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What’s On in Sussex in July

July 2019

Here’s your starter for ten on what’s coming up in July, in and near Sussex. Look out for our separate weekly updates, outdoor film and theatre guides and school summer holidays What’s Ons coming soon.

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Small Island: National Theatre Live, various cinemas, Thurs 27 June and early July

 

Photo by Brinkhoff Moegenburg

 

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new stage adaptation and you can see it at the cinema as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. The story travels from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury and follows three connected stories. Use the link to find your nearest screening – most are on Thurs 27 June, with several sold out already but there are also encores on 2 July at Horsham and Lewes, 3 July at St Leonards and 7 July at Worthing.

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ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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80’s Mania, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 28 June (and Crawley/Eastbourne 1/3 Aug)

Go back to the 80s with this multi tribute act affair featuring a take on 28 chart-toppers. A full live band, dancers, a light show and video production all help create the atmosphere. Pull on your ra ra skirt and leg warmers and get along. Tickets are £24. See a trailer video on the link. It’s also coming up at The Hawth in Crawley on 1 Aug and the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne on 3 Aug.

thecapitolhorsham.com

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Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival, Grange Gardens, Lewes, Sat 29 June

 

 

The gin fest is back and this year it runs 11am-4pm in the day, 5pm-10pm in the evening. During the day, enjoy talks from industry experts, samples of award-winning locally-made Gin, live music, food stalls. In the evening, the gardens of Southover Grange will be transformed into a twinkling Gin & Fizz palace, with the same samples of fabulous drinks, additional bars, more live music, DJs and foodie delights. You can even bring your own (booze free) picnic if you prefer. Ticket are from £15 and the day time event is family-friendly with children free and teens £3.

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sussexginandfizzfestival.com

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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.

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lta.org.uk

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Circus Extravaganza featuring the Take That Experience, Lingfield Park, Surrey, Sat 29 June

 

 

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to Lingfield with Circus Extravaganza. The Box the Rox will be there all day with their unique karaoke machine and taking to the outdoor stage after racing is The Take That Experience – so get ready to ‘Shine’ on what promises to be ‘The Greatest Day’. (Sorrrry!!) Gates open at 3.45pm and the first race is at 5.45pm.

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lingfieldpark.co.uk

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Noble & Stace chocolate workshops, Edgcumbes Food Academy, near Arundel, 3 and 31 July

 

 

Fancy a day off to make chocolate? Er, yes! Treat yourself, or someone else, to a morning creating fresh cream truffles, creme caramel truffles and solid chocolate tablettes with Sussex experts and recent Muddy Awards finalists Noble & Stace. In classes with a maximum of 8 people, learn how to make ganache fillings, pipe and hand roll truffles and how to temper and decorate chocolate. The fun takes place in the brand new Edgcumbes Food Academy, near Arundel, it costs £85 and you’ll go home with 20 fresh cream truffles, 20 espresso truffles and 3 tablettes made by your own hands!

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nobleandstace.co.uk

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Lerato, African Supperclub, Waitrose, Haywards Heath, 3 July and later dates

 

 

Live in Mid Sussex? Check out this new African Supper Club coming to Haywards Heath. Lerato, who brings fiery African home cooking with a twist to Brighton, Hove and Eastbourne has partnered with Waitrose and WiFiFo for her latest ventures and has one coming to Haywards Heath on 3 July and 29 Sept. There are also Hove Waitrose pop-ups on 1 Aug and 3 Oct. Muddy has been to a pervious supper club and had a great time. Bring a love of spice and a willingness to chat. It’s £45 for three courses and if you’re a MyWaitrose member you’ll also get free matched wines.

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leratofoods.com

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Paddle Round the Pier, Hove Lawns and Brighton beach, Sat 6 & Sun 7 July

 

 

It’s free, it’s family friendly and it includes such diversions as street dance, sports stunts and music on land, and races on the sea. Check out the timetable to catch the likes of  SUP races, surf lifesaving, dogs on surfboards and the ‘paddle something unusual’ competition.

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paddleroundthepier.com

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Platinum Healing detox event, Brooklands Barn, Arundel, Mon 8 July and later dates

 

 

Platinum Healing runs regular, four-night, midweek juice detox retreats packages aimed at helping people tackle a variety of heath conditions and goals. Join a healthy hen or emotional healing break that pivots around a juice cleanse at prettily-situated 19th century Brooklands Barn at Arundel . There are numerous other wellness breaks coming up including several incorporating yoga.  Also enjoy the on site indoor pool, sauna and country walks. Upcoming dates with availability include: 8 July, 5 Aug, 2 Sept, 14 October.

