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Thurs 14 - Fri 22 June

TN32 festival, The Hub, Bodiam, Fri 15 – Sun 17 June

Get your dancing trousers on because indie, reggae, house DJs, singer/songwriters and local cover bands are converging on Bodiam for a new festival. There’ll be food vendors of course, plus locally-brewed craft beer, ales and ciders, a Prosecco/Pimms tent and gin bar to help things go with a swing. Earlybird tickets are £45, tickets for the weekend itself are £60. There are also opportunities to camp.

Worthing Artists Open Houses, various locations 16/17, 23/24 & 30 June & 1 July

On weekends from mid June you have a chance to drop in on local creatives in their homes and studios. Browse drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, glass, jewellery, crafts and more, often on sale for affordable prices. There are 57 different locations this year.

Sussex Wineries Weekend, various vineyards, Fri 15 – Sun 17 June

For the first time, a host of the county’s great wineries are teaming up for a special wine weekend, happily coinciding with Sussex Day and Fathers’ Day. A new tasting room restaurant will open at Rathfinny at Alfriston where you can also taste its new sparkling wine. There will also be food and wine pairing at Wiston near Pulborough; lunch platters and tours at Oxney near Rye; a barbecue and produce market at Bolney; picnics among the vines at Ridgeview in Ditchling; picnics, children’s activities and a pop-up cinema showing Sideways at Albourne near Hassocks; drop in tastings at Stopham, Pulbrough; and a hog roast at Bluebell at Furners Green.

Charity Evening and Private View, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove, Fri 15 June, 6-8pm

This Hove gallery will be supporting the local Samaritans branch, which is marking its 50th year. As well as the art viewing, there will be a raffle with two framed prints and a bottle of single malt whisky as prizes. In addition, 15% of sales on the evening will go to the charity. The gallery will also be previewing its latest show, Between Land and Sea, inspired by the changing moods of the seascape. It includes works by Brighton-based artists Mark Johnston, Richard Whadcock, Luella Martin, Kirsty Wither and Victoria Graimes.

SuRie, The Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Sun 17 June

Can’t wait a whole year for Eurovision? Me neither, I just love that cheesy, feel-good spectacular. Well fear, not because this year’s UK entry SuRie is here to take you down memory lane. She may not have triumphed in Lisbon but you can give her the welcome she deserves when she comes to Horsham with her musicians this weekend belting out her own Storm and acoustic covers from other Eurovision stars like ABBA, Katrina and the Waves and Johnny Logan. Basically it’s a chance to get Eurovision fever all over again without the dodgy voting! Tickets are £21.

Luna Beach Cinema, beside the Palace Pier, Brighton, Thurs June 14 –  Sun July 15  

Luna Beach Cinema is now open! Just to the to east of Brighton’s Palace Pier you’ll find a big screen showing feature films and all the key action from Wimbledon and the World Cup. The movie programme includes perrenial faves like Dirty Dancing, Grease and recent hit The Greatest Showman and Quadrophenia gets an outing in the city where it was filmed. There are heaps of family-friendly screenings too like Finding Nemo, Paddington 2 and Beauty and the Beast.

Mark Steel, Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, Fri 15 June, 8pm

The star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s In Town is in Eastbourne to assure us that Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright. Alright, that is, despite Trump, Brexit wranglings and a PM seemingly clinging on by her fingernails. If you’re a fan of Steel, you know what to expect – some cerebral observations about the world. I’ve seen him several times and it’s always a top night out. Tickets are £16 and its advised for ages 14+ He’ll also be appearing at the festival theatre at Hever Castle, Kent on Wed 25 July.

Shakespeare on the Green, Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea, Fri 15 & Sat 16 June

The Bard’s madcap farce The Comedy of Errors is being performed as part of Shoreham Wordfest with Mark Brailsford of satire group The Treason Show starring. It’s not quite open air – the performance will be rainproofed in a marquee – but it will be on Coronation Green in Shoreham where there will also be stalls and activities. Tickets are £15, £10 for 5 – 18s, or £45 for a family of four. Book via Ropetackle.

Father’s Day Lunch, Flint Barns, Rathfinny, Alfriston, 17 June

This vast winery overlooks Cuckmere Haven and has just brought out its first sparkling wine. It’s also a fab place to stay or have a meal in its beautifully restored buildings. The old barn, which also houses the accommodation, will be the venue for a three-course lunch on Father’s Day (£35).  Afterwards, there’s a marked trail around the estate that you can stroll around. Be quick if you want to grab a place.

Zoe Lyons, The Bell, Ticehurst, Thurs 21 June

There’s more great comedy up at Muddy awards finalist The Bell in Ticehurst which puts on some great stand up nights in its Stable function space. TV and radio’s Zoe Lyons will be the special guest this month ahead of her national tour. Tickets are £22 and you can add supper for £8.

