What’s On this week in Sussex
5 - 13 April
Sun’s out (for now) grab your coat and get going with help from the latest round up of What’s On this week in Sussex. For many more family-friendy ideas for the school hols check out the big Easter hols What’s On.
RSC Live: Macbeth, various cinemas, Wed 11 April
It’s one of the juiciest of Shakespeare’s plays so, if you can handle all the bloodshed, make a date with your nearest cinema seat for this screening of a contemporary production (it appears to be part set in an office) by the Royal Shakespeare Company. It’s being broadcast live on Wed 11 April. Find your nearest participating cinema on the link. Worthing, Brighton, Burgess Hill, Horsham, East Grinstead, Uckfield, Eastbourne, Hastings, Rye, Tunbridge Wells, Chichester, Bognor and Haslemere are among options.
Beatles Day, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Sun 8 April
The Beatles appeared at the White Rock Theatre in the Sixties and the venue likes to twist and shout about it every year with a special day of bands playing the Fab Four’s music in various styles including rock, jazz, blues, funk, soul, pop, dance and heavy metal. There’ll be 90 acts over three stages and every penny raised goes to Macmillan Cancer Support, so get on your dancing trousers and get down there. Tickets are £16 (£8.50 for under 15s), or £9.75 each when four are bought together as a family ticket.
The Christians, The Old Market, Hove Fri 6 April
In an ideal world, the Christians would be touring right here in Sussex – oh look, they are. The 80s and 90s hit band founded by brothers from Liverpool is still going strong. Catch Garry Christian’s lovely vocals in Hove for £23.
Teen coastal photography workshops, Itchenor Sailing Club, near Chichester, 6 and 13 April
Chichester Harbour has wonderful light and plenty of visual interest from people, dogs, sky, boats, birds and even seals. Ali Warner is running photography workshops for teens during the hols on 6 April (13-15 yrs) and 13 April (16-18 yrs). They run from 09.30-16.30, meeting at Itchenor Sailing Club, and cost £80 each.
Brighton Wine Week, various locations, Thurs 5 – Sun 15 April
Whoopee, Easter’s over but there’s more indulgence on the cards. Brighton Wine Week sees all sorts of pairing dinners – Argentinian at Brighton Harbour Hotel, Mediterranean at the Salt Room, Ridgeview at Murmurs and Redroaster… and special tastings like Spanish and Austrian at Butler’s Wine Cellars. There are also tours and more.
Tipping Point, Brighton Dome, Thurs 5 April
There’s limited availability now for this contemporary circus show by Ockham’s Razor where Balance poles are climbed, walked on and swung from as they become forests, crossroads and pendulums in cleverly managed chaos. Sounds intriguing. Tickets are from £5. The Friday show has already sold out.
Spring offer, Park House Hotel & Spa, near Midhurst, Mon 2 April – Thurs 3 May
Park House has an enticing stay and pampering midweek offer for April and May. Book a midweek night’s stay and for £185 enjoy a three-course dinner for two, full use of the hotel and spa facilities and £65 each towards a spa treatment. It’s valid Monday – Thursday nights from 2 April until 3 May 2018 subject to availability.
Stop Animation workshop, DC1 Gallery & Cafe, Eastbourne, Sat 7 April
Animazing does some great workshops for kids and this holiday is no exception. 8 – 16s can spend three hours working on a stop animation project from set and character building to filming and publishing on You Tube. It costs £12. Drop them off, or stay to watch.
John Robbins: The Darkness of Robins, The Capitol, Horsham, Sat 14 April
He won the top prize in comedy last year – The Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as the Perrier Award), he pops up on TV a lot and now he’s here in Sussex at the Capitol for one night only. Grab a ticket quick for his angst ridden stand-up show, they’re £15.50.
Flashdance – the musical, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Mon 9 – Sat 14 April
I saw this musical version of the hit film a few years back in London and it’s good 80’s-tastic fun. Now it’s on tour and dropping into Brighton, starring Strictly’s Joanne Clifton and A1’s Ben Adams. Want to go? Take your passion and make it happen… or at least buy a ticket, they’re from £19.40.
Byline Festival, Pippingford Park near Uckfield, Aug, ticket offer ends soon
This journalistic-themed festival mixes debate and workshops with music, comedy and more, in a low-key, good value event, with free camping. The line-up so far includes visits from John Cleese, Hugh Grant, Gary Lineker and Andy Hamilton plus the Cambridge Analytica whistleblowers in debate. Ticket prices are rising again next week so if you want to grab a bargain check out the offers and join me there (no, you can’t share my tent!)