 

brooklandsbarn.co.uk

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Hair, The Musical, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 8 – Sat 13 July

 


Winner of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award, this 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical Hair about a grop of new York hippes, bursts into Brighton full psychedelic glory, direct from a sell out London run. There Grammy Award-winning score features hits like Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine In. Tickets from £15.90.

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atgtickets.com

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Don Juan, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Wed 10 & Thurs 11 July (with ‘buy Juan get Juan FREE’ offer)

 

 Billed at Monty Python meets The Mighty Boosh, this re-telling of the story of famous lover Don Juan is a flirty Fringe smash featuring pop songs, outrageous characters and comic wit. Even better – there’s a two-for-one offer on tickets (making them £16 for two) when you quote ‘JUAN’ at the checkout AND, you’ll get a free drink, to help you leave your inhibitions at the door! Check out for the saucy trailer for a hint of what’s in store.

 

worthingtheatres.co.uk

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Moon landings season, The Picture House, Uckfield, Sun 7 July and later dates

The Picture House, Uckfield has a season of films to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. On Tues 9 July with a premier of Armstrong (12A) followed by a Q&A with Neil Armstrong’s son Mark. The Right Stuff, In the Shadow of the Moon, Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 are also screened this month.

 

picturehouseuckfield.com

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Sunset Sessions, Brighton Racecourse, Tues 9 July

Head down after work for Summer Evening racing at the latest of Brighton Racecourse’s Sunset Sessions. Enjoy racing, drinks and laid back live music while the sun sets over the city and sea below. There are also plenty of gigs coming up from the Doves and Rag ’n’ Bone Man plus gin and rum and reggae festivals laster in the month.brighton-racecourse.co.uk
Norman Knights Tournament, Arundel Castle, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July

 

Goldfish Photographic

 

Arundel Castle will revisit its early history on the weekend of 13-14 July as the action-packed Norman Knights Tournament returns. This family-friendly event will include a storyteller, falconry, medieval crafts and have-a-go activities alongside weapons training and tournaments between archers and knights. Free with admission.

 

arundelcastle.org

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Oklahoma! Chichester Festival Theatre, 15 July – 7 Sept

 

Oklahoma

Chichester Festival Theatre’s big summer musical Oklahoma! launches on 15 July starring Josie Lawrence, Les Misérables alumni Hyoie O’Grady and Amara Okereke. Yee-ha! Tickets are from £10.

 

cft.org.uk

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Astronomy and dining experience, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Tues 16 July 
Up for a magical night? On the 16th July, join a special astronomy and dining experience at Rathfinny Wine Estate to witness a partial lunar eclipse. The planets Jupiter and Saturn should also be visible and the astronomer guided session will be complemented by wine on arrival and a three-course set menu at the Flint Barns.
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Shakespeare’s Globe comes to Brighton Open Air Theatre, Wed 10 – Sat 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. £17.50, or £45 for a family ticket.

Brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk

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Pirate Day, Hastings Pier and Old Town, Sun 14 July

Arr, me hearties, Hastings Pirate Day is back. The event draws hundreds of thousands of pirates and this year it’s trying for another entry in the Guinness Book of Records with an attempt to attempt to build the largest human image of a boat. There will be a procession through the Old Town  and more pirate-themed activities throughout Hastings.

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visit1066country.com

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Petworth Festival, various venues, Tues 16 July – Sat 3 Aug


With nearly 50 events over a fortnight the festival spans classical, jazz, world music, comedy and theatre. Highlights include Jazz and Blues star Georgie Fame (Thurs 25 July) comedian Julian Clary (Fri 26 July) and, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Fly Me to the Moon (Sat 20 July) with Stephen Hawking’s daughter, author and presenter Lucy Hawking, soprano and actor Sarah Gabriel and composer and music director Joseph Atkins.

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petworthfestival.org.uk

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Love Island The Experience, Fri 19 – Mon 29 July

Love Island fan? Luna – the guys behind Brighton’s beach cinema, are also bringing us Love Island The Experience this July 19 – 29 with themed photo ops and cocktails, outdoor screenings of the live action and guest appearances from departing islanders. It will all be happening on a site beside the Palace Pier. Tickets from £14.50 with upgrade options including a VIP beach hut with drinks.

