Psst, a word in your shell-like. Here's the goss on the new and upcoming openings around Sussex and other news set to enhance your leisure time.
EAT & DRINK
Coppa Club arrives
Good things come to those who wait and Coppa Club in Brighton, long in the planning, is finally opening its doors on Mon 16 September at Brighton Square in The Lanes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. The brand is already in London, Oxfordshire and Berkshire and each Club is different in look, but has the same relaxed luxe style – bars and restaurants to catch up with friends, meet colleagues, work quietly or slouch resplendently. The Brighton incarnation will have a cosy lounge vibe and alfresco dining around the dolphin fountain in the courtyard. Look out for the Muddy review.
Kindling fires up
A sustainably-focused barbecue-style restaurant is coming to East Street, Brighton later this autumn. The husband and wife who formerly owned Food for Friends are behind Kindling, where food will be cooked over an open wood and charcoal fire and incorporate local Sussex produce, some fermented and preserved to keep it fresh out of season. Dishes will be mainly plant-based with some ethically sourced meat and fish. The restaurant will also aim for minimal waste. Get a sneak preview with a Supperclub tasting menu at Brighton Community Kitchen on Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sept (£65).
Shoreham big beach cafe proposal
Fat Boy Slim has submitted planning permission for a major new beach cafe for Shoreham with the same designers at the hip London Boxparks but different in style, with three tiers and community spaces. The DJ and local resident already has the Big Beach Cafe at Hove Lagoon, always packed with young families. The new premises would be built on the site of the current toilet block on Beach Green.
New Perch for Worthing Pier
The owners of Lancing’s popular beachfront cafe/restaurant Perch (a fave Muddy cycle pitstop!) have just announced the purchase of the building at the end of Worthing Pier. They plan to get it running as a cafe as soon as possible with an initial limited breakfast and lunch menu. A refresh is then planned, retaining the Perch ethos of cooking from fresh and creating a family-friendly dining space.
Ditchling Gin launches
The latest Sussex-made gin has landed, in Ditchling. It’s designed in the classic London Dry style with a hint of sweet orange and the bottle label is inspired by the village’s connections with the Arts and Crafts movement. Ditchling Gin is currently available in pubs and eateries in Ditchling and beyond, from The South Downs Heritage Centre and Budgens in Hassocks and by mail order.
TRAVEL & WEEKENDERS
New Girls-Go-Glamping site
Forget cheesy tiaras and inflatible accessories. Want to plan a cool hen weekend with a difference? Canvas and Stars provides award-winning glamping adventures rural East Sussex and they’re launching a new Hens Go Glamping experience for 2020 at Hale Farm, Chiddingly near Lewes. The new version has fun festival-style hen villages. A blissful break in a ‘canvas cottage’ with use of a hot tub and the option of an afternoon tea delivery is available for groups of four to 40. Of course, you don’t have to be getting wed to head there with your besties. The new hen villages open on 1 May 2020 but bookings are already open.
New Gatwick flights
Airlines have released their new winter timetables and among new services from Gatwick are Air China to Shanghai and BA to Bergamo near Milan, while TUI has brought back its seasonal service to Muscat, Oman, should you fancy some winter sun. From next summer Delta will be flying to Boston and Virgin to New York. They’re routes already covered from Gatwick but keep an eye out because the added competition could lead to lower fares.
Sussex Modern inspo
Arts venues, vineyards and nature attractions have banded together to celebrate the county’s art, wine and landscape under the banner of Sussex Modern. The initiative aims to inspire tourists and local day trippers by showcasing some great local experiences and arts and wine pioneers, helping you plot a route on an interactive map. The move was inspired by Sussex’s importance in Modernist cultural history as a place where influential writers, artists and designers including Virginia Woolf, Eric Ravilious and Lee Miller gathered to escape the city and be inspired by the landscape.
Ropetackle crowdfunding bid
Shoreham’s Muddy Award-winning Ropetackle Arts Centre has launched a Ropetackle 2020 crowdfunding campaign to raise £30,000 in order to keep open. Ticket sales have shown ‘remarkable growth’ but to keep pace, the venue, which is a registered charity staffed by volunteers, needs more core funding. You can support the project as a patron, friend or donor with various benefits including reserved seats and priority booking.
The team who brought Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie brilliantly to the stage are back with another Walliams classic – Billionaire Boy and this will make it’s theatrical debut at Horsham. 12-year-old Joe Spud may get £10,000 a week pocket money and have two pet crocodiles thanks to his dad’s special loo paper invention but he doesn’t have any friends and he sets out to try and change that with adventures along the way. It’s at The Capitol, Horsham, Thurs 26 Sept – Sun 29 Sept, aimed at aged 5+Hurry, some performances are selling fast.
Bill Bryson at Charleston
Alfriston’s Much Ado Books is bringing popular comic travel writer Bill Bryson to speak at Charleston in early Nov. He’ll be discussing his new medically-themed book The Body: A Guide for Occupants.
Earlybird festival bargains
With key festival season just over, now’s the time to snap up those early bird bargains for next year. Among those recently released, Byline, the low-key journalism and debate-themed festival, held at Pippingford Park near Uckfield in Aug, has £55 tickets for the whole weekend, including camping! It works out even cheaper if you book as a pair or a family. (The ‘Hyper early-bird’ ticket offer ends 30 Sept.)
West End hit on its way
Everybody’s talking about hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and it’s going on tour, with Layton Williams and Shane Richie continuing in the roles of Jamie and Hugo/Loco Chanelle. It will be in Brighton next April but tickets are already on sale. Great idea for a (whisper it) Christmas present!