In spring and summer, a flurry of bunting, gazebos and buskers signals the festival season is in full swing. The biggest is the Brighton Festival
in May, a wide-ranging arts event which spills into the Downs. Others worth catching include Winchester
in July and Arundel
in August. Alfriston
hosts several quirky events including an old-fashioned August Bank Holiday fayre on the village green and a torchlit Dickensian parade a month before Christmas. Early November brings traditional Bonfire celebrations all over Sussex, with Lewes leading the charge.