What’s On this weekend
Fri 12 - Sun 14 July
One of my fave days of last summer was spent with a hat and a picnic watching the Globe at BOAT. On Friday it will be The Comedy of Errors but on the other days audience cheers decide which play gets performed on the day with a choice of The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Twelfth Night. £17.50, or £45 for a family ticket. Sat night has sold out already.
Beach Life Festival, Eastbourne, Sat 13 & Sun 14 July
The South Coast’s free sports festival is back for two days offering windsurfing, sailing and stand up paddle boarding sessions alongside the chance to watch a giant skate slalom and a roller derby. There’s plenty more to entertain all ages, sporty or otherwise with a music stage, children’s go-karting, inflatible football, bouncy castle, bungee trampolines and a funfair plus vintage campervans lined up along the promenade.
Worthing Pride, Beach House Grounds and other locations, Sat 13 July
Worthing is turning rainbow coloured this weekend as Pride hits town. The parade starts at noon from Burlington Hotel, ending an hour later at Splashpoint Rocks, then The Main Event takes place between 13.00 and 22.00 in the Beach House Grounds. It’s hosted by entertainer and ‘gender discombobulater’ Spice and headlined by tribute act Magic Queen with drag and music acts and DJ sets. Tickets for the Main Event are £4.50 in advance, £5 on the day subject to availability.
Twelfth Night/Tons of Money, West Dean Gardens, Chichester, dates until 13 July
West Dean’s pretty Pergola Open Air Theatre has been running two alfresco productions as part of the Festival of Chichester. Still to come are performances of Twelfth Night on 11 and 13 July, while on 12 July is Tons of Money – a farce adapted by Alan Ayckbourn, in which a hard-up inventor pretends to be his cousin to escape his creditors. See the full Muddy Outdoor Theatre guide here.
Pirate Day, Hastings, Sun 14 July
Arr, me hearties, Hastings Pirate Day is back. The event draws hundreds of thousands of pirates and this year it’s trying for another entry in the Guinness Book of Records with an attempt to attempt to build the largest human image of a boat. There will be a procession through the Old Town and more pirate-themed activities throughout Hastings.
Norman Knights Tournament, Arundel Castle, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July
Arundel Castle will revisit its early history on the weekend of 13-14 July as the action-packed Norman Knights Tournament returns. This family-friendly event will include a storyteller, falconry, medieval crafts and have-a-go activities alongside weapons training and tournaments between archers and knights. Free with admission.
Moonfest, South Downs Planetarium, Chichester, Sat 13 – Wed 31 July
Chichester’s planetarium is celebrating the moon landing anniversary with ‘Moonfest’. It incorporates two telescope Observation Evenings on Sat 13 and Sun 14, films about the space race on Wed 17 and about Apollo 11 on Fri 19, Sat 20 and Wed 24 July. There are also Family Fun days with plenty of hands on activities coming up on Sat 20, Sun 21 Sat 27 and Sun 28 and several other family-friendly planetarium shows.
Indiana Jones Trilogy, Worthing Theatres, Sat 13 July
Need a bit of respite from the sun? How about gorging on Harrison Ford in an Indiana Jones Trilogy? That’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade back to back (I’m sure they’ll let you out between for a wee and a drink without a giant bolder following you). Tickets are £16.50 (£15 for under 14s) and they’re rated 12A.
Moon landings season, The Picture House, Uckfield, Sun 7 July and later dates
The Picture House, Uckfield has a season of films to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. In the Shadow of the Moon and Apollo are still to be screened this month. Various other cinemas are also showing one-off screenings.
Polo at Cowdray, West Sussex, until Sun 22 Sept
The public are welcome to watch polo at Cowdray throughout the season, with matches held every Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon and on most weekdays. Bring your own picnic, or order one from the Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe. There’s also a snack bar in the grounds. Except during the Gold Cup, weekends and bank hols, tickets are £5 each (under 12’s free) and weekdays are free for all. Call 01730 813257 or see the tournament section of the website for the day’s play.