What’s On this weekend in Sussex
Fri 6 Feb - Sun 8 Feb
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La Dafne, The Old Market, Hove, 8-9 Feb
Catch the tail end of of Brighton’s Early Music Festival with this joyful and entertaining opera. The boastful Apollo pursues the beautiful Dafne with dramatic consequences, set against a backdrop of gods behaving badly. We’re in for the naughty deities alone!
Nest Box Know-How Walks, Arundel Wetland Centre, 8-9 Feb
Ever wondered how to persuade birds to start nesting in the boxes in your garden? Get tips from the experts at Arundel Wetlands Centre and discover the variety of boxes they have onsite – and who’s using them.
Stargazing on the South Downs, Midhurst Rother College, Sat 8 Feb
This weekend, the South Downs Dark Skies roadshow stops off at Midhurst Rother College. Wrap up warm and head down for an indoor planetarium show, a virtual reality dark night experience, a night sky colouring wall and to get in the know about nocturnal wildlife. Weather permitting, there’ll also be some outdoor stargazing action.
Blood Brothers, Theatre Royal Brighton, Sat 8 Feb
Catch the last showing of this tragi-comic tale penned by Willy Russell following twins Mickey and Eddie, separated at birth and now living very different lives. It ran for years in the West End and is now on tour. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get some serious ear-worms. Tickets from £13.
A Strange and Familiar Sea, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, until 23 May
In this free exhibition Mandy Williams brings together work from three series about the sea. Sea Level and Frame were shot in Worthing, where Williams lived as a teenager. Sea Level focuses on the beach shelters along the promenade and Frame captures people as they walk by. The third series, Beyond Land, were taken at a causeway that reveals itself at low tide.
Westerns Film Season, Depot, Lewes, Sun 9 Feb
Pull on your cowboy boots and ride on down to Lewes to catch John Wayne and Dean Martin in Rio Bravo, the next classic in Depot’s Western season. A small-town sheriff enlists a motley crew to help him see off a ruthless cattle baron. Tickets £8 for adult non-members.
Wellness Trail, Nymans, near Haywards Heath, Sat 1 Feb onwards
Fancy a bit of forest bathing? Learn how to practice this ancient Japanese tradition of immersion in nature at Nymans, from now until Spring. Join guided wellness walks or simply follow the signs around the garden, situated in spots well suited to reflection.
National Trust snowdrop spots, Nymans, Sheffield Park and Petworth Park, February
Catch these gorgeous sentinels of spring before they’re gone for another year! Nymans, Sheffield Park and Petworth Park are the best local hotspots.
Worthing Ice Rink, Steyne Gardens, until Feb 23
BRINK, Towner Eastbourne, until 10 May
Caroline Lucas – Green MP, cultural advocate and environmental campaigner – has created an exhibition for the Towner which, unsurprisingly, follows the theme of natural world and its threats. She has chosen works by Jonathan Monk, Tirzah Garwood, Tania Kovats, David Jones, Clare Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans and David Nash, among others. You can also catch some early works by David Hockney at the gallery.
A Monster Calls, Chichester Festival Theatre, until 15 Feb
Conor, 13, is woken by something at his window one night; a monster has come walking. Patrick Ness’s bestseller, which sensitively explores themes of grief, bereavement, family and truth, is brought to life in an Olivier Award-winning production which begins a nationwide tour in Chichester. Suitable for age 10+. £10-£28
Vegan Feast Cookery Workshop, Brooklands Barn, Arundel, Tues 11 Feb
Already vegan, or on your new year resolution list? On this special demo cookery day ay Brooklands Barn Retreat, Toni, creator of FeedmeMomma.com will show you how to make family vegan staples including nut roast with homemade gravy, easy lasagne and scrummy chocolate brownies.
In Loyal Company, Connaught Studio, Worthing, Thurs 13 Feb
I saw this wonderful show at Edinburgh Fringe last year where it sold out. David William Bryan is an acting tour de force, throwing himself (quite literally a lot of the time) into the role of his great uncle – a WWII soldier and prisoner of war – plus a host of other characters along the way. It’s a highly physical performance leaving poor Bryan drenched in sweat and with a standing ovation for his efforts. A bittersweet true-life story that will make you laugh and cry. Tickets from £14. Ages 8+
Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House, Horsham, Weds 12 Feb – Sun 16 Feb
Cucumber sandwich, dear? Treat the one you love to afternoon tea at the dreamy Leonardslee Mansion House and gaze into each other’s eyes whilst scoffing a mix of sweet and savoury delights from Michelin starred executive chef Jean Delport and his team. If you want to make it a family affair, there’s a children’s menu too. From £40pp, kids £21.