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Summer newsflash

New days out, events, pop up food and wine happenings and visiting celebrities. It’s all happening across Sussex and nearby from a new Georgian winery to a Love Island love-in.




Beach cinema and a new Love Island experience

Nothing says summer is upon us like an outdoor screen beside the sea and The Luna Beach Cinema will be back from 31 July to 18 Aug to the east of Brighton’s Palace Pier, this time straddling Pride and the school holidays. Included in the line up are this year’s big hitters such as A Star is Born, Green Book and Mary Poppins Returns, Disney’s Dumbo and Aladdin, plus retro classics like Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Top Gun. There will even be a sing-along Bohemian Rhapsody.
There will be a special National Theatre Live screening of the hit Brighton-set farce One Man, Two Guvnors to celebrate its tenth birthday. You’ll also get an opportunity to binge on the original Star Wars trilogy with A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi shown in the open-air for the first time. You can even upgrade to a VIP beach hut with butler service!

Love Island fan? Luna are also behind immersive 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 the same site as the Luna Beach cinema.


Brighton Comedy Garden

Brighton Comedy Garden is coming to town for the first time, setting up a big top in Preston Park over 19 – 23 June for a festival of stand-up. Adam Hills, Nish Kumar and Alan Davies are among those in shows with tickets still up for grabs. It’s £20 – £25 a ticket for four or five comedy acts.

Sarah Pascoe

We’ve also a chance for you to WIN four top tickets to see Sara Pascoe, Nina Conti, Zoe Lyons and Ivo Graham on Sat 22 June plus a cocktail each in our latest Reader Treat – enter hereOR, guarantee a place with a tasty 25% discount on the same show with the exclusive Muddy discount on front stalls seats using the code muddycomedy2019. There are annual comedy festivals from the same guys running in Greenwich and Bristol so hopefully this will become a regular fixture.





New Georgian winery in the South Downs

The UK’s first Georgian winemaking museum and winery – called Henry’s Marani – has just opened at Plumpton College. This is a ‘vineyard’ like you’ve never seen before, with the wine fermented in clay pots called qvevry buried in the ground. You can make a private visit, have a tasting and learn more about the 8,000 year history behind the process (and how to pronounce qvery!) If you join a Great British Wine Tour you can combine the experience with pub lunch and a vineyard visit.

In other wine news…

Albourne Estate, has launched the first English Frizzante just in time for summer. It’s a lightly sparkling Bacchus wine with softer bubbles than your usual fizz and comes in a screwtop bottle featuring Brighton’s West Pier and a starling murmuration drawn by a tattoo artist. It’s also suitable for vegans.

Albourne’s new Frizzante

Up for a magical night? On the 16th July, join a special astronomy and dining experience at Rathfinny Wine Estate to witness a partial lunar eclipse. The planets Jupiter and Saturn should also be visible and the astronomer guided session will be set off by wine on arrival and a three-course set menu at the Flint Barns.

Sussex Wineries Weekend is coming up again on Sat 15 and Sun 16 June (handily coinciding with Fathers’ Day). Look out for special events at eight vineyards including free tastings, a barbecue and live music at Bluebell at Furners Green near Uckfield and picnics and a Summer Fayre with local produce and crafts at Bolney near Haywards Heath.

Super-deli Pallant of Arundel has launched a chance to eat in on selected evenings. Eat@pallant is the opportunity to enjoy a simple selection of cheese and charcuterie plates or nibbles prepared directly from the counters and washed down with a glass or two of  wine from an ever changing list. Up to twelve can sit up at the counter overlooking the town square. The next dates are Fridays 14th June and 28th June. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for others and get in touch to reserve your place.

Pallant of Arundel

How does a six course wine-matched menu with bubbles on arrival sound? Mighty fine we think. The Dorset Arms at Withyham, a recent Muddy Awards finalist, is holding a Berry Bros. & Rudd wine-tasting dinner on 12 June hosted by head chef Simon Brazier, wine expert Martin Sheen and Owner Lord de la Warr. There will be wine matched to each course, with dishes including scallops with saffron risotto and pancetta and a venison steak with purple sprouting broccoli and mash. Sounds like a great way to treat yourself or a loved one.

The Dorset Arms

Live in Mid Sussex? Look out for a new African Supper Club coming to Haywards Heath. Lerato, who brings fiery African home cooking with a twist to Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne has partnered with Waitrose and WiFiFo for her latest ventures and has one coming to Haywards Heath on 3 July and 29 Sept. There are also Hove Waitrose pop-ups on 1 Aug and 3 Oct.




Kids wanted for World Crazy Golf Championships


The World Crazy Golf Championships is back in Hastings Fri 7 – Sun 9 June, and for the first time in its 17-year history there’s a junior category open to 8 to 14s. The junior category for played on Fri 7, June at 5.30pm. The novice competition is Sat 8 June, while the crazy golf professional category (yes, it’s a thing) is over Sat 8 and Sun 9. Hitting those balls through windmills and the like is serious stuff for competitors with a total £4,500 prize fund.  Register in advance or go along to watch.

Inflatable fun at Bewl Water  
Bewl Water on the Sussex/Kent border has just opened a new Aqua Park – a floating inflatable fun run with trampolines, monkey bars, flippers, slides, hurdles, springboards and more. Kids must generally be aged eight + and be more than 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) tall to take part but there are also special sessions for six and seven-year-olds. Challenge your friends and family and watch them wipeout!


Jack the Ripper in Brighton 


Got a strong stomach? The guys behind Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventure in Brighton are ramping up the scare factor with a new immersive Jack The Ripper Walk of Terror experience at the same location. As you’d guess, this isn’t one for kids but come along with a friend, partner or group of mates and step back in time to the streets of Victorian London, all the time keeping an eye out for the killer… It opens on 29 June.


Anniversary Sculpture Trail


Picture by Jim Holden


Love art but don’t fancy being stuck inside a gallery on a sunny day? The wonderful Borde Hill sculpture trail is back until 30 Sept with static and kinetic creations and it’s a special 20th anniversary year. There are over 100 art works at the gardens, near Haywards Heath, and most are available to buy if you’ve the budget. Browsing is free with admission.




Jess Glynne in Surrey

Jess Glynne

With two UK number one albums including the 2018 hit Always In Between, Jess Glynne is hot right now and she’s set to perform to thousands live after the racing at Lingfield Park Racecourse, just over the border in Surrey on Sat 10 August. Tickets are bound to sell fast so, get in quick! The racing itself is 5.10pm-8.15pm with Jess on just after.
Bake Off star in Hove

It’s a long way off but if you’re really organised you could bag this as an early Christmas present for someone! Nadiya Hussain entered an arranged marriage at twenty and had never been on a train on her own until she travelled to audition for The Great British Bake-Off, now she’s a TV presenter, cook and bestselling author. To mark the publication of her forthcoming book Finding My Voice, she’ll be considering her roles as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity in her own warm, honest and humorous way. Book now for her talk at The Old Market, Hove on Nov 26 which will be followed by a book signing.


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