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The Guide: Things to do

By Chris Bennett
BBC Sussex

Nigel Stock as Dr Watson, Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes.
Hmm...what's on this weekend, Holmes?

Town trails, new art and something for the teenagers. This weekend there's still plenty to do - and that's before you have even found last year's sparklers at the back of the shed.

Or even found the back of the shed, in my case. Its discovery will certainly be part of at least two weekends before Christmas. But don't hold me to it.

Now, on with this weekend's Guide. Starter for ten - how well do you know the town where you live?

In Brighton, there's what looks like a fascinating way to learn the kind of facts that you don't get taught at school.

The company Treasure Ways is running a treasure hunt in the city, which follows a path from Brighton Pavilion to Brighton Pier via the Laines. The idea is that you organise a group of friends who then try to answer a series of questions which take them through the colourful history of the city by the sea. You can get more from the website.

The great creativity of Sussex' crafts community goes on show this weekend; the Sussex Guild has a fair at Hurstpierpoint College on both Saturday and Sunday.

This is fine craft; jewellery, ceramics, furniture, made by local craftspeople. I have often been to the Guild's Ditchling exhibition and it's a cultured, gentle, stimulating experience.

In a similar vein, the Hop Gallery in Lewes has a new show - Gathering - in which artist Ann Johnson shows work influenced by her travels and by the poetry of Pam Hughes and Fiona Owen. The centrally placed Hop Gallery - formerly the Star - means it is easily combined with a stroll around Lewes as it recovers from Bonfire Night.

For teenagers - and parents eager to find something which will involve them that might crank open a few career opportunities, then the BBC Blast tour is in Brighton on Friday and Saturday.

Blast is at Jubilee Square, offering free workshops and taster sessions in everything from radio and music to film and fashion for teens aged 13-19.

If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then there's a chance for a bit of illuminating detective work this weekend.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived for many years in Crowborough and local places feature in several of his stories about the great detective.

Perhaps, like me, you have sat on the seat at Groombridge Place which appears in the 'Valley of Fear'.

On Saturday author Andrew Lycett will be giving a talk about his new biography of Conan Doyle. It runs 11am - noon and there is a lunch afterwards.

Finally, if you still haven't got your fill of bonfires and burning, there are still plenty of fires yet to be lit across the county.

Battle, Chailey and Edenbridge all have their events this Saturday. Torchlight processions, floats, fireworks; the works.


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