What’s on this weekend
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Mar
Chocolate masterclasses with Noble & Stace, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, Fri 13 Mar
Learning never tasted so good! Discover all kinds of delicious chocolatey magic including how to make ganache, pipe and hand-roll truffles and temper chocolate at masterclasses with Muddy awards finalists Noble & Stace. Classes feature a two-course lunch and wine and will be held at the usual venue of the Artisan Bakehouse, Steyning. If you’re tempted (who wouldn’t be?!) read Muddy’s review here. There’s also dates later on in the month.
Marisha Wallace, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 13 Mar
If you’re a fan of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald you’ll love this show from Marisha Wallace, one of the most recognised voices on Broadway. A performance of jazz, blues, R&B and soul from the star of hit shows including Dreamgirls, Waitress and The Book of Mormon as well as Disney’s big screen version of Aladdin. This is her first UK tour, and given that her interpretation of I Am Telling You led to tears and a mid-show ovation from rapturous London audiences, expect great things.
Turin Brakes Acoustic, The Factory Live, Worthing, Fri 13 Mar
Muddy fell in love with Turin Brakes at university in the (very, very late) 90s when The Optimist EP swept the charts. At this stripped-back, acoustic tour the four-piece will perform their seven top 40 singles along with other hits from their six top 40 albums over their 20-year career, which makes us feel very old. Sources on the ground who have attended previous dates say this is indie music at its finest.
St Patrick’s Raceday, Fontwell Park, Sat 14 Mar
Horse racing has a strong and active Irish heritage and community so what better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than at Fontwell Park? Alongside the seven thrilling races on the card, there’ll be an Irish band on hand and a free pint of Guinness – should you want one – with advance tickets. And rugby fans can also catch the final of the Six Nations on the big screen at the dedicated Rugby Village tent. A great day out in beautiful surroundings, for sports fans and families.
Mini Ravers Eastbourne, The Temple Bar, Sat 14 Mar
Get your glowsticks at the ready and take the kids clubbing. Mini Ravers is bringing the Ibiza Zoo Project experience to the English coast, with Zoo Party. This ROARsome (sorry) afternoon will feature meet and greets from all your little ones favourite animals, a resident DJ, animal face painting, jungle colour confetti cannons and much more. It all wraps up at 2pm so you’ve got plenty of time to join your little raver for a well-earned disco nap afterwards.
East Wittering Craft Fair, East Wittering, Sat 14 Mar
Hosted by local business Cherrydene Handcrafted Creations, this is an opportunity for local crafters to display and sell homemade gifts, soaps, cards, cakes and lots more. It’s open 10am to 3pm.
Deanos Snake Shack Wildlife Warriors, Macs Farm, Ditchling
This looks perfect for all of your little budding naturalists. Join Deano at The Snake Shack, a small reptile rescue centre based at family favourite and Wild Meadows venue Macs Farm. Meet some of the rescue reptiles and creepy crawlies, learn about the Micro Monsters living here in the UK, and then head out onto the farm for a wildlife hunt and to build a bug hotel. All children will go home with a certificate.
Stories & Draw-Along with Alice McKinley, The Steyning Bookshop, Sat 14 Mar
This is a lovely little event for your tinies – suitable for those aged four to nine. Up and coming illustrator Alice McKinley will read her cute and funny picture book Nine Lives Newton, ahead of its publication this month. Newton the dog thinks he has nine lives and can do all his favourite things – but what if he’s not quite as invincible as he thinks? After the reading Alice will lead a fun draw-along session for budding artists.
Kiri Pritchard-McClean, The Old Market, Hove, Sat 14 Mar
The multi-award-winning comedian and star of Have I Got News for You, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats and more returns to The Old Market for Reigning Women season. Entitled Empathy Pains, her show explores why we live in a time where empathy is seen as a weakness, like being the first to pull away from a handshake. Her investigation takes some – unusual – turns and has given her officially the worst search history on the internet – is it possible she’s made the unspeakable, hilarious? Or is she just headed for a police cell? Tickets are selling like hot cakes so get in quick for this, it sounds absolutely unmissable.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates Beethoven, The Hawth, Crawley, Sat 14 Mar
To celebrate 250 years since the birth of the orchestral genius and composer, The Hawth welcomes the RPO and multi-award winning pianist Elizabeth Sombart for a very special evening. Sombart is famed for her understanding of and connection with Beethoven’s music so this should be a beautifully spirited, joyful and passionate performance of a series of works, concluding with the lively and charming Overture to Beethoven’s Fidelio. A must for classical musos and anybody wanting to introduce children to one of the greatest composers the world has known.
Richard Stott, Right Hand Man, Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton, Sat 14 Mar
Hull comedian Richard was born with Poland Syndrome, making him in his own words ‘lopsided with a misshapen hand and missing pectoral muscles’. Following life-changing surgery he now has toes for fingers on his left hand. This show is billed as a fast-paced romp through the taboos of being different and having to roll with the hand life dealt him. At Edinburgh Fringe, he was voted second in the top ten jokes of the entire festival. This is Richard’s debut tour and should be a moving and inspiring barrel of laughs.
Menopause the Musical 2, Cruising Through the Menopause, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Sat 14 Mar
Is it our hormones or is it hot in here? This sounds hilarious, a sequel to the original smash-hit show and reuniting audience favourites Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders) and Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) with new girls Nicole Barber-Lane (Hollyoaks) and Niki French (Eurovision). Join these intrepid midlifers as they hot-flush, mood-swing, memory-lapse and weight-gain their way through a journey of self-discover, love and friendship.
Restfest Women’s Wellness Festival, Hilton Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel, Sun 15 Mar
And breathe! Restfest, a one-day wellness festival, returns for 2020. From yoga flow to crafts, wellness and a pop-up sanctuary and spa, the day is designed to fill you with joy, inspiration, rest and empowerment. Muddy’s highlight will be Worthing-based yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner Anja Brierley Lange’s guided session.
The Great British Dog Walk, Bodiam Castle, Sun 15 Mar
This charity dog walk raises money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, so Fido gets a dose of fresh air and socialising for a good cause. There are two route options, 3km or 5km, depending on your and your pooch’s fitness. Fun activities include a dog show and agility as well as food and drink.