What’s on this weekend in Sussex
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Mar
The Habit of Art, Devonshire Theatre, Eastbourne, Fri 20/Sat 21 Mar
A masterly comedy from none other than Alan Bennett, this critically acclaimed production is coming to Eastbourne following a successful tour of the UK. An imagined meeting between two of the most renowned artists of the 20th Century, poet WH Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, this is described as a multi-layered exploration of friendship, rivalry and heartache. Fascinating for a take on relationships that doesn’t hinge around boy-meets-girl, and bound to have you in awe of Bennett’s laser-sharp observation and compassionate, witty treatment of the joyful head-scratcher that is humanity. Stars Matthew Kelly (Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (The Crown) alongside Peak Practice‘s Veronica Roberts.
Historic gin tasting, Chichester Festival Theatre, Fri 20 Mar
An evening sampling the distillers that paved the way for the gin revolution. At this special event, part of the theatre’s Taste season and hosted by caterers Caper & Berry, you’ll sample three different gins, along with mixers, and there’ll be mezze sharing boards and charcuterie available to mop it all up.
Dad’s Army Radio Show, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Fri 20 Mar
The classic BBC sitcom brought to life by just two performers – who play the full 25 characters (with a bit of help from some sound effects). Hilarious Keep Calm and Carry On style entertainment, celebrating 50 years of the original show. This sold out at Edinburgh Fringe, so it should be good.
Losing the Night, The Old Market, Hove, Fri 20 Mar
Your last chance to catch this incredible new show by Brighton-based theatre-maker Cecilia Knapp. Exploring themes of grief, loss, friendship and support, this promises to be a moving and empathetic portrayal of a universal human experience and an exploration of true friendship between men and women. Part of the ongoing Reigning Women season.
Historic Life Weekend, Weald & Downland Living Museum, 21/22 Mar
A new series for 2020, the Historic Life weekends at the Weald & Downland will focus on the stories and angles behind the museum’s collections. Each will feature talks from experts, demonstrations and displays, great for kids to bring history to life. This weekend will look at baking, and while you’re there, check out the new working bakehouse and 17th century on-site watermill.
Katharina Wulff Media Dreams, Brighton CCA, Sat 21 Mar – Sat 9 May
The first ever solo UK exhibition for Marrakesh-based artist Katharina Wulff, this brings together paintings from her 25-year career. Her large-scale paintings capture familiar scenes in a dreamy way. Catch this as part of this year’s Brighton Festival.
Railway Open Day, Hove Park Railway, Sat 21 Mar
Choo choo! All aboard for Hove Park miniature railway’s first open day of the season. Big and little kids alike will adore this fully working and completely adorable railway, complete with steam trains you can ride on.
Practical permaculture gardening, Stanmer Park, Brighton, Sat 21 Mar
Permaculture is a fascinating design concept that centres around sustainable ‘forest gardens’ using natural and organic methods to grow crops and flowers. If you’ve heard of it and want to know more, including no-dig methods and other sustainable gardening practices, this course from the Brighton Permaculture Trust sounds like a great introduction. You’ll also learn composting, chemical-free pest control, rainwater harvesting, soil fertility and much more.
Live at Brighton Dome, Sat 21 Mar
This comedy compilation returns with Ed Gamble, Jayde Adams Seann Walsh, Janine Harouni and Spencer Jones all primed to take a turn at the mic. All have serious funny creds, from the usual panel show circuit to Edinburgh, but Muddy’s keenest on Jayde, who’ll MC, and who performed at The Old Market’s Reigning Women season earlier this month and has been dubbed ‘Britain’s funniest woman comic’ and ‘stardom bound’ by the Mail and Evening Standard. Ed, meanwhile, many will know from his regular slot on Mock the Week.
Mother’s Day weekend at Leonardslee, Horsham, 21/22 Mar
To celebrate Mothering Sunday, Leonardslee is putting on a series of floral crafts workshops. On Saturday there’s three chances to try out hand-tied floral bouquets (£50) and on Sunday, Amanda Jane Flowers will host a seasonal floral hat box workshop (£50). Mums get free entry to Leonardslee on Mother’s Day itself. And don’t forget the gorgeous afternoon tea, running from Wed Mar 18 to Sun Mar 22.
Mother’s Day Prosecco cream teas, Bateman’s at Burwash/Bodiam Castle, 21/22 Mar
Whether you’re treating your own mother or dropping heavy hints to the fam, you’ll want to check out the Prosecco cream teas at Bateman’s and Bodiam Castle for Mother’s Day weekend. Book ahead to be sure of your spot in the vintage tea rooms and work up an appetite with a walk around the grounds too.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Herstmonceux Castle, 21/22 Mar
Afternoon tea at an actual castle? Mum’s worth it – heck, you’re worth it. Another delicious-sounding offering at this stunning castle complete with 300 acres of themed gardens, woodland, parkland and fields. Expect to be dazzled by daffodils and other cheery spring blooms.