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31 May - 8 June

The Museum of Ordinary People, The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel, Brighton, Tues May 29 – Mon June 4 

Diaries, love letters, photographs, ration books travel documents and other relics from the past will be on display as part of Fringe pop-up The Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) which explores the extraordinary amid the every day and the ripples people leave behind.  It is supported by performances, talks and tours. I’ve seen a separate Fringe show before about just one of the lives represented here, based on artefacts found in a squat and it was really thought provoking.

Rave-A-Licious, Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester, Sat 9 June

Community-minded party lovers Come Dancing have put on free club nights in Chichester before and now they’re turning their hand to getting youngsters involved. Rave-A-Licious is a family-friendly ‘teeny-tiny festival’ between 15.00 and 17.00 in a local hall with a DJ and healthy snacks and drinks available. No pre-booking required, just put on your dancing trousers, turn up and pay the bargain £2 entry.

Hat to Heel fashion pop-up, Brighton, Thurs 31 May – Tues 5 June

 The bias-cut-com celebrates ageless fashion and real body types. You can shop online but at the start of June catch its ‘Hat to Heel’ pop-up, with local milliner Joanna Zara, at 114 Church Street, Brighton opposite the Dome. It’s open daily between 10.00 and 18.00. The pair are also collecting donations of toiletries and sanity products for the Beauty Banks charity to help women living in poverty.

Hastings Town and Country Show, Alexandra Park, Sat 2 and Sun 3 June

This busy family festival includes the Savage Skills Bike Display Team and birds of prey putting on displays (separately!), terrier racing, a children’s magic show, 1066 Reptile Rescue, lamb and kid (of the goat kind) bottle feeding and historical re-enactments. Entry is £5 adults, £2 for 5-18s and £12 for a family of four.

The Kast Off Kinks, Komedia, Brighton, Thurs 7 June

No, it’s not a tribute act but original members of massively influential band The Kinks who had a legion of hits from You Really Got Me to Waterloo Sunset, to Lola and Coming Dancing. The line-up features Mick Avory on drums, John Dalton on bass / vocals, Ian Gibbons on keyboards / vocals plus Dave Clarke ex of the Beach Boys on guitar / vocals. Tickets are £19.50.

Science Week/ Labyrinth Screening, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne, Mon 28 May – Fri 1 June

Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress has plenty of educational fun going on over half term with a Science Week during which kids can crack codes, write with invisible ink, make their own solar system, dig for fossils and have a go at making coloured dyes the way ancient Britons did.  There are different themes each day. It’s £3.50 per child per day (adults free). Book ahead to be sure of a place. There’s also a screening of Labyrinth and a puppet workshop on Sat 2 June.

Chuck Berry Lives! Movin’ Melvin Brown/tap workshops, The Warren, Brighton, 30 – 31 May/ 1-3 June

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He’s appeared on stage with the likes of Lionel Ritchie, James Brown, BB King and Stevie Wonder and performed at Oprah Winfrey’s birthday party. Now, Movin’ Melvin Brown is hitting Sussex with his show Chuck Berry Lives’ (tickets £16) as part of Brighton Fringe. He will also then be putting on his Tap Into Health workshops from 1 – 3 June, helping people dance their way to fitness.

Steyning Festival, Sat 26 May – Sat 9 June

Mixing arts and more, the Steyning Festival sees the likes of jazz suppers and author talks. listen to well-loved former children’s TV presenter Floella Benjamin (now in the house of Lords) talking about Facing Adversity with a Smile on Thurs 31 June, join the Hysterical Histories workshop on Fri 1 and more.

Chichester Roman Week, various locations, Mon 28 – Sat 2 June

Look out for re-enactments, talks, trails, guided tours, family activities and immersive theatre, each day themed around an aspect of Roman life. It’s all part of a festival celebrating Chichester’s Roman Heritage led by the Novium Museum.

Awful Auntie, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Wed 6 – Sat 9 June 

From the producers of the great Gangsta Granny stage show comes the premiere of David Williams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, appearing in Brighton this June. One of the other Muddy eds has seen it and I hear it’s cracking. It features a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost and it’s selling fast so get scheming to get a ticket (from £23.50).

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