What’s On in Sussex this week
Thurs 11 - Fri 19 April
Easter Eggstravaganza, Fontwell Park Racecourse, Fri 12 April
Come down to Fontwell Park Racecourse for an Easter day full of fun. Kids get in free and will be spoilt for choice with a selection of free entertainment and activities, including an Easter Egg Hunt and you can watch seven eggselent races up close. The viewing point in the middle of the track will be open with a funfair, a petting zoo with rabbits, chicks and more plus face painting throughout the day.
Charge by Motionhouse, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 16 & Wed 17 April
In an exciting fusion of art and science, inspired by the role of electricity in the human body, Charge is a multi-media dance and acrobatics show like you’ve never seen before. Digital projections and dancers interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of the energy we use and manipulate. Check out the video on the link. Tickets are £21.
Mark Steel: Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright, Regis Centre, Bognor Regis, Fri 12 April
The star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s In Town is back to assure us that Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright. Alright, that is, despite Trump, Brexit wranglings and his own divorce. If you’re a fan of Steel, you know what to expect – some cerebral observations about the world. I’ve seen him several times and it’s always a good night out. It’s advised for ages 14+ and tickets are £17.50. He’ll also be in Worthing on 1 May.
Guest Chef Takeover Weekend, Rathfinny Estate, Alfriston, Fri 12 – Sun 14 April
This month the vineyard welcomes back Martin Carabott, senior sous chef at Mayfair’s Michelin starred Hide restaurant no less. Martin will cook a set lunch and dinner using the best of British produce and served in the Tasting Room overlooking the vineyard. Lunch £45, dinner £65
Arlington bluebell walk and farm trail, near Polegate, 11 April – 9 May 2019
The most famous of Sussex bluebell spots is the Arlington walk that has been around since 1972 and now incorporates seven trails over three farms, one of the routes wheelchair accessible. In its 47th year, it is open from Thurs 11 April every day 10.00 to 17.00 until Sun 9 May. The website gives you ‘status updates’ of how the flowers are doing. 23 charities are involved providing refreshments. There’s also the opportunity to watch cows being milked from a viewing gallery at Parkwood Farm in the afternoons. See also our round-up feature on the best bluebell spots in Sussex.
American Idiot, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 16 – Sat 20 April
Following two critically acclaimed West End runs and a sell out UK Tour, Green Day’s rock musical American Idiot returns for the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album. It stars Waterloo Road’s Tom Milner and X Factor finalists Luke Friend and Sam Lavery. Tickets from £14.90.
April Stay & Dine Offer, Wingrove House, Alfriston, Suns – Thurs, Mon 1 – Thurs 30 April
Fancy treating yourself to some cheeky time out? Book a two-night midweek break at lovely Wingrove House in Alfriston this April and receive a three-course dinner for two for free on one night of your stay. The offer is valid Sun – Thurs, from 1 – 30 April 2019 (excluding 2 April) subject to availability, so grab your diary now!
ABC, Brighton Dome, Mon 15 April
80s stars ABC will be performing their classic album Lexicon of Love in its entirety on Mon 15 April. That means hits Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough and All Of My Heart. They’ll be throwing in some others of their well loved numbers besides. Get some heavy eyeliner on and get down there. Tickets are from £38.
Arabian Tent Company open day, Rye Farm, Henfield, Sat 13 April
Planning a wedding or party? Drop in on the open afternoon at The Arabian Tent Company’s Henfield showroom to see set ups of various hire marquees from colourful Bombay Boudoir to classic Cornish Cream cleverly erected inside a barn. Read Muddy’s recent interview with founder and party queen Katherine Hudson here.
Easter egg hunt & kids go half price, Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures, Brighton, Sat 6 – Mon 22 April
Indoor immersive experience Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures sees children and adults help the explorer make his way around the world in 80 days – with a few trials and tribulations along the way suitable for ages 7+. For Easter there’s an international egg hunt thrown in and, best of all, children go half price. See our full Easter Hols round-up here.
Brighton Marathon, starts and ends Madeira Drive, Sun 14 April
The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK’s favourite 26.2-milers, with a backdrop of the sea and it gets bigger and better every year. Get along, enjoy the festive atmosphere and show those brave runners some support.
