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July Newsflash

The latest fun stuff on our radar from moon landing anniversary events to bar and attraction openings



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It’s 50 years since those plucky Apollo 11 astronauts set foot on the moon and there are plenty of fun and educational events going on around Sussex to celebrate the launch and the landing.

Chichester’s South Downs Planetarium is celebrating the moon landing anniversary with ‘Moonfest’. It incorporates two telescope Observation Evenings on Sat 13 and Sun 14, films about the space race on Wed 17 and about Apollo 11 on Fri 19, Sat 20 and Wed 24 July. There are also Family Fun days with plenty of hands on activities coming up on Sat 20, Sun 21 Sat 27 and Sun 28 and several other family-friendly planetarium shows.

Astrophysicist Dr John Mason (who we know is a fantastically enthusiastic talker) will be sharing some intergalactic insight while diners tuck into a three-courses at the One Small Step For Man dinner at The Kennels, Goodwood on Tues 16 July. If skies are clear there’ll then be a chance to  explore the moon through telescopes outside.

There’s another astronomy dinner in East Sussex the same night at Rathfinny Wine Estate up on the Downs outside Alfriston to witness a partial lunar eclipse. The planets Jupiter and Saturn should also be visible and the astronomer guided session will be complemented by wine on arrival and a three-course set menu at the Flint Barns.

A weekend of family activities at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux with celebrate the moon landing on 20 and 21 July.  See science shows, launch rockets, create craters and build buggies from recycled materials. There’s also a chance to see the 26-inch refracting telescope that Sir Patrick Moore used to create maps of the moon – the very maps used by NASA to help chose Apollo landing sites.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, on Sat 20 July, Stephen Hawking’s daughter, author and presenter Lucy Hawking, will join soprano and actor Sarah Gabriel and composer and music director Joseph Atkins in Fly Me to the Moon, as part of Petworth Festival. The show incorporates space-themed music and song (with hits from Bowie, Pink Floyd and more), film, historic artefacts, the voice of Stephen Hawking, some recently revealed secrets from NASA, and a moon buggy. It’s on at 17.00 and 20.00 in Leconfield Hall.

The Picture House, Uckfield has a season of films to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. In the Shadow of the Moon and Apollo 11 are still to be screened this month. Various other cinemas are also showing one-off screenings.




Coppa Club half price soft launch + Muddy prize draw!

Good things come to those who wait – and next month Coppa Club in Brighton, long in the planning, is finally opening its doors in The Lanes, with cosy lounges, alfresco dining and a fountain courtyard. Already in London, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, each Club is different in look, but has the same emphasis on relaxed luxe – bars and restaurants to catch up with friends, meet colleagues, work quietly or slouch resplendently.  It officially launches with popping corks on 27 Aug but here’s a heads up – there’ll be a ‘soft launch’ period just before when, if you enter our fabulous Reader Treat draw, you could WIN one of five three course meals! and if you don’t but sign up to the Coppa newsletter you can still get a chance at 50% off (plus bragging rights!)

Coggings to cocktails

In other Brighton booze news, not long after moving its original speakeasy-style cocktail bar to larger premises on London Road, L’ Atelier Du Vin has just opened a second branch in what was the smart burger restaurant Coggings and Co. up at Seven Dials and it comes with a ‘private champagne garden’ ooh la la. Cue more opportunites for my other half to laugh at my French pronunciation.

Sussex sparkling win

More good news in the march of Sussex sparkling wine. Ridgeview Wine Estate at Ditchling was announced among the Top 50 Best Vineyards in the World this week. It was placed number 36 in a ceremony at the Banqueting House on Whitehall, the only British vineyard to make the 2019 cut. The World’s Best Vineyards Academy which compiles the list comprises nearly 500 leading international wine aficionados, sommeliers, and luxury travel correspondents who give their expert opinion on the international wine and wine tourism scene.



Worthing’s wheely big newcomer

Yes, Worthing is the latest place to get an observation wheel and it’s bigger than the one at Brighton a few years back, in fact it’s the highest to be placed in South East England at 46 metres tall. Worthing Observation Wheel (which has the handy acronym WOW) has 36 part glass pods, one wheelchair accessible. It’s up and poised to open and you’ll soon be able to simply turn up and ride for £7 adults, £5 children or £20 a family of four. It will be around for three years over the summer seasons, April to October, being dismantled in between and packed in, we presume, a rather large garage.



Lovely 19th century Brooklands Barn at Arundel has room for up to an amazing 20 guests. Get extended family or friends together and you can currently save £400 on a summer break. You’ll get exclusive use of the property with its pool and courtyard (perfect for BBQs) within walking distance of Arundel itself. Grab your diary.



Sussex debut for best-selling tale

Heads up on a new production of a Sarah Waters novel adaptation that’s starting its tour in Sussex next month. The Night Watch is a clever novel (my personal favourite from the best-selling author) that tells the story of several illicit gay and straight relationships in reverse, so aspects are revealed as it progresses back through three periods post WWII and during the Blitz in London. The scenes in a quiet dating agency, bombed out church and prison cell are now played out on stage in this new Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal version of the Hattie Naylor adaptation. It will open at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on Thurs 22 to Sat 31 Aug. Tickets are from £19.



The gorgeous Driftwood Garden at Seaford that has featured on TV has a brief opening period in aid of charity. Go along and get ideas – or just envy, until 25 July. It’s £15, supporting St Peter and St James Hospice, and you must pre-book.


In case you missed it….

Island addict? A reminder that Luna – the guys behind Brighton’s beach cinema, which opens at the end of July are before then bringing us Love Island The Experience this July 19 – 29 with themed photo ops and cocktails, outdoor screenings of the live action and guest appearances from departing islanders. It will all be happening on a site beside the Palace Pier. Tickets from £14.50 with upgrade options including a VIP beach hut with drinks.

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