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What’s On in Sussex in November

November 2018

Grab your coat and out you go – 25+ things to do this month in Muddy’s latest What’s On in Sussex

Worthing Lions free fireworks festival, Sun 4 & Mon 5 Nov / Preston Park Nov 2

It’s one of Sussex’s biggest displays, it’s on the seafront and it’s free (though play fair and put a donation in the buckets). There will be a funfair both days on the promenade, a charity market and street entertainment then the fireworks themselves will start 7.30pm from the pier on Monday 5 Nov. Meanwhile in just along the coast Brighton, Preston Park has a free show starting 20.15 on Fri 2 Dec with a fun fair beforehand.

Bonfire Society nights, various locations, various Nov dates 

In Sussex, bonfire night is not just for Nov 5 (or the nearest Saturday), with many bonfire societies holding their own historic events with torchlit parades and fireworks raising money for charity. Lewes on Mon 5 Nov this year is the biggy of course with huge burning effigies of whoever’s most in the political doldrums, but the town’s pretty much in public transport lock down for the event these days. Other upcoming bashes include Battle on Sat 3 Nov, Icklesham on Sun 4 Nov, Lindfield on Mon 5 Nov, Rye on Sat 10 Nov and Robertsbridge on Sat 17 Nov.

Deer Rut Walk, Woolbeding, West Sussex, Sat 3 Nov

Follow the deer trails (and calls) on Harting Down and look out for signs of rutting deer on this guided walk 15.30 – 17.00, Tickets are £5 and you need to book ahead.

Tom Allen: Absolutely! Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, Wed Nov 7 and Brighton Dome, Sat Dec 1 

Tom Allen is one of of my fave comedians at the moment, I love his arch camp wit and original style. I’ve seen him do short sets twice this year and now I’ve booked for his full show. You’ve two more local chances to do the same. He’s at Eastbourne Hippodrome on Nov 7 (rescheduled from 29 Sept) and Brighton Dome on Dec 1. They’re down to last few seats, so get them quick.

Roast lunch, Rathfinny Flint Barns, Alriston, Sun 4 Nov

Rathfinny Flint Barns, the B&B part of the wine estate, does pop-up roasts on selected dates in it’s (dog-frirendly) communal dining area. The next dates are Sun 28 October and Sun 4 November. A choice of mains include pear and pistachio-stuffed pork belly. Besides the food there are lovely views, wildlife to be spotted and a circular walk you can take. Two courses for £21.95 or 3 for £27.95. See the menu on the Facebook page and call 01323 874030 to book.

2001: A Space Odyssey, Vintage Sunday, Picturehouse Cinemas, Brighton and London, Sun 4 Nov

Tying in with the release of the Neil Armstrong film First Man, Picturehouse Cinemas have been running a space related retrospective. Last up is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Catch the Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece on the big screen again on Sun 4 Nov. The nearest Picturehouses are Brighton and London.

Evita, Theatre Royal, Brighton Tues 30 Oct – Sat 3 Nov 

Photo by Pamela Raith

Dont cry for me… I’ve got tickets for Evita but if you haven’t and you want some you need to get on it quick. The latest production of the well-loved Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is coming to Brighton at the end of Oct. Watch Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, journey from humble beginnings to extraordinary wealth and power via some famous tunes.

Suggs – What a King Cnut, The Hawth, Crawley, Sat 3 Nov

Madness frontman Suggs is back in his home town but this time he’s not singing, he’s talking, with an autobiographical show promising tales of vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace; nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics and fun with famous friends. With the help of a pianist he also throws in some classic songs. See the trailer on the link. Tickets are £31.

Community Cinema, The Bell, Ticehurst, Wed 7 & 28 Nov and Wed 11 Dec 

The Bell will be putting on a trio of midweek films in its stable room as the winter nights draw in. His Darkest House (PG), covering four dramatic weeks n Churchill’s leadership, on the 7th, oscar-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (15) on the 28th and in the run up to Christmas The Greatest Showman (PG).

Cine City: Brighton Film Festival, various locations Eastbourne, Lewes and Worthing, 9 – 25 November

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It’s called Brighton Film Festival but this showcase of world cinema actually runs across Brighton, Eastbourne, Lewes and Worthing, with premieres previews, talks, Q&As and special events. Key films from Sundance, Cannes, Venice and other major film festivals will be show ahead of their UK release.

Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, Sat 10 Nov

Following on from Tom Allen at the start of the month, The Hippodrome has another of my fave comedians on 10 Nov.  I’ve seen Rich Hall many times and he always puts on a good show. You may have seen the gravel-voiced comic from Montana on QI or his own recent documentaries but you’ve missed out if you haven’t heard his hilarious country-style songs, often improvised by drawing in details about audience members. Tickets are £19. He’s also coming up at Worthing on Thurs 13 Dec.

Family Film Night, Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green, Sat Nov 10

Don a superhero costume, grab some popcorn and perhaps teddy too. Fishers is screening Incredibles 2 in its Barn Theatre on Sat Nov 10 at a family-friendly 17.30 – 19.30. The coffee bar will be open and so will the play barn, for little fidgets. Tickets are £6.

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats, Komedia, Brighton, Tues 13 Nov

And another great comedian heading our way. One of the most likeable comics on the circuit, Stephen K Amos is fantastic at ad-libbing and interacting with the audience and always seems to be thoroughly enjoying himself. I saw this show when it was a work in progress up at Edinburgh Fringe this summer and he hung around in the bar for a chat afterwards. He’s fresh and spontaneous. Don’t miss him. Tickets are £17.50

Monsters, a Modern Frankenstein Story, Crawley Tues 13 Nov / Brighton Wed 14 Nov/  Horsham Sun 18 Nov

Halloween-style thrills continue in November with a contemporary take on the Frankenstein story from the Pitchy Breath Company, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the novel. Book for The Hawth, Crawley on 13 Nov or the Rialto, Brighton on 14 Nov, Matthew’s Yard Croydon, Fri 16 Nov and The Capitol, Horsham on 18 Nov, which is nearly sold out already.

The Nutcracker, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Wed 14 Nov

Get in the Christmassy mood early with a visit from the sugar plum fairy and all your other Nutcracker faves courtesy of the Russian National Ballet. Tickets are from £23.

Festival of the Dead, Prizm, Brighton, Fri 16 Nov

Definitely not as grim as it sounds, this immersive event, which sold 60,000 tickets last year, blends carnival with circus, theatre and clubbing. The new 2018 production follows one man’s journey into the underworld of giant creatures and creations, including The Vulture and ‘El Diablo’ – a huge, mechanical skull backdrop full of hidden surprises. All this happens as DJs spin a club soundtrack, professional face painters do their work and crowds dress to be part of the show. 10pm-3am. From £19

An evening of Eric & Ern, The Hawth, Crawley, Sun 18 Nov /Chichester Festival Theatre 2 Dec 

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 in Sussex at Crawley’s The Hawth on Sun Nov 18 (£24.50) then Chichester on Sun 2 Dec (£25 – very few tickets left). You can also catch it in Bromley on Dec 10 if that’s within striking distance. Bring yourself some sunshine.

Swan Lake, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 20 Nov

This visit from the Russian National Ballet is down to the last few tickets, so don’t hang about if you want to catch the tragic romantic tale performed locally. Tickets are £23.

City Books QI Evening, Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, Thurs Nov 21

Watch QI on BBC2? Here’s your chance to  learn some more offbeat trivia as the writers of the spin off books from the series (including James Harkin from hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish) drop in to the Ropetackle for an evening of fun facts supported by Hove’s City Books.

FareShare Sussex 15th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner, Silo, Brighton 22 Nov

Brighton’s award winning zero waste restaurant Silo is marking 15 years of the food redistribution charity’s FareShare’s work in Sussex with this special evening. FareShare saves hundreds of tonnes of food from going into landfill and redistributes it to 120 charities and community groups across the county including children’s breakfast clubs, homeless shelters and domestic violence refuges. Some of this produce will be combined with local seasonal food at Silo to create a five-course dinner, with matching tipple suggestion from Davenport Wines, and a complimentary glass on arrival. 6pm-9pm. £38.50

Matthew Floyd Jones in… Richard Carpenter is Close to You, Komedia, Brighton, Thurs Nov 29  

This show was one of my faves at Edinburgh Fringe last year. One half of musical duo Frisky & Mannish plays Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters fame, trapped in a purgatory where he opens supermarkets for people who are only interested in hearing about his late sister. It’s part comedy, part cabaret, and an increasingly surreal imagined tale on sibling rivalry. Performer Matthew Floyd Jones has a beautiful voice and he drops in Carpenters hits, lyrically altered ‘for legal reasons’. “Stormy days and Thursdays get me down…” Very funny, very slick. Tickets are £12.

The King & I, from the Palladium, various cinemas, Thurs 29 Nov (and later dates)

Photo by Matthew Murphy

The well-loved musical, loosely based on the true story of a British governess in the royal household of Thailand in the 1900s, is currently playing at London’s Palladium to rave reviews. Here’s your chance to catch it at your nearest cinema as several across Sussex put on a screening on Thurs 29 Nov. (Some are also repeating it in December for a Christmassy treat). See the trailer here and find your nearest participating cinema via the link below.


