Hasn’t the end of April been glorious! It almost feels like summer.

… which got us daydreaming about the longer evenings, beach BBQs and… well, that’s exactly what this month’s Top 5 is all about.

We’ve put together 5 of the best things you can do in East Sussex this summer, which are the perfect excuse to get outside and have some fun.

TN32 Festival // 15th – 17th June 2018

First up is a new festival heading to Bodiam. TN32 Festival is being described as a boutique music festival that features the best in local talent carefully selected from all genres across three stages.

 TN32 Fest

Sam Calver will headline on the Saturday evening and will be joined by local cover bands, singer/songwriters, indie bands, reggae and house DJs. There will also be the best in local food and drink, including cider made using apples sourced from their own fields at Quarry Farm.

Day tickets are £30, or a weekend ticket, which includes Friday evening, is £60. Book here:

Hastings Pirate Day // 15th July 2018

Here’s a good question for you… Why don’t Pirates know the alphabet?

Because they always get lost at C. Arrrrr!


Bad jokes a side, Pirate Day in Hastings is always a cracking day out. People from far and wide flock to the town dressed as a Pirates for a day of fun. Last year, 14,231 people helped Hastings beat the Cornish town of Penzance to break the Guinness World Record! So why not grab your crew, set sail for Hastings and be a world record holder too!

The Great Gatsby Fair // 21st – 22nd July 2018

If pirates aren’t your thing, then how about a Great Gatsby party? The De La Warr Pavilion, in Bexhill, is hosting a weekend of glitz and glamour as they step back in time with a Charleston Party and Tea Dance.


Join the Roaring Twenties Swing Band, do the Lindy Hop, and take part in a Bonnie and Clyde look-a-like competition by wearing your best vintage outfit! Across the weekend there will also be a selection of classic cars and bikes on show, a great selection of food and drink stalls, stilt walkers, and Morris dancers providing entertainment.

Tickets start at £7 (if purchased in advance). Buy them here:

Eastbourne International Airshow - Airbourne // 16th – 19th August 2018

 The Red Arrows

Named Tourism Event of the Year at the Beautiful South Awards in 2016, Airbourne will be celebrating 26 years of airshow excellence in 2018. Always a spectacle, the airshow will feature a 2 mile flying display line along Eastbourne seafront from the likes of the Red Arrows, Typhoon, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Ground displays start from 10am and go on until 6pm each day. The flying displays begin at lunchtime until about 5pm.

Hastings Pride // 19th - 26th August

After the success of last year’s Hastings Pride, celebrating the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Pride will be back bigger and better in 2018.

Hastings Pride Week will take place during the last full week in August and will include a number of events including Slam Dunk Poetry and It’s all gone a bit Gaga at On The Rocks, ending with the Pride festival and parade on Sunday 26th August.

Bringing people together and breaking down social barriers is at the heart of Hastings Pride and they aim to make sure that the event is inclusive, fun, and entertaining. This year the theme will be ‘Space and Aliens’.


If you’re looking for a few other things to do this summer, then take a look at a few of our other Top 5s where we rounded up the best festivals or gave you a few ideas for things you must try in 2018.

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