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What’s On in June in Sussex

June 2018

A beach cinema launch, wineries weekender, bargain big name comedy, Eurovision reboot and celebrity tennis are among things to look forward to this June in Sussex. Look out for our fuller weekly what’s ons throughout the month.

Sussex Wineries Weekend, various vineyards, Fri 15 – Sun 17 June

Rathfinny at Alfriston

For the first time, a host of the county’s great wineries are teaming up for a special wine weekend this 15-16 of June, coinciding with Sussex Day and Fathers’ Day. Besides tours and tastings will be special events like food and wine pairing at Wiston; lunch platters and tours at Oxney; a barbecue and produce market at Bolney; picnics among the vines at Ridgeview; picnics, children’s activities and a pop-up cinema showing Sideways at Albourne; drop in tastings at Stopham; a hog roast at Bluebell and a tasting room restaurant opening at Rathfinny.

Luna Beach Cinema, beside the Palace Pier, Brighton, Thurs June 14 –  Sun July 15  

Nothing says summer is upon us like an outdoor screen beside the sea. This June sees Luna Beach Cinema launch to the east of Brighton’s Palace Pier with feature films and all the key action from Wimbledon and the World Cup. The movie programme includes perrenial faves like Dirty Dancing, Grease and recent hit The Greatest Showman. Quadrophenia gets an outing in the city where it was filmed and Jaws will make you nervous of the water all over again. There are heaps of family-friendly screenings too like Finding Nemo, Paddington 2 and Beauty and the Beast.

SuRie, The Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Sun 17 June

We’ve had some shocking entries in Eurovision in recent years but SuRie was a cracking change for the better. She may not have triumphed in Lisbon but you can give her the welcome she deserves when she comes to Horsham with her musicians this month belting out Storm and acoustic covers of other Eurovision stars ABBA, Katrina and the Waves and Johnny Logan, basically it’s a chance to get Eurovision fever all over again! Tickets are £21.

Worthing Artists Open Houses, various locations 16/17, 23/24 and 30 June and 1 July

On weekends from mid June you have a chance to drop in on local creatives in their homes and studios. Browse drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, glass, jewellery, crafts and more, often on sale for affordable prices. There are 57 different locations this year.

Hat to Heel fashion pop-up, Brighton, Thurs 31 May – Tues 5 June

 The bias-cut-com celebrates ageless fashion and real body types. You can shop online but at the start of June catch its ‘Hat to Heel’ pop-up, with local milliner Joanna Zara, at 114 Church Street, Brighton opposite the Dome. It’s open daily between 10.00 and 18.00. The pair are also collecting donations of toiletries and sanity products for the Beauty Banks charity to help women living in poverty.

Rave-A-Licious, Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester, Sat 9 June

Community-minded party lovers Come Dancing have put on free club nights in Chichester before and now they’re turning their hand to getting youngsters involved. Rave-A-Licious is a family-friendly ‘teeny-tiny festival’ between 15.00 and 17.00 in a local hall with a DJ and healthy snacks and drinks available. No pre-booking required, just put on your dancing trousers, turn up and pay the bargain £2 entry.

The Museum of Ordinary People, The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel, Brighton, Tues May 29 – Mon June 4 

Diaries, love letters, photographs, ration books travel documents and other relics from the past will be on display as part of Fringe pop-up The Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) which explores the extraordinary amid the every day and the ripples people leave behind.  It is supported by performances, talks and tours. I’ve seen a separate Fringe show before about just one of the lives represented here, based on artefacts found in a squat and it was really thought provoking.

Nature Valley International Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, 22 – 30 June

The International Eastbourne tennis tournament is back and British women’s number one Johanna Konta, world women’s No.1 Simona Halep and No.2 Caroline Wozniackiis are among the top stars already confirmed to battle it out in this important warm-up to Wimbledon. Tickets range from £7 up to £65.  Fri June 23 is family day – free for adults and children to see qualifying matches on the outer courts and warm up on the practice courts. On the 29th meanwhile a grounds pass will get you access to see wheelchair tennis defending Wimbledon doubles champions. I’ve been the last couple of years and it’s a great event.

The Kast Off Kinks, Komedia, Brighton, Thurs 7 June

No, it’s not a tribute act but original members of massively influential band The Kinks who had a legion of hits from You Really Got Me to Waterloo Sunset, to Lola and Coming Dancing. The line-up features Mick Avory on drums, John Dalton on bass / vocals, Ian Gibbons on keyboards / vocals plus Dave Clarke ex of the Beach Boys on guitar / vocals. Tickets are £19.50.

