Now the nights are drawing in, there’s less excuses to go out. But we’ve found one worth wrapping up for and heading to this October: the new Made in Sussex drive-in festival on the 2nd – 4th October.
Set in the picturesque grounds of beautiful Glynde Place (in East Sussex), this Sussex festival could be the hottest ticket come autumn for culture lovers. Head along in your car and park up to enjoy the best of Sussex culture, including locally-made or inspired opera, film, animation and, of course, incredible food and drink.
Founded in lockdown by local mums, Lara Leslie and Victoria Holden, Made in Sussex has a packed entertainment programme for you to tune into. For seasoned opera goers and opera newbies alike, there’s La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) – all produced by Glyndebourne (a Sussex-based opera company).
For film buffs, there are locally-filmed movies including the 2020 blockbuster Emma (filmed at nearby Firle Place) as well as the newly-released Hope Gap (filmed in Seaford, East Sussex). There’s also animation from Gigglefish Animation Studios, a local company who’ll be showcasing their film, Strike.
It’ll all be broadcast on a large state-of-the-art mobile LED screen and streamed directly to your car stereo via an FM Radio transmitter – so you can stay safe and sound and perfectly socially-distanced.
For refreshments during the intermission, the food and drink comes fresh from the area, too: provided by delicious local caterers Seven Sisters Spices, Caccia & Tails, the Lewes coffee company and Tiger Moth. So you won’t go hungry!
Tickets start at £20 per a car and as a special thank-you to the NHS, the organisers are offering 50 free tickets for Cosi Fan Tutte.