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What’s On in Sussex this week

Thurs 6 - Fri 14 Sept

A heartwarming new play, RSC live at the cinema, a family rave with a DJ from The Orb, a fishy festival and a Dirty Dancing musical coming up, all in the latest What’s On in Sussex for the weekend onwards,

Flowers for Mrs Harris, Chichester Festival Theatre, Sat 8 – Sat 29 Sept

Clare Burt, Joanna Riding and Gary Wilmot lead the cast for Flowers for Mrs Harris, based on the novella by Paul Gallico. In the post-war years, Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever, as she in turn transforms those around her. Tickets are from £10.

Friendsfest, Preston Park, Brighton, Fri 7 Sept – Sun 16 Sept

“Oh – My – God!” as Janice would say, the actual sets from Friends are popping up in Brighton! Yes, you can look round Monica’s, Joey and Chandler’s and Ross’s apartments and Central Perk, see original memorabilia and take part in Friends-themed activities including the chance to recreate the title sequence. Weekends have sold out already but there are weekday afternoon and evening slots still. The tours run at ten minute intervals between noon and 22.00. I have a ticket myself. Could I be any more excited? It’s £27.50 plus booking fee (so £29 if you print at home). Pricey but unique.

Film on a Farm, The Hooke, South Chailey, near Lewes, Sat 8 Sept

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Not exactly a farm this one, it’s actually the gardens of a Georgian house and it’s the ever-popular Dirty Dancing on the outdoor screen. A bar, BBQ and popcorn will be available.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, RSC live screening, various cinemas, Wed 12 Sept 

Photo by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC

The Only Way is Windsor in this Towie-style update on Shakespeare’s comedy. Falstaff plans to seduce the wives of two wealthy men to see himself comfortably into retirement but his plan backfires. The RSC use the Bard’s lines but set them in a modern beauty parlour. See it from a cinema seat near you ahead of its transfer to London’s Barbican in Oct. Use the link to find your nearest screening. Some also have an encore chance to see it on 26 Sept.

Horrible Histories, The Capitol, Horsham, Thurs 13 – Sun 16

Everyone’s favourite history teachers are back! With not only actors but 3D special effects this time, The Horrible Histories team promise people from the past will hover at your very fingertips. On Thurs 13 – Sat 15 it’s Awful Egyptians and Thurs 13 – Sun 16 Terrible Tudors, with various day and evening times to chose. Tickets are £15.

Apple Pressing, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes, Sun 9 Sept

Got an apple tree? There will be a pressing session at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes again this year on Sun 9 Sept, 11am-4pm. Bring your apples (bottles too if you can) and have the fruit pressed into delicious fresh juice for just 50p a litre.

The Hurstwood Market, The Hurstwood pub, High Hurstwood, Sat 8 Sept

Now in its 3rd year, this market showcases local food, drink and crafts in The Hurstwood Pub near the Ashdown Forest. Award-winning Hurstwood Cider and free range pork from Holly Farm will be among the produce on offer between 10am and 3pm. You can also enjoy brunch or lunch in the pub and live music in the garden.

Big Fish Little Fish family rave, The Hawth, Crawley, Sat 8 Sept

Take to a dance floor filled with bubbles, balloons and glitter at The Hawth this month for a pirate-themed rave courtesy of DJ Alex Paterson from The Orb. Kids can get nautically crafty on the Captain Cookie craft tables, enjoy some shore leave in the baby chill out zone or play areas while adults can buy a tot of rum or two in the licensed bar… even though it’ll only be 2pm! Tickets are £11.50 adults, £8.50 children, pre-walking tots go free.

Tom Allen: Absolutely! Thurs 13 Sept, Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis (+ Eastbourne Hippodrome, Nov 7 and Brighton, 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 several local chances to do the same. There are just a handful of tickets left for Bognor’s Alexandra Theatre on 13 Sept, but if you live near Hants you can also try Winchester’s Theatre Royal on 28 Sept. He’s also at Eastbourne Hippodrome on Nov 7 (rescheduled from 29 Sept) and Brighton Dome on Dec 1.

Scalamara Film Festival, Brighton and other Sussex locations, Sat 1 – Sun 30 Sept

Film buff? Cinema festival Scalamara runs throughout Sept, showcasing classic, rare and locally-made films. Seaford, Redout Fortress Eastbourne, Isfield, Hastings, Worthing, Lingfield, Forest Row and Hurstpierpoint all have special community screenings but Brighton and Hove has the biggest glut of events including a women over 50 film showcase and a screening of 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc with a live score.

Carousel’s Blue Camel Club,  The Old Market, Hove, Mon Sept 10

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If you know a young adult with learning disabilities within range of Brighton and they don’t already know about Blue Camel Club then do them a favour and introduce them to these great nights out with bands, DJs, films and more. This month’s will include a debut live set from gritty folk singer/songwriter Dima Zouchinski. Tickets are £5 (carers £1).

Into the Trees festival, Pippingford Park, Fri 14 – Sat 16 Sept

From the same organisers as super-popular Elderflower Fields, woodland family festival Into the Trees takes place at lovely Pippingford Park on the edge of the Ashdown Forest on the weekend of 14 – 16 Sept. Expect archery, fencing, mountain boarding, axe throwing (eek!), pond dipping, crafts, kayaking, tree climbing, disc golf, foraging, bat detecting and star gazing. Family tickets are £33.60 for a day, £105 for the weekend and many activities are included. Book before midnight Sun 9 Sept for the best deal.

