What’s On in September in Sussex
Bat Detectorists/ Rockpool Adventure, Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, Fri 30 Aug / Sat 7 Sept
A Bat Detectorists event is coming up at Firle Farm on Fri 30 Aug, part of the Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters site, near Eastbourne. There’s also a guided Rockpool Adventure on 7 Sept. Outside this date you can pick up a beach scavenger hunt tracker pack to explore by yourselves.
Artwave, Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven, Sat 17 Aug – 1 Sept
Artwave takes in three towns and their surrounding villages over three weekends and showcases the work of talented local artists. It’s not just about galleries, you get to mooch about in studios, gardens, workshops and artists’ own homes for free. There are over 150 venues with all sorts of work to admire and buy. There are also family events to tie in with free children’s workshops also art-related play sessions at Depot cinema.
The Secret Garden, Battle Abbey, Sun 1 Sept
Battle Abbey will see the more gentle drama of The Secret Garden performed by Chapterhouse touring theatre group at the end of summer. It’s £17.60 for adults, £12.10 for children or £49.22 for a family of four.
Wiggly Weekend, Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green, Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sept
Fishers Adventure Farm Park ends the school hols with a Wiggly Weekend with the chance to get hands on with reptiles, bugs and amphibians on 31 Aug – 1 Sept. There will also be tractor and trailer rides, animal handling sessions, watery fun in Splash Attack plus the Sky Fall jump onto a giant stunt pillow!
Gangsta Granny, Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham Sun 1 Sept
Bring a picnic (cabbage cake perhaps?) to this historic spot and settle down to a performance of David Walliam’s fun tale of a cabbage and Scrabble-loving Granny who has a secret double life as a jewel thief. Adults £16.50, children £10.50.
Various films, Movies by Moonlight, South Lodge Hotel, Horsham, early Sept
South Lodge Hotel at Lower Beeding, near Horsham has an open air screen where you can bring a picnic, or splash out on a special three-course dinner (£58 including film) beforehand. With the dinner package you can plump for A Star Is Born (limited availability) on Sept 2. With your own picnic (£16 for the film) you can chose from Bohemian Rhapsody (Sept 1) or Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again (8 Sept).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wakehurst, Ardingly, Sat 31 Aug & Sun 1 Sept
There’s an Elizabethan costume production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a musical score at Wakehurst at the end of August. Chapterhouse Theatre Company present the Bard’s rom com on 31 Aug and 1 Sept. Tickets are £16 adults, £11 children or £46 for a family of four. There’s also an option to splash out and book a picnic hamper with various options from afternoon tea style, to ploughman’s or an indulgent Taste of Sussex
Borde Hill’s Musical Picnics, Sun 1 Sept
Bring a picnic and relax in this beautiful family-friendly garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday, free with admission. The next up are blues classics from Willie Austen and Paul Stenton on 1 Sept as part of the Harley-Davidson Bikes and Brews event between noon and 15.00. The sculpture trail and children’s trails are still on besides.
Hitchcock post-war/ Cops seasons, Depot, Lewes 2 Sept and later dates
Catch the last of a trio of post-war Hitchcocks at Depot with Rope and Strangers on a Train playing on Mon 2 Sept. A Cops season then begins with Bullitt on Thurs 19, The French Connection on Thurs 24 and Dirty Harry on Sun 29 Sept.
South Coast Soul Review, Ropetackle fundraisier, The Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, Fri 6 Sept
I saw in the new year with excellent soul and funk band South Coast Soul Review really giving it some welly to make sure everyone was in the party spirit. The band is back at Muddy-award winning venue The Ropetackle supported by Lindsey Oliver and The Frank Greene Band. It’s a fundraiser gig to help keep the volunteer-run venue stay open, so an extra good reason to buy some of the £20 tickets.
Outdoor cinema: Bohemian Rhapsody/Jurassic Park, The Holbrook Club, Horsham, Fri 6 Sept/Sat 21 Sept
This year’s smash Bohemian Rhapsody (6 Sept) is the musical movies outdoors on the edge of Horsham while Jurassic Park claws its way back on 21 Sept.
Igniting intimacy, Brooklands Barn, Arundel, Fri Sept 6
Igniting Intimacy, an Erotic Blueprints Masterclass is among the latest wellness retreats hosted by prettily-situated 19th century Brooklands Barn at Arundel. We’re assured it doesn’t involved getting naked in front of strangers but is ‘a pleasure filled evening of erotic enlightenment, discovery, fun and a few giggles too’ that will teach you to map your body and give you a sexy new game to play. £15 singles, £25 couples including fizz and nibbles. There are numerous other wellness retreats of a day or more coming up at Brooklands Barn including several incorporating yoga.
