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8 - 16 Nov

Rob Lowe, Stories I Only Tell my Friends: Live, Brighton Dome, Sat 16 Feb – tickets released Fri 9 Nov

Rob Lowe – yes the Rob Lowe, of ‘Brat Pack’ and West Wing fame is coming to Brighton. Having published two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Rob is taking his tales on the road in an honest, hilarious peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage and more. The Hollywood hottie is not here till Feb but tickets go on general sale Fri 9 Nov at 10am. They’re from £33 (pay more for a meet and greet). Early Xmas present to self?

Ian McKellen on Stage, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 5 April & Theatre Royal, Brighton 15 -19 July – tickets released Fri 9 Nov

Sir Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by touring with a new solo show to raise funds for theatres. On Friday 5 April he will be coming to Chicheter’s Minerva Theatre for an afternoon and evening show in aid of the theatre’s Ageless campaign then in July he’ll be taking up residence for a week at the Theatre Royal Brighton. Tickets for Chichester will only be available by online ballot – it’s now open and will close at noon on Wed 14 Nov. You can buy up to two tickets at once for £80 each. Tickets for the Brighton dates can be bought in the usual way and start for £30.25 – be quick!

Crocheted poppy installation, Standen House & Garden, East Grinstead, from Nov 7 for two weeks/War hospital talk, Brighton Dome, Sat 10 Nov

Photo from The Royal Pavilion and Musems, Brighton & Hove

 Thousands of crocheted poppies will be on display around the Standen House garden to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. There will also be a bonfire lighting and two minutes silence on Armistice Day Sun 11 Nov. Meanwhile in Brighton Dome’s cafe bar on Sat 10 Nov there’s a free talk (booking required) about the makeshift hospital for Indian Army troops that was set up inside the Royal Pavilion. It’s among several free events to mark the WW1 centenary.

Family Film Night, Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green, Sat Nov 10

Don a superhero costume, grab some popcorn and perhaps teddy too. Fishers is screening Incredibles 2 in its Barn Theatre on Sat Nov 10 at a family-friendly 17.30 – 19.30. The coffee bar will be open and so will the play barn, for little fidgets. Tickets are £6.

Roast lunch, Rathfinny Flint Barns, Alriston, Sun 11 Nov

Rathfinny Flint Barns, the B&B part of the wine estate, does pop-up roasts on selected dates in it’s (dog-frirendly) communal dining area. A choice of mains include the likes of pear and pistachio-stuffed pork belly. Besides the food there are lovely views, wildlife to be spotted and a circular walk you can take. Two courses for £21.95 or 3 for £27.95. There are a few places left for its Sun 11 November event. Call 01323 874030 to book.

Boy George & Culture Club, Brighton Centre, Tues 13 Nov

Karma karma, karma karma… karma down to the Brighton Centre to catch Culture Club this month. The huge 80s band has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and now the original line up is back on the road supported by Belinda Carlisle and Tom Bailey from the Thompson Twins. Tickets are from £52 – so one for uber fans.

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats, Komedia, Brighton, Tues 13 Nov

And another great comedian heading our way. One of the most likeable comics on the circuit, Stephen K Amos is fantastic at ad-libbing and interacting with the audience and always seems to be thoroughly enjoying himself. I saw this show when it was a work in progress up at Edinburgh Fringe this summer and he hung around in the bar for a chat afterwards. He’s fresh and spontaneous. Don’t miss him. Tickets are £17.50

Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, Sat 10 Nov

Another of my fave comedians  is at Eastbourne’s Hippodrome on 10 Nov.  I’ve seen Rich Hall many times and he always puts on a good show. You may have seen the gravel-voiced comic from Montana on QI or his own recent documentaries but you’ve missed out if you haven’t heard his hilarious country-style songs, often improvised by drawing in details about audience members. Tickets are £19. He’s also coming up at Worthing on Thurs 13 Dec.

Win a London break, Baldwins Travel, Sussex, enter online by Nov 15

Fancy a break in London with a hotel stay and West End tix? Check out the comp being run by Lewes and Uckfield and Kent travel agents Baldwins Travel Group. See link for deets.

