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What’s On in June in Sussex

June 2019

Diary at the ready? Here’s your starter for ten for June in date order. Don’t forget to look out for our weekly updates. For more family friendly events, see our Half Term Guide.

Mothers Ruin, A Cabaret about Gin, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Fri 31 May & Sat 1 June

More gin, this time with a comic show attached! A raucous musical journey through 18th century London, a few New York speakeasies, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru to discover a little more about our favourite drop. This sold out well in advance last time it was in town, so bag a ticket now. Tickets are from £16.50 and you get a free G&T!

Indian supper club, Billycan Camping, Manor Farm, Arundel, Sat 1 June

Campfire curry? Sounds heavenly. Learn to prepare a lamb mince starter and wholemeal Indian paratha (naan bread) followed by an Indian inspired 4 course dinner in the beautiful surroundings of BillyCan farmland with Jaya who runs an Indian cookery school in Surrey. £60 per adult, £75 for adult and one child, £85 for an adult and two children


Shift, The Old Market, Hove, 28 May – 2 June

The Barely Methodical Troupe are returning to The Old Market with their latest show, Shift. The contemporary circus outfit have been creating a storm over the last five years with their shows Bromance and Kin. This one involves some incredible use of elastic. Check out the Muddy review. Tickets are £12.

Jim Tavaré: From Deadpan to Bedpan, Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant, Brighton, Fri 31 May and Sat 1 June

In 2017 comedian, BAFTA award winner, Harry Potter actor and double bassist Jim Tavaré was involved in a near fatal car crash in LA. He lived to tell the tale and is bringing it to the stage, drawing the shock and humour from a time of 30 broken bones, collapsed lungs and sky high US medical bills. I saw the show when it was in Horsham and it’s a remarkable tale (involving a cute dog as well!) supported by not too gory slides. The show at Brighton Fringe is free (donations as you leave) on 31 May and 1 June.

The Rocky Horror Show, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 27 May – Sat 1 June

Think you could do the Timewarp again? You’ll be pleased to know that a high energy production of the musical is live in Eastbourne till the first of June. With comedian Steve Punt playing the narrator and Strictly‘s Joanna Clifton as Janet. Get out your fishnets and vamp it up! Tickets are from £16 -£39.

Glastonwick 2019, Church Farm, Coombes, Fri 31 May – Sun 2 June

Adur’s 24th annual Beer, Music and Poetry festival kicks off June with 75+ cask-conditioned beers, cider, perry, food… and three days of entertainment from 20 bands, musicians and poets, including Attila The Stockbroker and John Hegley, all performing their own original material. Weekend tickets: £65 with camping, £50 without camping. Individual tickets: Friday £15, Saturday £25, Sunday £10.

Creative writing workshop, Monk’s House, Rodmell, Lewes, Sat 1 June

How about this for inspiration? Local writer, Helen Stockton delivers a day of creative writing at the one time home of Virginia Woolf. Enjoy the relaxed setting of Monk’s House and write in a marque in the garden, using the surroundings as encouragement along with a range of exercises, prompts and the work of other writers, including Woolf herself. Suitable for all abilities, the workshop runs 10:30 – 16:30 and costs £55.

Laura Davis: Ghost Machine, Komedia bar, Brighton, Sat 1 June 

I was recommended Laura’s previous show by another comedian and it didn’t disappoint. The Australian stand-up had a confidence beyond her years and a really strong (in all senses) set. Feminist, original and a little surreal, she somehow managed to combine angry and relaxed. I’ve booked for this one, and it has picked up awards but based on before I’d say it’s not one for you if you’re easily offended. Oh, and she does the show in a sheet! Tickets are £10.