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loveislandtheexperience.com

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Bread and pastry-making workshops, The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, various July dates

 

Fancy yourself as a master baker? There are more tasty workshops coming up for July at the Artisan Bakehouse. On 12 July during Glorious Grains, learn to work with wholemeal, malthouse and rye and meet a local farmer. On 13 and 23 July there’s a one day introduction to sourdough and slow fermentation. Then on 22 July and over two days on 30 – 31 July are Vienoissiere and Enriched Doughs classes in which you’ll learn to make croissants, pain au chocolate & brioche (breakfast just got better!) Look out too for a Yoga, Fitness & Wellbeing retreat coming up 2nd Aug.

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theartisanbakehouse.com

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Cabaret Boheme Summer Ball, The Old Market, Hove, Fri 19 July

 


Mistress of Ceremonies Veronica Blacklace, who will charm you with her vocals and tongue-in-cheek banter, introduces guest professionals to perform jaw-dropping aerial and pole antics, plus a series of women who’ve just completed a six-week Burlesque course and are ready to show you how to shake a tail feather. Tickets from £15.

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theoldmarket.com

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Outdoor opera and theatre, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, 20, 21 & 25 July

 


Opera Bravada stops in at the Weald & Downland Living Museum with two performances on concecutive days. On Sat 20 July watch as Count Almaviva aided by his good friend Figaro manages to woo his love Rosina away from her wicked guardian Dr Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. Next up, on Sun 21 July, is The Marriage of Figaro with passion, lust, betrayal, deception and ultimate forgiveness taking place in just 24 hours. Bring a rug and a picnic, or buy food from the Waterside Cafe. Family favourite The Wind in the Willows brings mishap and mayhem on Thurs 25 Jul in Quantum Theatre’s new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s novel. Opera tickets £30, Wind in the Willows, £14 adults, £10 children, £40 families.

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wealddown.co.uk/events

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Dine in the Vines, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, Sat 6, Sun 7 July, Sat 20 and Sun 21 July

Rathfinny has joined forces with Big Green Egg – the team behind the ceramic charcoal BBQs loved by Michelin chefs – to bring guests a unique, alfresco vineyard dining experience. It all sounds very fancy with the menu including Monkfish loin wrapped in Chardonnay vine leaves and well-aged Galloway beef cooked over fire. The event runs Sat 6 July for lunch noon and dinner at 17.00 and then on Sun 7 July, Sat 20 and Sun 21 July for lunch at noon. Tickets are £50 which includes a welcome Seven Sisters cocktail.

exploretock.com/rathfinnywineestate

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Bohemian Rhapsody, Outdoor Cinema, Thurs 20 July, Madehurst Cricket Ground, Arundel 20 July

 


Enjoy some sundowners and watch the hit Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic at this charity fundraiser in aid of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. Bring a rug or chair and a picnic, or buy woodfired pizza, fish and chips and more on site. Tikcets are £10.

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ticketcrowd.co.uk

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Chilled in a Field Festival, Bentley Estate, East Sussex, Fri 26 – Sun 28 July

 

 

Chilled in a Field is a small, feel-good, family-friendly festival that grew out of the ‘90s London party scene and aims to prove that having kids needn’t spoil your fun. It’s coming to the Bentley Estate at Halland, East Sussex over the weekend of 26- 28 July with now only live music and DJs but free arts and science activities and more. It’s not for profit, so prices are reasonable – even better, and we’ve day tickets for a family of four up for grabs in our Reader Treats prize draw.

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chilledinafieldfestival.co.uk

 

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Funny Women semi-finals, Komedia, Brighton, Sat 27 July

 

 

The leading showcase for British female comedy talent, the Funny Women Awards hits Brighton for the semi-finals this month. The awards are in their 16th year and previous winners and finalists include Katherine Ryan, Zoe Lyons, Sara Pascoe, Sarah Millican, Susan Calman and Bridget Christie, so it’s a good place to say you saw the next big name first.

