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Thurs 7 - Fri 15 Feb

Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook, The Hawth, Crawley, Thurs 7 Feb 

Katie Markham was hand-picked by Adele herself to appear as a tribute act on The Graham Norton Show and now she’s taking the award-winning singer-songwriter’s music on tour accompanied by a six-piece band. All the hits are belted out, plus some of those by Adele’s musical heroes, including George Michael and The Cure. Tickets for the show at The Hawth are £22. She’s also coming up in Brighton in June.

The Noise Next Door At Sea/REMIX, Connaught Studio, Worthing, Sat 9 Feb 

Brilliant improvisers The Noise Next Door are doing an adult show and a family show on 9 Feb – with a chance for you or yours to chip in on what ridiculous scenarios unfold on stage. Tickets are £8.50 for the family show at 2pm or £13.50 for the 16+ show at 7.30pm. They’re also coming up at the Ropetackle in Shoreham on 2 March and they’re highly Muddy recommended!

NT Live, Antony & Cleopatra, Chichester Cinema at New Park, Sat 9 Feb

Late last year this was broadcast live from the National Theatre with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo playing Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra in his historical tragedy of politics, passion and power. There’s another chance to catch it as Chichester Cinema at New Park has an encore screening on Sat 9 Feb.

Art with Heart, Much Ado Books, Alfriston, Sun 10 Feb

Sarah Holloway leads a special collage workshop incorporating a quote or short passage of your choice . Perfect if you like to get creative with your Valentine’s presents.

Rain Man, The Hawth, Crawley, Mon 11 – Sat 16 Feb 

Starring Adam Lilley and Hollyoaks and Corrie‘s Chris Fountain and based on the Oscar-winning film with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, it’s the funny and tear-jerking story of self-centred salesman Charlie Babbitt who finds out he has a long-lost older brother, Raymond – an autistic savant, who has inherited the family fortune. Charlie sets out to get ‘his half’ of the cash via a road trip that ends up bringing the men together. Tickets are from £19.50.

Lillet Watercolour Experience at The Plotting Parlour, Brighton, Feb 12

Learn to paint your own spritz when Lillet aperitifs ambassador Clotilde Lataille holds a watercolour class at Muddy Award-winning The Plotting Parlour in Kemptown, Brighton. The event runs from 19.00 and includes a cocktail on arrival.

Bring Your Own Baby comedy, Komedia, Brighton, Tues 12 Feb 

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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. 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’re filling their nappies with. Advance tickets are £11 and there’s a discount for groups of over six. It’s also up 12 March and 9 April.

Valentine’s Menu and spa draw, The Park House Hotel, Midhurst, Thurs 14 Feb 

Plenty of Valentines special menus around but dine at The Park House Hotel at Midhurst and you might end up with an extra treat. It’s entering the names of couples enjoying its Valentines menu into a prize draw for a spa day. The five course affair with a glass of champagne is £49.50 each, with Dover sole and venison among options.

Tom Gates, Live on Stage, The Capitol, Horsham, Thurs 14 Feb – Sun 17 Feb

My nine-year-old nephew saw this coming up and campaigned hard to go. He might just have tix for his birthday… The books are best sellers and now our hero is on stage in an adventure about his efforts to climb out of trouble and make the school trip. This first live version of the stories is by the team behind the productions of Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories, so should be good. Tickets are from £19.50 – £21.50 and selling fast for the weekend slots.

Flint Barns Wine Club: Rathfinny Loves, Rathfinny Estate, Alfriston, Thurs 14 Feb

This Valentine’s Day sees the first Flint Barns Wine Club, focusing on tipples loved by the Rathfinny team. You’ll be welcomed with the first, then guided through a four-course menu, each course paired with a different wine. Tables are communal so it’s a good option if you prefer a less lovey-dovey V-Day night out. Tickets are £65. Fancy staying over? Call off the taxi and enjoy 10% off a Flint Barns bedroom when you book the Wine Club. There’s also a Sunday Lunch coming up on the 17th.

Metro Deco, Brighton, Valentine’s boozy teas, 14- 16 Feb

Lovely Metro Deco cafe-bar has an Afternoon Tea with Kir Royal (£28 per person served 12-5pm) or Evening Tea with a cocktail (£22 per person, served 5.30-8pm) on February 14th, 15th and 16th. Call 01273677243 to book.

Alternative Valentine’ dates, various Sussex locations, Feb 14 and nearby dates 

Looking for more off beat Valentine’s ideas? Check out the separate Muddy feature with horse riding teas, segways, stargazing and more.

Premiere of Great in Britain: The Movie, Adastra Hall, Hassocks, Fri 15 Feb

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A movie premiere in Hassocks? Yes, really. Musical comedy Great in Britain: The Movie (15), starring Larry Lamb, Peter Bowles, Jason Fleming and the guys from Right Said Fred, will get its very first outing at village film clubs including the Star Cinema film club in Hassocks. There may not be a red carpet but there will be Prosecco. Tickets are £4.50.

Cafe jazz and Valentine’s meals, Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green near Fletching, Sat 16 and Sun 17 

Trading Boundaries has complimentary live jazz in the café from 11.30pm – 2pm on Sunday 17 and a Valentine’s menu running in the cafe all weekend.

Vintage afternoon tea/Valentine’s Chocolate Delight, The Beauty Island Sanctuary, Worthing, until March 31

Is this the most relaxing afternoon tea in Worthing? Certainly sounds like it because it’s served in the Beauty Island Sanctuary’s private spa area with its hydrotherapy pool and herbal sauna. You can book exclusive use of the area for two hours with afternoon tea and a glass of Prosecco for £45 per person. It’s currently served daily 11am – 7pm. There’s also a Valentine’s Chocolate Delight package with chocolatey-themed treatments available to book up to the end of March. What’s more, for Feb there are mix and match deals with selected treatments 2 for £45 of 3 for £69.


Joan Collins – Unscripted, Assembly Hall, Worthing, Wed 20 Feb

Dame Joan reveals stories and secrets from her long career, through the 80s shoulder pads era of Dynasty and beyond. She’s usually got a good line in healthy cynicism, so should be a fun night. Tickets from £32.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea, De La Warr pavilion Bexhill, Mon 18 and Tues 19 Feb

Everyone’s favourite tea-guzzling tiger is back. Direct from a West End season this musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr. It’s packed with sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. He drinks all the water in the taps you know… It’s aimed at ages 3+ . Tickets are £12.50.

Suzi Ruffell, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoeham-by-sea, Thurs 28 March

Suzi Ruffell smashed it at Edinburgh 2018 with her show Nocturnal with sell out gigs and five-star reviews. She’s impressed Muddy too with her previous act. Now on tour the show rocks up at the Ropetackle Arts Centre on Thurs, 28 March. Tickets are £12/


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