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What’s On in Sussex this weekend

Fri 23 - Sun 25 March

Roll up, roll up for the hip and happening stuff near you in the latest Muddy round up of What’s On in Sussex this weekend. For more ideas, check out the weekly and monthly guides on the home page.

Meet the Artists, Pier Road Coffee and Art, Littlehampton, Fri 23 March 

14 of the current artists with work on display at this new gallery-cum-coffeeshop will be mingling for a chat over a glass of wine on Fri night 6-7 pm. Drop in, browse their work and find out their techniques.

facebook.com/pierroadcoffeeart

Guided stargazing, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne, Sat 24 March

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The late, great Stephen Hawking encouraged us to “look up at the stars, not down at your feet,” and here’s your chance to do so with a bit of expert guidance from Eastbourne Astronomical Society. Members will be giving a free family-friendly tour of the night sky pointing out the constellations, features on the Moon and some of the planets. Use their telescopes and binoculars or bring your own.

visiteastbourne.com

Night sky photography workshop, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Sun 25 March

Another space themed one – Herstmonceux has a Night Sky Photography course on Sun 25 March when multi-award winning  photographer John Fox will show you how to get some out of this world shots with a DSLR and a tripod. It’s £50 per person including a light lunch and drinks.

the-observatory.org

Free and discounted tours, Bolney Wine Estate, near Haywards Heath, until 29 March  

There are two chances to get a discounted tour of the vineyards at Bolney this month. First, in support of English Tourism Week  Bolney will be running daily drop-on tours from 1.00pm for free between 17 and 25 March. Do book ahead though because places are limited. Secondly, on full Buy and Book tours taken until 29 March you can get a 20% discount when you quote BOOK2018.

bolneywineestate.com

Alice’s Adventures in Farlington, Farlington School, Horsham, Sat 24 March

Farlington School is putting on an afternoon of Alice-inspired crafts, treasure hunts and games for 4 to 7-year-olds as part of its open day on 24 March. The event is free, but registration is essential by emailing prepoffice@farlingtonschool.com

farlingtonschool.com

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Automata on the Pier with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Hastings,  Thurs 15 March – Sun 15 April 

Some wonderfully quirky mechanical creations have come to Hastings Pier thanks to Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. The toys and contraptions will be on display in the Memories Room. Exhibition highlights include Matt Smith’s swimming fish, Peter Markey’s wave machines and Paul Spooner’s spaghetti-eating man in a bath! The mechanical masterpieces come to life at the push of a button, a turn of a handle or the drop of a coin. Sue to inspire some creativity with Meccano back home. It’ll be open daily 10am-5pm and admission is free.

hastingspier.org.uk

Women’s Votes centenary events, various locations, Thurs 8 March onwards

There are several things from dinner talks in restaurants, to exhibitions to comedy still coming up in my round-up of events for International Women’s Day and the centenary of the first votes for women – all on in Sussex and nearby.Check it out here.

Young British Artists, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 25 Feb – 7 May 

Michael Craig-Martin, Scissors (wallpaper pink), 2004, acrylic on aluminium, 81 x 84 cm image in files © Michael Craig-Martin

Six important works by Damien Hirst, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread, show how a generation of artists adopted and expanded on 1960s Pop Art. I heard this exhibition being discussed on Radio 4 the other day. Check it out for yourself with a visit (£11 for adults).

pallant.org.uk

Natural Selection, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Sat 3 Feb – 22 April 

New exhibition Natural Selection is the culmination of a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, well-known ornithologist Peter Holden. It covers an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs and featuring objects, sculptures, videos and animation. Entry is free.

townereastbourne.org.uk

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