.Signs of Spring Children’s event / Children’s photography club, Railway Land, Lewes, Fri 13 April/ Sun 22 April – 13 May
Pop down to the Railway Land Wildlife Trust on 13 April for pond dipping, a bird walk, arts, crafts and seed planting for £4.50 per child (non-members). Talking Trees Woodland Playgroup will also be running a woodland cafe and forest school taster sessions. On April 22 – Sun 13 May there’s a photography club for 8 – 13s run by Wildlife expert Steve Homewood (£48 for non-members).
Noggin the Nogg, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Fri 13 April
‘In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea…’ Noggin the Noggin and his brilliantly monikered nemesis Nogbad the Bad had been off on their viking sagas a fair while before I even caught them as a kid. They used to be a cardboard stop animation series, now they’re set to enchant a new generation in a live show with puppets which handily coincides with the Easter hols. Tickets are £14.
Jaws in Concert, Brighton Dome, Thurs April 12
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Brighton… Screenings of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jaws is popping up accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra who will perform John Williams’ Oscar-winning score live to really ramp up the tension. Tickets are from £30 but be quick – it’s selling fast.
Family Day, Fontwell Park, Fri April 6
If the kids are having chocolate egg withdrawal by the end of Easter week, get them to Fontwell Park racecourse where they get in free and there’s an Easter Egg Hunt, mini Fairground Rides, bouncy castles, face painting, a balloon artist, and a petting zoo, with lambs, chicks, rabbits, ducklings and guinea pigs.
Badger watching, Wakehurst, Arlingly, Tuesdays 10 April – 25 Sept
I’ve only seen a live badger once – lovely compensation for taking a wrong turn off a dual carriageway – so this really appeals. A ranger will escort you and yours to a pupose built hide in the Loder Valley nature reserve where, if your luck’s in, you should be able to watch the badgers forage, eat and play right before your eyes. Several dates are sold out already so get your diary out. Adults £12, children over seven £6.
Look, Think, Make, De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sun 8 April
The De la Warr Pavilon has a family-friendly drop in craft session 14.00 – 16.00 this Sunday responding to ideas and materials found in the exhibitions. It’s £1 per person, big or small, and aimed at all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pros From The Shows: Billy Elliot Workshop, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 10 April
The perfect masterclass for aspiring dancers aged 8-18 with real West End pro Josh Baker. Two 90 minute sessions cover all ages and dance levels. They each cost £30 and sibling discounts are available.
Trail, craft and events, Borde Hill, Good Fri 30 March – Sat 14 April
Borde Hill’s garden and adventure playground are open daily 10am – 5pm and there are free craft kits, and puzzle trail sheets that lead to a chocolate prize. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny on selected days from Good Friday to Wed 4 April. There’s also storytelling for families on 4 and 14 April and face painting and balloon modelling on 5 April. Normal admission prices apply plus £2 for trails. Picnics and dogs on leads are welcome.
Sunday Roast, Flint Barns at Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, April 15
Flint Barns at Rathfinny has the latest of its pop-up roast dinners coming up on April 15. There’s a lovely space to lounge before and after with woodburning stove, Bloody Marys on offer and a route around the vineyard for walking. Call 01323 874 030 to book. There’s another coming up on 6 May.
Heather Small, the Voice of M People, Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sun 20 May
Don’t want to make you feel old but Heather Small’s How Can I love You More tour is a 25th Anniversary celebration of the music of she and M People. It’ll feature all the hits including Moving On Up, Search For A Hero, Dreaming and Proud.
Tickets are £31 and they’re down to the last few.
Birdsong, The Capitol, Horsham, Mon 23 to Sat 28 April
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Birdsong is the hit stage show based on Sebastian Faulks’ world famous novel. The story is set in pre-war France, when a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with Isabelle Azaire. Faced with the unprecedented horror of war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as the world turns upside down and explodes around him.
Multi Block lino prints/ Batik making, Handprinted, Bognor, Sat 21 & Sun 22 April /Fri 27 April & Fri 4 May
Lino prints are very cool in my opinion and you can learn how to produce your own, from carving onwards in a two-day weekend course on 21 and 22 April for £150. If the only thing you’ve done with hot wax before has involved hair removal, there’s also a chance to get creative with it to make batik. If you can skive off on a couple of Fridays (it runs 10am – 1pm on 27 April and 4 May) you can learn the process as part of Handprinted’s Fabulous Fridays craft sessions. The two sessions are a total £30. There are plenty of other arty workshops coming up at Handprinted for all abilities.