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26 July - 3 Aug

An illuminated festival, alfresco opera, drag queen story time, have a go archaeology and more in the Muddy guide to What’s On in Sussex this week. For more kid-friendly action, check out the big Muddy school hols round-up here.

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Enchanted Horsham, Horsham Park, Fri 27, Sat 28, Sun 29 July

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Enchanted Horsham

Want to see a unicorn? I have it on good authority one will be trotting about in Sussex this July. It’s part of Enchanted Horsham, a three day family-friendly Summer wonderland event where bands, street theatre, circus workshops, a vintage funfair, mermaid tales and life-size puppets are all part of the fun. After dark things will get really magical, with unicorns and dragons’ eggs waiting to be discovered and the gardens illuminated with projections and fire. You can even set yourself aglow by donning some UV face paint and joining a silent disco. Adult tickets are £20 but under 16s go free!

enchantedhorsham.co.uk

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The Wonder Project, Wakehurst, 26 July – 5 August

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The are more creative evening happenings going on at Wakehurst. Get set for an evening of interactive art installations, soundscapes and sculpture in the botanic gardens. Artists include Hidden Orchestra, Studio Long and Limbic. The experimental art pieces explore out relationship with nature. The artists have previously shown work at and collaborated with the Tate, Saatchi Gallery, Glastonbury, the Design Museum and the BBC.

kew.org/wakehurst

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Drag Queen story time/Kidz Pride silent disco, BAi360 beach building, Mon 30 July to Fri 3 August

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In the week leading up to Brighton Pride, bring your under-8s along to the BA i360 from 10am to 10.45am to hear colourful stories about acceptance, tolerance and daring to be different, hosted by top Brighton drag queens.(Free but advance booking recommended). At the start of Pride weekend itself there’s also a silent disco (11am – 4pm, Fri 3 Aug)for £7.50 per 4-15 year-old, with two adults free per paying child.

BritishAirwaysi360.com/events

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Chichester International Film Festival outdoor screenings, Priory Park, Fri 3 – Sun 5 Aug 

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The start of the 2018 Chichester International Film Festival is heralded by a trio of open air screenings at Priory Park. This year Grease is the word on Fri 3 Aug, then it’s Incredibles 2 on Sat 4 Aug and The Greatest Showman on Sun 5 Aug. The outdoor shows have sold out the last two years, so get organised!

chichestercinema.org/festival

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Walled Garden, Tilgate Park, Crawley, Fri 27 & Sat 28 July

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The Importance of Being Earnest

This Is My Theatre will be performing the classic tale of Alice with just three actors! Find out how they do it at this pop-up outdoor theatre in Crawley. They’ll also be performing The Importance of Being Earnest in Chichester and Hove in August.

facebook.com/Thisismytheatre/

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The Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle, Kent, Thurs 2 – Sat 4 Aug

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Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent makes a romantic setting for cinema under the stars. Settle down on Cedar Lawn and watch the likes of Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone and even The Italian Job with full orchestra accompaniment!. There’s a bar natch (someone else is driving, right?)

thelunacinema.com

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Outdoor opera/musical picnics, Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath, Fri 27, Sat 28 July /Suns in Aug

You don’t have to go full Glyndebourne for a bit of opera and alfresco lounging this summer. Borde Hill Gardens has an outdoor pop-up from well known touring company Opera Brava. They’re presenting La Boheme with a chamber ensemble on Fri 27 July and The Marriage of Figaro on Sat 28 July. Look out too for musical picnics on Sundays in August. Opera tickets are £30 adults, £10 for children.

bordehill.co.uk

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Themed weekends, Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green, various dates from 28 July- 02 Sept

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Alongside its regular attractions, Fishers has an action-packed range of holiday events starting with Little Farmers Weekend  this 28 Jul – 29 Jul which gives youngsters the chance to operate a tractor and get hands on with farm animals. There’s Cowboys and Cowgirls Weekend; Superheroes Weekend, Wiggly Weekend a Beach Party and Army Weekend also coming up. For more events for children see the big Muddy school hols round-up here.

fishersfarmpark.co.uk

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Have a Go at Archaeology, Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester, 24 July to 3 Aug

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Ever wanted to try your hand at archaeological excavation or wondered how the past can be recreated from just a few tiny pieces of pottery and bone? Visit Fishbourne Roman Palace this summer, with or without kids, to find out, as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.

sussexpast.co.uk

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Lewes Railway Land, Holiday Club,  Mon 30 July – Thurs 2 Aug

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New for this year at Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve are holiday clubs for 6 – 13 year-olds. Children can take on the fire lighting challenge, build dens and discover creatures in the ponds and birds overhead. There will also be stories, games, crafts and campfire cooking and the chance for older children to work towards an award. Use the web form to book two or four day blocks. The clubs runs 9am – 4pm. For more children’s events see the big Muddy school hols round-up here.

railwaylandproject.org

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3018 exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, London (and online), Wed 1 – Tues 28 Aug  

Anya Kashina, Night Swimmer, Screenprint on paper, 55x75cm

Here’s a chance to snap up some affordable contemporary art from the Saatchi Gallery. 30 new works of art by 30 emerging artists, produced in conjunction with Jealous Print Studio, are being showcased in the gallery’s new 3018 exhibition. Each 55 x 75cm limited edition print is signed, numbered and priced at £125, they include collage, abstract and impressionist styles. You can also buy online.

