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What’s On in Sussex 15 – 23 March 2018

15 - 23 March 2018

There’s robot making, gin tasting, fashion bargain hunting and more to get involved in this week plus endurance racing and abseiling at local landmarks to watch, an emergency poet to consult and stuff to book ahead in your latest What’s On in Sussex.

Operation Earth, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Sat 17 – Sun 18 March

There are heaps of Discover our Word activities to conclude British Science Week, including the chance to make an origami plant pot, build an Automata model and create slime. Robots will also loom large, with Antweight Robot Wars with Steve McGuinness, the chance to build and operate a radio controlled one, challenge drivers to a Sumo battle or try the time trial obstacle course.

Gin tasting evening, Metro Deco, Kemptown, Brighton, Fri 16 March  

Had plenty of practice drinking gin but feel you’re not quite an expert? Here’s you chance to indulge with purpose. Lovely vintage-style cafe Metro Deco in Kemptown has a gin tasting evening this Friday 16 March. You’ll start with a classic gin cocktail, have a tutored tasting of four different gins and finish with a Metrodeco tea cocktail – laced with, yep, gin. Helping soak up the alcohol will be a cheese board with English and French cheeses. Beats your average Friday night in the pub! Tickets are £35.

Endurance Life races, Birling Gap and Beachy Head areas, Sat 17 March 

You might not be taking part but go cheer on the hardy peeps who will be running the 10K, half, marathon and ultra routes taking in the white chalk cliffs near Eastbourne and Seaford, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head. The races have staggered starts during the morning.


Automata on the Pier with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Hastings,  Thurs 15 March – Sun 15 April 

Some wonderfully quirky mechanical creations have come to Hastings Pier thanks to Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. The toys and contraptions will be on display in the Memories Room. Exhibition highlights include Matt Smith’s swimming fish, Peter Markey’s wave machines and Paul Spooner’s spaghetti-eating man in a bath! The mechanical masterpieces come to life at the push of a button, a turn of a handle or the drop of a coin. Sue to inspire some creativity with Meccano back home. It’ll be open daily 10am-5pm and admission is free.

Twenty, one-day clearance sale, Cowdray Hall, Midhurst Sun 18 March

Petworth fashion boutique Twenty is holding a one-day clearance sale at Cowdray Hall, Midhurst on Sunday 18 March, promising huge reductions on the previous season’s collections. Get down there between 10.00am and 4.30pm. Stampeeede!

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Sun 18 March/ Tunbridge Wells, Sun 8 April

Based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto, this swashbuckling production will whisk young audiences away on a fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages. The last touring production was a big hit, so grab your tickets early. Tickets are £9.50 or £32 for a family of four and it’s on 11.30 am and 2.00pm. It’s also at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on Sun 8 April.

Richard Herring:  Oh Frig I’m 50, The Old Market, Hove,  Sat 17 March, 

comedian Richard Herring has sold out his Saturday night show Oh Frig I’m 50 at TOM so they’ve added an extra afternoon slot at a civilised 3pm. Find out about his regrets and his transition from irresponsible, single kidult fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father.  Tickets are £17.50.

Hancock & Co: One Man, Many Voices, The Capitol Studio, Horsham, Sat 17 March

There’s classic yet contemporary comedy coming up in Horsham with one man doing a variety of famous vintage comedy voices including Tony Hancock. Watch the clip on the website to get the idea. Tickets are £14.

Emergency Poet, Jubilee Square, Brighton, Wed 21 March

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Need a pick me up? As part of World Poetry Day, poems will be ‘prescribed’ from the back of a 1970s ambulance outside the library in Brighton’s Jubilee Square. After a free private poetic health consultation with Emergency Poet Deborah Alma, within 10 minutes visitors will be prescribed an appropriate poem, verse or lyric. Passers-by can also discuss any poetic ailments with her sidekick ‘Nurse Verse’.

International Women’s Day / votes centenary events, various locations, Thurs 8 March onwards

There are several things from dinner talks in restaurants, to exhibitions to comedy still coming up in my round-up of events for International Women’s Day and the centenary of the first votes for women – all on in Sussex and nearby. Check it out here.

BA i360 ‘iDrop’ abseil, Brighton seafront, Sat 17 March, POSTPONED TILL 28 APRIL DUE TO WEATHER

You can’t take part (registration’s closed – shame <cough>) but you can watch other crazy people step out of the pod doors at the top of the i360 and attempt the first ever abseil down the 138m structure. Between 8.30am and 11.30am on Sat 17 March you can watch from the surrounding area as the abseilers, including boxer Chris Eubank, descend. It’s all in aid of children’s hospital charity Rockinghorse.


Umbra, by Claire Beattie, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove until 19 March

Looking for some new art to brighten your walls? Get yourself over to Muddy Award winners Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove where there’s a rather soothing exhibition of colourful, soft focus trees called Umbra, by Claire Beattie on till 19 March.


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.

Branching Out Adventures school holiday club, Halland, East Sussex, Mon 2 – Fri 13 April 

Your kids get to muck around in the treetops and you get to do what you like (well, at least work at any rate) with this new drop off club for the Easter hols. It’s for 8-15-year-olds, runs 9.00am – 4.00pm daily and costs £26 per child per day. Rope activities, climbing walls, zip wiring and campfire and shelter making are all part of the fun.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A from 16 June

I once rocked up to Frida Kahlo’s former home in Mexico City and couldn’t get in because I’d spent too much time up the road gawping at the house where Trotsky got the ice pick (The two were lovers – small world!) So here’s my chance to see what I missed. Tickets have just gone on sale for this summer’s exhibition of Frida Kahlo at the V&A starting mid June. It’s the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions. Beat the crowds and book now!

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