Hastings Town and Country Show, Alexandra Park, Sat 2 and Sun 3 June

This busy family festival includes the Savage Skills Bike Display Team and birds of prey putting on displays (separately!), terrier racing, a children’s magic show, 1066 Reptile Rescue, lamb and kid (of the goat kind) bottle feeding and historical re-enactments. Entry is £5 adults, £2 for 5-18s and £12 for a family of four.

Edinburgh Comedy previews, Caroline of Brunswick, 14 June – 31 July

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Want to see a topic comic for £4?! The months leading up to Edinburgh Fringe are a great time to catch some bargain comedy as TV and radio types warm up their acts ready for month long stints up North. The grungy stairs of the Caroline of Brunswick lead you into a small room where the likes of Nish Kumar, Zoe Lyons, Paul Sinha , Lucy Porter, Hal Cruttenden, Robin Ince and Adam Hess and Seann Walsh will be performing. Tickets at just £7, or £4 in advance.

Science Week/ Labyrinth Screening, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne, Mon 28 May – Sat 2 June

Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress has plenty of educational fun going on over half term with a Science Week during which kids can crack codes, write with invisible ink, make their own solar system, dig for fossils and have a go at making coloured dyes the way ancient Britons did.  There are different themes each day. It’s £3.50 per child per day (adults free). Book ahead to be sure of a place. There’s also a screening of Labyrinth and a puppet workshop on Sat 2 June.

Chuck Berry Lives! Movin’ Melvin Brown/tap workshops, The Warren, Brighton, 30 – 31 May/ 1-3 June

Picture James Horan/Photocall Ireland

He’s appeared on stage with the likes of Lionel Ritchie, James Brown, BB King and Stevie Wonder and performed at Oprah Winfrey’s birthday party. Now, Movin’ Melvin Brown is hitting Sussex with his show Chuck Berry Lives’ (tickets £16) as part of Brighton Fringe. He will also then be putting on his Tap Into Health workshops from 1 – 3 June, helping people dance their way to fitness.

Steyning Festival, Sat 26 May – Sat 9 June

Mixing arts and more, the Steyning Festival sees the likes of jazz suppers and author talks. listen to well-loved former children’s TV presenter Floella Benjamin (now in the house of Lords) talking about Facing Adversity with a Smile on Thurs 31 June, join the Hysterical Histories workshop on Fri 1 and more.

Chichester Roman Week, various locations, Mon 28 – Sat 2 June

Look out for re-enactments, talks, trails, guided tours, family activities and immersive theatre, each day themed around an aspect of Roman life. It’s all part of a festival celebrating Chichester’s Roman Heritage led by the Novium Museum.

Awful Auntie, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Wed 6 – Sat 9 June 

From the producers of the great Gangsta Granny stage show comes the premiere of David Williams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, appearing in Brighton this June. One of the other Muddy eds has seen it and I hear it’s cracking. It features a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost and it’s selling fast so get scheming to get a ticket (from £23.50).

Half Moon pub Summer Solstice party, Kirdford, Sat 30 June 

It’s a mini-Glastonbury in this smart country pub is owned by Jodie Kidd. Live music, a smokehouse and grill, face painting and a bouncy castle will be laid on to see out the month. Email to register for free entry.


Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Tue 29 May – Sat 2 Jun

Yup, that’s right, this one’s based on the 1970s classic TV comedy – nostalgia alert! Daft DIY disasters are bringing the house down, quite literally, as Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em hits the road with Joe Pasquale as the lovable accident-prone Frank Spencer. Betty has exciting news for Frank, but he’s preoccupied by possible newfound fame as a magician. Susie Blake (Coronation Street, The Victoria Wood Show, Blithe Spirit) stars as his disapproving Mother-in-Law and Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife.

The Chalk Garden, Chichester Festival Theatre, 25 May – 16 June

Nothing will grow in the once grand Sussex garden of eccentric, high-born Mrs St Maugham, played by Penelope Keith. Indoors, her wild and damaged teenage granddaughter sets fires and throws tantrums. Comedy and mystery ensue when enigmatic Miss Madrigal joins the household. Tickets are from £10.