Horsham International Film Festival, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 6 – Thurs 12 Sept
A chance to see an eclectic mix of films from independent distributors, plus foreign language films and documentaries that might otherwise pass you by. Among titles from Sweden, France and Spain is the NT Live production of Fleabag. £6 per film (excluding NT Live and special events). Book three films and get the fourth free.
Oklahoma! Chichester Festival Theatre, until Sat 7 Sept
Chichester Festival Theatre’s big summer musical Oklahoma! is here, starring Josie Lawrence, Les Misérables alumni Hyoie O’Grady and Amara Okereke. Yee-ha! Tickets are from £10. Read the Muddy review.
South Downs cycle ride with Langham Brewery Tour, from and to Amberley, Sat 7 Sept and later dates
Here’s a great way to work hard then get a boozy reward, with someone else doing the driving. New Chalk Pit Trails will meet you at Amberley railway station with regular or electric mountain bikes, give you a route along the South Downs Way and beyond that takes you to Langham Brewery where you’ll have a two hour tour and tasting, then pick you up there and take you back to the station, all for £40 (£60 with e-bike). Read the Muddy review!
Amelie the Musical, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 9 – Sat 14 Sept
The famous five-time nominated Oscar movie Amelie is being adapted to the stage for the first time in the UK, with French-Canadian star Audrey Brisson taking on the lead role. It’s a quirky tale of love, kindness. Regular adults tickets are from £22. (Note it’s moving on to Southampton and Woking if they’re nearer your ‘hood).
Margaret Atwood live, various cinemas, Tues 10 Sept
As The testaments – sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is released, see author Margaret Atwood in conversation and readings form the new book by special guests broadcast live to a host of participating cinemas. Find your nearest on the link.
Pre-launch ‘soft’ bookings Coppa Club Brighton, Tues 10, Thurs 12 and Fri 13 Sept
Coppa Club in Brighton, long in the planning, is finally opening its doors in The Lanes, with cosy lounges and alfresco dining. During the ‘soft launch’ period you can get a sneak peak of things to come while the team are in training and enjoy 50% off your food bill. There are limited tables and time slots available during the pre-launch for brunch and lunch on 10, 12 and 13, so get in early to grab a bargain and get first bragging rights. The restaurant is then due to fully open on 16 Sept.
#TOMtech, various shows, The Old Market, Hove, Thurs 12 – Fri 20 Sept
#TOMtech – the annual festival of technology-powered art, is back at The Old Market in Hove, with more innovative gigs. Try the latest in immersive technology during VrLAB (Thurs 12 – Sun 15 Sept). Dance, technology and rainbow lasers (ooh!) collide in Choreocracy on Tues 17 Sept. There’s interactive theatre in The Justice Syndicate (Tues 17 – Fri 20 Sept), during which, via technology, the audience acts as jury. Then, new ‘mixed-reality’ theatre show Fatherland (Thurs 19 – Fri 20 Sept) covers a man constructing his own conspiracy theory. Adult tickets for most shows are £15.50 and there are limited £5 tickets for 16-25s for some but hurry, some are nearly sold out already.
The Red Lion, Horsham and nearby, various Sept dates
Written by the man behind Closer and with the same director as The Play That Goes Wrong, this character-based piece of theatre, set behind the scenes of ‘The Beautiful Game’. It starts its run at The Capitol on 16 and 17 Aug then you can catch it on multiple dates coming up in and near Horsham.
NT Live: Fleabag, various cinemas, Thurs 12 Sept and later dates
Tickets for the West End run of Fleabag were hotter than Andrew Scott’s priest and sold out in minutes but you can still catch Phoebe Waller-Bridge doing her monologue of the dysfunctional 30-something beamed live from Soho Theatre on 12 Sept. Find your local screening on the link below but be quick, they’re selling out fast. Happily some cinemas are doing several encore screenings.
Make a Jane Austin Picnic, Regency Town House, Hove, Thurs 12 Sept
Heritage cookery expert Paul Couchman leads a workshop at the Regency Townhouse inspired by the picnic in Jane Austin’s Emma with pies and syllabub on the menu. It runs 10.00 – 13.30 and costs £31 (if you book by 2 Sept) or £37. You get to eat what you make on the Brunswick Square lawns (or inside the townhouse of it rains).
‘The Coast is Queer’ Literature Festival, The Spire, Brighton, Thurs 12 – Sun 15 Sept
A radical new festival of LGBTQ+ writers is taking place thanks to pub theatre The Marlborough. The weekend of events, workshops, panel discussions and performances celebrates queer lives and writing. Speakers include Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Gimme Gimme Gimme), Juno Dawson (This Book Is Gay, Margot & Me) and Patrick Gale (Take Nothing With You, Notes From An Exhibition). Priced by event, some events free.