Focus10K family charity run at Borde Hill, near Haywards Heath, Sun 2 June

There’s a family-friendly Focus10K run at Borde Hill on 2nd June – a cross country/trail running event with 5k and 10k, children’s mini mile and a team relay. There are refreshments and entertainment in the race village including circus skills face painting besides. Money raised goes to supporting children and young people with complex disabilities at Chailey Heritage foundation.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, encore cinema screening Chichester Sun 2 June/ Brighton Mon 3 June/Tunbridge Wells  Sat 15 & Sun 16 June

This thrilling, audacious and witty production is best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 2019, this re-imagining of the classic tale is being shown again at cinemas in June including Chichester on Sun 2 June; Brighton on Mon 3 June and Tunbridge Wells on Sat 15 and Sun 16 June,
Use the link to find your nearest screening.

Half term events, various locations, Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 

Kids at home for Half Term? You’re over hump day! If you’re out of ideas, there are events still current in our special What’s On for the school hols including pirate hunts, theatre and Roman Week activities.

The Lady Boys of Bangkok: Greatest Showgirls Tour, Hove Lawns daily until Sun 2 June / Bognor Tues 4 June

Bring a bit of glitz into your life and get along to see the hugely popular Lady Boys of Bangkok – currently celebrating their 21st birthday with their slickly choreographed, sequin-covered take on a host of popular songs. They are at the specially erected Sabai Pavilion on Hove Lawns daily until 2 June with double performances on some dates. The show moves on to Bognor for a 4 June show. We went a long and had a great time. See the Muddy review.

Dinosaur World Live, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 4 – Wed 5 June 

This interactive family show brings life-like beasts to the stage, so if your child would like to tickle T-Rex under the chin get get some tickets in the bag.

Avenue Q, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 4 – Sat 8 June

It’s the hit West End puppet show that you definitely don’t want kids to see. Characters in a New York street struggle to get to grips with life’s issues in a laugh-filled adult show from the creators of The Book of Mormon. Tickets from £15.90, ages 14+

Gentlemen’s Day, Brighton Racecourse, Fri 7 June

Start the weekend early and head down to Brighton Racecourse for a fantastic day out with pals. Not only will there be seven races to enjoy but entertainers, vintage bars and more. There’s also a free shuttle bus to and from Brighton Station. Gates open at 12.00 and the first race is at 14.00.

World Crazy Golf Championships, Hastings Adventure Golf, Fri 7 – Sun 9 June

The World Crazy Golf Championships is back in Hastings and for the first time, in its 17-year history, there’s a junior competition category just for children. Hitting those balls through windmills and the like is serious stuff for competitors with a total £4,500 prize fund. The junior category for 8 to 14s will be played on Fri 7, June at 5.30pm. The novice competition is Sat 8 June, while the crazy golf professional category (yes, it’s a thing) is over Sat 8 and Sun 9. There are also prizes for ‘best dressed’ and ‘personality of the competition’. Register in advance or go along to watch. It’s £3 entry fee for children rising to £40 for ‘professionals’.

Summer of Circus, Worthing Theatres, Sat 8 June – Mon 26 Aug

Belly of the Whale. Mark Dawson Photography

Worthing’s Summer of the Circus has launched with shows indoors and out from now into August. There’s a free Family Fun day on Sat 8 June including circus meets sculpture outdoor show Belly of The Whale workshops. There’s also an aerial taster session – eeek – for adults on Mon 24 Jun and for children on 29 Jul. See the full line up on the link.

Mud Monsters Run, near East Grinstead, Sun 9 June

Are you up for tackling the fun Mud Monsters Run obstacle course challenge near East Grinstead? Grab your partner or friends and take on slides, walls, tyres, streams, monkey bars and more in pursuit of a medal. There are 5km, 10km and 20km circuits to choose from and the spirit is camaraderie more than competition. The next Mud Monsters Run is on 9 June. Entry from £49, with discounts for teams of 10+

Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Sun 9 June

Never has there been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. In this show QI regular and Muddy favourite Rich Hall dismantles the tenuous relationship between the two countries and dissects Trump’s America but ends up in a celebration of Americana with improvised comic ballads and foot-stomping tunes. Tickets from £21.15. (Photo by Matt Stronge).