Bonfire Society nights, Rye and Robertsbridge, Sat 10 and Sat 17 Nov 

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In Sussex, bonfire night is not just for Nov 5 (or the nearest Saturday), with many bonfire societies holding their own historic events with torchlit parades and fireworks raising money for charity. Still to come are Rye on Sat 10 Nov and Robertsbridge on Sat 17 Nov.

Cine City: Brighton Film Festival, various locations Eastbourne, Lewes and Worthing, 9 – 25 November

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It’s called Brighton Film Festival but this showcase of world cinema actually runs across Brighton, Eastbourne, Lewes and Worthing, with premieres previews, talks, Q&As and special events. Key films from Sundance, Cannes, Venice and other major film festivals will be show ahead of their UK release.

Monsters, a Modern Frankenstein Story,  Rialto, Brighton Wed 14 Nov/ Matthew’s Yard Croydon, Fri 16 Nov

Halloween-style thrills continue in November with a contemporary take on the Frankenstein story from the Pitchy Breath Company, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the novel.  Crawley and Horsham have sold out but you can still book for the Rialto, Brighton on 14 Nov (£12) or Matthew’s Yard Croydon, Fri 16 Nov.

Garden, art and wine sale, The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, Wed 14 Nov

Lovely Muddy award-winning The Cat Inn is having a bit of revamp. It will be part closed (except for drinks 17.00 – 22.30) from Monday 12 to Thurs 15 November but the good news is it’s putting on a sale of garden furniture and parasols and artwork as part of its tidy out, with money raised going to Cancer Research. It will also be selling some bin end wines at £45.00 for six bottles including some gems. Grab a bargain and stock up for Christmas.

The Nutcracker, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Wed 14 Nov

Get in the Christmassy mood early with a visit from the sugar plum fairy and all your other Nutcracker faves courtesy of the Russian National Ballet. Tickets are from £23.

Festival of the Dead, Prizm, Brighton, Fri 16 Nov

Definitely not as grim as it sounds, this immersive event, which sold 60,000 tickets last year, blends carnival with circus, theatre and clubbing. The new 2018 production follows one man’s journey into the underworld of giant creatures and creations, including The Vulture and ‘El Diablo’ – a huge, mechanical skull backdrop full of hidden surprises. All this happens as DJs spin a club soundtrack, professional face painters do their work and crowds dress to be part of the show. 10pm-3am. From £19


Snailspace, Brighton, Sat 15 Sept – 18 Nov


Giant snails have invaded the streets of Brighton. 50 sculptures have been decorated by artists and will later be auctioned to raise money for Martlets hospice. Celebrity sponsors with personalised creations include Peter James and Fatboy Slim. Follow the snail trail by picking up a map or downloading the app. Muddy is up to 22…

There But Not There, art installation, Arundel cathedral & St Nicholas Church, Arundel, 10 May –  11 Nov

93 transparent silhouettes of fallen WW1 soldiers have taken their position on the pews of Arundel Cathedral and nearby St Nicholas Church as the town hosts the largest ever installation by There But Not There. The charitable project commemorates the service of WW1 soldiers whilst raising money for Help For Heroes: Hidden Wounds and others. Each silhouette represents the shadow of a real WW1 soldier who never came home and bears a plaque with a name. They will be there until Armistice Day.


Make a Coatigan in a day, Sew In Brighton, Hove, Dec 1 

Don’t know what a coatigan is? Is a cosy cross between a coat and a cardigan, of course, and you can rustle one up in just one day at Sew in Brighton. If you’re improver level, meaning you can already handle a sewing machine, chose sweatshirt material or boiled wool and they’ll show you how step-by-step on the day 10.30 – 17.00. Book in advance to get the course for £67 (it’s £87 on the day).

Woodcut Christmas card making/wreath making, Charleston House, Firle, Tues 27 Nov/Fri 7 Dec

Photo by card workshop artist Helen Brown

Charleston runs some beautiful arts and craft workshops and they tend to sell out early so, if you’d some annual leave to use up, take Tues 27 Nov off and book to learn how to make your own woodcut printed Xmas cards from design to carving, inking and printing.  It’s £90 (£80 for an additional friend) including lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Christmas wreath making is also coming up on Fri 7 Dec (£100-£110).


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