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What’s On this week in Sussex

Thurs 22 Feb - Fri 2 March

Jive dancing, scallop feasting, belly laughing, ghost walking, star gazing and more as we look at What’s On this week in Sussex – with some top tickets to book ahead besides.

The Big Jive All-Dayer, Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sat 24 Feb

Can you handle 12 hours of swinging? No, not the one with keys in a bowl… this is jive, swing and rock ‘n’roll with bands, DJs, vintage stalls, food and drink from 1.00pm – 1.00am. Tickets are £26 in advance. 

Rye Scallop Week, various eateries around Rye Bay, 24 Feb – 4 March 

One of my fave foods has a festival all to itself with special menus, cookery demos and live music. The Gallivant, Webbe’s at the Fish Cafe, Globe Inn Marsh, The Mermaid Inn, Carey’s Steakhouse and Seafood, Landgate Bistro, Muddy Award winner, White Dog Inn and many more are getting involved. There’s also a harbour walk and even a big scallop quiz.

Some People V. Reginald D. Hunter, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sat 24 Feb

You may have seen him on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News for You and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series which documented his road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.
Now, you can see Reginald D. Hunter at the De La Warr pavilion. Tickets are £23.

George’s Marvellous Medicine, Theatre Royal, Brighton,  Tues 27 Feb – Sat 3 March 

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Remember when Rik Mayall read this on Jackanory back in the day? Absolute classic. Anyway here it is as a live show. A Roald Dahl adaptation that’s perfect for kids ages 5 plus, as George tries to cure his rather mean Grandmother of her nastiness with a special potion. Don’t try this at home! Tickets are from £19.

The 21 Whiskeys, The Sussex Ox, Polegate, Fri 23 Feb

Fancy a bit of Americana? Six piece band The 21 Whiskeys will be getting feet stomping at the Sussex ox near Polegate this Friday 23.Book a table if you want to get a meal with your music.

Chinese New Year Extravaganza, The Hawth, Crawley, Tues 27 Feb 

Chinese New Year will be seen in in style with this showcase of performing arts at Hastings and Crawley. On stage will be lion dancers, contortionists, acrobatics, kung fu performers and a demonstration of the ancient magic of err face changing – sounds intriguing. Adult tickets are from £22 at both venues with discounts for children/family tickets.

An audience with Nick Gillard, Theatre Royal Brighton, Sun 25 Feb

I was a ‘swordmaster’ for the Star Wars prequel films dontcha know? OK I wasn’t but what a very cool claim to drop into conversation at a party and the man that can do that is Nick Gillard. This world-renowned stunt coordinator and fight director is coming to the Theatre Royal Brighton on Sunday 25 February. His other credits include Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Labyrinth and several Bond films. For TV, he recently worked as stunt coordinator for The Miniaturist that aired on BBC One over Christmas. He’ll be sharing stories from 40 years in the business.

NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof screenings, Horsham, Crawley, East Grinstead and Brighton, 26 Feb onwards

Sienna Miller starred in Tennessee William’s Cat on Hot Tin Roof  last year. Now you can catch a recording of a performance at as part of the NT Live encore season. On a steamy night in Mississippi a family gather to celebrate a birthday, with lies and sexual tension to the fore. You can go out on a frankly rather nippy night to watch what unfolds. It’s being shown on various dates from 26 Feb into March at several cinemas including in Crawley, Horsham, East Grinstead and Brighton.

Early-bird tickets for Summer of Circus, Worthing (offer ends Feb 28)

Worthing’s fantastic season of contemporary circus has been launched for 2018, with tickets now on sale for ground-breaking international acts this summer. The Exploded Circus will kick things off from all-female company Mimbre. Other shows include 8 Songs – skilled juggling set to Rock ’n’ Roll – and the Giant Balloon Show with big balloon sculptures. The programme ranges from family-friendly to adult-focused and includes workshops besides. For February only you can snap up early-bird tickets from just a tenner. Stampede!!

Kite Runner, The Hawth, Crawley, Tues 20 – Sat 24 Feb

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this is the story of friendship and redemption brought to the stage. In troubled Afghanistan two childhood friends are about to be torn apart following a terrible incident during a kite flying tournament. Take your hanky, it’s a weepy. Tickets are from £21.

Sussex Darkside Theatrical Ghost Walks, Newhaven Fort, Sat 24 Feb, 31 March and later dates.

Laugh and scream your way around Newhaven fort with resident ghosts Corporal Cornford, Tilly Meeching and officer’s wife Elizabeth Grieve. On this new a theatrical tour and hear about the ghosts that are said to reside at Newhaven Fort and some of the best ghost stories from other forts around the country. £15 for adults, £40 for families.

Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? The Old Market, Hove, Tues 27 Feb 

Best known for Not the Nine o’clock News and for being one half of Smith and Jones, Griff returns with  anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies from forty years of travelling. Tickets are £18 in Hove on 27 Feb and £15 on 9 March in at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.

Rockett St George, new outlet shop, Ditchling Common, from Thurs 22 Feb (appointment only)

They’ve recently had a residency at Liberty, now you can pick up some bargain style for your home at the Rockett St George outlet shop on Ditchling Common. This ocassional pop-up has now become a permanent fixture on most Thursdays and the odd Saturday. Check the website for opening times and always pre-book.

Pom Pom headband workshop, The Wee Store, Hove, Sat Feb 24

Create a cute pom pom headband at this My Craft Party pop-up event at the Wee Store in Hove. There’s space for only eight children, so book quickly. Suggested age 6+. Tickets are £10.02.


South Downs Dark Skies festival, various locations, Fri 9 – Sun 25 Feb

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Wrap up warm and get out for this annual celebration of the South Downs being designated a dark sky site. There are several guided stargazing events and tie-in activities, many of them free or low cost including stargazing sessions on weekends at Battle Abbey 3 -25 Feb. See my full round-up of what’s on in Sussex here.

Winnie The Pooh: Exploring a classic, V&A museum, London, until Sun 25 Feb 

AA Milne’s enduring bear is the subject of this charming exhibition (the V&A’s first ever family show), which features letters, sketches, ceramics, photographs and fashion. There’s a free pop-up interactive performance each day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm that includes role-play and story-telling. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character or bring their best-loved cuddly toy.


Eastbourne International ticket release (for 22 – 30 June)


Tickets for Eastbourne International have just gone on general sale so now’s the time to grab a top seat on centre court. It’s a great day out with top players in town to get Wimbledon ready. UK hope Johanna Konta, who hails from Eastbourne, is usually along players. I even caught Djokovic there last year.


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