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Worthing Museum and Art Gallery host Sussex Day celebrations this June

On Saturday 18 June, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery will be opening their doors as they celebrate Sussex Day with a host of free events and activities for families and public to enjoy. During the afternoon, there will be Sussex pies, cakes and cider tasting, produced locally by friends of the Museum.

Kids of all ages can enjoy historical storytelling, which includes stories about the South Downs Shepherds and folklore, with the addition of projections, visual reminiscences, adventure trails and Sussex dialect to help recreate the scenes. One of the tales includes The Story of the Sussex Dragon: The Lyminster Knucker Dragon Legend. There will also be lots of children’s art activities, with more entertainment to be announced, and the rest of the museum will be open to explore as usual.

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Sussex Day itself transpires on 16 June each year, and celebrates the county’s rich heritage and culture, which falls on St Richard’s Day, the feast day of St Richard of Chichester, Sussex’s patron saint. The original idea came from Worthing resident Ian Steedman, who a decade ago suggested the idea to politician Henry Smith, who was at the time leader of West Sussex County Council, the day was officially recognised in 2007 and has been annually celebrated ever since.

Sussex Day at the Museum takes place between 12pm to 4pm. For more information please visit worthingmuseum.co.uk or call 01903 221 448.

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