residents and people staying nearby were delighted with the readmission policy, even if gate queues were rather slow. Feedback has been brilliant so let's hope this becomes a regular event.

And if you can't bear to see the music festival season drawing to a close, then why not see it out in style at Shakedown in Stanmner Park, Brighton at the end of the month? A luxury holiday let in the Brighton or Hove area would make the perfect base. Click here for what we have to offer.

For a different type of entertainment, why not head to Rye during the second half of September for what's billed as one of the top 10 small arts festivals in the country? With literary events, classical and contemporary music, dance, walks, exhibitions and much more, it's always a delight and has something for the whole family. If you fancy going this year or next, do check out our lovely holiday lets in the Rye area here as we have plenty to offer.

Family race days at Fontwell Park are always popular too, and there are two in September. Fontwell is a figure-of-eight shaped track so the viewing is great, and there'll be plenty of entertainment for all ages alongside the serious racing.

Meanwhile at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea, an exhibition running this month and next has caught my eye largely for its brilliant name - The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things. Curator Mark Leckey, who won the Turner Prize in 2008, has brought together an eclectic selection of random objects, from a Dr Who cyberman's helmet to a replica of Sputnik and an inflatable Felix the Cat. Really, apart from a luxurious holiday apartment within easy reach (look no further), what more could you ask?