Record Store Day, Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne and other locations, Sat 13 April
The 13th will be lucky for some who lay their hands on collectors items. If you love music, particularly on vinyl, you’ll be wanting to hot foot it down to your nearest indie shop. There will be in-store gigs to celebrate and 500 special limited edition releases, which some queue overnight for. Stores in Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne are due to take part. Find your nearest participating shop here.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Tues 16 April – Sat 20 April
Bag yourself for some diamond entertainment as the hit West End heist farce The Comedy About a Bank Robbery comes to Sussex. It’s all jaw-achingly silly and kids 10+ will love it aswell as well, so good for the Easter hols. Tickets are from £20. Read the Muddy review.
Mobile photography/ Easter wreath and posy making workshop, Denmans Garden, Fontwell, Sat 13 / Thurs 18 April
On Thurs 18 April use seasonal materials and some extra touches to make Easter wreaths and posies under guidance at Denmans. £15 with all tools provided. There’s a lovely tea room on site for lingering afterwards. Before then, on Sat 13 April is a smartphone photography workshop which will include a look at editing and photo apps.
Children’s Filmmaking course, Depot, Lewes, Mon 15 & Tues 16 April
This two day course guides 8-14 year olds through the filmmaking process. They’ll spend one day planning and filming and a second day editing in Depot’s Edit Suite. Both days, April 15 and 16, run from 10:00 to 15:00 and the total cost is £90. All participants must bring a smart phone, tablet or video camera.
Cook Like a Servant – hot cross bun making, The Regency Town House, Hove, Tues 16, Wed 17 & Tues 19, Wed 20 April
Easter’s on its way and a morning spent making Hot Cross Buns at this historic kitchen in beautiful Brunswick Square is a great way to celebrate. Make a batch of buns according to an historic recipe with some chocolate treats as well while the dough is proving. £35 plus booking fee.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, various National Trust properties, various dates between 6 – 22 April
Experience nature bursting into life and follow clues to earn yourself a chocolatey treat at
over 10 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at National Trust properties across Sussex. Search for exotic plants at Sheffield Park; hunt for golden letters at Nymans; use a map and compass at Petworth; search for bunnies at Alfriston Clergy House; follow clues at Birling Gap; take a nature trail at Standen; track down woodland animals at Uppark; complete challanges at Devil’s Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm and join an egg and spoon race at Woolbeding Countryside. Crafts and other activities are also available at some properties. Find your nearest egg hunt and check dates on the link. See our full Easter Hols round-up here.
Best bluebell walks in Sussex, early April – end May
Bluebells are usually brightening our days from early April to the end of May. Here are some of the best bluebell walks in Sussex along with our ideas for places to eat, drink and make merry nearby.
Spa vintage afternoon tea, The Beauty Island Sanctuary, Worthing, various April dates
Is this the most relaxing afternoon tea in Worthing? It’s served on vintage china in the Beauty Island Sanctuary’s private spa area with its colour changing hydrotherapy pool and herbal sauna and is proving so popular the offer has been extended into April. You can book exclusive use of the area for two hours with afternoon tea and a glass of Prosecco for £45 per person. It’s currently served daily 11am – 7pm.
The Brighton Food & Beer Tour, Sat 27 April
Back by popular demand after a pop-up at last year’s Brighton Beer Week, is a Food & Beer Tour of the city coming up on Sat 27 April. It’s a collaboration between Brighton Food Tours and Rob Parker, resident expert from Beer & Brew and will visit several indie venues over three hours with scoff & quoff opportunities along the way. Tickets are £50. There’s also another coming up in August.
Sussex Street Food Festival, The Stade, Hastings, Sat 25 – Mon 27 May
Hastings will host the Sussex Street Food Festival over the second May bank holiday weekend. Some of the best foodie treats from across the world from arancini balls to doughy churros to jerk chicken, Vietnamese food and more will be available from a wide range of stalls on the Stade. Register now for a free ticket to guarantee entry at peak times and you’ll be entered in a prize draw to win a meal and cocktail each for four people.
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 (Muddy saw the latter and it was great!) so this looks like a must see. Tickets are £12.
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.
A touch of summer flower workshop, Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, Mon 10 June
It’s not until June but similar events have sold out early. Use early roses and early summer flowers to make a stunning design with contemporary twists to take home, then finish with a two course lunch and wine. £85, also including coffee and pastries on arrival.