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What’s On in Sussex, 8 – 16 March 2018

8 - 16 March

Your latest What’s On in Sussex including Big Lebowski bowling, singing along with Mamma Mia, Mothers’ Day activities and dinosaurs (real and pirate!)

 So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs..?! The Capitol, Horsham, Wed March 14 

Dr Ben Garrod pits the knowledge of unwitting parents against their dinosaur-loving kids in this interactive, educational and entertaining show which uses footage from the BBC’s Planet Dinosaur. Tickets are £16.50 (£54 for a family of four). It’s aimed particularly at 5 -12s and complements key stages 1 & 2.

Mothers’ Day make and bake activities, Bateman’s, Burwash/ Bodiam Castle, Saddlescombe Farm, Sun 11 March

Kids are beign encouraged to get crafty for Mothers’ Day this Sunday with NT properties putting on present-making workshops.  They can paint a welly-shaped pot filled with herbs at Bodiam and paint a regular flower pot at Batemans. At Bodiam there’s also a Mother’s day high tea. At Saddlescombe Farm at Devil’s Dyke it’s edible treats being made with bread or pizza in a traditional clay oven (book ahead).

Crime Writers in Conversation, Old Chapel Centre, Alfriston, Sat 10 March

Murder in the church? Well, not exactly, but the Old Chapel Centre in Alfriston is hosting a crime writer’s afternoon on 10 March with authors Ruth Ware (The Lying Game), Colette McBeth (An Act of Silence) and Julia Crouch (Her Husband’s Lover) in conversation with chairman Patrick Easter (Rising Tide) about their plots, characters and process. It’s organised by Much Ado Books which is also offering a sneak peak at the remodelling of its shop, along with refreshments. Sounds like it’d be a crime to miss it.

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 – Graham Greene’s chilling story of teenage murderer Pinkie, his gang rivals and his naive new wife, all set in the seedier side of the resort. It’s in the very city where it’s set this week as an excellent, inventive play. Tickets are from £14.90. See my review here.

International women’s day and votes centenary events, various locations, Thurs 8 March onwards

There are several things from dinner talks to exhibitions to comedy in my round-up of events for International Women’s Day and the centenary of the first votes for women. Check it out here.

Mums go free at Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham, Sun 11 March 

If you’ve got youngsters, nab yourself a saving at Knockhatch this Sunday when mums get in free to see the petting zoo, owl sanctuary and frolic in the indoor and outdoor play areas. OK maybe let the kids to the last bit while you have a cuppa.

Automata on the Pier with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Hastings,  Thurs 15 March – Sun 15 April 

Some wonderfully quirky mechanical creations are coming to Hastings’ Pier  thanks to Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. The toys and contraptions will be on display in the Memories Room. Exhibition highlights include Matt Smith’s swimming fish, Peter Markey’s wave machines and Paul Spooner’s spaghetti-eating man in a bath! The mechanical masterpieces come to life at the push of a button, a turn of a handle or the drop of a coin. Sue to inspire some creativity with Meccano back home. It’ll be open daily 10am-5pm and admission is free.

Sing-a-long Mamma Mia, various cinemas, Sun 11 March


I do enjoy an Abba sing-along… usually on a long journey when I’m driving alone, but here’s a chance to ‘sing it out to everybody…’ with all the other super troopers with this special Mothers’ Day screening at various cinemas. Well someone’s got to drown out Piers Brosnan’s god-awful voice. The Capitol, Horsham, Picturehouse Uckfield, Depot in Lewes and Cineworld cinemas in Brighton, Chichester, Crawley and Eastbourne are among those putting it on – take a chance on your nearest.

The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock In, Komedia, Brighton, Wed 14 March

Local improv stars The Noise Next Door have been on a national tour for months but you can catch them in their old stomping ground of the Komedia in Brighton on 15 March. I’ve seen them several times and am always been really impressed at their mental – and physical – agility. Check out my review here and grab a ticket. They’re next back on 9 May when Zoe Lyons will be among guests. Tickets are £11. Bargain.

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Sun 18 March/ Tunbridge Wells, Sun 8 April

Based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto, this swashbuckling production will whisk young audiences away on a fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages. The last touring production was a big hit, so grab your tickets early. Tickets are £9.50 or £32 for a family of four and it’s on 11.30 am and 2.00pm. It’s also at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on Sun 8 April.

A Big Lebowksi Party, The Old Market, Hove, Fri March 16

Pull on your dressing gown, grab a bowling ball and get down to The Old Market for the latest themed event from the Brighton Film Party Society. They’ll be dressing the venue to celebrate Coen Brothers’ classic The Big Labowksi. Expect White Russians, bowling and a rug that really ties the room together. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and prizes are promised. Tickets are £11.

Bring Your Own Baby comedy, Komedia, Brighton, Tues 13 March 

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Great idea – something you can enjoy with a baby that doesn’t involve being made to behave like an infant yourself. Bring Your Own Baby is coming up the next few months at Brighton’s Komedia. It’s a proper adult, sweary daytime stand-up show with toys, lights and the like to distract under 12-month-olds. You enjoy comedy without having to book a babysitter and they’re none the wiser about any filth beyond that they are filling their nappy with. It sells out in advance so get cracking. Tickets are a tenner.


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. 

Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, Surrey, until 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.

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.



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