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Thurs 14 - Fri March 22

Restfest Wellness Festival,  Field Place Manor House & Barns, Worthing, Sun 17 March,

A pop-up spa, mind and body pavilion and that latest must-do, boob printing, are all part of this women’s festival. Restfest merges a day retreat with sessions on beauty, make up and therapy with circus skills and a variety of healthy food options thrown in.  £64-£289

The Boy and the Mermaid, Capitol Studio, Horsham, Sat 16 March

Two afternoon performances of this show for children take you to the edge of the world as The Boy ventures from his small fishing town to seek monsters from the deep. With live music, puppetry and an  octopus who can rap. Age 5+. £12

Lucy Porter: Pass It On, Komedia, Brighton, Thurs 14 March

A brand new stand-up show from warm and witty TV favourite Lucy Porter. As seen on QI and Live at the Apollo and heard on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show. The comedian will be musing on what we inherit – like dodgy knees and global warming – and what we can pass on. Tickets are £15.

Orlando, The Hawth Studio, Crawley, Fri 15 March

This one-woman show is based on Virginia Woolf’s satirical novel written in 1928. Performer Rebecca Vaughan explores human identity, be it personal, sexual or national. It’s by Dyad Productions, whose previous work has included Rebecca’s celebrated one woman Jane Eyre and I, Elizabeth. £15.50

AniMalcolm, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Sat 16 & Sun 17 March 

The award-winning Story Pocket Theatre brings David Baddiel’s bestselling book AniMalcolm to life in a new musical comedy combining physical performances, music, puppetry and a script full of laughs. It’s at EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School on Sun 10 March, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Sat 16 & Sun 17 March, then The Hawth Crawley, 1 April, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thurs 4 and Fri 5 April. Full dates here.

 The Woman Behind Lady Chatterley: An Afternoon with Annabel Abbs, Alfriston, Sun 17 March

Alfriston’s Much Ado Books presents an afternoon with the author of Frieda, The Original Lady Chatterley – a novel that charts the life of the woman who inspired DH Lawrence’s most famous work. Abbs’ novel was picked for the Times Historical Fiction Books of the Year shortlist in 2018 and this year marks the 90th anniversary of the publication of Lady Chatterley. £5 including light refreshments and a discount voucher for the novel.

Suzi Ruffell, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Komedia, Brighton, Mon 18 March/ Shoreham-by-Sea, Thurs 28 March ( & Crawley 1 May)

Suzi Ruffell

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 work. Now on tour the show rocks up at the Komedia on 18 March and Ropetackle Arts Centre on Thurs, 28 March. Tickets are £12. She’s also coming up at The Hawth in Crawley on 1 May.

Dominic Chapman pop-up at The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, Wed 20 March

Dominic Chapman, who has had a string of appearances on The Great British Menu, is creating a special menu at cosy Muddy Award-winning The Cat Inn at West Hoathly on 20 March. The event is £70 including wine.

Vienna Festival Ballet presents Coppelia, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Thu 21 March

The ever popular story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll who comes to life is often a first introduction to ballet for children. Based on an original E.T.A. Hoffmann tale, this colourful performance covers an enchanting evening with mischief, frivolity and a lovers’ tiff. £22.50

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Hawth, Crawley, Tues 12 – Sat 16 March

This family-friendly Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber favourite comes to Crawley as part of a UK tour. It’s been brought bang up to date with new direction and modernised choreography by Gary Lloyd. Union J’s Jaymi Hensley stars as Joseph. £18-£40, with discounts for families of four and groups of 10 or more.

Reigning Women season, The Old Market, Hove, 18 March and other dates

Skate Kitchen

The Old Market in Hove has a Reigning Women season in March. Among upcoming events, Mon 18 March sees a screening of Skate Kitchen (15), a film about a New York based female skater crew that was a hit at the Sundance festival.

The Cat In The Hat, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Tues 12 – Sat 16 March

The team behind The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine return with Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat. The classic picture book is retold with original songs, circus skills and some seriously groovy staging. For children 3+. Tickets from £16.50. Families £50.

Caroline’s Kitchen, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Tues 12 – Sat 16 March (& Worthing 3 – 6 April)  

Following a hit London run, this sharp, state-of-the-nation comedy is coming to Sussex. Caroline Mortimer is a well-loved TV cook but when the camera turns off the truth comes out and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration there is more to spill than the wine. A comedy that pokes fun at modern relationships, starring Caroline Languish, Aden Gillett, and James Sutton. Tickets from £18 at Eastbourne; from 24.50 at Worthing.

Sing-A-Long-A Greatest Showman, the Capitol, Horsham, Sat 23 March

Roll up, roll up, Barnum’s circus is in town! Sing-A-Long-A Greatest Showman is storming into Horsham on Sat 23 March! With lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want. A live host will teach you dance moves, show you how to use our interactive prop bags, and get you to practice your cheers, your boos and even a few wolf whistles… Fancy dress is strongly encouraged! There’s an afternoon screening at a good time for families, which is down to the last few seats, and an evening slot the same day.


Girls Go Glamping early bird offer, Hale Farm, Chiddingly, 50% off in March for bookings from May

Grab your besties and enjoy the countryside in style with special VIP overnighters coming up on selected dates from Canvas & Stars. Their Girls Go Glamping getaways at Chiddingly near Lewes involve furnished bell tents with beds and a hot tub session with Prosecco, fluffy robes and collagen eye masks. As the sun goes down, hang out together round a firepit under the stars, then, get a continental brekkie delivered to your tent door next morning. There’s 50% off on selected dates from May. You could even upgrade to the new double-decker canvas ’Cosmic Loft’.

Spa vintage afternoon tea, The Beauty Island Sanctuary, Worthing, until March 31

Is this the most relaxing afternoon tea in Worthing? It’s served on vintage china in the Beauty Island Sanctuary’s private spa area with its colour changing 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. Sounds a good one to book ahead for Mothers’ Day (or drop a hint if you’re a mum yourself).


Hue and Cry, Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Fletching, Sat 6 April, 

Trading Boundaries is welcoming 80s stars Hue and Cry for a special stripped back acoustic show celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their classic album Bitter Suite. Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane will be joined by special guests. Tickets are £25 and it’s selling fast. Need a reminder? Check out the video for Labour of Love on the link. They’re also coming up on 1 June in Shoreham.

The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, Mothers’ Day, pastry making and chocolate workshops, May dates

The Artisan Bakehouse

Until 21 March The Artisan Bakehouse will be open to the public on Tues, Weds, Thurs and Fris for handmade breads with seasonal lunches and afternoon teas (noon – 17.00, book ahead). Look out also for Mothers’ Day bouquet making and lunch events. Further ahead, book now for an introduction to sweet and savoury pastry making on 21 May and a chocolate masterclass from Noble & Stace on 22 May.

Elderflower Fields family festival, Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest, 24-27 May

This independent festival, designed with children in mind, attracts a manageable 5,000 visitors and is now in its seventh year. Think music, sports, nature and the arts in a stunning location. There’s camping, kayaking, circus skills, a woodland spa and even nannies on hand for when the little darlings get too much. Adults: £165, children £79, under 3s £7

Margaret Atwood in conversation, Brighton Dome, Thurs 31 Oct

Catch The Handmaid’s Tail author Margaret Atwood being interviewed on stage this autumn – Halloween in fact – and talking about her much anticipate sequel The Testaments. Tickets are from £19.50.

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