Fight Club, 20th anniversary screening, The Old Market, Hove, 11 June

The first rule of Fight Club is … oops, I’ve just talked about it. The film starring Brad Pitt is celebrating its 20th anniversary – yes, really, and The Old Market has a special screening to mark the occasion. Tickets are £6 but, shh, I didn’t tell you.

Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival, Wed 12 – Sun 16 June

Professional up-and-coming comics descend on Hastings in mid June for five days of fun. Improvised movie musical Notflix; 1960s comedy party Honey’s Happening and stand-up from Tony Law and Dane Baptiste are among highlights.

Meet the Distiller, The Highdown, Goring-by-Sea, Thurs 13th June

Get better aquainted with your G&T at this Meet the Gin Distiller Night at the Highdown. Sandhills Gin Distillery in Witley will be on hand to joining us on Thursday 13th June at 7pm and will talk you through several of their gins served up with some nibbles. The event is free call 01903 924 670 or email to reserve a space.

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt, (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor), The Hawth, Crawley, Fri 14 June

Medic-turned comedian Adam Kay’s bestselling book This Is Going To Hurt is a jaw-dropper. In his live stage show he shares more hilarious and horrifying entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this evening of stand-up and music. There are two shows on 14 June and it’s down to limited availability but the 9.30 show is your best bet for a ticket. £27.50.

Sculpture Trail, 20th anniversary, Borde Hill Gardens, near Haywards Heath, until 30 Sept

Picture by Jim Holden

Love art but don’t fancy being stuck inside a gallery on a sunny day? The wonderful Borde Hill sculpture trail is back for summer with static and kinetic creations and it’s a special 20th anniversary year. There are over 100 art works and most are available to buy if you’ve the budget. Free with admission.

Borde Hill Gardens

Little Miss Sunshine, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tue 11 – Sat 15 June

Photo by Richard H Smith

Loved the film? Now it’s an off-Broadway hit musical with Lucy O’Byrne of The Voice and Mark Moraghan from Emmerdale, Corrie and Holby City. The Hoover family piles into their rickety old campervan to make an 800 mile road trip so young Olive can compete in a beauty pagaent in this uplifting tale celebrating difference and family quirks.

Wine tasting dinner, The Dorset Arms, Withyham, Wed 12 June

How does a six course wine-matched menu with bubbles on arrival sound? Mighty fine we think. The Dorset Arms at Withyham, a recent Muddy Awards finalist, is holding a Berry Bros. & Rudd wine tasting dinner hosted by head chef Simon Brazier, wine expert Martin Sheen and Owner Lord de la Warr. There will be wine matched to each course, with dishes including scallops with saffron risotto and pancetta and a venison steak with purple sprouting broccoli and mash. Sounds like a great way to treat yourself or a loved one. Tickets are £75.

Bexhill Festival of Music, Sat 25 May – Sun 1 July

Now in it’s thirteenth year, the festival presents a programme with internationally renowned performers, live music and local talent including school pupils. Genres span Country & Western, Jazz, Choral, Folk, Rock & Roll. Highlights include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the De La Warr Pavilion and guitarist and composer Richard Durrant with an acoustic set in St Peter’s Church. It all ends with Last Night of the Bexhill Proms’ on Sun 1 July.

All About Eve, NT Live, encore screenings, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead, Thurs 13 June 

Gillian Anderson is leading the cast of All About Eve reprising the role played by Bette Davis in the 1950 film, while Lily James, no less, stars as her ‘biggest fan’ in this tale of obsession and jealousy. The live cinema screenings sold out fast but there are still a few encores coming up. It’s being screened at East Grinstead on 13 June. Tickets are £14.50.

Jazz Dance Company: Iconic, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Sun 16 June

The Jazz Dance Company returns to Eastbourne with a new cast of professional performers performing Hip Hop, Commercial and Contemporary to Music Theatre, Tap, Technical and Lyrical Jazz and celebrating idols including Elvis Presley Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly. Tickets are £15.

