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10 Things to do in Sussex this Diamond Jubilee weekend

By MatthewWard  |  Posted: May 31, 2012

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Beacons will be lit across Sussex in honour of the Queen's Jubilee

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Our pick of 10 things to do across Sussex this Jubilee weekend.

1 Eastbourne Fiesta and Diamond JubileeSeafront party with live music, barn dancing, competitions and classic car show, with the BBC concert from Buckingham Palace relayed on big screens, before the beacon lighting and fireworks.

2 Festivities in Brighton will run from Saturday to Tuesday, with street parties, a Jubilee concert, the Big Jubilee Lunch, beacon lighting the the city in bloom competition. For full details and a programme of events visit the official site.

3 Prepare to be scared… Director Ridley Scott’s much anticipated Alien prequel Prometheus finally hits

href="http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/nightlife/cinemas" target="_blank">cinemas on Friday. Shot in 3D, it’s about a group of archaeologists and explorers who travel into deep space to try to find the origins of mankind and find a nasty surprise waiting for them. From the trailers, it looks brilliant and terrifying. Read our review here (t/c Friday morning).

4 The Unravelling Nymans exhibition at Nymans (National Trust) - contemporary exhibition featuring artists who use craft skills to make new work in response to the hidden histories at Nymans. Installed in the house and gardens. Daily, 10am 5pm until July 3.

5 Explore Dickensian Horsham at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery 's "So very umble" exhibition. An exploration of life in the early to mid 19th century connecting Dickens's writings with the town at the time. Free entry, closed Sunday.

6 Hastings celebrates the Jubilee with a celebration of music, drama and dance culminating in a performance by the Sussex Concert Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Roberts. Saturday, at the

href="https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/">White Rock Theatre.

7 The Lewes Carnival takes place on Tuesday, organised once again by the Rotary Club of Lewes Castle. As well as the procession there will be a showground with live music, arena events and stalls. Visit Lewes Carnival for full details.

8 Newhaven Fort is the focus for the town's Jubilee festivities, with music, a gathering of community groups, a marching band and the Maestro Academy Players taking part in the Celebrating 2012 day on Sunday.

9 Enjoy supper and fine ale on the Bluebell Railway Rail Ale evening - take a steam hauled ride between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes, with the option of bus connections to and from East Grinstead. Those that don't wish to travel can just visit Horsted Keys for live jazz, evening supper and get their first pint free.

10 Witness the lighting of the beacon at Bexhill followed by spectacular fireworks, and enjoy the annual Festival of Flowers at Christchurch Methodist Church, Bexhill. Flower festival open all day with the beacon lighting at 10.15pm on Monday, more details here.

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