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Things to do this week

26 Oct - 3 Nov

There are some frightfully good things to do in Sussex and beyond this weekend onwards whether you’re wanting Halloween scares for you or yours, a whizz round the ice, literary musings, new theatre or some capital scoffing.

Halloween Flight Frights, BA i360, Brighton, Sat 28 – Tues 31 Oct 

Join actors and story tellers from spook-specialists Ghost Walk of the Lanes for a fun and ghoulish flight above Brighton & Hove in the British Airways i360 pod. There’s a family-friendly event running at 6.00pm on Sat 28, Sun 29, Mon 30 and Tues 31 Oct. For something more scary, there’s an adult version at 7.00pm on the same dates. Tickets are £16 per adult, £5 per child (4 – 15 years) and under 4s go free.

Worthing Ice Rink , Steyne Gardens, Worthing, Fri 20 Oct – 27 Feb 

Yes, you can already get your skates on in Sussex. Worthing’s Steyne Gardens pop-up is back, a month earlier than last year and fully covered in a giant marque so you can skate whatever the weather. Regular sessions are for over-fours, while toddlers can get on the ice too in special weekday sessions 10.00am – 3.00pm helped by penguins for balance. Tickets are from £6.50 off-peak, family of four tickets cost £29.60. Penguin hire is £3.75.

Petworth Festival Literary Week 2017, Tues 31 Oct – Sun 5 Nov

Several events for Petworth’s Literary Week have sold out already but there are still plenty left including talks from food writer James Wong, historian and novelist Kate Williams, BAFTA award-winning film writer Jeremy Brock, BBC Radio 4 Newsreader Charlotte Green and the John Lloyd – who’s been behind Not the 9 O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI. For families, Blue Peter Book Award Winner, Kieran Larwood introduces the adventures of Podkin One-Ear.

Tulleys’ Shocktoberfest, Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley, 30 Sept – 4 Nov

A kind of fright night theme-park/gig Shocktober fest is definitely for teens and adults. If clowns weilding chainsaws and usherettes pedalling creepy wares sound up your street there are various ticket levels you can buy. The most popular, the X-Scream, gives you access to each of the eight ‘haunts’ called things like ‘creepy cottage’ and ‘the chop shop,’ along with street theatre and the live music stages. It costs from £24 – £40 depending on the date (£5 extra on the gate). There’s also a firework finale on Sat Nov 4.

Seance, Jubilee Square, Brighton, Fri 27 – Sun 29 

‘Psychological chiller’ Séance, is coming to Brighton’s Jubilee Square, just in front of the library this Halloween with 20 minute experiences throughout the day. You’re plunged into complete darkness and subject to shiver-inducing mental manipulation via some audio trickery. It’s booked through Brighton Dome tickets are £6.50 or £5 for under 18s and there’s a Pizza Express discount too with your ticket so you can recover with melted cheese. Age 14+ and under 16s must be accompanied.

Spellbinding Halloween, Borde Hill Gardens, nr Haywards Heath, Sat Oct 21 – Tues Oct 31

Spooktastic entertainment every day of half term in Borde Hill’s haunted marquee includes a chance to meet real feathered friends in Owls About Town on 27 Oct. On Sun 29 carve a pumpkin then add it to a line to attempt to create a record. There are crafts besides and young visitors will receive a treat from the Borde Hill witch if they complete the challenges in their spell book on the ghoulish garden trail.

Gin Festival, Kings Centre, Eastbourne, Fri 27 and Sat 28 Oct

The UK’s first, biggest gin festival is making its annual trip south. If you’re in Eastbourne this weekend meet the makers and sample over 100 different gins from all over the world (or maybe just a few of them) including some exclusive ones. Live music, food, a gin cocktail bar and masterclasses add to the fun. Tickets for various time slot ‘sessions’ are £15 each including a copa glass and brochure. £5 tokens entitle you to a single gin + fever tree mixer and garnish. And if you’re gin lover, don’t forget to enter our Silent Pool comp here.

Quiz, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Fri 3 Nov  – Sat 9 Dec

Remember the coughing major who with an accomplice won Who Wants To Be Millionaire? by cheating? The story is coming to the stage in Chichester in a new play by James Graham, whose political production This House transferred from Chichester to the West End last year. With a wider theme about society’s attitude to truth and lies, it will be supported by free talks on 8 and 27 Nov, a free quiz on 24 Nov and demonstrations from the creative team in a Theatre Day on 15 Nov (£5). Tickets for the show start from £20 (youth prologue tickets just £5).