Father’s Day Lunch, Herstmonceux Castle, Sun 16 June


Planning ahead for Fathers’ Day? Herstmonceux Castle has a three course lunch on offer which can be combined with a walk about the gardens and grounds that should have dad feeling a little like royalty. Adults £25, children 4-17 £15.

The Girl on the Train, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 17 – Sat 22 June

The book by Paula Hawkins was a total page turner, then came the film and now there’s a stage play to complete the trio. Starring Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Game On, Kingsman) critics are raving about the show, and even if you already know the story of unreliable narrator Rachel Watson and her obsession with her past life and people she’s glimpsed from the train, apparently there are still plenty of surprises in the play. Tickets from £13.

Nature Valley International Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, 21 – 29 June

Anyone for tennis? The International Eastbourne tennis tournament is back. It’s a WTA Premier level and ATP 250 level tournament so a chance to see some top players pre-Wimbledon. Tickets range from free to £71 with qualifying matches on the outer courts and warm up on the practice courts cheaper than centre court.  I’ve been the last couple of years and it’s an exciting event.

An evening of Eric & Ern, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Sat 22 June

There was a time when the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show was watched by millions. Now the late comedians’ best sketches are being resurrected in this seasonal live show that getting great reviews. I can’t believe no one’s thought of this before! It’s back in Sussex at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre in June.

Brighton Comedy Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, 19 – 23 June

Brighton Comedy Garden is coming to town for the first time, setting up a big top in Preston Park over 19 – 23 June for a festival of stand-up. Adam Hills, Nish Kumar and Alan Davies are among those in shows with tickets still up for grabs. It’s £20 – £25 a ticket for four or five comedy acts. (We’ve also  chance for you to win four top tickets to see Sara Pascoe, Nina Conti, Zoe Lyons and Ivo Graham on Sat 22 June plus a cocktail each in our latest Reader Treat – enter here!)

Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, The Hawth, Crawley, Sun 23 Jun

Photo by NathanGallagher

Psst here’s something for kids that adults can also enjoy – I know, I’ve seen the show myself. Beatboxer extraordinaire SK Shlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. In this show he gets children involved and teaches them some tricks. I took my nephews the other year and they produced their own impromptu mini iPhone beatbox video afterwards. Tickets are £7.50 (Family of four £26) and there’s usually a chance to buy a signed CD afterwards.

Chris Difford, Komedia, Brighton, Mrs Yarringtons Music Club, Battle, Tue 25 Jun 

Squeeze’s Chris Difford is back gigging in Sussex this month, the award-winning lyricist wrote hits like Up The Junction and Cool For Cats along with Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook and has had a successful solo career besides. This time he’s in the intimate Mrs Yarringtons Music Club in Battle. Tickets are £2o.


Underbelly Festival, Southbank Centre, London 27 May – 29 Sept

The Underbelly in it’s Edinburgh carnation

The giant purple cow returns for summer with a fun-packed programme of circus acts, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and kids’ shows. You can also feast on street food from the riverside vendors and grab a drink at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars. It’s a mini fringe at one venue!


Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Brighton Museum, 18 May – 8 Sept

On loan from the Natural History Museum, the wonderful images that made the cut for this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year are in Brighton for the next few months. Discover images capturing extraordinary animal behaviour and awe-inspiring landscapes and uncover surprising and sometimes challenging stories behind the photographs. Usual museum entry applies (adults £4, free to Brighton residents).

Replicate Your Clothes workshops, Sew in Brighton, May, June and July dates

Been glued (or Velcroed?) to the Great British Sewing Bee? Brush up your own skills on one of the popular Replicate Your Clothes workshops from Sew in Brighton. Make a pattern from a fave outfit to recreate in a different fabric, or tweak the original. There are several dates coming up.


Shakespeare’s Globe comes to Brighton Open Air Theatre, 10 – 13 July

 One of my fave days of last summer was spent with a hat and a picnic watching the Globe at BOAT. They’re back again with the same format whereby audience cheers decide which play gets performed on the day with a choice of The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Twelfth Night this year. Tickets have just been released. Book now for 10 – 13 July. £17.50, or £45 for a family ticket.

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