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Thurs 12 - Fri 20 April

Spring tearoom opening, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, near Steyning, selected dates 17 April – 11 May

Spring has sprung and that’s a great excuse for scones! The Artisan Bakehouse, in a lovely garden setting near Steyning, is open to the public from 17 April through until 11 May every Tues, Weds, Thurs and Friday 12 – 5pm serving award-winning lunches, freshly made bread, cakes, scones and afternoon teas. If you want to have a go at creating something tasty yourself, take a look at the two-day Serious about Sourdough class coming up with internationally renowned baker and author Emmanuel Hadjiandreou on 22 and 23 May.

Brianiac Live, Eastbourne Hippodrome, Sat 14 April 

Strap on your safety goggles, the live science show for kids, based on the TV series is back. Expect exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and daredevil stunts. It’s £16 for adults, £14 for kids or £48 for a family of four and is on at a child-friendly 2.00pm.

Turn of the Screw, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Wed 18- Sun 21 April

Henry James’ much-loved classic ghost story is on tour and stopping into Worthing this month. Set in 1840 it concerns a young governess who agrees to look after two orphans, in a seemingly idyllic country house. But she starts to realises there are ‘The Others ‘- ghosts of its troubled past.  It’s promised to be faithful to the original and capture its much-celebrated ambiguity. If you’ve seen and enjoyed The Woman in Black this will be right up your street. Tickets are £24.50

Food & drink quiz, Hungry Guest Café, Petworth, Thurs 19 April

Calling all foodies! Do you know your Chanterelle from your Shiitake? Your Roquefort to Gorgonzola? If so then book a spot at this food and drink themed quiz night from Petworth super-deli and cafe the Hungry Guest. Tickets are £10 each including a glass of wine and sharing boards and you’ve a chance to win a hamper. The vent is at the cafe but pick up your tickets from the deli in Middle Street.

Ed Byrne: Spolier Alert, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Thurs 19 April 

I love Ed Byrne to an extent it gets my husband twitchy. He was one of the first comedians I got into back when he took apart Alanis Morissette’s song Ironic line by line for being nothing of the sort. I saw his show last year and he’s still got plenty to say… and in an Irish accent – what’s not to like?  This time he asks are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong, or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Tickets are £24.

Sussex Race Day, Plumpton Racecourse, Sun 15 April

A farmer’s market with added horses – no, not in the sausages, this isn’t France! It’s all part of Sussex Race Day at Plumpton which features added local food and music. Advance adult tickets are from £16 for grandstand and paddock (if booked by Sat 14 April), £18 on the day and under 18s go free. I had a family day out here myself over Easter, it was good fun and easy to get close to the action.

Grease Sing-along, Connaught cinema, Worthing, Thurs 19, Sat 21 and Sun 22 April.

Have you got chills? Are they multiplying? I prescribe sing-along Grease, celebrating 40 years of the classic musical at Worthing. Tickets are £7.

John Robbins: The Darkness of Robins, The Capitol, Horsham, Sat 14 April

He won the top prize in comedy last year – The Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as the Perrier Award), he pops up on TV a lot and now he’s here in Sussex at the Capitol for one night only. Grab one of the last few tickets quick for his angst ridden stand-up show, they’re £15.50. 

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

Still a few events to catch for the tail end of Brighton Wine Week, at Fourth and Church, Butler’s Wine Cellars, La Cave a Fromage and more.

.Signs of Spring Children’s event / Children’s photography club, Railway Land, Lewes, Fri 13 April/ Sun 22 April – 13 May

Pop down to the Railway Land Wildlife Trust on 13 April for pond dipping, a bird walk, arts, crafts and seed planting for £4.50 per child (non-members). Talking Trees Woodland Playgroup will also be running a woodland cafe and forest school taster sessions. On April 22 – Sun 13 May there’s a photography club for 8 – 13s run by Wildlife expert Steve Homewood (£48 for non-members).

Pop-up restaurant, Eggs to Apples, Hurst Green, Fri 13 April

Staurday night is sold out but if you’re quick you may get one of the last places at the Friday night No Fixed Abode pop-up at this Muddy Award-winning farm shop. Kent lamb, smoked haddock and , for the unsentimental, rabbit in wine are all part of a tasting menu for £45 with a wine pairing option for £25.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Brighton Dome Wed 18 April, Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Thurs 19 April 

Catch this series of inspiring and adventurous films touring around the UK courtesy of this prestigious mountain film festival. The full programme includes Edge, featuring 90-year-old iceskating wundergran Yvonne Dowlen; and Stump, a documentary that follows fearless rock climber Maureen Beck, born missing a lower arm. Amazing stuff. It’s up at Brighton Dome on 18 April (a different set of films than appeared there last month) and at The Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 19 April.

