Local Events Diary

What's on near Skoolie Stays? 2021-22

We are blessed with local world-class venues and historical sites who run wonderful programmes of events year round, some within walking distance of Skoolie Stays. So if you need accommodation near Charleston FarmhouseGlyndebourneFirle Place,  Knockhatch Adventure Park, Tilton House, and much more, then we can help. Here’s a list of some of the select events taking place not far from the Skoolie Stays bus in 2021 and beyond.  We will constantly update this list so come back to see the latest extra reasons to visit us! And don’t forget, there is so much more you can do everyday in the local area. 

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September 2021

Sunday, 12th September 2021 – Firle Hill Climb Revival

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event from 10am)


Beautiful classic cars race up steep Bo Peep lane to the top of the hill  in this great community event raising funds for charity. Watch the cars and hear the roar!

Monday, 13th September 2021 – Block Printing with Louisa Loakes

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event from 10am)


Block printing onto fabric exploring creative approaches to pattern. Looking at Bloomsbury artists and taking inspiration from around the house itself. 

Monday, 20th September 2021 – Art & Inspiration for Garden planting

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event from 10am)


An art and gardening workshop exploring the interaction between visual art, spoken word and creative gardening, as inspired by the Bloomsbury Group. 


October 2021

Various dates in October 2021The Rake’s Progress, opera

GLYNDEBOURNE – (23rd, 27th, 30th October)


Stravinsky’s opera returns, brining in this production David Hockney’s designs to a new generation.

Various dates in October 2021 – Don Pasquale, opera

GLYNDEBOURNE – (Performances from 11th October onwards)


Donizetti’s much loved comedy opera on the grand stage.

Various dates in October 2021 – Fidelio, opera

GLYNDEBOURNE – (Performances from 8th October onwards)


Beethoven’s only opera performed at the world famous Glyndebourne Opera House

Monday, 4th October 2021 – Collage with Sharon Walters

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event from 1pm)


Artist Sharon Walters runs a fun and relaxing collage workshop exploring identity, portraiture and creativity.

Monday, 11th-Thursday 14th October 2021 – Portrait Painting with Charlie Schaffer

CHARLESTON – (Four Day Event)


Learn techniques in an intensive course from the BP Portrait Award winner 2019.

Monday, 18th October 2021 – Painted Lampshades with Tess Newall

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event)


Decorative artist Tess Newall will teach and educate you towards taking home a wonderful lampshade inspired by the Charleston House and Bloomsbury group. 

Tuesday, 19th October 2021 – Hand painted plates with Amy Isles Freeman

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event)


Starting with a ‘naked’ wooden plate, Amy will tour the house with your group for inspiration and guide you through the process to realise something special for you to take away. 

Tuesday, 26th October 2021 – Painting Jewel Boxes with Melissa White

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event)


A study in how to recreate the distinctive Charleston look. Working with motif, colour and texture, you will then create your own beautiful jewel box to treasure for generations to come.


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November 2021

Friday, 5th November 2021 – Lewes Bonfire Night!

Lewes – (One Day & Night event)


One of the most infamous fireworks celebrations in the world. Lewes embraces friendly anarchy and goes all out in celebrating Guy Fawkes night with giant puppets, music, parades and lots and lots of fire and fireworks. Truly an experience you won’t forget!

Friday, 19th November 2021 – I Wanna Be Yours: John Cooper Clarke

CHARLESTON – (Performance from 7pm)


Poet, rock-star, comedian, cultural commentator, living legend; John Cooper Clarke will treat you to an evening of original performance in anticipation of his upcoming autobiography. 

Monday, 20th September 2021 – Art & Inspiration for Garden Planting

CHARLESTON – (One Day Event from 10am)


An art and gardening workshop exploring the interaction between visual art, spoken word and creative gardening, as inspired by the Bloomsbury Group. 


December 2021

Various dates in December 2021The Glyndebourne Christmas Concert

GLYNDEBOURNE – (8th, 9th, 11th, 12th December)


A cheery and heart-warming festive concert for all the family from the wonderful Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra

Various dates in December 2021 – Father Christmas Grotto at Knockhatch Adventure Park

KNOCKHATCH – (5-6th, 12-13th, 19th-21st December)


A traditional Christmas Grotto with the big man himself along with all the regular marvellous attractions at Knockhatch. 


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