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What’s On this weekend in Sussex

Fri 6 - Sun 8 April

Family Day, Fontwell Park, Fri April 6 

If the kids are having chocolate egg withdrawal by the end of Easter week, get them to Fontwell Park racecourse where they get in free and there’s an Easter Egg Hunt, mini Fairground Rides, bouncy castles, face painting, a balloon artist, and a petting zoo, with lambs, chicks, rabbits, ducklings and guinea pigs.

Beatles Day, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Sun 8 April 

The Beatles appeared at the White Rock Theatre in the Sixties and the venue likes to twist and shout about it every year with a special day of bands playing the Fab Four’s music in various styles including rock, jazz, blues, funk, soul, pop, dance and heavy metal. There’ll be 90 acts over three stages and every penny raised goes to Macmillan Cancer Support, so get on your dancing trousers and get down there. Tickets are £16 (£8.50 for under 15s), or £9.75 each when four are bought together as a family ticket.

The Christians, The Old Market, Hove Fri 6 April 

In an ideal world, the Christians would be touring right here in Sussex – oh look, they are. The 80s and 90s hit band founded by brothers from Liverpool is still going strong. Catch Garry Christian’s lovely vocals in Hove for £23.

Teen coastal photography workshops, Itchenor Sailing Club, near Chichester, 6 and 13 April 

Chichester Harbour has wonderful light and plenty of visual interest from people, dogs, sky, boats, birds and even seals. Ali Warner is running photography workshops for teens during the hols on 6 April (13-15 yrs) and 13 April (16-18 yrs). They run from 09.30-16.30, meeting at Itchenor Sailing Club, and cost £80 each.

Brighton Wine Week, various locations, Thurs 5 – Sun 15 April 

Whoopee, Easter’s over but there’s more indulgence on the cards. Brighton Wine Week sees all sorts of pairing dinners – Argentinian at Brighton Harbour Hotel, Mediterranean at the Salt Room, Ridgeview at Murmurs and Redroaster… and special tastings like Spanish and Austrian at Butler’s Wine Cellars. There are also tours and more.

Stop Animation workshop, DC1 Gallery & Cafe, Eastbourne, Sat 7 April

Animazing does some great workshops for kids and this holiday is no exception. 8 – 16s can spend three hours working on a stop animation project from set and character building to filming and publishing on You Tube. It costs £12. Drop them off, or stay to watch.

Trail, craft and events, Borde Hill, Good Fri 30 March – Sat 14 April

Borde Hill’s garden and adventure playground are open daily 10am – 5pm and there are free craft kits, and puzzle trail sheets that lead to a chocolate prize. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny on selected days from Good Friday to Wed 4 April. There’s also storytelling for families on 4 and 14 April and face painting and balloon modelling on 5 April. Normal admission prices apply plus £2 for trails. Picnics and dogs on leads are welcome.

Spring offer, Park House Hotel & Spa, near Midhurst, Mon 2 April – Thurs 3 May

Park House has an enticing stay and pampering midweek offer for April and May. Book a midweek night’s stay and for £185 enjoy a three-course dinner for two, full use of the hotel and spa facilities and £65 each towards a spa treatment. It’s valid Monday – Thursday nights from 2 April until 3 May 2018 subject to availability.

Byline Festival, Pippingford Park near Uckfield, Aug, ticket offer ends soon

This journalistic-themed festival mixes debate and workshops with music, comedy and more, in a low-key, good value event, with free camping. The line-up so far includes visits from John Cleese, Hugh Grant, Gary Lineker and Andy Hamilton plus the Cambridge Analytica whistleblowers in debate. Ticket prices are rising again next week so if you want to grab a bargain check out the offers and join me there (no, you can’t share my tent!)

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