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What’s On this weekend in Sussex

Fri 6 - Sun 8 July

Weekend ahoy – get out and about!

Me & My Girl, Chichester Festival Theatre, Mon 2 July – Sat 25 Aug

When Chichester Festival Theatre put on Half a Sixpence it got rave reviews and transfered to the West End, so excitement is high for its next retro musical offering. Matt Lucas and Caroline Quentin star in the tale of a cockney barrow boy who inherits a fortune and the Duchess intent on transforming him, Pygmalion style. The Sun Has Got His Hat On and The Lambeth Walk are the well known numbers. It’ll surely warm the cockles. Look out for the Muddy review. Tickets are from £10.


Brighton Cocktail Week, various Brighton and Hove locations, 6 – 15 July

I love a good cocktail and here’s a chance to make a city safari sampling discounted drinks in some great bars and restaurants. Buy a £10 wristband and enjoy £5 cocktails at over 40 participating venues. There are also some special events – Metro Deco, has a summer feast with cocktails called A Storm in a Teacup, Blackdown Distillery is holding a Negroni masterclass, La Choza in Hove has five chefs and five mixologists working together and La Cave a Fromage is ringing the changes by matching cheeses not to wine but cocktials.


Hitchcock Season, Duke of Yorks cinema, Brighton, Sundays 8 July – 12 Aug

If you want some respite from the sun then treat yourself to a Hitchcock masterpiece this month – Picturehouse Cinemas are putting on a season of the master director’s work. It kicks off with Carey Grant in North by Northwest on 8 July, then it’s Jimmy Stewart in the brilliant Rear Window on 15 July, Strangers on a Train on 22 July, the Daphne du Maurier classic Rebecca on 29 July, Psycho 5 Aug and Vertigo 12 Aug. Tickets are £8 (£5 members). If you’re in London over coming weekends the same season is running at Picturehouses there.


Sleeping Beauty youth auditions, The Capitol, Horsham, Sun 15 Jul register by 6 July

Boys and girls aged 8-18 are invited to audition for a part in this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, at The Capitol, Horsham. Auditions will be held on Sun 15 July with 24 slots for young actors to appear, working in two teams. No prep is needed for the audition as it will take the form of a workshop but you will need to register by Fri 6 July. Application packs can be downloaded from the website.


Yoga Beach Brunch, Italian Gardens, Eastbourne, Sat 7 and 14 July

Grab your yoga mats and picnic blankets because 2016 Muddy award winning yoga teacher Eva and African supperclub host Lerato have joined forces for two yoga brunches this month. On Saturday 7 and 14 July at 10 am join then in the beach-facing Italian Gardens in Hollywell, Eastbourne. The menu includes the likes of summer cherry tomato and strawberry salad in chicory cups and Moroccan spiced roasted aubergines with almonds. Tickets are £20.


 25th Annual Garden Weekend, Parham House, Pulborough, Sat 7 – Sun 8 July

Besides specialist nurseries this mini festival for the green fingered includes live music and local food and drink. There will also be talks from top garden designers. Tickets are adults £11, children £6, families £16.


La Boheme, Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, near Fletching Sat 7 July

This moving opera will be performed in Trading Boundaries’ atmospheric candlelit venue by Opera D’Amore. The impressive cast have performed internationally as well as with English National Opera, Glyndebourne and The Royal Opera House. Dining tickets for £125 include a two course meal.


Summer tearoom opening, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, near Steyning, selected dates until 6 July 

The Artisan Bakehouse, in a lovely garden setting near Steyning, is open to the public from 5 June until 6 July every Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday 12 – 5pm serving award-winning lunches, freshly baked warm bread, cakes, scones and afternoon teas. If you want to have a go at creating something tasty yourself, take a look at its workshops coming up – they sell out early so get thinking Christmas (yes, really!) now.