The Midnight Gang, Chichester Festival Theatre, Sat 13 Oct – Sat 3 Nov

Chichester Festival Theatre has a major new stage version of David Walliams’ children’s book The Midnight Gang. Adapted by Byrony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, it tells the story of a group of young patients at a spooky hospital who each night escape their beds and go on an adventure. Tickets are from £10.

Tulleys’ Shocktober Fest, Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley, until Nov 3

If you like your Halloween thrills less pumpkins and cobwebs and more chainsaw massacre get along to the famous fright night theme-park/gig Shocktober Fest. There are various ticket levels, from £33 in advance X-Scream, gives you access to each of the eight ‘haunts’ called things like  ‘twisted clowns’, creepy cottage’ and ‘the chop shop,’ along with street theatre and the live music stages. The site also offers a rather less scary chance to pick your own pumpkins from Sat 20 -Sun 28 Oct and a Spookfest, with more child-friendly scares.

Snailspace, Brighton, Sat 15 Sept – 18 Nov

Giant snails have invades the streets of Brighton. 50 sculptures have been decorated by artists and will later be auctioned to raise money for Martlets hospice. Celebrity sponsors with personalised creations include Peter James and Fatboy Slim. Follow the snail trail by picking up a map or downloading the app. Muddy is up to 22…


Curious House workshops/ discounted rooms at The Bell, Ticehurst, various dates

Feel like getting creative now that the nights are drawing in? Curious House at Stonegate is running day retreats from painting to design to screen printing, many geared to impressing at Christmas. Workshops include lino cut printed crackers on Fri 9 Nov for £95  including a light lunch plus £15 for materials. There’s also a wreath-making workshop on Fri 14 Dec for £75 plus £15 materials. Course participants can get an enticing discounted room at The Bell in Ticehurst for £70 single occupancy or £85 for a twin/double for Sun to Thurs nights.

2-for-1 Touch of Luxury package, The Beauty Island Sanctuary, Worthing, 1 Oct – 24 December

Hide from autumn with this timely offer of a four hour pampering sesh with a partner or friend. The package includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival; 90 mins private use of the spa zone with hydrotherapy pool and sauna; relaxing fruit footbath with non-alcoholic cocktail (20 mins); 24K Gold Body Ritual with Relaxing Massage and Gold Sugar Scrub (60 mins); Waterfalls of Gold moisturising and firming facial (55 minutes). The total for two guests is £160 on Mon or Tues or £175 on Sun. It goes on right up to Christmas so it will also help you prep – or recover from – the party season!

Philip Jackson Sculpture Exhibition, Newlands House, Petworth, 19 October – 24 November

One of Britain’s most respected and commissioned sculptors, who has produced some of our country’s best-known public works presents his largest exhibition to date at Petworth’s Augustus Brandt gallery. More than 50 works will be on show at the destination store, marking the first time Jackson has exhibited his work inside. Sculptures will sit within the 18th Century Georgian townhouse spread over 7,500 square feet of gallery space and 17 rooms. Petworth Festival Literary Week also takes place from 27 October to 4 November with authors including Fay Weldon, Tom Bower and Max Hastings in conversation.

The Everyday and Extraordinary, Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne, Sat 29 September – 6 January

CRAGG, Tony AC 1992

This new touring exhibition, conceived by the Towner and Birmingham Museums Trust, looks at how found or everyday objects have been used in art works. It examines how Surrealists used ‘the everyday’ to invoke humour and satire and how Pop Artists directly appropriated items from popular culture. Entry is free.


Make a Coatigan in a day, Sew In Brighton, Hove, Dec 1 

Don’t know what a coatigan is? Is a cosy cross between a coat and a cardigan, of course, and you can rustle one up in just one day at Sew in Brighton. If you’re improver level, meaning you can already handle a sewing machine, chose sweatshirt material or boiled wool and they’ll show you how step-by-step on the day 10.30 – 17.00. Book in advance to get the course for £67 (it’s £87 on the day).

The Scummy Mummies, Komedia, Brighton, Tues 11 Dec

Yes, it’s not till December but they sold out well ahead last time they were in Sussex. Helen and Ellie are heading to Brighton promising a great pre-Christmas comedy night out for pooped parents. Expect scummy carols, yuletide sketches, stand-up and Santa stories. Tickets are £15.


Compiled by Debbie Ward

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