Category: What’s On
An Indian choir, drive-in cinema, The Stranglers revisiting the 70s and 80s, kids’ shows, a big bike ride and ideas for mums – from tea on Mothers’ Day itself to book ahead theatre tickets.
Tea Fit For a Queen, King John’s Nursery, Etchingham, Sun 26 March
King John’s Nursery in Etchingham, East Sussex was a finalist in our Muddy Awards last year for best cafe so you know they’re going to pull the stops out for Mothers’ Day.
Theatre for kids, teens and adults, music, vintage shopping, an Irish slanted race day and a giant dog walk – all on this week and all in the Muddy Guide. Plus things of a fishy and fairytale theme to book ahead.
Abigail’s Party, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 20 – Sat 25 March
If there were a Desert Islands Discs for TV, Abigail’s Party – the Mike Leigh play about the 70s drinks party from hell – would be in mine.
See that door? Can you reach your coat? Then out you go and create merry mayhem around Sussex with my picks of the week’s best entertainment…
Mardi-gras celebrations or learning how to fillet a fish? Kids’ theatre or an Oscar night film quiz? Plenty going on this week and some fun to book ahead in your trusty Muddy Guide. Entertaining kids for the school hols? You’ll be wanting my half term guide.
Hastings Fat Tuesday, Fri 24 – Tues 28 Feb
The five-day Hastings Fat Tuesday music festival is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration.
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.
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.
Science, theatre, craft and music workshops, trails and much more to help you keep kids amused this half term. Some are drop offs, some are even free. Grab your diary and get plotting.
Babe – The Sheep Pig, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 23 – 25 Feb
The book was called The Sheep-Pig, the film was called Babe and now the stage show is Babe – The Sheep Pig.