An update on some of the cool stuff on our radar in Sussex for culture vultures, foodies and, well, anyone who likes to make good use of their free time.
Worthing’s new gig venue
Evidence that Worthing is no longer purely the preserve of pensioners gathers apace. The latest opening is The Factory Live, a state-of-the-art purpose built 350 capacity venue. It’s set to host live music, comedy, club and experiential events from new, emerging and established artists. On 30 Nov The Libertines’ Carl Barat will be taking to the decks as a DJ, mixing current and classic music from the nineties to today as one of the venue’s launch events. Recent The Voice contestant Peter Donegan is up on 21 Nov and The Christians of Ideal World fame gig there on 6 Dec.
Spiegeltents aren’t only for summer fringe season, Chichester Festival Theatre has erected one in its grounds with a glut of shows on this November.
Still to come are grown up contemporary circus from the very clever Barely Methodical Troupe with Bromance (6 to 8 Nov); Black Cat Cabaret: Salon des Artistes (8 & 9 Nov) – a Parison-inspired night of comedy burlesque and song that impressed Muddy earlier in the year; Camille O’Sullivan Sings Cave – Nick Cave that is (10 Nov); a drag extravaganza Night at the Musicals from Le Gateau Chocolat & Jonny Woo (15 & 16 Nov); Interactive tech in Wifi Wars and various comedians.
Children’s shows include the Muddy approved Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids (10 Nov) and Comedy for Kids from James Campbell (16 Nov).
Valentino inspiration to Sussex exhibition
The Valentino spring/summer 2020 menswear collection was inspired by the fantasy landscapes of Roger Dean, best known for his album covers for prog rock group Yes. You can see some of Dean’s work year-round at Indian-slanted shopping emporium and gig venue Trading Boundaries at Sheffield Green and a special exhibition has just opened there of his original paintings, watercolours, sketches and fine art prints, some of which have never been on public display before. It runs until 8 December. You can also buy limited edition prints for yourself. There’s some damn fine cake in the cafe too!
Sussex gains a new glow-in-the-dark garden trail this year with the new Leonardslee Illuminated event, celebrating the first winter since the gardens’ relaunch. The event will run from 12 – 15 and 19 – 22 December, with enchanting light displays, music and theatrical performances around the grounds and large scale projections onto Leonardslee House. The trail will take about an hour to explore and you’ll need to book a timed ticket. There will also be a vintage fun fair and a Christmas market on site and the cafe will be open for food and drink.
FOOD & DRINK
Community cookery school
Supperclub host, workshop teacher and former Nigerian TV Chef Lerato Umah-Shaylor is launching a cookery school in her home town of Eastbourne in the spring. The venue will offer a variety of classes from gourmet, kids cookery clubs, vegan and vegetarian and macaron and bread making to sessions inspired by cuisine from around the world including Lerato’s specialism – African cooking.
There will also be a community element with classes to support organisations like the Food Bank and St Wilfrid’s Hospice, families on low incomes, the elderly and carers and others who need help with independent living, social inclusion and nutrition. It will contribute to winter night shelters and host annual Christmas feasts for those who find themselves alone at the time of year. Crowdfunding is open for the project (with thank yous like private cooking lessons) and closes 23 Nov. Check out the link for a video on the project.
Pop-up dining pods
These cosy, insta-worthy igloos have just landed in Brighton’s Lanes, courtesy of Coppa Club. Woodland themed, with candle lanterns, faux-sheepskin rugs, blankets and dried flower installations, they’re perfect for a romantic meal in the heart of the city, or a fun and photogenic Xmas get together with friends. The pop-up will be around over winter but the London version always sells out early so reserve your spot now at coppaclub.co.uk/brighton. You can also try pot luck with one igloo set a side for walk-ins 12.30 – 20.30 daily.
New Sussex star
Sussex gained a new Michelin star when the recent gongs were handed out. Restaurant Interlude, launched just a year ago at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Lower Beeding under Executive Chef Jean Delport, was awarded for its tasting menus featuring ingredients foraged from and grown around the estate. Seasonal menus include the likes of estate rabbit, winter purslane, hogweed cider and charcoal; fallow deer with local braai and sour raspberry; oyster, foraged greens and juniper. Interlude joins Restaurant Tristan in Horsham and Gravetye Manor at Gravetye, which retained their star ratings.
Four restaurants meanwhile have a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin for exceptional food at accessible prices (three courses for £28 or less) The Cat Inn at West Hoathly, and 64 Degrees, The Chilli Pickle and The Set in Brighton. A wider list of recommended eateries is rated as Michelin Plate, including newbie Wild Flor at Hove. Browse the full lists for West Sussex and East Sussex.
French-style casual dining chain Bistrot Pierre is opening its first outlet in the South East next to the Wish Tower in Eastbourne, meaning panoramic sea views. Launching 15 Nov, it will open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s a Beaujolais event on Thurs 21 Nov.
Hailed as the world’s first zero-waste restaurant Silo spent several years in Brighton but now it has moved into London and is joining CRATE Brewery, in its Hackney Wick home, The White Building, opening Wed 13 Nov.
Brighton Bowie room
It had to be done. Rock n’ Roll Hotel Pelirocco, in Brighton’s Regency Square, is famous for its fun themed rooms, many of which reference music styles and icons. The latest launch is a Bowie-inspired room which, get this, somehow replicates the street scene from the cover of 1972 LP, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
There’s a red faux leather bed and the walls are adorned by works from Brighton-based international artist thepostmanart. The en-suite features a double spa bath with coloured lighting. Best of all, guests can dressing-up in a selection of suitably outlandish outfits and glam-rock make-up, whilst playing vinyl albums on the room’s record player. All is under wraps till the launch on 14 Nov when there’s a Bowie night to celebrate.
Goodwood gets an upgrade
Goodwood has just begun renovating its hotel and creating a new bedroom wing. The first phase of the major upgrade will see 16 additional bedrooms created. The wider hotel will also be transformed to reflect Goodwood’s ‘quintessentially English values and style’ and will reference the historic walled garden that once existed on the site.
Sustainability will also be improved, with measures including a biomass boiler to provide heating. The Goodwood Hotel will remain open during the expansion and refurbishment with work in stages to minimise disruption.