saatchigallery.com

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Circus Sampler, Somerset House, London, Wed 25 Jul – Tues 7 Aug

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With 2018 being the 250th anniversary of the birth of circus, you can celebrate with a free exhibition Circus Originals opening on 25 Jul plus live circus events at Somerset House. Dance artists Far From The Norm perform Union Black that combines humour, hip hop and circus using Chinese poles and tight-wire. Between performances, you can watch international record-breaking hula hooper extraordinaire, Marawa. She’s joined by her team of hoop performers, The Majorettes, and they’ll teach you to hula hoop after the show.

somersethouse.org.uk

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LAST CHANCE TO CATCH

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ABBA: Super Troupers, Southbank Centre, London until Sun 29 July

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Photo by Victor Frankowski

Well Mamma Mia 2 is out and what better excuse to catch the tail end of this brilliant exhibition with a difference (see my review). It’s led by a tour guide and narrated by Jarvis Cocker. Nine immersive rooms – including a mock up of Brighton’s Grand Hotel where ABBA stayed when they won Eurovision – plus personal notes, memorabilia and iconic costumes are included. You need to book a timed slot and tours last about an hour. The money, money, money? Tickets are £25.

southbankcentre.co.uk

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ONGOING

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Me & My Girl, Chichester Festival Theatre, Mon 2 July – Sat 25 Aug

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Me and My Girl review, Me and My Girl, Chichester Festival Theatre, Me & My Girl

Photo by Johan Persson

Following the success of Half A Sixpence, which transferred to the West End, Chichester Festival Theatre has launched another cracker of a retro musical. Matt Lucas and Caroline Quentin star in Me and My Girl, the tale of a cockney barrow boy who inherits a fortune and the Duchess intent on transforming him, Pygmalion style. The Sun Has Got His Hat On and The Lambeth Walk are the well known numbers. Tickets are from £10.  Read the Muddy review here.

cft.org.uk

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Hitchcock Season, Duke of Yorks cinema, Brighton, Sundays 8 July – 12 Aug

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If you want some respite from the sun then treat yourself to a Hitchcock masterpiece this month – Picturehouse Cinemas are putting on a season of the director’s work. It kicks off with Carey Grant in North by Northwest on 8 July, then it’s Jimmy Stewart in the brilliant Rear Window on 15 July, Strangers on a Train on 22 July, the Daphne du Maurier classic Rebecca on 29 July, Psycho 5 Aug and Vertigo 12 Aug. Tickets are £8 (£5 members). If you’re in London over coming weekends the same season is running at Picturehouses there.

picturehouse.com

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Hastings Fringe, various venues, throughout July

Hastings Fringe takes over the town throughout July. There will be more than 60 performances to be held over 10 venues across Hastings & St Leonards including theatre, spoken word, cabaret, music, film and visual arts. A drunk Macbeth on 8 July and an evening combining Vivienne Westwood and Elvis on 19 July are among the more unusual options.

hastingsfringe.co.uk

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Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm/ Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 23 May – 2 Sept / 26 May – 16 Sept

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Dorothy Bohm, Point to Point Race Sussex, © Dorothy Bohm Archive.jpg

Muddy Awards Best Gallery finalist Pallant House has a new free exhibition on the internationally celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm (now aged 93) bringing together for the first time her black and white photographs of Sussex in the 60s and 70s.  Steam fairs at Horsham, racing at Goodwood, the seafront at Brighton and racing at Parham are included. Meanwhile Tate St Ives’ Virginia Woolf exhibition is also visiting Pallant this summer. It features over 80 female artists, with works from 1854 upwards that represent central ideas of Woolf’s writing.

pallant.org.uk

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Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion, until 25 Aug

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WMA has teamed up with the British Museum for the first time for a special exhibition exploring Japanese men’s fashion during the Edo period (1615-1868). The BM has brought items out of storage for the summer in a rare display of clothes, accessories and prints spanning 200 years. Entry is free.

worthingmuseum.co.uk

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Towner Film, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Sat 7 Jul to Thurs 30 Aug

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In honour of the centenary of the 1918 Suffrage Act, each week throughout summer Eastbourne’s Towner gallery will be putting on a feature film directed by a female filmmaker they love. Among them are Holly Hunter in The Piano, Nora Twomey’s Oscar nominated animation The Breadwinner, which tells the tale of a young girl forced to dress as a boy to provide for her family under Taliban rule, and the animated adaptation of Majane Satrapi’s memoir Persepolis which recalls her youth as a punk loving teenager in Iran.

townereastbourne.org.uk

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In her Shoes, Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, near Petersfield, 5 May to 2 Sept

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Mary Ann Bullock practices her signature

The National Trust’s Uppark House is commemorating the centenary of the granting of women’s right to vote with an exhibition about five intriguing women who shaped its history. Among them teenage Emma Hart was rumored to have danced on the table for the Prince Regent before becoming famous as Lord Nelson’s mistress Lady Hamilton. Mary Ann Bullock’s story is more the stuff of romantic fiction. In the 1820s Uppark’s owner Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, then in his seventies, fell in love with her when he heard her singing in the dairy. They married, and the 20-year-old bride went to Paris to learn the social skills required for her new station in life. Free, but normal admission prices apply.

nationaltrust.org.uk

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