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Art, eats, beats and other treats and some fun things to book ahead in this week’s Muddy Guide. There’s theatre, exhibitions, a quiz night, dragon dancing and a chance to eat four puddings in one sitting! Don’t forget there are more family-friendly ideas – over 25 in fact – in my Half Term Guide.
Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Sat 18 Feb – 4 Jun
This is a major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art who experimented with a wide range of materials.
The musical version of Ghost – the classic story of love overcoming the ultimate barrier – is on at The Hawth in Crawley this Valentine’s week and my husband couldn’t wait to take me along. Yeah right. The first hint of an actor breaking into song and he’d be running for the fire exit so I went with my sister-in-law instead.
This is the touring stage version of the blockbuster 1990 film that starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.
If you know a young adult with learning disabilities within range of Brighton and they don’t know about Blue Camel Club then do them a favour and introduce them to these great nights with bands, DJs, films and more.
The concept is simple – a good non-patronising night out where people with learning disabilities and their friends can enjoy themselves in a safe, friendly environment.
Blue Camel is run by arts charity Carousel.
Planning a trip to London this half term or soon after? Check out what some of the big museums and attractions in the capital (and just outside) have running at the moment. In fact some of these are on into Easter and beyond.
Robot Zoo, Horniman’s Museum, London SE23, Sat 11 Feb – Sun 29 Oct
It doesn’t get much cooler than a robotic zoo. Let’s be fair it needs to be impressive to schlep deep into south east London.
Well you were certainly keen to get your mits on some Oxney organic wine in time for Valentine’s Day and passes to tour the vineyard near Rye and I can’t say I blame you!
One of Sussex’s youngest vineyards, Oxney Organic Estate at Beckley near lovely Rye, has just produced its first sparkling wine and, to celebrate gave one lucky Muddy reader:
- A bottle of their organic English sparkling wine plus one of their still whites.
Buy me a drink some time and I’ll tell you my tales as a marathon veteran. The nights training in the snow with a head torch… the black toenails… the grim need for Canestan cream and Imodium… hitting the wall. Oh yes, I’ve been there.
It wasn’t actually me doing the running of course. Despite years living within walking distance of the start of the London Marathon and always hankering after soaking in that amazing atmosphere while running to glory, I never actually did.
Stargazing sessions, Shakespearean spoofing, musicals, retro films and science and food festivals. They’re all on in Sussex and in this week’s Muddy Guide. Looking for more alternative Valentine ideas? See my feature here. After more half term ideas? See my bumper guide.
Ghost The Musical, The Hawth, Crawley, 13-18 Feb
Here’s a perfect bit of shmaltz for you to book up for Valentine’s week.
Here’s something that could earn you serious Valentine’s Day brownie points. I’ve a lovely comp courtesy of Oxney Organic Estate to win some of their hot of the press – or rather – chilled off the press – new organic sparkling wine, plus a vineyard tour and tasting for up to four people, a prize worth over £100!
One of Sussex’s youngest vineyards, Oxney, at Beckley near lovely Rye, has just produced its first sparkling wine and, to celebrate, the good people there will give one lucky Muddy reader:
- A bottle of their organic English sparkling wine plus one of their Beccanleah white – sent in time for Valentine’s Day so you can celebrate in style with your other half (or indeed toast your singleness with a friend).
I’m not saying I’m unromantic but I do hate romance by numbers. I once declared that if my other half ever gave me a teddy holding a heart for Valentine’s Day it would be an instant dumping offence. Originality wins the day in my book. (Or happy hour cocktails and getting out before the other couples descend for dinner… I’m a cheap date).
So, if you’d like to ring the changes yourself this year, check out my cheese-free ideas.
Russell Brand tickets released, pop-up opera, a famous thriller, an enticing roast, yoga by candlelight, Hockney’s paintings, kids’ shows and more.
Re:Birth, Russell Brand, Hastings, Worthing, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells & Brighton, on sale Fri 3 Feb
“What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?” This is just one of the questions hell-raiser and new dad Russell Brand will be addressing in his latest show.