For those with festival withdrawal now Glastonbury's over, here's an unusual one for you - the South Downs Poetry Festival. If you've visited Sussex over the past few months you might have caught some of the earlier events - I was sorry to miss the poetry weekend in Lewes in June - but there's still time. This month (11th) we have Poetry in Chichester Cathedral before the grand finale, a flurry of poetry events on 14-15 July at the East Hampshire end of the South Downs. They include workshops for both adults and children, discussions, a themed stroll, a 'Poetry & Pints' evening at The Harrow in Steep and an evening of really top-class poetry in Petersfield. All rather handy for our Hampshire Downs holiday cottages!
Over in East Sussex, meanwhile, there's Zooquarium, an exciting one-day music festival at Hastings Pier on 15 July. This one showcases the best new and local music but the added twist is that the performers and backstage crew are all under 25. It's a great boost for young talent in the area and has support from the Joe Strummer Foundation. Incidentally, Hastings Pier won the Piers Society of the Year Award - did you know that?
Getting a little more traditional now, don't forget the Chichester Festival, which runs until October. There's a huge amount going on in various venues but it's the theatre events that always draw attention - the season kicked off in fine style with the play Caroline, Or Change getting rave reviews from the national press. And of course, for those of an opera mind, Sussex offers the wonderful, atmospheric Glyndebourne (pictured).
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, seaside apartments or luxury lets. Whether you stay a weekend, a week or longer, we can help. Culture, here we come!