Towner Film, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Sat 7 Jul to Thurs 30 Aug

In honour of the centenary of the 1918 Suffrage Act, each week throughout summer Eastbourne’s Towner gallery will be putting on a feature film directed by a female filmmaker they love. Among those coming up are Holly Hunter in The Piano, Nora Twomey’s Oscar nominated animation The Breadwinner, which tells the tale of a young girl forced to dress as a boy to provide for her family under Taliban rule, and the animated adaptation of Majane Satrapi’s memoir Persepolis which recalls her youth as a punk loving teenager in Iran.


Hastings Fringe, various venues, throughout July 

Hastings Fringe takes over the town throughout July. There will be more than 60 performances to be held over 10 venues across Hastings & St Leonards including theatre, spoken word, cabaret, music, film and visual arts. A drunk Macbeth on 8 July and an evening combining Vivienne Westwood and Elvis on 19 July are among the more unusual options.



Luna Beach Cinema, beside the Palace Pier, Brighton, Thurs June 14 –  Sun July 15  


Luna Beach Cinema is now open! Just to the to east of Brighton’s Palace Pier you’ll find a big screen showing feature films and all the key action from Wimbledon and the World Cup. The movie programme includes perrenial faves like Dirty Dancing, Grease and recent hit The Greatest Showman and Quadrophenia gets an outing in the city where it was filmed. There are heaps of family-friendly screenings too like Finding Nemo, Paddington 2 and Beauty and the Beast.

Deanland photo/art exhibition, 35 North, Brighton, Sat 9 June onwards

John Brockliss and Alexander Johnson have collaborated to produce an exhibition of documentary photographs and artworks produced over 18 months in Sussex and inspired by a little-known former WWII RAF fighter base near Ripe in the South Downs. A new 88 page hardback book which tells the Deanland story in depth is also available at the gallery and from Waterstones. It features a foreword by Antony Penrose, director of the Lee Miller Archives recounting his memories of the airfield.

There But Not There, art installation, Arundel cathedral & St Nicholas Church, Arundel, 10 May –  11 Nov

93 transparent silhouettes of fallen WW1 soldiers have taken their position on the pews of Arundel Cathedral and nearby St Nicholas Church as the town hosts the largest ever installation by There But Not There. The charitable project commemorates the service of WW1 soldiers whilst raising money for Help For Heroes: Hidden Wounds and others. Each silhouette represents the shadow of a real WW1 soldier who never came home and bears a plaque with a name. They will be there until Armistice Day.

Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm/ Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 23 May – 2 Sept / 26 May – 16 Sept

Dorothy Bohm, Point to Point Race Sussex, © Dorothy Bohm Archive.jpg

Muddy Awards Best Gallery finalist Pallant House has a new free exhibition on the internationally celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm (now aged 93) bringing together for the first time her black and white photographs of Sussex in the 60s and 70s.  Steam fairs at Horsham, racing at Goodwood, the seafront at Brighton and racing at Parham are included. Meanwhile Tate St Ives’ Virginia Woolf exhibition is also visiting Pallant this summer, opening 26 May. It features over 80 female artists, with works from 1854 upwards that represent central ideas of Woolf’s writing.

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion, until 25 Aug

WMA has teamed up with the British Museum for the first time for a special exhibition exploring Japanese men’s fashion during the Edo period (1615-1868). The BM has brought items out of storage for the summer in a rare display of clothes, accessories and prints spanning 200 years. Entry is free.

In her Shoes, Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, near Petersfield, 5 May to 2 Sept

Mary Ann Bullock practices her signature

The National Trust’s Uppark House is commemorating the centenary of the granting of women’s right to vote with an exhibition about five intriguing women who shaped its history. Among them teenage Emma Hart was rumored to have danced on the table for the Prince Regent before becoming famous as Lord Nelson’s mistress Lady Hamilton. Mary Ann Bullock’s story is more the stuff of romantic fiction. In the 1820s Uppark’s owner Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, then in his seventies, fell in love with her when he heard her singing in the dairy. They married, and the 20-year-old bride went to Paris to learn the social skills required for her new station in life. Free, but normal admission prices apply.




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