Legally Blonde, the Musical, Theatre Royal Brighton, Mon 11 – Sat 16 Jun 

Photo by Robert Workman

OMG you guys, Legally Blonde is, like, totally in Brighton. The film has been converted into a pink-tastic musical notching the comedy kitsch factor up even more. It’s the story of Elle Woods (played by former X Factor finalist Lucie Jones) a dizzy Californian blonde, who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard, desperate to win him back by being the ‘serious’ person he thinks he needs to further his career. Of course, she ends up doing things on her own terms after all. Eastenders‘ Rita Simons also stars. Tickets are from £15.

The Groombridge Place Classic Motor Show, Groombridge, Sun 17 Jun

This show, which neatly coincides with Father’s Day, will feature classic cars from across the decades, from early 20thcentury stunners to modern performance cars. The Classic Music Show is meanwhile set to inspire some dad dancing to Abbalious, The Smokin’ Mavericks, Jodie South and the Mike Lloyd Band.

Simon Evans, Potted Preview,  Brighton Open Air Theatre, 17 June

Local favourite and BOAT patron Simon Evans will join two other comedians for a ‘Potted Preview’ of parts of their new Edinburgh Fringe shows on 17 June. Tickets are £10. The Sunday afternoon show at this open-air venue is a great opportunity for a picnic while you chuckle.

Pop up Yoga, Brighton Pavilion lawn, 17 June

It’s an 8am start for an hour’s stretching and bending in this lovely setting in front of the Pavilion (it’s behind the bus stops on the Old Steine but better than that sounds). Bring your own mat if you have one, as spares are limited. Teacher Stephanie Eastwood is doing this Sunday morning class for free, but donations are welcome.

Peacehaven Players, Meridian Centre. Peacehaven, Thurs 14, Fri 15 and Sat 16 June

It’s February 1986 in the Green Room at the Monastery Road Recording Studios. Pop duo Wha-Hey!! are riding high in the charts but disaster awaits in the form of a murder – and you get to help solve it, to a background of 80s tunes.
Bag a table for eight (£70) or individual tickets (£9.50) that will group you with others. Suitable for older children (£9).

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, from Tues 12 June

It’s the 250th year of the Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition and this year, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums. This is always great fun and this year it could look very different.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A, London, from 16 June

I once rocked up to Frida Kahlo’s former home in Mexico City and couldn’t get in because I’d spent too much time up the road looking round the house where Trotsky got the ice pick. (The two were lovers – small world!) So here’s my chance – and yours – to see what I missed. It’s the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display her clothes and intimate possessions.


Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm/ Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 23 May – 2 Sept / 26 May – 16 Sept

Dorothy Bohm, Point to Point Race Sussex, © Dorothy Bohm Archive.jpg

Muddy Awards Best Gallery finalist Pallant House has a new free exhibition on the internationally celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm (now aged 93) bringing together for the first time her black and white photographs of Sussex in the 60s and 70s.  Steam fairs at Horsham, racing at Goodwood, the seafront at Brighton and racing at Parham are included. Meanwhile Tate St Ives’ Virginia Woolf exhibition is also visiting Pallant this summer. It features over 80 female artists, with works from 1854 upwards that represent central ideas of Woolf’s writing.

Edinburgh Comedy previews, Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton, various dates Thurs 14 June – 31 July

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Want to see a topic comic for £4?! The months leading up to Edinburgh Fringe are a great time to catch some bargain comedy as TV and radio types warm up their acts ready for month-long stints up north. The grungy stairs of the Caroline of Brunswick lead you up to a small room where the likes of Nish Kumar, Zoe Lyons, Paul Sinha, Lucy Porter, Hal Cruttenden, Robin Ince, Adam Hess and Seann Walsh will be performing this June and July. Tickets at just £7, or £4 in advance.


Nature Valley International Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, 22 – 30 June

The International Eastbourne tennis tournament is back and British women’s number one Johanna Konta, world women’s No.1 Simona Halep and No.2 Caroline Wozniackiis are among the top stars battling it out in this important warm-up to Wimbledon. Tickets range from £7 up to £65. Fri June 23 is family day – free for adults and children to see qualifying matches on the outer courts and warm ups on the practice courts. On the 29th meanwhile, a grounds pass will get you access to see wheelchair tennis defending Wimbledon doubles champions. I’ve been the last couple of years and it’s a great event.

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, East Sussex, 29 June – 1 July

Elvis Costello, Earth Wind and Fire, Steve Winwood and Level 42 are all coming to Sussex for this year’s Love Supreme jazz festival. There will be heaps more acts besides plus a kids’ area, wellness, cabaret, spoken word and more. Adults tickets are from £54 for a day, £130 for a weekend. There are a range of other tickets including family and camping options.


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