My Dad Wrote A Porno, Live, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 4 June

No mine didn’t but Jamie Morton’s did and it was so bad it was good. At least, that’s what the millions who have downloaded his podcast think. Now it’s become so legendary it’s spawned it’s own stage show with Jamie and friends reading the results. They’re going on to the Albert Hall so his Dad must surely be chuffed even if his creative efforts have made it big for all the wrong reasons! Tickets are £31.65 and it has nearly sold out, I kid you not!

Michael Jackson: On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery, 28 June – 21 October

I’ll be moonwalking down to the National Portrait Gallery for Michael Jackson: On The Wall. The exhibition marks what would’ve been MJ’s 60th birthday and features artwork inspired by Andy Warhol and Grayson Perry among others. Shamon!


Brighton Festival and Fringe – until Sun 3 June

The Brighton Festival is on throughout May and running alongside of course is the Fringe with hundreds of cool and quirky drama, comedy, spoken word, music, cabaret and kids’ events. It’s the biggest in England don’tcha know? Plenty of good stuff on. Enjoy!


There But Not There art installation, Arundel cathedral & St Nicholas Church, Arundel, 10 May –  11 Nov

93 transparent silhouettes of fallen WW1 soldiers have taken their position on the pews of Arundel Cathedral and nearby St Nicholas Church as the town hosts the largest ever installation by There But Not There. The charitable project commemorates the service of WW1 soldiers whilst raising money for Help For Heroes: Hidden Wounds and others. Each silhouette represents the shadow of a real WW1 soldier who never came home and bears a plaque with a name. They will be there until Armistice Day.

Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm/ Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 23 May – 2 Sept / 26 May – 16 Sept

Dorothy Bohm, Point to Point Race Sussex, © Dorothy Bohm Archive.jpg

Muddy Awards Best Gallery finalist Pallant House has a new free exhibition on the internationally celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm (now aged 93) bringing together for the first time her black and white photographs of Sussex in the 60s and 70s.  Steam fairs at Horsham, racing at Goodwood, the seafront at Brighton and racing at Parham are included. Meanwhile Tate St Ives’ Virginia Woolf exhibition is also visiting Pallant this summer, opening 26 May. It features over 80 female artists, with works from 1854 upwards that represent central ideas of Woolf’s writing.

Artist Rooms, Gilbert & George, Brighton Museum, Sat 28 April to Sept 2

Gilbert & George Existers 1984 Photo © National Galleries of Scotland (Antonia Reeves)

Arty funsters G&G bring their stuff to Brighton for the summer in this exhibition that draws on works from the Tate and the Artist Rooms touring collections. Expect nudity, sex, poo and many other things that make life satisfying. The official blurb says the exhibition from the Turner Prize-winning pair is ‘challenging’, so best not take the kids or Aunty Gladys. Brighton and Hove residents £3.50, non-residents £5.20.

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion, until 25 Aug

WMA has teamed up with the British Museum for the first time for a special exhibition exploring Japanese men’s fashion during the Edo period (1615-1868). The BM has brought items out of storage for the summer in a rare display of clothes, accessories and prints spanning 200 years. Entry is free.

In her Shoes, Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, near Petersfield, 5 May to 2 Sept

Mary Ann Bullock practices her signature

The National Trust’s Uppark House is commemorating the centenary of the granting of women’s right to vote with an exhibition about five intriguing women who shaped its history. Among them teenage Emma Hart was rumored to have danced on the table for the Prince Regent before becoming famous as Lord Nelson’s mistress Lady Hamilton. Mary Ann Bullock’s story is more the stuff of romantic fiction. In the 1820s Uppark’s owner Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, then in his seventies, fell in love with her when he heard her singing in the dairy. They married, and the 20-year-old bride went to Paris to learn the social skills required for her new station in life. Free, but normal admission prices apply.

Underbelly Festival, Southbank Centre, London 6 April – 30 Sept

The Underbelly in it’s Edinburgh carnation

The giant purple cow returns for its 10th summer with a fun-packed programme of circus acts, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and kids’ shows. You can also feast on street food from the riverside vendors and grab a drink at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars. It’s a mini fringe at one venue!

Fashioned From Nature, V&A Museum, London 21 April 2018 – 27 January 2019

Image: Vee Speers © V&A

The V&A’s latest exhibition traces the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world since 1600. A pineapple fibre clutch-bag, Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles and a cape of cockerel feathers are amongst the 300 beautiful, intriguing and unsettling objects on display. Tickets cost £12 per person.


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