What’s On this weekend
Fri 22 - Sun 24 March
VegfestUK, Brighton Centre, Sat 23 & Sun 24 March
It’s 10 years since VegfestUK launched in Brighton and since than it’s become a national touring event. Brighton’s is the first Vegfest of the year and while the focus is firmly on vegan lifestyles, it’s a great place just to have a good meal. Apart from food, expect 230 stalls offering ethical products, live cookery demos, kids’ areas and live music. There’s also yoga and wellness, lectures and an Animal Think Tank by prominent campaigners.£8 for one day, £13.20 for two days booked in advance. Under-16s free (when accompanied by adults).
Sing-A-Long-A Greatest Showman, the Capitol, Horsham, Sat 23 March
Roll up, roll up, Barnum’s circus is in town! Sing-A-Long-A Greatest Showman is storming into Horsham on Sat 23 March! With lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want. A live host will teach you dance moves, show you how to use our interactive prop bags, and get you to practice your cheers, your boos and even a few wolf whistles… Fancy dress is strongly encouraged! There’s an afternoon screening at a good time for families, which is down to the last few seats, and an evening slot the same day.
NT Live, encore, Antony & Cleopatra, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 23 March
Late last year this was broadcast live from the National Theatre with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo playing Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra in his historical tragedy of politics, passion and power. There’s another chance to catch it as Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells has an encore screening on Sat 23 March.
OperaUpClose, La Bohème, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Sat 23 March
OperaUpClose brings its hugely acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning version of Puccini’s La Bohème to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre, this production, set in modern times and in English, it’s a good bet for opera first-timers. Tickets are from £23. Other nearby performances include Portsmouth and Winchester.
Lee Mead: My Story, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Sun 24 March
West End leading man Lee Mead will be spilling the beans on his whirlwind life since he played Joseph in the Andrew LLoyd Webber musical. Wicked, Legally Blond, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and more followed and now he plays Lofty Chiltern in Casualty and Holby City. Join Lee accompanied by a grand piano and pianist for backstage tales and that lovely singing voice. Tickets are £25.50 and there are also a few £47 VIP tickets still left for a meet and greet before the show.
Pioneer Run, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Sun 24 March
One of the many London to Brighton events – this time it’s vintage motorcycles descending on the seafront. It’s a must-see event with more than 300 machines and their careful owners expected, turning Madeira Drive into a museum for a day.
Open day, Cumnor House Sussex, Danehill, Fri 22 Feb
Cumnor House Sussex school for 2 to 13s – has an open day coming up on Fri 22 March. Go along to learn about its pioneering wellbeing programme, strong scholarship record and parental inclusion. You can Get the lowdown from Muddy first with our school review.
Shakespeare’s Globe comes to Brighton Open Air Theatre, tickets released for July
One of my fave days of last summer was spent with a hat and a picnic watching the Globe at BOAT. They’re back again with the same format whereby audience cheers decide which play gets performed on the day with a choice of The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Twelfth Night this year. Tickets have just been released. Book now for 10 – 13 July. £17.50 or £45 for a family ticket.