Noggin the Nogg, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Fri 13 April

‘In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea…’ Noggin the Noggin and his brilliantly monikered nemesis Nogbad the Bad had been off on their viking sagas a fair while before I even caught them as a kid. They used to be a cardboard stop animation series, now they’re set to enchant a new generation in a live show with puppets which handily coincides with the Easter hols. Tickets are £14.

FREE pet goodie bags, The Pet Shed, Fiveways, Brighton, while stocks last 

Animal Aladdin’s cave The Pet Shed at Fiveways in Brighton has FREE goodie bags to give away to Muddy readers worth over £25 each and tailor-made for your furry, feathered or scaly friends while stocks last! Simply pop in and say Muddy Stilettos sent you!

Brighton Rock, Theatre Royal, Winchester, Hants, Thurs 19 – Sat 21 April 

If you’re within striking distance of Winchester here’s another chance to catch this great production of Graham Greene’s chilling story of teenage murderer Pinkie, his gang rivals and his naive new wife. It’s well worth the trip for the great acting and an inventive set.  Tickets are from £26. See my review here from when it was in Brighton.

Alice in Wonderland, Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 13 April – 15 Apr

You’ll want to catch this HARE-larious Easter holiday production, showing at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, this Easter. Join Alice as she takes a tumble down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of, er, Wonderland. Grin along with your mudlets like a pack of Cheshire cats as you go on this epic adventure, meeting zany new friends along the way.


Peter Rabbit Goes Wild, Wakehurst, Ardingly, 30 March – 15 April 

Sussex’s Kew outpost Wakehurst has Peter Rabbit-themed activities this Easter. There’ll be crafts and storytelling, a chocolate egg trail, a sack race and the chance to learn more about garden veg and get your hands dirty in the potting shed. Most activities are free (£4 for the egg trail) with standard admission and under 16s get in free. Hop to it!  Also get booked up for badger watching on Tues nights from 10 April!

A big day out with Peter Rabbit™, Kew Gardens, Surrey, 30 Mar – 15 April 

More Peter at Kew in Surrey where Easter sees the start of a new trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. More permanent pleasures include the tree top walk, the 17 metre tall Hive sensory experience, a 14,000 tree arboretum and the Palm House.

Flashdance – the musical,  Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 9 – Sat 14 April

I saw this musical version of the hit film a few years back in London and it’s good 80’s-tastic fun. Now it’s on tour and dropping into Brighton, starring Strictly’s Joanne Clifton and A1’s Ben Adams. Want to go? Take your passion and make it happen… or at least buy a ticket, they’re from £19.40.

Works by Wolf, Monk’s House Garden, Rodmell, near Lewes, selected dates Wed 28 March – 18 April

©National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Hear some of Virginia Wolf’s most famous works in the very garden where they were written, read aloud by Larry Yates. The 17th century house reopens for the season on 28 March and the readings will take place twice in the afternoons of 28 and 31 March and 4, 7, 11 and 14 of April. The event is free but normal admission charges apply (adults £6).

Automata on the Pier with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Hastings, until Sun 15 April 

Some wonderfully quirky mechanical creations have come to Hastings Pier thanks to Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. The toys and contraptions are on display in the Memories Room. See Matt Smith’s swimming fish, Peter Markey’s wave machines and Paul Spooner’s spaghetti-eating man in a bath. Sue to inspire some creativity with Meccano back home. It’s open daily 10am-5pm and admission is free.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, various National Trust properties, Mar 30 – Apr 15

©Racoon London

More room for choccy eggs? Whether your little-ones are playing detective or wildlife explorer, there’s a chocolatey treat at the end of every National Trust Easter egg hunt, with plenty of games and activities to keep them entertained. Devil’s Dyke, Sheffield Park, Nymans, Alfriston Clergy House, Standen Park, Petworth House, Birling Gap, Monk’s House and Bateman’s are all taking part. Use the link to find a hunt near you. There’s a small charge on top of admission.

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.


Cruise Inspirations Show, Baldwins Travel Group, Sun 29 April 

Thinking of setting sail? These guys will steer you right. Sussex and Kent travel agency Baldwins is putting on a dedicated cruise day at Bewl Water with over 25 experts from sea and river cruising on hand to  answer your questions and inspire you for your next trip. Book free fast track entry ahead.

Eurovision party, Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton, Sat 12 May


The UK entry for Eurovision 2018 was selected at a televised event in Brighton this year and now you can cheer SuRie on at this Brighton institution, the annual Duke of York’s party.  I’ve been before and it’s great fun with the overblown power ballads and terrible Europop on screen accompanied by serious dressing up and camping up, with games in the interval, silly signs, goody bags and trashy raffle prizes. Tickets cost from £21 and it usually sells out early.

Birdsong, The Capitol, Horsham, Mon 23 to Sat 28 April 

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Birdsong is the hit stage show based on Sebastian Faulks’ world famous novel. The story is set in pre-war France, when a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with Isabelle Azaire. Faced with the unprecedented horror of war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as the world turns upside down and explodes around him.

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