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funnywomen.com

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Dr Bunhead’s Blast off, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Fri 26 and Sat 27 July 2019

TV’s most extreme stunt scientist (as seen on Brainiac, Blue Peter, The Slammer and more) comes to Worthing for a joy-ride through the wonders of space science. With help from ‘stunt scientist’ volunteers from the audience Dr Bunhead will deploy awesome experiments in his madcap mission to send the first humans to Mars. There will be shows on both days at shows at 11:00am and 2:30pm. Tickets from £10.

worthingtheatres.co.uk

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Doves/Rag ’n’ Bone Man, Brighton Racecourse, Fri 26/Sat 27 July

 

Some great gigs coming up this month at Brighton Racecourse – on Fri 26 July it’s festival favourites Doves (£41.25) with The Coral and The Twang then on Sat 27 July there are still tickets to see Sussex’s own multi award-winner Rag ’n’ Bone Man (from £46.75) with support from Maverick Sabre and Ida Vallens. Wanna ticket? Of course – you’re only human.

brighton-racecourse.co.uk

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Ladies’ Evening with a DJ set from Gok Wan, Lingfield Park Resort, Sat 27 July

This one’s all about the ladies’ – but don’t be shy guys, it’s also a great day for you to be at the races! The ever-popular Best Dressed competition takes place with fashion expert Gok Wan making the winner’s presentation. And there are some great prizes up for grabs – including a seven-day holiday, tix to see Jess Glynne and a spa day – so it’s worth pulling your finest fascinator from the top of the wardrobe for this one. And just when the excitement of the competition dies down, Gok will take to the decks for a DJ set. Gates open at 3.30pm, and racing starts at 5.30.

lingfieldpark.co.uk

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Brighton Yoga Festival, BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College) 27-28 July

Picture by Beth Mercer

Brighton Yoga Festival is now one of the largest yoga events in the UK. This year’swill boast over 100 yoga classes and workshops plus inspiring talks, live music, a meditation zone, wellbeing marketplace, food and drink stalls, and a kids zone with games and activities. It’s a ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ event, with all profits going to Brighton Yoga Foundation’s community outreach work – bringing yoga to diverse communities in the area. Use the link to register.

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brightonyogafoundation.org

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Summer Sunday featuring Vikki Stone: Songbird, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, Sun 28 July


The first Sunday’ of Weald & Downland Living Museum’s Summer Season, features multi award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone – the one with inappropriate crushes on TV stars (check out YouTube). She returns with an all-new show of her trademark comedy songs and stand up. The FB Pocket Orchestra will also be performing vintage jazz, blues and ragtime.
It’s an alfresco event so bring a rug and a picnic, or buy food from the Waterside Cafe.
Adult tickets are £30.00.

wealddown.co.uk

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Luna Beach Cinema, beside the Palace Pier, Brighton, 31 July to 18 Aug

 

 Luna Beach Cinema will be back from 31 July to 18 Aug to the east of Brighton’s Palace Pier, this time straddling Pride and the school holidays. Included in the line up are recent big hitters such as A Star is Born, Green Book, Disney’s Dumbo and Aladdin, plus retro classics like Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Top Gun. There will even be a sing-along Bohemian Rhapsody and a special National Theatre Live screening of One Man, Two Guvnors. You’ll also get an opportunity to binge on the original Star Wars trilogy. Tickets from 12.50 – or upgrade to a premium deckchair or a VIP beach hut with butler service!

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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).

brightonmuseums.org.uk

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

Belly of the Whale. Mark Dawson Photography

Catch free outdoor events and ticketed theatre as Worthing hosts this year’s Summer of Circus. There’s 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.

worthingtheatres.co.uk

Edinburgh Comedy previews, Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton, 6 June – 24 July

What's On in Sussex in Feb, What's On in Sussex, Things to Do n Sussex, what's on in Sussex for Half Term

Want to see some bargain comedy? The months leading up to Edinburgh Fringe are a great time to catch acts warming up for month-long stints up North. The small room at the top of the grungy stairs in the Caroline of Brunswick is a hot spot for double bill tryouts. Tickets are £5-£8 in advance.

carolineofbrunswick.co.uk/previews

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.

bordehill.co.uk

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!

underbellyfestival.com

Summer by the River, London, until 28 Aug

Also in London there’s tons to do all summer between London and Tower Bridge with the largest outdoor festival in the capital. look out for music, craft workshops, outdoor screenings and theatre.

londonbridgecity.co.uk

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

Were you 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.

sewinbrighton.co.uk

 

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 13 and Wed 14 Aug

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 £14 and it’s aimed at ages 3+ See a trailer on the link.

thecapitolhorsham.com

Jess Glynne, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey, Sat 10 Aug 

With 2 UK number 1 albums including the 2018 hit Always In Between, Jess Glynne will perform to thousands of race goers live after racing on Saturday 10 August. This lady is hot hot hot right now – so tickets will sell fast though. I’d get in quickly! Racing is from 5.10pm-8.15pm – music starts after the last race.

lingfieldpark.co.uk

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