Canvas making courses, Halland near East Hoathly, Fri 12, Sat 13 Oct and Fri 9 and sat 10 Nov.

If you paint, finding affordable, well-made canvases can be tricky. Learn how to make your own with the help of artist Victoria Albuquerque in her studio which has fabulous heritage Sussex countryside views and a cosy wood burner. Her workshops cost £25 per person plus the cost of the materials. Groups will be limited to a maximum of six people. They run on
Fri 12 Oct 14:30 – 17:00; Sat 13th Oct 9:30 – 12:00; Fri 9 Nov 14:30 – 17.00 and Sat 10 Nov 9:30 – 12:00.

Artisan Bakehouse autumn public opening, Ashurst, 4 Sept – 28 Sept, and workshops, various dates

Feast on expertly made treats at Artisan Bakehouse at Ashurst near Steyning every Tues, Weds, Thurs and Friday from 4 Sept to 28 Sept. It’s open from 12am to 5pm on these dates for seasonal handmade lunches, puddings, cakes and cream teas with freshly-baked warm breads and scones. It’s best to book ahead to ensure a slot. Also check out the workshops coming up, including a chance to make festive macrons that’s sure to sell out in advance.

Music for Aardvarks, new term and free trail sessions, Brighton and Hove, from Thurs 6 Sept

Got a wee one and need an antidote to twee sing-alongs? Check out Brighton and Hove’s Music For Aardvarks, which uses rock ‘n’ roll, blues, indie and folk to enthuse children… and stop adults feeling like they’re losing their minds. The new term starts 6 Sept and you can join a free trial class. Some of the songs are real ear-worms, I warn you!

Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival, Stade Open Space, Hastings, Sat 15 and Sun 16 Sept

Enjoy super-fresh seafood caught just off shores with wine from local vineyards and retailers and other tasty treats from nearby restaurants and producers. Not enough for you? There will be non-stop live music, family entertainment, hands-on cooking demos and a beer festival. Buy a weekend wristband in advance,from Hastings Information Centre, for £2, or £3 on the day.


Women + Activism, film season, Depot, Lewes, throughout Sept

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This season of films and events at Depot is sharing feminist stories of revolution. Asking ‘one hundred years since the first women got the vote in the UK, fifty years since the protests of May ’68, where is the feminist revolution now?’ I caught a film here the other week and it was such a nice experience. Come early for the bar and a bite to eat.

Various shows, Brighton Open Air Theatre, until 30 Sept

B.O.A.T in Dyke Road Park is a lovely space to lounge with a picnic and catch adults and kids shows, comedy and more. The Sept programme includes The Railway Children (2 Sept), The Wizard of Oz (29 Sept) and the Brighton Beach Boys (30 Sept).

Polo at Cowdray, until Sun 23rd Sept

The public are welcome to watch polo at Cowdray throughout the season, with matches held every Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon and on most weekdays. Bring your own picnic, or order one from the Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe. There’s also a snack bar in the grounds. Except during the Gold Cup, weekends and bank hols tickets are £5 each (under 12’s free) and weekdays are free. Call 01730 813257 or see the tournament section of the website for the day’s play.


Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thurs 20 – Sat 29 Sept

Think you could manage to see Dirty Dancing One more time? Of course you could. The stage musical version, lift, watermelon and all is  coming to the Brighton for a run of just over a week. Tickets are from £21.90.

#HolidayInspirations Show, Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 23 Sept

Back from your summer hols and in need of planning next year’s break? Get all your holiday inspo under one roof when a long list of tour operators covering adventure, safari, luxury, cruise and more gather for Baldwins Travel Group’s #HolidayInspirations Show, at stunning Salomons Estate. Better still, when you book your free tickets you can enter the Prize Draw to win a seven-night holiday for two to Antigua (pictured) courtesy of Caribtours and Blue Waters.

Eddi Reader, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Mon 22 Oct

Remember Fairground Attraction of Perfect fame? The band was a wonderfully acoustic antedote to mainstream pop. Now lead singer Eddi Reader (who’s had a Hollywood debut since) is coming to Worthing in October. Tickets are from £25.50.

Wefifo at Waitrose with Lerato, Hove, Thurs 27 Sept

Roasted plantain, aubergine and tomatoes from a previous Lerato feast

African foodie Lerato, who runs wonderful supperclubs in Eastbourne and Brighton, has teamed up with Waitrose for a pop-up feast in Hove. It will combine the best of British and African produce and flair in a sociable sharing table format. Expect stew, roasted aubergine, spicy banana fritters and more. Tickets are £45, including matched wines. Look out too for her Sussex cooking classes.

Shipley Arts Festival concert, Windlesham House School, Washington, Sun 30 Sept

Fancy soothing your soul with a bit of classical? As part of the Shipley Arts Festival the Bernardi Music Group / Stradivarius Piano Trio will close the month at Windelsham House School performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.3 BWV 1048; Mozart’s piano concerto no. 12 K.414 and Mendlessohn’s Octet in E flat major op.20. Tickets are £36.50 including canapes and Wiston sparkling wine. Proceeds will support the school’s Windlesham Foundation.



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