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1 - 9 March

Oscars Film Quiz, The Picture House, Uckfield, Sun 4 March, 

Celebrate Oscars night by flexing your movie knowledge at this special quiz at the Picture House. It runs 7-10pm with a break to get some award-inspired food. Book a table for up to six people for £8. A great prize is promised! (Will it be a solid gold statuette?)

Young British Artists, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 25 Feb – 7 May 

Michael Craig-Martin, Scissors (wallpaper pink), 2004, acrylic on aluminium, 81 x 84 cm image in files © Michael Craig-Martin

Six important works by Damien Hirst, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread, show how a generation of artists adopted and expanded on 1960s Pop Art. I heard this exhibition being discussed on Radio 4 the other day. Check it out for yourself with a visit (£11 for adults).

George’s Marvellous Medicine, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 27 Feb – Sat 3 March 

photo by Manuel Harlan

Remember when Rik Mayall read this on Jackanory back in the day? Absolute classic. Anyway here it is as a live show. A Roald Dahl adaptation that’s perfect for kids ages 5 plus, as George tries to cure his rather mean Grandmother of her nastiness with a special potion. Don’t try this at home! Tickets are from £19.

Cinderella, Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Bognor Regis, Fri 2 March 

Yes it’s March and yes, it’s Cinderella. This is the Vienna Festival Ballet pirouetting into Bognor with the classic rags-to-riches fairytale. There’s a few seats left so come in from the cold and warm your cockles . Adults £21.50, under-16s £15.50.

Wedding Fair, Park House Hotel, near Midhurst, Sun 4 March  

Got engaged on Valentine’s Day? Get your jammy self down to this wedding fair at Park House Hotel set in 10 acre grounds near Midhurst. Check out the venue itself with the beautiful timber-framed barn dressed for a wedding reception, and meet some of the hotel’s trusted big day suppliers. What’s more, you’ll get a glass of champagne on arrival and there’s 20% off the Sunday lunch menu for attendees.

Brighton Rock, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 6 – Sat 10 March 

It’s the most famous novel to be set in Brighton, and one of the most famous films too, and it’s coming to the city as a play. You’ll probably know it’s Graham Greene’s chilling story of murderer Pinkie, his gang rivals and his naive new wife, all set in the seedier side of the ’60s. Tickets are from £14.90

International Garden Photographer of the Year, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, until 13 April

Sissinghurst Castle is playing host to some of the best garden, plant and landscape photography from amateur and professional photographers across the globe. From portrait to panorama, from the quirky and amusing, to the outright wondrous, these photographs reflect the everlasting appeal of the garden and vividly showcase images of a green planet. Categories include the Beauty of Plants, Wildlife in the Garden and Wildflower Landscapes among others. Meanwhile, if you’re passing through London Bridge station, do stop to browse the Landscape Photographer of the Year  exhibition, on till 11 March.

Sara Pascoe, LadsLadsLads, Brighton Dome, Wed 7 March

Sara Pascoe is enjoying a year-long, one woman stag-do from spiritual retreats to football matches and says she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. You’ll recognise her from the telly from the likes of Live at the Apollo and QI. I read her mind-bending book Animal recently and she’s certainly as bright as she is funny. Tickets are £15 -£19.

The Brewery Social Evening, Arundel Brewery, Wed, 7 March

There’s an open night at Arundel Brewery coming up with music, raffles and, unsurprisingly, beer. Tickets are £20 per person which includes free beer during the event and a brewery glass to take away. There are alternative options for wine drinkers and designated drivers. Later events are on 11 July and 7 Nov.

Chichester Festival Theatre new season – booking from 3 March

Chichester Festival Theatre has launched its 2018 season this week. It’s to feature new plays by Charlotte Jones, Bryony Lavery and Laura Wade with headline actors including Rufus Hound, Penelope Keith, Amanda Root and Caroline Quentin. Noel Coward’s Present Laughter and the musical Me and My Girl will be among well-loved shows getting new treatments. There will also be an adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book The Midnight Gang. Public booking for the season will open online on Sat 3 March.

Umbra, by Claire Beattie, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove until 19 March

Looking for some new art to brighten your walls? Get yourself over to Muddy Award winners Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove where there’s a rather soothing exhibition of colourful, soft focus trees called Umbra, by Claire Beattie on from Thus Sat 24 till 19 March.

Smuggling Saturdays, Novium Museum, Chichester, Saturdays until 10 March

The Novium is running a host of free family-friendly activities between 11.00 and 14.30 on Saturdays with storytelling, crafts and talks with object handling all relating to the smuggling heritage of the coast. Also book ahead for a Smuggler’s Sleepover on 7 April. 

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