Mad Hatter’s tea party/cream tea walk/gin tasting, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, Fri 13/Wed 18 /Fri 20 Sept
There are some fun events coming up at the Artisan Bakehouse in for the Steyning and District Food Festival. On Fri 13 Sept, enjoy a touch of whimsy with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (£40) with staff dressed as characters from the Alice books and a jazz singer to entertain you. On Wed 18 Sept join a Tasty Walk (£20), combining a single course lunch at The Fountain pub with a guided walk along the River Adur then a strawberry cream tea at The Artisan Bakehouse. There’s then a Sussex Gin Tasting Evening on Fri 20 Sept (£45) with foraged gin makers Slake Spirits and sharing platters, fresh breads and even gin hot chocolate! Pre-booking for each event is essential.
Bohemian Rhapsody, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey 13 Sept
A late summer treats pops up on 13 Sept at the racecourse with one of the last chances to catch Bohemain Rhapsody outdoors this year.
Into the Trees festival, Pippingford Park, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Sept
From the same organisers as super-popular Elderflower Fields, low-key woodland family festival Into the Trees, takes place at lovely Pippingford Park on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. Expect the likes of archery, mountain boarding, kayaking – plus campfire sessions and a ceilidh if you’re camping overnight.
Hurst Festival, Hurstpierpoint, Sat 14 – Sun 29 Sept
This South Downs village punches above its weight when it comes to festival time with a packed programme spanning music, comedy, theatre, guided walks and family events. On the music side there’s jazz, blues, classical and Cajun. Kids’ events include Capture the Flag with camouflage tips from the Army cadets (14 Sept) and a pig walk, yes really (16 Sept). There’s also a talk from well-connected music film director Tim Pope (16 Sept) and two comedy nights (19 and 27 Sept). Super Sunday with a parade and family-friendly action down the High Street is on 15 Sept.
Brighton Triathlon, seafront, Sun 15 Sept
Brighton and Hove seafront will provide backdrop to the official Brighton and Hove Triathlon. Places are sold out (what a shame <cough>) but you can cheer the brave participants on as they run, cycle and swim to victory. There is also a Scootathlon for children aged 3 to 8 on the Saturday (more my level) and an Event Village with sportswear on sale, a climbing wall, street food and even a pop-up spa, all weekend on Hove Lawns.
The Favourite, Community Cinema, The Bell, Ticehurst, Wed 11 Sept
There’s another chance to catch The Favourite (15) starring Oscar-winning Olivia Colman on 11 Sept. The Bell in Ticehurst will be screening the comedy drama about a servant and courtier vying for the attention of Queen Anne. Tickets are £5, it starts at 20.00 and naturally food and drink is available.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thurs 19 to Sat 21 Sept
The tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the well-loved book by Judith Kerr, who recently died at the age of 95. It’s packed with sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. He drinks all the water in the taps you know… Tickets are from £14 and it’s aimed at ages 3+ See a trailer on the link. It will also be in Worthing in Oct.
Fresh:Art Fair, Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, Fri 20 – Sun 22 Sept (preview Thurs 19 Sept) FREE MUDDY TIX
This is major! Alongside mega-hits by Tracey Emin, Hockney, Banksy and Damien Hirst, this Chris Levine portrait of Her Maj (above) will be on display at Fresh:Art Fair at Ascot Racecourse. Some of the best galleries (Muddy Award-winning ones among them) in the UK and Ireland, will bring more than 6,000 pieces, priced from £500 to £5,000 (19 – 22 Sept). Check out 12 artists to keep an eye out for here. Snag yourself a FREE ticket to the private view (free wine music and first dibs), plus you ticket is valid all weekend – quote MUDDY at checkout.
Bolney Wedding Showcase, Bolney Wine Estate, Fri 20th Sept
Tying the knot? Bolney is hosting an exclusive wedding wine tasting to showcase its wide variety of English still and sparkling wines alongside a host of wedding suppliers you can meet to gather inspiration for your big day.
Vikki Stone, Connaught Studio, Worthing, Fri 20 Sept
Multi award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone – the one with inappropriate crushes on TV stars (check out YouTube) is back in Sussex with her trademark comedy songs and stand up. She’s in Worthing on Fri 20 Sept, tickets £14. She’s also coming up at Brighton’s Komedia on Sun 6 Oct (£12).
Outdoor cinema: The Greatest Showman, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Fri 20 Sept
Lend your own vocals to a sing-along version of The Greatest Showman outdoors at Ardingly on 20 Sept.
Various adults and family shows, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Hove, various dates until 24 Sept
Productions still to come at B.O.A.T in Dyke Road Park include As You Like It, Sense and Sensibility, Britain’s Got Talent’s singing duo Richard and Adam a Punk’s Picnic and the End of Summer Party. The wood and astro turf ampitheatre is a great place to relax, there’s a small bar alongside and picnicking while you watch is positively encouraged.
