Arts, festivals and literature in the South Downs

The South Downs is a great place for arts and literature. Whether you would like to experience the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, catch some Shakespearean street theatre in Brighton, have a picnic whilst you listen to Van Morrison in Petworth Park or visit the home of Jane Austin and Hampshire, there is sure to be something to suit every taste and add that element of culture to your visit.

The links below will guide you through the arts and literature in the area you are visiting.

Arundel arts – includes the popular Arundel Festival in August.

Brighton arts – includes the Brighton festival in May which features dance, artists open houses and all kinds of music.

Chichester arts – includes the Real Ale and Jazz Festival which was first held in 1981.

Lewes arts – features some excellent galleries in Lewes and details of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera which is held mid May to August each year.

Petworth arts – the Petworth Park Annual Open-Air Concerts should be a must-see if you’re visiting the South Downs in June.

Winchester arts – Winchester city offers you a choice of two theatre plus the oldest festival of street theatre in England, the Hat Fair in June/July.

You might also like to check out our online events calendar for other art and literature events happening during your visit.