Halloween half term special, The Beauty Bar, Wadhurst 

Treat your kids and get them Halloween ready at Muddy Award winner The Beauty Bar in Wadhurst. Their half term special includes a ‘magical manicure’ that glows in the dark, sparkly ‘haunted hair’ and a spooktastic spritzer to drink and a sweet treat to take home in a £20 package. And while they’re being seen to why not fit in a bit of a pampering of your own?

Hurricane Michael, Connaught Studio Worthing, Sat 28 Oct

Picture by Lesley Martin

I saw this in Brighton last weekend and it’s a very silly one-man show with plenty of clever wordplay riffing off that famous October night 30 years ago when the BBC’s well-loved weatherman Michael Fish appeared on live TV and scoffed at the rumour of an approaching hurricane just hours before it hit us. The fictional show is followed by the real Michael Fish chatting in a Q&A who’ll tell you some of the rude bits that snuck into forecasts. Tickets are £13.50.

The Real Thing, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 30 Oct – Sat 4 Nov

Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Tom Stoppard’s award-wining play in at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this coming week. Life imitates art when a playwright starts having an affair with the wife of his leading man during the run of his play about infidelity. It’s a bittersweet and comic tale starring Laurnce Fox, best known for playing DS James Hathaway in Lewis. Tickets costs from £16.90.

Living Lines, Big Draw, animation workshop, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Sat 28 Oct

Looking for free things to do in Sussex for half term? As part of the international Big Draw Festival create animations from flipbooks to digital drawings inspired by the works on display at the Towner. Drop in to the gallery and join artist Jane Fox between 11.00am and 4.00pm. It’s free and suitable for all ages.

Fright Nights, Groombridge Place, Groombridge, Kent  27 – 29 Oct 


Head to Groombridge Place with over-14s if you have the stomach for Fright Nights (27 -29 Oct). You’ll encounter members of a long lost circus troupe who seem to have met with a sticky end in the woods. We’re talking seriously scary clowns here. Tickets costs £12.60- £13.50. There’s plenty on for younger kids too this week.

London Restaurant Festival, 1 – 31 Oct

Rack up the plates, here I come with my elasticated waistband. The London Restaurant Festival takes place in 350 restaurants across the Smoke, from neighbourhood favourites to Michelin-starred fancy pants eateries, so it’s your perfect excuse to try somewhere new with chef-hosted lunches and tasting menus on offer all month.


National Trust Hallowe’en trails, various locations, mostly  Sat 21 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 

National Trust: Alfriston Clergy House

Autumn sees a bumper crop of pumpkins at the bottom of the kitchen garden at the the 14th century Alfriston Clergy House. Follow a trail for younger children looking for pumpkins hidden around the property. Free with admission, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

At dusk, all sorts of little bats swoop over the lawns and meadow at Uppark near Petersfield on the hunt for insects. As Hallowe’en draws near, younger children are encouraged to ‘think like a bat’ to complete activities on a themed trail through the grounds. It’s suitable for ages 6+ and is free with admission.

Take the Hallowe’en trail around the grounds at Petworth, and, with the help of clues from staff, track three witches who have escaped from the Macbeth painting in the mansion. £3 per trail + usual entry fees.
Arts & Crafts home Standen in East Grinstead has a fun harvest-themed trail the great apple hunt to follow and crafts to try.  Later, in early November, there will be spooky bat walks to join.

Thriller Live, The Hawth, Crawley, Mon 23 – Sat 28 Oct

A thriller with a difference for Halloween week. We’re sadly no longer able to see the real Michael Jackson live but this West End song and dance show celebrating his most famous tracks is packing them in. Moonwalk down to The Hawth and catch those signature moves as it goes on tour. Tickets are from £32.

Loo seat art exhibition, Chandlers Bathroom Showroom, Lewes, Tues Oct 10 – Tues Oct 31

Get your hands… and your bum on some original art in Lewes this month. 20 Sussex artists have created a novel exhibition using wooden toilet seats as their ‘canvas’. The brainchild of Chandlers Bathroom Showroom, Lewes, where the works will be displayed, the show and sales of the novel seats will raise money for the East Sussex branch of acquired brain injury charity Headway. Artists include well known Sussex painter Mark Glassman, and Nadia Chalk, co-director of Creative Waves Community. The telly peeps have even been down for a look. Pop into the showroom yourself on Davey’s Lane, Lewes.



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