Outdoor cinema: Mary Poppins Returns, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Sat 21 Sept
Grease the same day has already sold out but you’ve still a chance book for Mary Poppins Returns (the recent version) on Sat 21 Sept when Brighton’s Open Air Theatre swaps stage for screen action.
Macbeth, Chichester Festival Theatre, Sat 21 Sept – Sat 26 Oct
TV’s John Simm and Dervla Kirwan, who also have plenty of stage experience between them, star in a modern take on the juiciest of Shakespeare’s tragedies – Macbeth, at Chichester Festival Theatre. Tickets are from £10. Look out too for shows coming up at a new spiegeltent at the theatre in October.
Our House The Madness Musical, The Hawth, Crawley, Tues 24 – Sat 28 Sept
Touring Madness musical Our House is bringing ’80s ska tunes to The Hawth this month. The plot concerns Joe who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a choice that will change his life forever. Pull on your baggy trousers and get along. Tickets are from £16.50.
Billionaire Boy, The Capitol, Horsham, Thurs 26 Sept – Sun 29 Sept
The team who brought Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie brilliantly to the stage are back with another Walliams classic – Billionaire Boy. 12-year-old Joe Spud may get £10,000 a week pocket money and have two pet crocodiles thanks to his dad’s special loo roll invention but he doesn’t have any friends and he sets out to try and change that with adventures along the way. Adult tickets are £20.50- £22.50, concessions £18.50- £20.50 and it’s aimed at aged 5+Hurry, some performances are selling fast.
Outdoor cinema: Bohemian Rhapsody, Newhaven Fort, Fri 27 Sept
There’s another outdoor cinema outing for Bohemian Rhapsody on 27 Sept in Newhaven. Wrap up to see the movie under the stars.
Eddie Izzard, Brighton Dome, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Sept
He’s sold out in Bexhill and there’s limited availability now for Eddie Izzard at Brighton Dome on Fri 27, Sat 28 and Sun 29 Sept. Grab a ticket while you can to hear his surreal take on life, love, history and his theory of the universe. Tickets from £31.50.
Outdoor cinema: various films, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne, 28 Sept/26 Oct/31 Oct
Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind is September’s film at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress (Sat 28 Sept). You can wrap up and see movies right into October with spooktastic The Nightmare Before Christmas (26 Oct) and The Amityville Horror for (31 Oct) for Halloween.
Dr John Cooper Clarke, The Luckiest Guy Alive, Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sat 28 Sept
The most famous performance poet of them all, John Cooper Clarke is still packing out big venues and The Luckiest Guy Alive is his first new collection of work out in over 30 years (we’ve been listening to the audio version in the car and it’s a cracker). Sure he’ll do his greatest hits like the ultra-sweary Chickentown too. Tickets are £24.50.
An Evening with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 30 Sept
Britain’s most decorated Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins is stopping into Brighton as he tours the country sharing insider tales, prized memorabilia and career highlights. Tickets from £36.65.
LAST CHANCE TO CATCH
Polo at Cowdray, until Sun 22 Sept
The public are welcome to watch polo at Cowdray throughout the season, with matches held every Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon and on most weekdays. Bring your own picnic, or order one from the Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe. There’s also a snack bar in the grounds. Except during the Gold Cup, weekends and bank hols tickets are £5 each (under 12’s free) and weekdays are free for all. Call 01730 813257 or see the tournament section of the website for the day’s play.
Tom Gates, Live on Stage, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Wed 2 to Sat 5 Oct
The books are best sellers and now our hero is on stage in an adventure about his efforts to climb out of trouble and make the school trip. I caught it earlier in the year and it’s a really inventive production with Tom’s famous doodles appearing cleverly across the background. Tickets are from £19.50.
Christmas Showcase, Chichester Harbour Hotel, Wed 2 Oct
It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmas! Only joking, don’t panic yet, but if you’re super organised and you’re thinking ahead to office or families parties get some early festive spirit with a peek at things to come at Chichester Harbour Hotel sampling food and wine and having fun with cocktail mixing. The event runs 17.30 -19.30 and you’ll need to book ahead.
Live at The Hawth, The Hawth, Crawley, Fri 4 Oct
Crawley is holding its first Live at The Hawth comedy night in early Oct with comic ventriloquist Nina Conti, improvised hip-hop artist Abandonman, Adam Hess, Angela Barnes and Colin Hoult as Anna Mann in the impressive line-up. Tickets are £27.50. Get booking!
Mud Monsters Run, near East Grinstead, Sun 20 Oct
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 Sun 20 Oct June. Entry from £49, with discounts for teams of 10+